Things to Do

Elk Refuge

Elk Refuge Winter Programs

National Elk Refuge winter naturalists have planned an assortment of educational programs this month, giving visitors opportunities to learn about wildlife and habitat in a variety of settings. All programs take place at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson, unless otherwise indicated. The programs are all free of charge. Click here for more information.

Ski

Snowmobile Yellowstone National Park

Explore & experience Yellowstone like you’ve never seen it before, from  a snowmobile!

 

You’ll be guided by a local expert through snowy landscapes, steamy geysers or grand canyon’s spotting wildlife along the way. Snowmobile Tours

Winter in Yellowstone

Luxury and excellence await at the Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole.  Let your winter adventure begin at the # 1 rated Ski Resort in North America or visit neighboring Grand Targhee Ski Resort.

Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, frigid temperatures, and steaming geyser basins. Skis, snowshoes, snowcoaches, and snowmobiles become the primary modes of transportation as roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and snowstorms transform the park into a winter wonderland.

Restricted vehicle access and limited services make winter visits challenging. In a sense, coming during winter resembles visiting before the age of automobiles. People arrive at an entrance, then take a snowcoach or snowmobile (instead of a horse-drawn carriage) in order to see the park.

Every year in early November, most park roads close to regular traffic as we prepare for the winter season. The only exception is the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance, which is open to regular traffic all year. Once enough snow accumulates (usually by mid-December), roads open to “oversnow” travel only. This means the only way to visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other popular destinations during winter is by guided snowmobile or snowcoach, or through our non-commercially guided snowmobile program. Oversnow travel ends in mid-March, when our plowing crews begin clearing a winter’s worth of snow. Roads start re-opening to normal cars in mid-April.

Most stores, restaurants, campgrounds, and lodges are closed during winter. A few visitor centers remain open, and we also maintain a series of warming huts throughout the park. Ranger-led programs are offered at Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. Park partners and other businesses offer a variety of guided activities and trips during winter.

2016-2017 Facility Dates
Anything not included in this list is closed during the winter.

Opens

Closes

Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins

December 16, 2016

February 27, 2017

Old Faithful Geyser Grill

December 15, 2016

March 15, 2017

Old Faithful Bear Den Gift Shop

December 15, 2016

March 15, 2017

Madison Warming Hut

December 15, 2016

March 15, 2017

Mammoth Hotel, Dining Room, Retail

Closed 2016-17 winter

Closed 2016-17 winter

Mammoth Terrace Grill

December 16, 2016

February 27, 2017

Mammoth Ski Shop

December 16, 2016

February 27, 2017

Ski

Reserve online or call 307-734-0035.