Yellowstone National Park Winter Activities

Yellowstone Winter Activities

Winter transforms the Yellowstone region into a crystal wonderland where the geologic "fire" that simmers just below the surface reacts with the ice and snow of the season. Yellowstone's thermal basins and hot springs become downright steamy, which become dramatic magnets for wildlife seeking warmth and food.

Yellowstone area winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow coach and snowmobile tours - and all of them offer great ways to get deep into the park. Take a scenic tour into Yellowstone, snowshoe around boiling mud pots, or spend an afternoon skiing the Rendezvous Ski Trail system.


Snowshoeing offers a fun and easy way to see Yellowstone Park in the winter. And today's snowshoes are a far cry from the clunky equipment of yesteryear; they're made with aircraft-grade materials, are easy to slip on and off, and take about two minutes to master.

Local snowshoe outfitters cater to beginners and offer West Yellowstone snowshoeing tours lasting from two hours to full days. The Rendezvous Ski Trail system, which is just steps from our hotels and cabins, is a popular place to take a snowshoe walk. Dress in layers and any pair of snow-proof boots, and bring water, energy bars or trail mix. You'll be able to explore parts of the wilderness otherwise inaccessible on foot, so be prepared to see the best of West Yellowstone's secret sights.

Cross-Country Skiing

Right next to our hotels and cabins in West Yellowstone is the famous Rendezvous Ski Trail system. Ski more than 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pine and open meadows. Ideally situated at an altitude of just over 6,800 feet (2,000 meters), the Rendezvous Ski Trails provide perfect conditions for high altitude training or recreation at any time of year.

The Old Faithful area provides another very special hub for Yellowstone cross-country skiing. Trails fan out from the geyser area to circle the Upper Geyser Basin and lead to many nearby sights and points of interest.

Ice Fishing

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just discovering how exciting ice fishing can be, West Yellowstone is the perfect place to bring your spud bar and catch a laker or two! Hebgen Lake, just north of West Yellowstone, is one of the best fishing spots around, with at least a foot of solid ice during the winter and a healthy stock of trout and gulpers. Book a few nights at our hotels and cabins any time during the winter season, and plan the ultimate ice fishing vacation!