winter blog

winter blog
October 15, 2019
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…
February 15, 2019
The bad news? The roads to Old Faithful are closed to personal vehicles from mid-November to late April. The good news? The road is open to commercial snowcoaches and snowmobiles as long as you join a snowmobile tour or obtain the proper permit. We’d argue this arrangement makes traveling through the park in the winter a more private, special experience—you’ll feel like it’s just you…
January 18, 2019
Not so long ago, you’d be considered incredibly lucky to witness Steamboat Geyser blow its top. And despite a significant increase in the geyser’s eruptions, you’d still have to count…
January 7, 2019
As the sun rose over the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Linda Carney bent over a toilet, windshield scraper in hand.“It’s the plumber’s daughter in me,” she joked, having…
November 20, 2018
Gardiner, Montana is located at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, where wildlife sightings are all but guaranteed. After all, Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states. And Gardiner’s position at the base of the Northern Range—the area between Gardiner and Cooke City and one of the best regions for spotting wildlife in all of Yellowstone—makes Gardiner…
October 31, 2018
Although Yellowstone National Park is spectacular all year long, locals will tell you winter is a particularly special time of year. With fewer crowds, abundant wildlife, and stunning winter vistas, the park resembles a real live snowglobe when the land is covered in a blanket of white. If you’re considering a winter vacation to Yellowstone, don’t miss these ten bucket list-worthy winter experiences. 10. Go…
August 24, 2018
The fleet of new Ford vans plying the snow-packed roadways of Yellowstone National Park this winter is certain to turn heads. Not only are they taller than street-ready vans, they boast panoramic side windows. But the truly odd components are their oversized tires — about 4-feet-tall and 3-feet-wide — that are inflated to such a low pressure (a mere 7 or so pounds) they look…
January 13, 2018
In winter, this land of fire and ice transforms into a world of stunning contrasts—frozen waterfalls, steamy geysers and hot springs, and glistening snow-capped peaks. Wildlife are easier to spot against the snow-covered landscape, and there are far fewer crowds and lines at the entrance gates. Although it may seem a little intimidating, a winter visit to Yellowstone is accessible to everyone with a little…
November 26, 2017
One of our favorite ways to experience Yellowstone Country is on a pair of cross-country skis. It’s a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy time with family and friends while taking in the rugged scenic beauty of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Check out a few of our favorite trails from Paradise Valley to Gardiner to northern Yellowstone National Park. And after a fun-filled day…
October 11, 2017
If you ask almost any local, they will tell you winter is their favorite time of year here at Yellowstone’s North Entrance—and you really can’t blame them! From wildlife watching to winter recreation, see for yourself why our quaint summer town turns into a winter wonderland when the snow falls. Cross-country Ski Trails Imagine gliding past steamy thermal features, wooly bison covered in frost, and…