20 Yellowstone National Park Winter Pictures + Travel Guide

We’ve created this gallery of 20 Yellowstone National Park winter pictures to inspire you to add this location to your bucket list!

Use this picture gallery and Yellowstone National Park travel guide to know all the best things to see, do, and photograph at the park in the winter!

Yellowstone Winter Pictures

On a Yellowstone winter vacation you’ll find the landscape covered with snow. The steam from the hot pools and geysers is more pronounced in the cold air. And the wildlife stands out against the white snow.

This guide gives you all the information you need to plan a winter trip: Yellowstone winter lodging, services, road status, weather, and more!

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Things to Know Before Visiting Yellowstone in the Winter

There are limited services and ways to enter Yellowstone in the winter so be sure to plan ahead for a winter vacation to this park!

Yellowstone Roads in the Winter

All roads except from the north entrance in Gardiner to the northeast entrance in Cooke City are closed. Be sure to read the fall and winter Yellowstone road closure dates for the most updated year-to-year information.

You can access the park from West Yellowstone and the south entrance near Grand Teton by snow coach tourssnowshoeing, cross country skiing or snowmobile tours.

Yellowstone Services in the Winter

Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance is the only part of the park open to wheeled vehicles in the winter. The road is open up to Cooke City, Montana, after which the road is closed (no through-traffic to Red Lodge, Montana or Cody, Wyoming). Services are very limited between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City, Montana.

Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt areas:

  • Albright Visitor Center
  • General Store
  • Mammoth Campground
  • Mammoth Clinic
  • Post Office
  • Mammoth and Tower-Roosevelt Service Stations – credit card fueling only 24-hours

Old Faithful area:

Canyon Area:

  • Canyon Yurt Camp
  • Canyon and Fishing Bridge Service Stations – credit card fueling only 24-hours

Warming Huts available in the winter:

  • Canyon Visitor Education Center Lobby
  • Fishing Bridge
  • Indian Creek
  • Madison
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Old Faithful Yurts
  • West Thumb

Always check the Yellowstone operating hours and seasons for the most updated information.

Yellowstone Weather in the Winter

The Yellowstone National Park weather in the winter is cold and snowy. Average temperatures range from highs in the upper 20s and lows close to 0.

Layers are key when exploring the park in the winter. Reference our winter clothing guide so you can enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s cold!

We recommend at the minimum:

Things to Do at Yellowstone in the Winter

Yellowstone National Park Winter Pictures

Here’s a gallery of our favorite Yellowstone winter pictures taken on a Snowcoach Tour with Alpen Guides from West Yellowstone to Black Basin.

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Alpen Guides bombardier snowcoach with a top hatch
Yellowstone road in the winter
Road into the park from West Yellowstone
Madison River in the winter
Madison River
hot pool at Yellowstone in the winter
Hot pool at Yellowstone in the winter
tree in a hot spring at Yellowstone
Tree in a hot spring area
ice formations at Yellowstone in the winter
Ice formations
Yellowstone winter landscape
Yellowstone winter landscape
Hoarfrost on the trees at Yellowstone in the winter
Hoarfrost on the trees at Yellowstone in the winter
Grand Prismatic in the winter
Grand Prismatic in the winter
Grand Prismatic reflection in the winter
Grand Prismatic reflection
Hot pool in the winter at Yellowstone
Hot pool at Yellowstone
photographer and guide at Yellowstone in the winter
Dave and the tour guide near Grand Prismatic
River in Yellowstone in the winter
River in Yellowstone
small geyser at Yellowstone in the winter
Small geyser
trees in the winter at Yellowstone
Trees in the winter
Fun photography spot at Yellowstone
Firehole Falls in the winter
Firehole Falls
Bison head digging in the snow at Yellowstone
Bison head digging in the snow at Yellowstone
bison with snow on its head at Yellowstone
Make sure you have a good lens for wildlife photography
bison in the winter at Yellowstone
Winter is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone for wildlife

There you have it! 20 Yellowstone National Park winter pictures to show you what it’s like when you visit during this unique time of year!

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