Winter in the National Parks: Yellowstone

Cold enthusiasts rejoice, the national parks are open all season

Yellowstone National Park.     Photo: Birdiegal/Shutterstock

Entrance Fee

$25 per vehicle, $12 per biker/hiker (includes access to Grand Teton National Park)

FOUNDED: 1872
SIZE: 2,221,768 acres

Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the country and, if you can believe it, the whole world. While some say that Yellowstone gets too much attention, we have to disagree. One of the largest parks in the world and one of the most intact ecosystems in North America, Yellowstone is one you shouldn't miss.

HOW TO GET THERE
There are three airports nearby: Jackson and Cody, Wyoming, or Billings, Montana.

HOW TO GET THERE
Car access to the park is very limited during the winter. Only the road between the north and northeast entrance is open. If you can't make it in that way then you have to go by snowcoach. Two park lodges are open: Old Faithful Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel—both beautiful accomodations. If you can brave the cold, stay at Mammoth campground. Or you can drive and stay in Jackson Hole.

WHAT TO DO
Before you head to the park make sure you have skis and snowshoes rented out because you can go on a guided tour. You can find a list of providers on the park’s site. Definitely take a tour of the park in one of the snowcoaches and then jump into the white stuff with your skis and head out for adventure. Obviously no trip to Yellowstone is complete without a visit to Old Faithful. Yellowstone’s geysers account for about half of those known around the entire world.

THINGS TO REMEMBER
⇢ Despite the fact that Yellowstone sits over a massive volcano, scientists say it shows no signs of erupting.
⇢ Fishing in not allowed during the winter to protect populations.

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