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Yellowstone Programs for Active & Adventurous Travelers

Adventure & Active Tours of Yellowstone Give Visitors a More In-depth Experience


Blubbing mudpot at Yellowstone

Bubbling mudpot at Yellowstone

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No one can guarantee you'll see all - or many - of the many animals roaming around Yellowstone National Park , but the odds are excellent you'll see at least bison (possibly crossing the road right in front of you) and elk. On an early morning adventure with a naturalist, we also saw wolves and a fox. The chances of seeing either a bear or a mountain lion are iffy, but the odds are improved if you head out with a naturalist, because they know where the animals' habitats are. Exploring the park on cross country skis or a snowmobile is another way to view animals, the geysers and other dramatic natural settings.

Various organizations offer tours. The Yellowstone Association Institute offers a wide array of daily tours in the national park. The Lodging and Learning programs, field seminars and backpacking courses are other choices for exploring Yellowstone National Park.

The Lodging and Learning programs are in cooperation with lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. These are multi-day packages that can include wolf watching, learning more about the park from naturalists and other activities.

The Yellowstone Association's summer Ed-Ventures include such programs as " Geysers, Mudpots, & Hot Springs: Old Faithful Area, "Natural History & Geology: Yellowstone Lake & Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone," Winter Ed-Ventures include "Wildlife Watching on the Northern Range" and "Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe."

Adventure Packages in Yellowstone National Park for Winter 2013-2014

On the Trail of the Wolf package, you'll explore the park's interior with a guide visiting the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and observing wildlife in the park's Northern Range. The package includes guided snowmobiling in the park and wildlife watching by van, three nights of lodging split between Old Faithful and Mammoth, a round-trip guided snowmobile tour between Old Faithful and Mammoth, a "Wake up to Wildlife" tour of the Lamar Valley, two breakfasts per person, welcome gift, a one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and skates and a Snow Card. Rates start at $419 per person for double occupancy for two nights at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and one night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

The Winter Wildlife Expedition allows participants to observe and learn about bison, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, coyotes, wolves and other wildlife. The program features four nights of lodging at the Mammoth Hotel, breakfasts, lunches, welcome gift, in-park transportation for field trips, snowshoes, one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and optional evening programs.

On the Winter Wolf Discovery package instructors provide expertise on the reintroduction of wolves to the park and lead wildlife viewing excursions through the Lamar Valley. This four-night package includes accommodations at the Mammoth Hotel, breakfasts and lunches each day, welcome gift, in-park transportation, snowshoe rental, one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and optional evening programs.

The Winter in Wonderland package is designed as a comprehensive introduction to Yellowstone in winter. Guests receive four nights of lodging at the Mammoth Hotel and two nights at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Guests explore the park via snowcoach, skis and snowshoes and learn about wildlife in the Lamar Valley, geology in the Old Faithful region and more. In addition to instruction, transportation and lodging, the packages include welcome gift, five breakfasts and five lunches, in-field snacks, ski and snowshoe rentals, one-hour hot tub rental, unlimited ice skating and evening programs.

The dates and more complete details about any of these packages, accommodations, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone can be made by calling (1) 307-344-7311 or toll-free 866-GEYSERLAND (866-439-7375), or visiting the web site Yellowstone Park Lodges.

Top Reasons to Visit Yellowstone National Park in the Winter

Yellowstone in the winter is an adventure traveler's paradise. You can snowmobile or cross country ski past steamy clouds drifting from blue-tinted hot springs and geysers, or go snowshoeing on paths in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. You photograph bison from the safety of your snow coach and watch wolf pups play as the adult wolves lope past bison rooting in the snow for winter grass.

Photographs of Yellowstone in the Winter

The colors of Yellowstone in the winter are beautiful.

Who to Contact for More Information

For more information about Institute programs visit Yellowstone Association.

Guidebooks to Yellowstone National Park

If you'd like to pick a guidebook to Yellowstone click on Yellowstone National Park.
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