As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Over-the-snow coaches transport you into the heart of Yellowstone National Park, where wolves might be seen trotting near ice-rimmed rivers, and frosty-faced bison linger near the warmth of the geysers. Ramble the boardwalks among steaming and bubbling hot pools, and if you’d like, your guide will teach you the fundamentals of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. There’s something for everyone on this winter journey. Winter really is the coolest season!
Gather in Bozeman, then travel over Bozeman Pass, through the Paradise Valley to Yellowstone National Park. The first part of the trip is spent exploring the northern area of the park, highlighting the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley – oft referred to as the “American Serengeti” – and steamy Mammoth Hot Springs, with opportunities to snowshoe or ski on area trails. Each day is led by a sage guide, who is an expert in spotting wildlife.
We’ll board an over-snow vehicle and relish a trip through Yellowstone only accessible to a lucky few in winter, taking in pristine winter scenes and always on the watch for wildlife. Barring a “bison jam,” we arrive at Old Faithful Snow Lodge with time to relax by the fireplace before dinner. Our days here are focused on active, fascinating geothermal features – colorful hot pools, steaming geysers, and bubbling mudpots.
We spend our last night at a Montana classic – Chico Hot Springs – where a fabulous farewell dinner and soothing soak in the naturally-fed hot springs pools make the perfect ending.
After breakfast the next morning, we’ll return to Bozeman for flights home.