Winter Wonderland

On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. While the hydrothermal features of Yellowstone continue boiling, steaming, and erupting in winter, life within the park must adapt to the seasonal changes.

 
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Elk are the most abundant large mammal found in Yellowstone and are an important species within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

 
Bison walk single-file on a path through snow.

Winter Ecology

Winter in Yellowstone is a place of magic and vulnerability.

A brown-spotted frog sitting on a moss-covered log

Boreal Chorus Frog

To keep their delicate, cold-blooded bodies safe during the chill of Yellowstone winters, tiny boreal chorus frogs become about 65% ice.

 

Experience Your Yellowstone

An amazing experience awaits you here. In November, most of the park's roads and services are closed, so please check the current conditions, operating seasons and hours, road conditions, and lodging and eating options to help plan your visit as best as possible.

 
A car drives along on a winding road during a foggy morning.

Park Roads

Check the status of park roads.

View from the top of a building shows visitors standing in a wide arc around a steaming geyser.

Webcams

Watch Old Faithful erupt or see the Upper Geyser Basin, Mount Washburn, Yellowstone Lake, and some of the park entrances.

A lone person standing on a boardwalk and takes a picture of steaming hot springs.

Things To Do

Explore all the different things there are to do in the park.

Snow blankets rolling hills and conifer trees grow along the ridges.

Play in the Snow

Winter is a magical time to explore Yellowstone by skis, snowshoes, snowmobile, or snowcoach.

A skier enjoys a winter sunrise at near a steaming geyser.

Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

Child wearing a winter hat and coat looking out across a deep, aqua-green hot spring.

Kids & Youth

What fascinates you about Yellowstone? Personalize your online adventure of the world's first national park.

Map of Norris Geyser Basin showing a brief description and image of Steamboat Geyser.

Virtual Tours

Virtual explore different parks of the park through interactive maps.

 

Understand Yellowstone

Yellowstone is as wondrous as it is complex. The park is at the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, where nature and culture abound. Here are just a few highlights for you to learn about the park.

 
A bobcat walking through a snowy field of brush.

Bobcat

One of the elusive cats of Yellowstone.

A white-tailed jackrabbit sitting amongst grass.

White-tailed Jackrabbit

Their coats change color with the seasons.

Pika carrying vegetation in its mouth.

Pika

An indicator species for detecting ecological effects of climate change.

A view of Mount Washburn with purple flowers in the foreground and a snow patch off in the distance

Changes in Yellowstone Climate

Scientists with the National Park Service and other organizations closely monitor variables that may reflect a changing climate.

Gnarled wooden posts hold up the second floor balcony with the stone fireplace visible below.

Old Faithful Historic District

The district is historically significant because of its rustic architecture and its role in early development of visitor accommodations.

A heartbeat graphic is superimposed over a croaking frog and a mountain valley

Yellowstone Science

Yellowstone Science shares in-depth, science-based knowledge about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

 

Preserve Yellowstone

The National Park Service works to preserve Yellowstone for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people. We are not alone in this endeavor-park partners, volunteers, and visitors all help. Learn how to get involved.

 
Milky Way above the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Energy Conservation

Yellowstone National Park is the largest consumer of energy in the National Park Service.

The bottom of Osprey Falls

Water Conservation

The water that flows through Yellowstone National Park is a vital national resource.

Snowmobilers stop to take photos of Electric Peak at a Swan Lake Flats pull-out.

Winter Use Management

The final Rule authorizing oversnow-vehicle use in Yellowstone was published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2013.

Last updated: December 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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