Winter Safaris

A Uinta Ground Squirrel Pops Its Head Up In The Snow To Look Around In The Lamar Valley Of Yellowstone National Park

The winter season runs from November – April, and offers a variety of different experiences in Yellowstone National Park.  For the prospect of wolf watching, and enjoying a spectacular wintry landscape, we recommend a visit during this time.

During the winter months, Yellowstone National Park is mostly snowbound, with most of the 300 miles of park roads closed to vehicle travel.  The majority of the interior is accessible only by over-snow vehicle.  In the northeast reaches of the park, one road remains open to vehicles.  This is the road that allows us passage through the incredible northern range, and winter is the perfect time to see Yellowstone’s wolves here in the wild.

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.

The arrival of winter to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is preceded by migration, mating season for some species and hyperphagia for others.  Pronghorn and deer both migrate great distances to lower elevations for the winter months.  The bison rut and elk rut happens before the snow flies for the winter and bears gorge on berries and other food to fatten up before hibernating for the winter.  Wolves and mountain lions thrive in snowy conditions, which often slow down their prey.  In Yellowstone, winter becomes the season of the wolf.

Winter temperatures in Yellowstone National Park can be staggeringly low or pleasantly mild.  Average lows can dip to 1.2°F (-17.1°C) with extreme lows hitting -66°F (-54°C), the lowest recorded temperature.  Average highs range from 24.3°F (-4.3°C) to 43.3°F (6.3°C) as spring arrives.

Since 1991, Yellowstone Safari Company has been the most diverse eco-tour adventure company in the region, offering private, personalized wildlife safaris and tours to Yellowstone National Park.  Our professional naturalist guides will provide their guidance and expertise to facilitate nature-based experiences that provide enjoyment and appreciation for the natural world.  Conservation education is at the heart of what we do and we look forward to the continued privilege of guiding you through our world.


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