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    Yellowstone National Park receives far fewer visitors in winter than in summer.
    It must be because they're afraid of the cold, because it's definitely no less impressive.

Yellowstone National Park in winter is even more spectacular than in summer

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In honor of the United States’s National Park Services 100th anniversary on August 25th, Exodus Travels asked me to write about one of my most unique National Park experiences.

I’ve been to my share of national parks. (I also have some great photos from Glacier National Park here).

It was easy to choose what to write about. My winter visit to Yellowstone National Park was one of the most unique outdoors experiences I’ve had.

Yellowstone National Park receives far fewer visitors in the winter than in the summer. I guess that kind of makes sense. The snow makes it less accessible and most families take their vacations in the summer.

Yellowstone National Park in the winter is, however, in my humble opinion, way more spectacular when the hills are blanketed in snow webbed with mineral-rich rivers and the famous springs and geysers are gushing thick pillars of steam into the freezing blue sky.

Here’s what I saw during my winter trip to Yellowstone National Park.

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The Drive Into Yellowstone

Visiting Yellowstone National Park in winter consists mainly of exploring by various means of transportation, such as snowshoes, cross-country skis, or good old-fashioned hiking.

First mode of transport is the snowcoach, or as I like to call it the bumblebee snowcrusher machine.

Yellowstone National Park winter snowcoach

Yellowstone National Park winter snowcoach
Yellowstone National Park winter snowcoach

Even just the drive to the Yellowstone Lodge is a tour in itself. Here are some of the stops we made.

Yellowstone National Park winter trees and stream

Yellowstone National Park winter waterfall
Yellowstone National Park winter trail
Yellowstone National Park winter river

The Walkways Around Yellowstone’s Springs

The walkways around the most active springs and geysers are the most popular and visually stunning way to explore the park.

Yellowstone National Park winter springs

Yellowstone National Park winter ground
Yellowstone National Park winter ground

Yellowstone National Park winter walkway
Yellowstone National Park winter landscape

X-Country Skiing in Yellowstone National Park

My personal favourite way to see the park was on cross-country skis, but I love cross-country skiing in general, so I’m probably a bit biased.

Yellowstone National Park winter x-country skiing

Yellowstone National Park winter Grand Canyon
Yellowstone National Park winter Grand Canyon waterfall

Yellowstone National Park winter river

Yellowstone National Park winter x-country skiiers

Leaving Yellowstone

Even the drive out of the park is beautiful — especially if you leave into Wyoming the way we did. This is a shot of the Tetons I took from the side of the road.

Yellowstone National Park winter Tetons

If this post has gotten you thinking about visiting , check out some of the Exodus Travel Yellowstone National Park Tours.

Have you ever visited Yellowstone National Park in winter?

What was your favorite part?

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3 Responses to Yellowstone National Park in winter is even more spectacular than in summer

  1. Lauren Bassart August 19, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I’ve done Glacier in the winter. Would love to see Yellowstone in the winter as well.

  2. Rick Stevens August 25, 2016 at 5:05 am #

    Yellowstone is full of landmarks. Big collection of geysers including the record-setting Steamboat Geyser

  3. Fabian Keresztfalvi July 5, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Cool photos! The park definitely looks spectacular in winter!

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