With blankets of snow and beautiful wildlife, winter in Yellowstone is a wonderful time to discover Wyoming from a unique perspective. Below, you will find a comprehensive guide to navigating Yellowstone in the winter. However, if you are looking for more things to do on your vacation, simply download our free Cody/Yellowstone Country Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on museums, parks, restaurants, and more!
Winter in Yellowstone & What You Need to Know
The Best Activities to Enjoy Throughout the Season
There are so many things to do at Yellowstone in the winter! One of our favorite things to enjoy is a tour of the park with the Yellowstone Snowcoach. Tours are the perfect way to get to know the park better and make sure that you don’t miss out on the best of what the season offers.
Photography is another popular activity. With an abundance of snow, winter creates some of the most picturesque photo opportunities of the year! Other popular activities include sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
What Wildlife to Expect
The snowy wonderland of Yellowstone is often accompanied by an abundance of stunning wildlife! It is true that bears hibernate in the winter at Yellowstone. However, many other animals are active throughout the season. Bison, elk, mule deer, moose, wolves, and coyotes are just a few of the animals that you may see! To better your chances of seeing them all, we highly recommend taking a tour!
The Weather & Temperatures
Yellowstone is full of snow in the winter! From December through February, average high temperatures are typically 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also expect lows of roughly 18 degrees. Because temperatures can vary greatly from morning to afternoon, it is important to always wear plenty of layers! Layers will allow you to adjust according to the weather and maintain maximum comfortability.
Tips for Your Trip
- Make the most of your winter vacation at Yellowstone! Our Spirit of the West Package is the perfect way to save on tours, lodging, and more of Cody/Yellowstone Country’s top attractions.
- Park roads may close due to unforeseen weather conditions. Before you make your way to the park, always double check for road closures. You can find more information on road closures on the Yellowstone National Park website.
Where to Find the Best Winter Lodging in Cody, WY
After a day well-spent at Yellowstone National Park, head home to Monster Lake Ranch for the ultimate Wild West getaway. Our onsite steakhouse, saloon, and the beautiful backdrop of the Absaroka mountain range are just a few things to enjoy during your stay!
When you book any of our cozy cabins, like The Cutthroat, you can always look forward to the best amenities, packages, and top-notch service. If you are ready to plan your next winter vacation, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you on Monster Lake Ranch!
If you are looking for another fun addition to your Yellowstone winter vacation, read our blog on the Sleeping Giant ski area.