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!
DAY ONE: WILDLIFE WATCHING
Start your trip bright and early with a drive through the Yellowstone Northern Range, open year round to personal vehicles. Renowned for its wildlife, the Northern Range offers unparalleled views and opportunities to see everything from bison to moose. Traveling with a guide and starting early in the day are the best ways to ensure you spot as many creatures as possible.
DAY TWO: CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND HOT SPRINGS
Ready to stretch your legs? Take advantage of the Nordic ski trails both in Yellowstone and in our surrounding National Forest. Stop in at Parks’ Fly Shop in Gardiner or the Bear Den Ski Shop in Mammoth to pick up gear and get tips on what trails are best suited to you. After a long day of skiing, enjoy a good meal and a soak in one of our three area hot springs.
DAY THREE: MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS EXPLORATION
Start your day with a stop at the Albright Visitor Information Center in Mammoth Hot Springs to learn about the history of Yellowstone before exploring the Mammoth Terraces. After a break for a warm lunch, perfect your pirouette at the free Mammoth skating rink, which includes complimentary skate rentals on site. End your day with some local flavor at one of Gardiner’s cozy restaurants.
Ready for More Winter Adventures?
If you want to extend your trip and explore more of Yellowstone National Park, book a snowcoach with Yellowstone National Park Lodges or Yellowstone Vacations to visit park attractions like Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone!