Yellowstone National Park in Winter

I saw a show about Yellowstone in winter. The show opened with lines like (I'm paraphrasing here) tourists are all gone... old man winter covers the park in a deep blanket of snow...animals in survival mode...peace and tranquility over the landscape... You get the idea. I thought to myself, "This is great. I'll have the whole park practically to myself." So off we went around New Years of 2001. Well, the first day into the Park we were two of about 1000 snow mobilers. No solitude this trip! I had a great time anyway.

West Yellowstone, MT

We stayed at the Stage Coach Inn in West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is in Montana, just over the state line, and very near the West Entrance to the Park. That's why this presentation shows up in both states, MT and WY. There was actually a lot to do in West Yellowstone. I went to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and did some x-country skiing in Gallatin National Forest.

Welcome to West Yellowstone

Stage Coach Inn

Stage Coach Inn


Gizzly Discovery Center

Better photo of the statue

Gray Wolf or Timber Wolf
(Canis lupus)

Charcoal Gray Wolf

Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos horribilis)

Two Grizzlies

Cross Country Ski Trails
Gallatin National Forest

Biathalon Range
Gallatin National Forest

Man and Machine

Highly Modified Dodge Ram

Waiting for a fare?

Snow Coach at warming hut

A few snow machines

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Inn


I've tried to pick photos for this section that project the wintery conditions in Yellowstone (overcast, cold, snow, etc.). That said, there are only a few pictures of the hydrothermal features for which Yellowstone is so famous. Geysers, hot springs, and such are included in other Yellowstone presentations in Wyoming.

Runoff into the Firehole River

Rocket and Grotto Geysers
Upper Geyser Basin

Could be Leather Pool

Spasm Geyser?
Fountain Paint Pot Area

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Upper Falls
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Could be the Gallatin Range

Firehole Falls

Snowfield in Yellowstone

Midway Geyser Basin Boardwalk

Midway Geyser Basin

Biscuit Basin

"Old Faithful"

Upper Geyser Basin

Gallatin Range
View from Madison River

Could be the Madison River

Could be the Gibbon River

Ice and snow covered trees


The bears were all asleep.

Trumpeter Swan
(Cygnus buccinator)

Blurry Bald Eagle
(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

More swans and a duck

Barrow's Goldeneye
(Bucephala islandica)

Elk or Wapiti
(Cervus canadensis)

Elk Herd

American Bison or Buffalo
(Bison bison)

Bison Herd

Buffalo in the Mist

Big Ass Buffalo

Muddy buffalo at a distance

Muddy buffalo up close

Elk in the Mist

Pair of elk and some geese

Canada Geese
(Branta canadensis)

Canada Geese
(Branta canadensis)

(Canis latrans)

(Canis latrans)

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