When it comes to winter vacations, December and February seem to get all the attention. However, local Bozeman-ites will tell you January is one of the best times of the year. Winter is in full swing and the snow is (usually) incredible. If you need more convincing, read on, we’ll give you plenty of reasons!
Serious wildlife watchers consider autumn one of the most exciting times in Yellowstone National Park. Activity increases as animals prepare for winter and for some, mating season begins bringing with it some interesting mating rituals. Many species start moving to lower elevations as the temperatures cool. Not to mention, the fall colors are amazing; a perfect backdrop for the photographers out there. Wildlife can be found throughout the park, but the Northern Range, from Gardiner to Cooke City is considered the best areas for wildlife watching. It’s also the only road that stays open year round. There are 67 species of mammals in the park; we’ve listed the most prevalent, but keep your eyes open, you may come across others such as pronghorn, beavers, deer and maybe even the elusive cougar.
The reservations are booked, your bags are packed, and you can't wait to experience the world's first National Park. So what are you going to do when you get there. Yellowstone is big, and there is a lot of time spent driving from one attraction to the next. It is good to have a game plan for the big items you want to see and/or experience. Plus, if you are coming during June, July or August, you will be joined by a few million other people, all clamoring to get a view of the American West. To help you out, we've put together a list of the top 10 things to do in Yellowstone, in no particular order. So pull up a chair and get ready to plan your Yellowstone Adventure!
For many visiting Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is the natural "home base." Thanks to the town’s plentiful lodging options, array of cafes and restaurants, and easy airport access, it’s quite common for Yellowstone-bound visitors to stay in Bozeman and venture down into the park every day, returning to Bozeman in time for dinner, drinks and a bit of relaxation away from the press of national park tourists. Keep reading for tips on how to plan the perfect day trip to Yellowstone National Park from Bozeman.
Two words; winter wonderland.
If you have yet to experience nature in its winter coat, Yellowstone National Park is a sight to behold. Imagine miles of mountains covered in twinkling white snow, steamy geysers, bison, elk, and if you’re really diligent (or lucky), an occasional wolf. To give you perspective, the average snowfall is 150 inches per year, however, that number can double at higher elevations. Whether you are visiting during the summer or the winter, Yellowstone tours are always a great way to experience the park.
Hiking lovers take note. Snowshoeing in Yellowstone National Park is a gorgeous way to continue your adventures through the winter. You’ll see the nooks and crannies of the park in a whole new way. Since snowshoes distribute your weight over a large surface area, it is a low impact workout that most everyone can do. A few things to note, winter in this area brings cold dry air and the sun can be intense. When you hit the snowshoe trails be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and layers of clothing—the weather can change quickly!
You’ll find lots of family-friendly hikes around Bozeman. Visit Bozeman
Bozeman is surrounded by nature, bracketed by the Gallatin and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests and a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. It’s no surprise that most families in southwestern Montana spend a significant amount of time outdoors in all four seasons of the year. From summertime fly-fishing and hiking to wintertime skiing and snowshoeing, this outdoor community offers adventure for all ages. Here are a few local favorites:
Yellowstone in the winter is truly magical. Silence and solitude take over and the undisturbed blanket of white is breathtaking. Snow covered bison, steamy geysers and icy rivers add to the beauty of the landscape. Visiting attractions like Old Faithful, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone become a whole different experience with the absence of crowds. Make your reservations early, plan your activities and get ready for one of the most unique vacations you may ever take! Stock up on some insider tips for enjoying Yellowstone National Park in the winter below.
Bozeman, Montana has become a huge vacation destination for people looking for an adventurous experience in the Rocky Mountains. Whether you are planning a visit in the colder months or warmer months, there is something for everyone. You may have seen the logo or a hashtag or even one of our blogs out there on social media and wondered what exactly does "Only In Bozeman" mean. In Bozeman, you can do it all. You can have these unique recreational experiences in the mountains surrounding Bozeman and still be back in town for dinner at a great restaurant and the other comforts you expect when you travel to urban destinations. All of this is available, "Only in Bozeman." Here are some of the things that make Bozeman unique and why it should be on your bucket list for travel.
Yellowstone National Park spans over 2 million acres. To give you perspective, that makes it bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. While the park is accessible to everyone, it’s hard to see more than a fraction of the country from the road or nearby trails. Full of wildlife, geysers, majestic peaks, 14 rivers and nearly 200 creeks, Yellowstone is an outdoor wonderland.