Visiting Yellowstone in Winter

Winter visitors photographing bison.
Winter visitors stop to photograph bison.

NPS/Diane Renkin

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.
Two nordic skiers glide out of the woods through softly falling snow.


A winter visit to Yellowstone National Park will give you lasting memories of snowy landscapes, steaming geyser basins, and incomparable wildlife viewing. Things to do include: cross country skiing trail and snowshoeing, ranger-led programs and concessioner-led programs. There are also opportunities to guide yourself via snowmobile into Yellowstone through a permitting process.
Winter visitors watch Old Faithful erupt.


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.

A snowcoach and snowmobiles are parked in front of three yurts.


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.

The snow-covered Tetons stand out against a blue sky.
In the winter, the road in Grand Teton National Park are similar to Yellowstone. There are a few roads that remain open year round and a few that allow only oversnow vehicles. Read more about Winter in Grand Teton…

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168


(307) 344-7381
Recorded information. For road and weather information, please dial 307-344-2117.

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