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WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE 

Winter in Yellowstone National Park - Norris Geyser Basin

 The beautiful thing about winter in Yellowstone is that even if you've been here in the summer, it still seems as though you're in a completely different place. Waterfalls and rivers are frozen in place, while pillows of thick snow cover boulders and rocky ledges. Animals are easy to spot as their thick winter coats contrast against the smooth blankets of snow. The water and steam from thermal features freezes to nearby pine trees, contorting them in strange ways under all that snow and ice.

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, guided snowmobile tours, and guided snow coach tours are available as a means to seeing Wonderland in the winter. The Old Faithful Snow Lodgeand Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are the two lodging facilities inside the park that are open in the winter, along with a dining room with hot food and drinks to warm you up at each of those locations. Several lodging options are also available outside of the park in the Gateway Towns as well. 

 

Mammoth Hot Springs Region

Lodging

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
If you like mountainous views and wild elk roaming right in your front yard, then staying at the Mammoth Hot springs Hotel and Cabins is the place for you. The Mammoth Village area was one of the earliest developed areas in Yellowstone after the park was established back in the late 1800s. Four of the cabins here offer a fenced in patio with a private hot tub, the perfect remedy after a full day of sightseeing...View More

Where to Eat

Mammoth General Store (Snack Shop & Groceries)
Yellowstone General Stores has a total of 12 stores conveniently located around the park in all major areas. Most of the general stores are in historical park buildings with rich history of their own...View More

Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room (Does not take reservations)
Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates eight dining rooms in the park with a variety of mouth-watering options to choose from. Some dining rooms require advance reservations for dinner while others take walk-ins only. To make a reservation at a dining room that requires advance dinner reservations, please call Xanterra Parks & Resorts toll-free at 1-866-GEYSERLAND (866-439-7375)...View More

Visitor Centers

Albright Visitor Center & Backcountry Office
Named after Yellowstone's first superintendant after the National Park Service was formed, the Albright Visitor Center is one of the former housing units for the military...View More

Natural Wonders

Boiling River Swimming Area
The boiling river is a small thermal river that flows into the Gardner River where visitors can soak and relax in a natural hot tub. A trail will lead you on an easy half mile walk along the Gardner River to a spot where you can access the soaking area...View More

Mammoth Hot Springs
The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces in the northern part of Yellowstone are constantly changing, so what you are seeing on your vacation today might not be what others saw last year, month, or even last week. Heat and water are hard at work building the travertine terraces up to 2 feet per year. The boardwalk will bring you up close and personal with...View More

Old Faithful Region

Lodging

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins
The newer and improved Snowlodge that stands today was built in 1999, replacing the original Old Faithful Snowlodge which sat on the same ground in Old Faithful Village. Open in both the summer and winter, the Old Faithful Snowlodge is a resting spot for thousands of visitors each year that are travelling through Yellowstone...View More

Where to Eat

Geyser Grill
Convenient time-saving meals at the Fast Food restaraunts and snack shops will get you in and out quickly with a full stomach giving you more time to spend enjoying Yellowstone's splendor. The General Store Diners offer quick-service meals while you take a short break between stops...View More

Snow Lodge Dining Room (Summer: does not take reservations; Winter: dinner reservations accepted)
Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates eight dining rooms in the park with a variety of mouth-watering options to choose from. Some dining rooms require advance reservations for dinner while others take walk-ins only. To make a reservation at a dining room that requires advance dinner reservations, please call Xanterra Parks & Resorts toll-free at 1-866-GEYSERLAND (866-439-7375)...View More

Visitor Centers

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center
The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center is a new state-of-the-art facility that opened in the Old Faithful area in August of 2010. Visitors can get an in depth look at Yellowstone's four types of thermal features...View More

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