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Winners of the Yellowstone Vacation Plus a Road Trip to the Park

Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Stacey Obermeyer of Geneva, Ill. Stacey chose our Chicago Route.
  • Winner of Salt Lake City Route: Patrick Dowling of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Winner of our Seattle Route: Kimberly Mott of Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Winner of our Denver Route: Tracy Burmeister of Lincoln, Nebr.

See the bottom of the page for more previous winners.

Enter to Win | Official Rules and Prizes

Here are the trips we’ve planned for you:

Win a road trip adventure from one of four launching points ending with a 3-day guided hiking tour and lodging in Yellowstone. Three second-place winners will each win one of the remaining routes to Yellowstone. Enter Dec 17, 2020 through Feb 23, 2021.

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Grand Prize: Yellowstone Hiking and Lodging Vacation with Wildland Trekking + NatGeo Map Package

Sunset at Yellowstone's Great Fountain Geyser
Great Fountain Geyser in Yellowstone. iStock
Yellowstone bison in spring
Bison in Yellowstone. Adobe Stock
A view of Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
A view of Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Adobe Stock

Wildland Trekking’s Inn-Based Hiking Tour of Yellowstone is a diverse offering of three hikes. Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, the most well-known and spectacular geysers in the park, and wildlife viewing. You’ll also enjoy the luxury of a lodge and dining each evening in two locations within the park.

  • 3 day/2 night guided vacation for two people
  • Choose a pre-scheduled vacation date for the summer of 2021: July: 2-4, 25-27, August: 13-15, 18-20, 27-29, September 3-5, 17-19
  • Lodging for 2-nights at a Yellowstone park lodge
  • Use of daypacks, meals, professional guide and bear spray are included
  • Trip originates in Bozeman, Montana
  • View more information at wildlandtrekking.com/trips/yellowstone-hiking-experience/
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You’ll never lose your way on this trip thanks to NatGeo Maps and Books. The grand prize winner will receive an overview map of the Yellowstone National Park, several detailed waterproof and tear-resistant trail maps of specific park sections, plus the Atlas of the National Parks and the Guide to National Parks.

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Chicago to Yellowstone Road Trip

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore. Deposit Photos
Cabins at Bearlodge Mountain Resort near Devils Tower National Monument
Cabins at Bearlodge Mountain Resort near Devils Tower National Monument. Courtesy Bearlodge Mountain Resort
Cozy cabin at Bearlodge Mountain Resort near Devils Tower National Monument
Cozy cabin at Bearlodge Mountain Resort near Devils Tower National Monument. Courtesy Bearlodge Mountain Resort
Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming
Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. iStock
Beartooth Highway on the way to Yellowstone from Billings, Montana
Driving the Beartooth Highway on the way to Yellowstone. Courtesy Visit Billings
Bison at ZooMontana in Billings, Montana
Bison at ZooMontana in Billings, Montana. Courtesy Visit Billings
Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill in Billings, Montana
Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill in Billings, Montana. Courtesy Visit Billings
Chuckwagon dinner at Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Chuckwagon dinner at Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Preparing exhibits for the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Preparing exhibits for the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill's jacket at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill’s Jacket. Courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cabins under Elephant Head Rock
Elephant Head Lodge. Courtesy Elephant Head Lodge
Rustic dining room at the Elephant Head Lodge
Dining room at Elephant Head Lodge. Courtesy of Elephant Head Lodge
A cow moose with her calf at Elephant Head Lodge near Yellowstone
Moose at Elephant Head Lodge. Courtesy Elephant Head Lodge

Trip Overview: The classic American road trip starts in the Midwest and winds its way through the Black Hills of South Dakota with a destination of America’s first national park, Yellowstone. After you visit Mt. Rushmore and Devils Tower, stay the night in Sundance, Wyo., at the Bearlodge Mountain Resort. The next stop is Billings where you’ll find Montana’s only walkable brewery district, a restored historic hotel, wilderness touched by Lewis & Clark, a memorial to a famous battle and Old West charm. Then head to Yellowstone gateway town Cody, Wyo. where a Smithsonian-affiliated museum complex requires more than a day to fully browse so the winner stays two night. Next sleep well in a historic cabin on the east edge of Yellowstone as you venture into the park.

