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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.

 

2019–2020 Winter Facilities and Services

Anything not included in this list is closed during the winter.

Facility Hours First Day Last Day
Albright Visitor Center 9 am–5 pm Year-round
Canyon Yurt Camp Open 7 days a week December 19 March 6
Mammoth Campground Open 7 days a week Year-round
Mammoth Clinic
307-344-7965
8:30 am–5 pm (M–Th)
8:30 am–1 pm (F)
Closed weekends & holidays
Year-round
Mammoth General Store Open 7 days a week1 Year-round
Mammoth Hotel, Dining Room & Terrace Grill Open 7 days a week December 15 March 2
Mammoth Hotel Gift Shop Open 7 days a week December 15 March 2
Mammoth Hotel Map Room Barista/Bar 6:30 am–2 pm December 15 March 2
Mammoth Ski Shop Open 7 days a week December 15 March 2
Old Faithful Bear Den Gift Shop Open 7 days a week December 15 March 15
Old Faithful Geyser Grill Open 7 days a week December 15 March 15
Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins Open 7 days a week December 16 March 1
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center 9 am–5 pm December 15 March 15
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center 8 am–5 pm (Weekdays) Year-round
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center - NPS Desk 8 am–4 pm (Weekdays) December 15 March 15

1 - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

 

2019–2020 Warming Huts

Shelter for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.

Warming Hut Staff Food Water Restroom Hours First Day Last Day
Canyon Visitor Education Center Lobby Yes Yes1 Yes Yes 9 am–3 pm December 15 March 10*
Fishing Bridge Yes No No Yes Open 24 hours December 15 March 15*
Indian Creek No No No Yes Open 24 hours December 15 March 2*
Madison Yes Yes1,2 No Yes Open 24 hours December 15 March 15
Mammoth Hot Springs3 Yes Yes1 No No Daylight hours December 16 March 2*
Old Faithful Yurts Yes No Yes Yes Daylight hours December 15 March 15*
West Thumb Yes No No Yes Open 24 hours December 15 March 15*

* - Dates are tentative and subject to change
1 - Vending machine snacks available 24 hours a day
2 - Light snacks and hot drinks sold during the day
3 - Snowmobile fuel available

 
A pair of skiers on the Barronette Trail.

Winter Safety

Prepare for cold air, deep snow, and slippery boardwalks.

People bundled up while waiting for an eruption of a geyser.

Winter Clothing and Equipment

Review tips for staying comfortable in the cold.

Two skiers explore the mountains of Yellowstone.

Ski & Snowshoe

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Snowmobiles and a snowcoach ride by a small group of bison

Ride a Snowmobile or Snowcoach

Take a guided tour of wintry Yellowstone.

Snowmobile rider taking photo

Snowmobile Access Program

Learn about our non-commercially guided snowmobile program.

A group of people in front of the Tower Fall store in Yellowstone

Opening & Closing Dates

See what opens when for the summer season.

Fog fills a river valley in a landscape

Seasons

Explore Yellowstone's seasons.

People line the boardwalk, looking out and taking pictures of a steaming hot spring.

Explore in Summer

Planning is crucial to a good summer visit, as this is the time when most people come to the park.

Last updated: November 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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