Immerse yourself in the wildness of Yellowstone’s landscape by utilizing the ancient technology of snowshoes. This tour provides an unmatchable backcountry experience of magnificent winter ecology.
Though winter can seem like the least likely time to go for a walk in the woods, it is really one of the most rewarding. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem comes alive as wildlife moves from summer to winter ranges. Snow illuminates the landscape in a way you may never have noticed. Wildlife tracks appear frozen in time, and plants and rivers allow for our reflection on resilience and longevity. On this private full-day snowshoe trek, you will explore the environment in an in-depth, hands-on way. Your expert naturalist guide will interpret what you find and what you see, and you may be surprised with the story that arises.
Our full day snowshoe trip is planned and organized by our naturalist guides according to guest abilities and interests. We provide well-maintained snowshoes and poles for every guest, fitted to your height and weight for ultimate comfort. Our guides carry essential medical supplies, tools, maps and bear spray to ensure outdoor safety. Guests will also enjoy healthy and hearty snacks, a full picnic lunch, as well as the ultimate decadence of a steaming hot cocoa or coffee on the trail. This trip allows for you to take a break from the norm and literally step out into the deep stuff. Whether you have been snowshoeing your whole life, or never at all, it will undoubtedly be an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, and current weather and road conditions. Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in the field, and will expertly tailor your safari to you and your group.
Wildlife is abundant in Northern Yellowstone in the Winter. On your journey to the trailhead, and throughout the day, you may see some of North America’s largest mammals living free and wild as they have for millennia. Herbivores such as Bison, Elk, Deer, Moose and Sheep, range openly throughout valleys, gorges and cliff-sides. Many great raptors stay through the winter as well; Bald and Golden Eagles, Falcons and Hawks perch on trees or circle the skies searching for their next meal. Predators like Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes are exciting to observe as winter is their time of hunting during the day.
While out on the trail, your attention will be drawn to the intricate details of winter all around you; the deep quiet of the forest, the delicacy of layers of snow, ice formations on a creek, and the awesome presence of the Rocky Mountain peaks all around. Moving across the land on snowshoes allows for an intimate and mindful experience. The closer you look, the more you will see.
Professional naturalist guide
Private or small group safari
Souvenir water bottle
Use of spotting scopes and binoculars
National Park entrance fees
All of our guests are picked up (and dropped off) at their lodging location. We pick up in Bozeman, Emigrant, Gardiner, and Mammoth. We’ll confirm your exact pickup time based on the season as well as your exact pickup location. (Open safaris only pick up in Bozeman.)
Please allow your guide an additional 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled pickup time in case of weather delays or traffic conditions.
Approximate pickup times include:
- 8:00AM Bozeman
- 8:00AM Emigrant / Paradise Valley
- 8:00AM Gardiner
- 8:00AM Mammoth
Our adventure was fantastic! We saw a ton of different wildlife we would have never seen on our own. We tried our hand at snowshoeing. Our guide was extremely patient and kind with our daughter. He was an outstanding guide and an endless source of knowledge. We highly recommend Yellowstone Safari Co. to anyone wanting to do something outside of the box while visiting the area.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all single day wildlife safaris. Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours of departure, and before the day of departure will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations or no-shows on the day of departure will not be refunded. We strongly recommend travel insurance in order to protect you from unforeseen travel interruptions that prevent you from joining us.
What should I bring?
We will step in and out of vehicles during our safari tours so you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk on uneven surfaces, like gravel, or a boardwalk. Stepping in and out allows us to make the best use of our time in Yellowstone National Park and gives us the best wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Your guide will have binoculars and spotting scopes for you to use, but do not forget to bring your camera! While Yellowstone has some modern facilities, we are going to be traveling through remote areas of a National Park. Please remember to being any personal items, like medication, that you may need during the day.
What should I wear?
The rocky mountain range can see drastic temperature swings during the day, even in the summer months. Please come prepared! For clothing, synthetic layers are best in our mountain environment. Base layers act as a wicking layer against the body, so we recommend anything from a light weight layer to an expedition weight layer, depending on the season. A mid layer provides warmth, so we recommend a mid weight fleece layer or softshell jacket for the upper body and a pair of travel pants or jeans for the legs. The outer layer provides protection from the elements and serves as a wind/water blocking layer. A waterproof shell for your upper body will keep you dry and therefore, warm. For the legs, we recommend either weatherproof rain or snow pants, depending on the season. You may not need an outer layer during the warm summer months with no rain forecasted, but it is still a good idea to bring it with you. Conditions can change quickly. Your footwear should be comfortable and appropriate for the season. For the summertime, walking shoes or hiking boots are a great choice. Please avoid wearing flip-flops. For winter, snow boots with wool socks will keep your feet warm. For winter, you’ll also want to bring a wool, or fleece, hat, as well as mittens/gloves to keep your hands warm. In the summertime, a light hat with a visor is all you’ll need on your head. In any season, do not forget sunscreen or sunglasses. At high altitude, the sun’s rays are intense, even in winter.
What do others say about this tour?
My fiance and I had an incredible day trip to Yellowstone with our guide. While we were fortunate with the wildlife we saw on the day, had we not been with Yellowstone Safari Company we would not have seen a fraction of the things we saw. Our guide was knowledgeable on all things Yellowstone and was tremendously enthusiastic on the topic. The snowshoeing was a superb addition to the day and overall it was a day we will never forget.