Hiking in Yellowstone takes a snowy turn during winter, and we couldn't be happier about it. There's something special about walking through a snowy forest, feeling at peace and perfectly calm in nature. Your winter hikes may involve snowshoes or ice cleats, depending on the conditions, but no matter the season, hiking in Yellowstone still comes with plenty of beautiful spaces, the opportunity for wildlife viewing, and a hefty dose of mountain air. Here's your guide to what to expect and how to prepare for winter hikes in Yellowstone National Park.
Winter backcountry play is truly exceptional. Mountaineers can’t wait to get out and experience both the solitude and the grandeur— the stillness alone is spectacular. The mountains and forests take on a magical feeling under their blanket of twinkling snow, and the skies can become a deep shade of periwinkle blue. However, winter also commands an additional level of respect; Mother Nature is not to be reckoned with. Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer, or just learning the ropes, we’ve put together some top-of-mind tips for playing in the backcountry.
One of the highlights of visiting Yellowstone National Park is watching the wildlife move about in their natural setting. Spring is especially magical with newborns playing alongside their moms, giddy with new life. The park is less crowded in the spring, which makes it a nice time to leisurely make your way through. You’ll definitely see the more common animals such as bison and elk; but if you’re diligent, (and an early riser) you have a good chance of seeing bear, moose and even the elusive wolf. Stop at the local visitor center to find out where the most recent activity is taking place.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker looking to sweat it out or you’re just trying to get your stroll on, Bozeman is chock-full of hikes to choose from. One of the things we hold dear about our little town is the fact that whatever you’re looking for, you don’t have to go far to find it. Today we’re giving the scoop on hikes sprinkled in or around Bozeman, all close enough to hit before work or happy hour.
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Hiking season doesn’t end when the snow flies; some say it gets better. A fresh, white blanket of snow gives you a whole new perspective. The ground sparkles, the forest is quiet, the air is crisp and everything feels serene.
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to experience this actual winter wonderland. If you’re new to the activity, no worries, we’ll get you started.
Bozeman is known for being an outdoor mecca. Back in the 70’s, people began moving to the area for its mountaineering opportunities that lie in close proximity to town. A great example is Triple Tree Trail, where locals have historically hiked, biked and skied.
Bozeman is surrounded by magnificent hiking; look in any direction and you’ll find stunning peaks and gorgeous vistas. But the real beauty of the area is the ability to grab a quick hike with beautiful views right outside of town. Drinking Horse Mountain Trail is a local favorite for exactly that reason. The 2.4-mile round trip hike can be done in about an hour, perfect for either quick exercise or a leisurely stroll.
You have to do some serious climbing to reach Emigrant Peak, as you’ll gain more than 5,000 feet on this trip. Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
Bozeman is a mountaineer’s hub. There’s a reason the town boasts a cadre of world-class mountain athletes and a mainstream community of peak-bagging outdoor-folk. Summertime bar talk often consists of sharing hiking beta and planning upcoming "goal" hikes, often driven by the simple question: What peak are you going after next?
Thanks to myriad options that suit a variety of skill levels, it’s quite possible for visitors to log a few peaks of their own. Here’s a variety of Bozeman-area classics with views that are worth the climb.