Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada is a place where high peaks tower over neighboring valleys, and roaring mountain rivers cascade over granite ledges. From early inhabitants like the native Ahwahneechee, to conservation advocates like naturalist John Muir, Yosemite has always been an inspirational natural wonder. Yosemite played an early role in the idea […]
Great winter adventure awaits in the steamy, ethereal geyser basins and sparkling, snowy expanses of Yellowstone National Park. Whether you’re an old hand at winter or have never owned a pair of snow boots in your life, you’ll uncover all that’s truly beautiful about the season on this journey. Wildlife watching in Yellowstone is superb during the winter, and your naturalist guide knows the best places to look for bison, elk, wolves, coyotes, foxes, bighorn sheep, eagles, and otters. Many animals congregate closer to roadways in the winter, and the snowy backdrop can make it easier to spot wildlife.
Travel an exquisite loop, from Bozeman, through pastoral Paradise Valley, into Yellowstone, then back to Bozeman via Big Sky and the winding and narrow Gallatin Canyon. En route to Old Faithful, special snowcoaches transport you over closed roads into the heart of Yellowstone, where frosty-faced bison linger near the warmth of the geysers. You’ll walk along the snowy boardwalks to see steaming and bubbling thermal features and learn the geology of this one-of-a- kind place. If you like, your guide will teach you the fundamentals of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing so you can enjoy exploring in this winter-fun way. Or sit by the fireplace and relax! Winter really can be the coolest season.