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Yellowstone offers lots of different ways to enjoy winter. Learn more and start planning your next winter adventure right here!
Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, frigid temperatures, and steaming geyser basins. Skis, snowshoes, snowcoaches, and snowmobiles become the primary modes of transportation as roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and winter storms blanket the park with fluffy, white snow.
Restricted vehicle access and limited services make winter visits far different than the summer experience. Every year in early November, most park roads close to regular traffic to prepare for the winter season. The only exception is the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance, which is open to regular traffic all year. Around mid-December, roads open to limited snowmobile and snowcoach travel. This means the only way to visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other popular destinations during winter is by guided snowmobile or snowcoach, or through the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program. Winter travel ends in mid-March, when plowing crews begin clearing a winter’s worth of snow. Roads start re-opening to automobiles in mid-April.
Most stores, restaurants, campgrounds, and lodges are closed during winter. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Mammoth Hotel, and Canyon Yurt Camp are open. Some visitor centers and a series of warming huts are opened throughout the park. Ranger-led programs are offered at Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. Park partners and other businesses offer a variety of guided activities and trips during winter.
2020–2021 Winter Facilities and Services
These are still tentative, and may change as the season approaches. Anything not included in this list is closed during the winter.
1 - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
2020–2021 Warming Huts
These are still tentative, and may change as the season approaches. Shelter for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.
* - Dates are tentative and subject to change
Last updated: August 3, 2020