START: CHICAGO

BEARLODGE MOUNTAIN RESORT, SUNDANCE, WYOMING

  • $100 coupon for stay at Bearlodge Mountain Resort
  • Convenient location between Mount Rushmore and  Devils Tower National Monument
  • View more information at www.bearlodgemountainresort.com

BILLINGS, MONTANA

  • 1-night, one room stay at the Northern Hotel
  • Admission for two to ZooMontana
  • Admission for two for climbing at Steepworld
  • Admission for two to Babcock Theatre
  • Admission for two to the Western Heritage Center
  • $50 gift certificate to Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill
  • View more information at www.visitbillings.com

BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, CODY, WYOMING

  • Four passes to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • 1 behind-the-scenes tour for four people based on museum interests
  • Lunch for four at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • 1 Dinner voucher for downtown Cody
  • Evening program tickets for four people (selection based on availability)
  • View more information at centerofthewest.org

ELEPHANT HEAD LODGE

  • 1-night, one room/cabin stay at Elephant Head Lodge
  • Convenient location 12 miles from Yellowstone’s East Entrance
  • View more information at www.elephantheadlodge.com

END: YELLOWSTONE

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Denver to Yellowstone Road Trip

Feeding bison on the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Feeding bison on the Terry Bison Ranch. Photo by Mark Harris courtesy of Visit Cheyenne
Cheyenne Trolley
Cheyenne Trolley. Photo courtesy of Visit Cheyenne
Festival in front of the Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Festival in front of the Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Courtesy Visit Cheyenne
The pool at Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga, Wyo.
The pool at Saratoga Hot Springs Resort in Saratoga. Carbon County
Frontier Prison in Carbon County
Frontier Prison. Courtesy Carbon County
Snowy Range Scenic Byway in southern Wyoming
Snowy Range Scenic Byway in southern Wyoming. Photo by Brett Deacon courtesy of Carbon County

Trip Overview: Fly into Denver’s International Airport for a short drive to cowboy country. Your first stop is Cheyenne, Wyo. famous for its rodeo, train depot, and bison ranch. Continue on to Wyoming’s outback dotted with small towns, fishing rivers and hot springs. Then head to Yellowstone’s south entrance.

START: DENVER, COLORADO

CHEYENNE, WYOMING

  • 1-night, one room stay at Cheyenne hotel
  • Two Cheyenne Trolley Plus Passes that includes trolley tour and entrance into the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Frontier Days Old West Museum and Nelson Museum of the West
  • Terry Bison Ranch Train Tour for two
  • $50 gift card to Wyoming’s Rib and Chop House
  • $10 gift card to Black Tooth Brewing for a microbrew tasting
  • $10 gift card to Accomplice Beer Company for a microbrew tasting
  • Cheyenne prizes are unavailable July 23-August 1, 2021.
  • View more information at www.cheyenne.org

CARBON COUNTY, WYOMING

  • 1-night, one room stay at the Saratoga Hot Springs Resort
  • Two passes to the Wyoming Frontier Prison
  • View more information at www.wyomingcarboncounty.com

END: YELLOWSTONE

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Seattle to Yellowstone Road Trip

Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour
Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour. Photo courtesy of Lewis Clark Valley
Wine tasting at Basalt Cellars in Lewis Clark Valley
Wine tasting at Basalt Cellars in Lewis Clark Valley. Courtesy Lewis Clark Valley
Overlooking the Lewis Clark Valley
Overlooking the Lewis Clark Valley. Courtesy Lewis Clark Valley
Fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fishing in the river that runs through Missoula, Montana. Courtesy of Destination Missoula
Restaurant in downtown Missoula, Montana
Restaurant in downtown Missoula. Courtesy of Destination Missoula
Floating on the river in Missoula, Montana
Floating on the river in Missoula, Montana. Courtesy of Destination Missoula
The outside hot pool with waterslide at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
The outside hot pool with waterslide at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Courtesy Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
The indoor hot springs pool at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
The indoor hot springs pool at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Courtesy Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Trip Overview: Leave the hub of the Pacific Northwest and point your car to the Washington-Idaho border with a stop in Hells Canyon. After a boat tour and wine tasting, head east through Idaho to Missoula, Mont. Unique, cool, hip, and serene, this college town has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your trip unforgettable. Heading south from Missoula, stop for a steamy stay at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with multiple naturally hot pools and a water slide. End your road trip with a scenic drive to Yellowstone’s west or north entrance.

