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Winter Wanderings – Yellowstone National Park

February 15th, 2017 – February 19th, 2017

Every year, from early November through mid-April, the interior park roads at Yellowstone National Park are closed to prepare for and support the park’s Winter season. During this Winter season, which runs from mid-December through mid-March, the only access to the interior of the park is via either snowmobile or guided snowcoach.



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The park’s already stunning vistas are transformed into soft snowscapes and already memorable scenes are turned into fantasy visions of soft and white. Yellowstone’s normally incredible summertime features don’t hibernate for the Winter, they transform into otherworldly exhibits. Imagine the thundering Lower Falls of the Yellowstone tumbling into frozen formations at its base, or consider the misty magic of a geyser basin, where mist floats into the air, meets with the forces of cold and transforms into clinging crystalline shapes on nearby flora.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.

Yellowstone National Park receives an average of between 50 and 200 inches of snow each year. Snowfall often is much higher in the interior of the park. A special treat is to be able to sight what is referred to as ghost trees. A ghost tree is one that many think is covered in snow, which in fact the trees are covered in rime frost. Rime frost forms when extremely cold after droplets freeze almost instantly on a cold surface.

If you are longing to see and photograph wolves, than this may just be the opportunity you are looking for. Of course we can’t guarantee wildlife sitings, but there is no better time than the Winter months to view and get images of these elusive creatures. During the Winter time, the wolves darker coats make them much easier to spot when contrasted against the pristine white snows. Additionally both Elk and Bison head for lower elevations during the Winter months with Yellowstone’s main Bison heard tending to congregate along the park’s West boundaries (which conveniently is where we have set up our base of operations. Sadly, unless of course you are the bear, bears hibernate during the Winter, so not much chancing of siting them.

Join us, at what we believe is one of the best times to catch the stark beauty of Yellowstone National Park, cloaked in a white shroud and crystalize glitter, you’ll be sure to take home one of kind images.

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  • Winter Wanderings - Yellowstone National Park Workshop
    2017-02-15 - 2017-02-19
    00:00 - 23:55


Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, Wyoming, 82190, United States


Yellowstone National Park (Arapaho: Henihco'oo or Héetíhco'oo) is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, the first National Park in the U.S. and widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.

Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years. Aside from visits by mountain men during the early-to-mid-19th century, organized exploration did not begin until the late 1860s. The U.S. Army was commissioned to oversee the park just after its establishment. In 1917, administration of the park was transferred to the National Park Service, which had been created the previous year. Hundreds of structures have been built and are protected for their architectural and historical significance, and researchers have examined more than 1,000 archaeological sites.

Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km2), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone.

Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the Continental United States. Grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. The Yellowstone Park bison herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Forest fires occur in the park each year; in the large forest fires of 1988, nearly one third of the park was burnt. Yellowstone has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls. During the winter, visitors often access the park by way of guided tours that use either snow coaches or snowmobiles.