Winter in Yellowstone Private Journey

Wolf Tracking, Wildlife Viewing, and Snowshoeing in a Snowy Wonderland

Trip Level

The trip is Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Wildlife viewing takes place during drives and stops along mountain roads. Early mornings are the best time to see wildlife, so you will have early starts (about 6:00-6:30 am). There are wonderful options for snowshoeing and cross-country ski outings of your choice on established trails. These are tailored to your personal interests, as easy or moderate as you choose. There is no extensive physical activity on the trip, but you should be in good physical shape to enjoy it to the fullest during the cold winter season. Gardiner, Montana, is at an altitude of 5,200 feet, Old Faithful geyser is at an altitude of 7,349 feet, and Yellowstone is in the far north of the US. Winter temperatures are extremely cold, averaging around 20°-30°F during the day but dropping as low as below 0°F sometimes. That said, you can be very comfortable outdoors if you have the right boots and clothing. We provide a suggested packing list, which will include felt-lined boots (such as Sorrel), a hooded, insulated jacket, water-resistant pants (ski pants are good), and insulated gloves. At Yellowstone’s moderately high altitudes, sunglasses are a must for sunny days. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels and lodges. Cuisine on the trip will be American-style, often with locally sourced items such as steak, trout, and duck.


With an average snowfall of 72 inches in December, it's no wonder that the majority of roads in Yellowstone are closed during the winter season. Daytime temperatures range from around 20-30°F throughout the day but can drop as low as 0°F. Sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night and at higher elevations. Snowfall is highly variable. This kind of weather requires proper layers of clothing and footwear for comfort during outdoor activities.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.