START: SEATTLE

LEWIS CLARK VALLEY, IDAHO

  • 2-night, one room stay at the Riverside Quality Inn & Suites in Clarkston, Washington
  • Jet boat trip for two with Beamers Hells Canyon Tours
  • Dinner for two at the Quay Overlooking the Snake River
  • Wine tasting for two at Basalt Cellars
  • View more information at visitlcvalley.com

MISSOULA, MONTANA

Heart of Missoula Package at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown includes

  • 1-night accommodations for two in a newly renovated guest room on the Executive 4th floor.
  • $20 Missoula Downtown Association gift card
  • Big Dipper ice cream for two
  • $10 credit at the hotel’s Market & Espresso Bar or Lobby Bar
  • View more information at destinationmissoula.org

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS RESORT, FAIRMONT, MONTANA

END: YELLOWSTONE

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Salt Lake City to Yellowstone Road Trip

Salt Lake City nighttime overlook
Salt Lake City nighttime overlook. Courtesy Visit Salt Lake
Time for a selfie at one of Salt Lake City area's famous ski resorts
Time for a selfie at one of Salt Lake City area’s famous ski resorts. Courtesy Visit Salt Lake
Minnetonka Caves in Southeast Idaho High Country
Minnetonka Caves. Southeast Idaho High Country
Aerial view of Lava Hot Springs hot pools in Southeast Idaho High Country
Aerial view of Lava Hot Springs hot pools. Southeast Idaho High Country
Taking a potato selfie.
Taking a selfie at the Idaho Potato Museum. Photo by David Goehring via Flickr
Mr. Potato Head toy exhibit at the Idaho Potato Museum
Popular Mr Potato Head exhibit at the Idaho Potato Museum. Courtesy of Southeast Idaho High Country Tourism
Zoo Idaho in Pocatello
Grizzly bear at Zoo Idaho in Pocatello. Courtesy Zoo Idaho
Exploring dinosaurs at the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello, Idaho
Exploring dinosaurs at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Visit Pocatello
Dinosaur head at the Idaho Museum of National History
Dinosaur head at the Idaho Museum of National History. Photo by James St. John/Flickr

Trip Overview: Salt Lake City is a popular launching point for a national park vacation. Stay a while and use the Connect Pass for entry to 16 different attractions in the greater metro area or choose the ski pass option. Then set your sights north crossing into Idaho with its unusual museums, a cave and hot springs pool. Pass the west side of the Tetons to get to Yellowstone’s west entrance.

START: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

  • 3-night, one room stay at a downtown Salt Lake City hotel
  • Two 3-day Salt Lake Connect Passes valid for discounts at 16 attractions – OR – Two 2-day Ski City Super Passes
  • Two Salt Lake Brewery Tour Passes valid at 14 breweries
  • View more information at VisitSaltLake.com

POCATELLO, IDAHO

  • 1-night, one room stay at the Pocatello TownePlace Suites in a premium suite
  • Four passes to Zoo Idaho
  • Four passes to the Idaho Museum of Natural History
  • View more information at www.visitpocatello.com

SOUTHEAST IDAHO HIGH COUNTRY

  • 1-night, one room stay at the Riverside Hot Springs Inn in Lava Springs
  • Four passes to Lava Hot Springs
  • Two passes to Minnetonka Cave
  • Two passes to the Oregon-California Trail Center
  • Two passes to the Idaho Potato Museum
  • Two passes to the Butterfly Haven
  • View more information at www.idahohighcountry.org

END: YELLOWSTONE

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Enter to Win | Official Rules and Prizes

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Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Stacey Obermeyer of Geneva, Ill. Stacey chose our Chicago Route.
  • Winner of Salt Lake City Route: Patrick Dowling of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Winner of our Seattle Route: Kimberly Mott of Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Winner of our Denver Route: Tracy Burmeister of Lincoln, Nebr.

Congratulations to the 2020 winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Josh Florence from Claremore, Okla. Josh chose our Seattle route to Yellowstone.
  • Winner of Salt Lake City Route: Jon Marek from Aurora, Colo.
  • Winner of Chicago Route: Charles A. Smith from Murffreesboro, Tenn.
  • Winner of Denver Route: Theresa Marie Bextermiller from St. Louis, Missouri

Congratulations to our 2019 winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Anthony Beverley from San Antonio, Texas. Anthony chose our Denver to Yellowstone route.
  • Winner of Chicago to Yellowstone Route: Dustin Crawford of Branson West, Mo.
  • Winner of Seattle to Yellowstone Route: Patricia Fine of Dardanelle Ark.
  • Winner of Salt Lake City to Yellowstone Route: Stephanie Obermiller of Hooper, Neb.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Tricia Kindel of Casper, Wyo. Tricia chose our Denver to Yellowstone Route.
  • Winner of Chicago to Yellowstone Route: Rachel Moliere of Boston, Mass.
  • Winner of Seattle to Yellowstone Route: Sarah Spangle of Roundup, Mont.
  • Winner of Salt Lake City to Yellowstone Route: Michael Adams of Orem, Utah