Visiting Yellowstone in Winter
Every year, beginning in early November through mid-April, park roads are closed to the interior of the park to prepare for the winter season which begins mid-December and ends mid-March. This means the only way to visit Old Faithful and other interior attractions in the winter is by snowmobile or guided snowcoach that follow the park roadways. The road from the North Entrance to the Northeast Entrance is the only road open to private-wheeled vehicles during our winter season. Winter dates, activities, rules, etc. can change unexpectedly. Always check at the gate or visitor centers for the most current information.
There are only two lodging options inside the park during winter (at Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful). Park concessioner Xanterra Parks and Resorts provides lodging and other services, including evening programs, snowcoach tours, guided ski and snowshoe tours, guided snowmobile tours, and wildlife bus tours. Check our Commercial Guided Tours page for a list of all the businesses that are authorized to provide skiing, snowshoeing, snowcoaches, and snowmobile tours in the park.
The enjoyment of Yellowstone and its unique resources during the wintertime has drawn deep and passionate interest in the park for nearly 80 years. For more information on winter use, and ways to learn more about how you can participate in the process, see Winter Use in Yellowstone National Park.