The Perfect Gardiner and Northern Yellowstone Three-Day Winter Itinerary

The Perfect Gardiner and Northern Yellowstone Three-Day Winter Itinerary

September 19, 2022

Gardiner locals will tell you winter is a particularly special time of year. With fewer crowds, abundant wildlife, and stunning winter vistas, Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park resemble a real-life snow globe when the land is covered in a blanket of white. Yellowstone’s North Entrance, located right in Gardiner, is the only park entrance open to personal vehicles year-round and offers convenient access to the park’s famous Northern Range. Ready to plan your trip? Read on for our handy three-day winter itinerary!


Start your trip bright and early with a drive through the Yellowstone Northern Range, open year-round to personal vehicles. Famous for its wildlife, the Northern Range offers unparalleled views and opportunities to see everything from bison to moose. Traveling with a tour guide and starting early in the day are the best ways to ensure you spot as many creatures as possible.

Wildlife Watching in Winter


Take advantage of the Nordic ski trails both in Yellowstone and our surrounding National Forest. Stop in at Parks’ Fly Shop or the Bear Den Ski Shop in Mammoth to pick up gear and tips on what trails are best suited to you. Or check out our favorite ski trails.  After a long day of skiing, enjoy a good meal and a soak in one of area’s hot springs.

Cross country skiing near Canyon


Start your day with a stop in to the Albright Visitor Center to learn about the history of Yellowstone before exploring the Mammoth Terraces. After a break for a warm lunch at the Mammoth Dining Room, perfect your pirouette at the free Mammoth skating rink, which includes skate rentals. End your day with some local flavor at one of Gardiner’s cozy restaurants.

Mammoth Terraces in Winter

Related Sources

About Winter in Gardiner
Where to Stay
Where to Eat
How to Prepare for a Yellowstone Winter Adventure

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