North America Vacations
Wyoming | Yellowstone Winter | Family
Explore Yellowstone’s winter wonderland by ski, skate, snowshoe and dogsled
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Dash through the snow in a snow coach, on snowshoes, cross-country skis, or even on the back of a dogsled as you uncover the magic of Yellowstone and Big Sky Country on this family-friendly, winter wonderland journey through the world’s first National Park. Awaken your senses and experience Yellowstone National Park with your kids as it was meant to be seen: pristine, stunning and with no crowds. During this all-inclusive Yellowstone and Montana vacation package, visit the geothermal hot springs, geysers and mudpots and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in their natural settings to the backdrop of an undisturbed blanket of snow. Give ice skating a go before settling into your cozy accommodations for a hot cocoa by a roaring fire as your kids regale you with their many discoveries from the day. Hearty meals of tasty game, fresh, local produce and heavenly desserts are yours to savor before a good night’s rest and tomorrow’s new adventures. All the while, enjoy Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service and spend time focusing not on the details but rather on creating unforgettable memories on this trip of a lifetime.
Dive into a quiet winter wonderland of lodgepole pine forests, geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife as you explore Yellowstone National Park by ski, skate, dog sled and snowshoe. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder we’re the leading providers of best-in-class travel from Gallatin Canyon to Old Faithful and beyond. Join us as we introduce you to our backyard and one of our favorite places on Earth. This six-day, exclusive journey into the wilderness of Yellowstone and Montana is truly an experience that the oldest and youngest adventurers in your family will remember forever.
- After arriving through the West Yellowstone entrance, take in the majesty of the Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful with a wintry backdrop
- Keep a watchful eye for elk, bison, coyotes, and foxes as you ride to Old Faithful in your cozy snowcoach.
- Leave Yeti-sized prints as you snowshoe through lodgepole pine forests.
- Learn commands like ‘Gee!,’ ‘Haw!,’ and ‘Whoa!’ as you mush or ride in a dog sled in Big Sky Country.
- Opt for extra whipped cream on your hot cocoa as you wrap up the day by the fireplace in the cozy comfort of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The lack of crowds: Yellowstone is the world's first National Park and one of the nation's most popular summer destinations. While spectacular year-round, it's a particular treat in the winter.
Mush! Dog sledding has been around for over 4,000 years. While it is most commonly known as a sport nowadays, it was originally used by ancient tribes as a way to move loads over long distances.
The wildlife: Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of megafauna in the lower 48. A snow-white backdrop is the perfect setting to espy the heavy breath of a bison or find the footprints of a dashing rabbit.
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Bozeman / West Yellowstone / Old Faithful
This morning we leave Bozeman en route to Yellowstone through the snowy West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana. Upon arriving to this snowy town, visit the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center where you’re guaranteed to see these amazing predators up close. Hop aboard your snowcoach and enjoy a cozy ride to Old Faithful. Along the way, take in views of Madison Canyon and thousands of acres burned by the fires of 1988, now replaced by millions of young, healthy lodgepole pines. Arrive to Old Faithful in the afternoon and take a short walk around the Upper Geyser Basin, of course watching an eruption of the famous geyser herself go off. Dinner tonight in the Snow Lodge dining room.
About Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park’s full service hotels, and features heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and a cedar shingle roof, making it a significant example of classic “parkitecture”.
In winter, Old Faithful Snow Lodge offers a truly unique experience. From this snowy haven, you can set out on a variety of explorations: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowcoach tours.
This morning, we head over to the ski shack to get ourselves outfitted with crosscountry skis. Your guides will give an introductory lesson but the best way to learn is to practice! You’ll be able to do just that on your ski to Morning Glory Pool. Enjoy a guide-prepared lunch and some downtime before heading out on a beautiful walk to Observation Point. Enjoy dinner back at the Snow Lodge.
Take a leisurely morning ski with your guides on the Fern Cascades trail, looping through lodgepole pine forests and over rolling woodlands. Lunch on your own back at the lodge. Enjoy an afternoon on your own to take in a few more steaming hot springs, check out the visitor center and gift shops, or head over to the ice skating rink to try your hand at figure skating. Meet back up for an early dinner in the Snow Lodge followed by a Steam, Stars & Winter Soundscapes tour.
Old Faithful / West Yellowstone / 320 Guest Ranch
This morning, we bid our farewells to Old Faithful and board our snowcoach back to West Yellowstone. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Fountain Paint Pots, where a short hike will show us all four geothermal features in one area. Continue on to West Yellowstone. Upon arriving, indulge in some pizza before transferring to the 320 Guest Ranch near Big Sky, Montana. We’ll head into nearby Big Sky to explore this quaint ski town before eating dinner at one of the many restaurants.
320 Guest Ranch / Big Sky
This morning, we head up to Big Sky where we’ll embark on a dog sled tour through the wintry backcountry, with views of majestic snow-covered mountains and frost-laden pines as your backdrop. After this one-of-a- kind experience, enjoy a tasty lunch and some shopping in Big Sky Town Center. This afternoon, we embark on a short but neat hike to Ousel Falls just outside of town. Back at the ranch, enjoy some downtime before heading out on a pre-dinner sleigh ride.
320 Guest Ranch / Bozeman
This morning, take the kids to the ranch’s hill for some last minute sledding fun or choose to sleep in and relax in your cabin. Late morning, we transfer back to Bozeman where your guides will drop you off at the airport for your post-trip flights or at your local hotel.
** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:15 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Bozeman airport (12:00 pm) or your Bozeman hotel (12:30pm).
Snowshoeing: 1.5 miles to 3 miles, easy to moderate terrain
Cross-Country Skiing: 3 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain
Dogsledding: No experience necessary. Professional mushers will provide instruction and a safety talk as well as accompany guests throughout the morning tour.
Ice skating: No experience necessary. Skate rentals are free and available through the Front Desk.
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, Austin Adventures guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
Unlock the mysteries of Yellowstone’s geyser basins. Take in the beauty of an Old Faithful eruption with a snowy backdrop. Keep an eye out for elk, bison, coyotes, and foxes in the open and vast Madison Canyon, a winter range for Yellowstone’s wildlife far and wide. Discover your inner scientist at the newly built Old Faithful Visitor Center as you investigate the how’s and why’s of Yellowstone’s four geothermal features: geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. Experience Yellowstone by snow coach, one of the only motorized ways to enter the Park in the winter with so much snow on the road! Witness the amount of acreage burned by the fires of 1988 and take a look at just how close the fires came to destroying the Old Faithful Inn. Come explore Big Sky Country in the winter!
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by the detailed daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about thearea you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability releaseagreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- Meals as indicated by daily itinerary.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Any necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
As Vice President of Operations at Austin Adventures, Kasey Austin can tell you the logistical ins and outs of every single trip. More than that, though, Kasey has lived and breathed most of the company’s featured destinations and will eagerly share her contagious passion for the transformational power of active travel. Kasey grew up in the adventure travel business; she knows the positive, lifelong impact of family travel, a quality that earned her the distinction of being named top family travel guide by Outside Magazine in 2014.