Map of Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing in Yellowstone including United States Of America

Immerse yourself in the winter wonders of Yellowstone National Park

Ready to get up close and personal to Yellowstone National Park and explore its virtually untouched natural wonders? This four-day snowshoe adventure through one of the United States’ most famous national parks is perfect for travellers looking to connect with nature on a stunning winter wonderland adventure. Experience the beauty of Yellowstone National Park on foot on a snowshoeing adventure that takes in vast, snow-covered meadows, geysers, frozen waterfalls, and wildlife areas. With accommodation provided in cosy national park lodges and all your meals, local transportation, gear taken care of, all you need to do is soak it all in. Add a specialist Yellowstone guide and you’ve got the perfect outdoor adventure.


Start
Bozeman, United States
Finish
Bozeman, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking, Winter Active
Code
SKXWS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Keep an eye out for wildlife like bison, elk, coyote and bighorn sheep as you snowshoe along a groomed road towards Tower Falls tumbling into the valley below.

  • Explore Yellowstone’s unique thermal features as you snowshoe through the Upper Geyser Basin towards Old Faithful and watch it spray over 4000 gallons of boiling water into the air.

  • See the Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces where underground thermal activity expands and contracts to create an incredible hot spring feature.

  • Take in the power of one of the more unique and impressive backcountry geysers in the park – Lone Star Geyser – and see the thermal features that give the Firehole River its name.

  • Return to a delicious hot meal each day after exploring the park and spend your evenings chatting in front of the fire at a comfortable hotel with plenty of character and rustic charm.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’. 

  • Yellowstone can be very cold in the winter so you must have the appropriate footwear and clothing. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely. Yellowstone National Park snow coaches have limited space for luggage, so we ask that you have no more than 1 bag or suitcase weighing less than 22kgs, a day pack and a small carry-on bag.

  • Winter weather can be unpredictable in Yellowstone so we may need to make itinerary changes to keep the group safe and well at all times. If this occurs, we will do our best to find comparable activities and experiences.

Itinerary

Welcome to Bozeman! This Rocky Mountains town is the perfect jumping off point for exploring the winter beauty of Yellowstone National Park. It’s an early departure today for the drive taking you to your first snowshoe along a groomed road to Tower Falls. Keep an eye out for wildlife like bison, elk, coyote, and bighorn sheep along the way. After a picnic lunch and time to take in the view of the 132 foot (40 metre) high Tower Falls, you’ll retrace your steps to the vehicle for a drive through the Lamar Valley. We can’t guarantee wolf sightings but let’s just say that winter in the Lamar provides some of the best opportunities for viewing these impressive canines. If time permits we will make a stop at Boiling River for a swim before returning to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tower Falls snowshoeing
  • Lamar Valley (Wolf-spotting) Drive
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will be picked up from Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West hotel in Bozeman between 6am and 8am.
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and you will snowshoe for approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres).
Check out of your hotel and drive to Biscuit Basin where you’ll explore this area’s unique thermal features before snowshoeing through the Upper Geyser Basin on your way to Old Faithful. Watch as Old Faithful sprays over 4000 gallons (14,000 litres) of boiling water into the air. Yellowstone is home to 60 per cent of the world’s geysers and you’ll see plenty of them snowshoeing the trails. From thin fountains to massive eruptions, winter in Yellowstone delivers an impressive sight as thick plumes of steam rise through the frigid air. Tonight you’ll stay in a comfortable lodge named after Yellowstone’s most famous geyser.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Upper Geyser Basin - Old Faithful Geyser visit
  • Biscuit Basin/Upper Geyser Basin snowshoeing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours and you’ll snowshoe approximately 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 kilometres).
After breakfast, take the snow coach to the Fairy Falls trailhead and get ready to see the largest spring in the United States. Grand Prismatic Spring, which is also the world’s third-largest spring, is famous for its rainbow of colours which are caused by a combination of micrcrobes in the water and sunlight dancing across its surface. Take time to enjoy the view then snowshoe back through the Upper Geyser Basin for another chance to take in fantastic views of geysers such as Riverside, Grand, and Old Faithful as they erupt before you return to your comfortable accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Grand Prismatic Spring/Fairy Falls trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 1 hour and you’ll snowshoe approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres).
After breakfast, head out to one of the more unique and impressive backcountry geysers in the park – Lone Star Geyser. Make your way through a winter wonderland as you follow the Firehole River, named for the numerous thermal features that feed its waters, before you arrive at the geyser which sits in a clearing surrounded by dense forest. At full force, it sprays boiling water and steam 40 feet (12 metres) into the air each time it erupts from its large, cream coloured mound. After you’ve admired the gushing glory of Lone Star, head back the way you came and enjoy a tasty dinner and time warming yourself by the lodge’s fire this evening.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Firehole River/Lone Star Geyser snowshoeing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s you’ll snowshoe for approximately 8.5 miles (14 kilometres).
Take an early morning snow coach back to your first hotel at Mammoth Springs where you’ll drive to a trail head and explore the Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces. As we travel along the Upper Terrace loop, the expansion and contraction of this hot spring feature dominates the mixed conifer forest landscape. See areas that have grown or shrunk depending on the changing underground thermal activity and take in spectacular views of the Gardner River Canyon and snow clad peaks of Mount Everts and the Southern portion of the Absaroka – Beartooth Range. After admiring the view, head back to the vehicle for the return drive to Bozeman where your Yellowstone snowshoe adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Mammoth Hot Springs terraces snowshoeing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 6 hours and you’ll snowshoe for approximately 2 miles (3 kilometres).
We aim to arrive in Bozeman no later than 7pm

Meals

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Lodge (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Tower Falls snowshoeing
  • Lamar Valley (Wolf-spotting) Drive
  • Upper Geyser Basin - Old Faithful Geyser visit
  • Biscuit Basin/Upper Geyser Basin snowshoeing
  • Grand Prismatic Spring/Fairy Falls trail
  • Firehole River/Lone Star Geyser snowshoeing
  • Mammoth Hot Springs terraces snowshoeing

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
6. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts in Bozeman. Your Tour Leader will contact you approximately 2 weeks before your trip to share necessary details.
7. Early on the morning of day 1 (6-8am), you will be picked up from Holiday Inn Express Bozeman Wes hotel in Bozeman. We recommend you book a pre tour night in that hotel. Your trip will finish on a last day at approximately 7pm.
8. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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