Winter Activities in Yellowstone Country

When snow begins to blanket Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, it creates a winter wonderland of new opportunities for those who venture here. Despite the bears hibernating, you’ll spot all sorts of wildlife like elk, moose and trumpeter swans roaming the valleys in search of food. 

In Yellowstone, you’ll find a buzz of activity from snowcoach and snowmobile tours to cross-country ski trails. 

2019 Winter Trip Planner for Yellowstone and Grand Teton

With far fewer snowmobiles touring around, Grand Teton is much quieter than Yellowstone, making it a cross-country skier and snowshoer paradise. Snowmobiles are only allowed in the park on the frozen surface of Jackson Lake for ice fishing only or on Grassy Lake Road on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway.

Start planning a winter vacation by reading the stories below and downloading the Winter Trip Planner for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park today.

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Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour.

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Yellowstone's Boiling River Swimming Area. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

Swim in Yellowstone's Boiling River

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Yellowstone Warming Hut. Photo by Bob Cates (Flickr Hiker Bob)

Winter Warming Huts in Yellowstone

Experience Yellowstone in its winter glory, then stop by a warming hut to grab a bite to eat, take a load of your feet and/or get away from the chill.