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Yellowstone - Snowshoeing, Wolves & Winter Wildlife

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Typically known for bears in the summer, during the winter months it transforms into a veritable winter wilderness. Roads into the park close, only accessible by snow coach or snowmobile…we travel by snow coach for this unique opportunity to explore the park is closed to the public.
  • Product Code 44760
  • Holiday Type Winter Spirit Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Rich In Wildlife Holidays, New Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 8 Nights

The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is simply incredible, and winter reveals a side most travellers will never experience. Explore the Lamar Valley with a wolf and wildlife tracking guide and enjoy guided snowshoeing in search of wildlife. Stay within the national park borders, at a time when animals are scavenging for food with fewer tourists to scare them away. On this unique lodge tour, you’ll enjoy rare access to this geothermal winter wonderland where you’ll make your own fresh tracks in the snow.

During winter, roads into the park close and are only accessible by snow coach or snowmobile…we travel by snow coach. Known best as a summer hiking destination, come winter the rugged exterior is covered by a big beautiful blanket of snow and reveals a more tranquil, softer side. We will experience steaming hot geysers and snowshoeing away from the crowds.

We begin with a short stop in Bozeman, before heading into the park boarders to Mammoth Hot Springs, even the name warms you. Here we can follow the boardwalks to discover bubbling pools and steaming vents from within the earth.

The following day we spend our day with a Wolf and Wildlife Tracking guide (best job title ever). More than likely we will head for the Lamar Valley where wildlife is in abundance including wolves, elk, bison, and big horn sheep. The guide will set up a telescope to aid viewing and inform us all about the flora and fauna, history of the park, and what happened when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone.   

Giant snow coaches take us along the Grand Loop Highway, through the most magnificent mountain scenery and into Yellowstone’s interior. We stop along the way to observe wildlife and photograph views along the way, staying at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Here we strap on our snowshoes and spend days exploring the park on foot.

The first morning will involve a guided lesson to help master the art of snowshoeing, then there is no stopping us as we head out into the park amongst geothermal pools. Our accommodation is located five minutes’ walk form Old Faithful geyser, in a timbered Snow Lodge. It is the perfect place to unwind after a day in the snow, with cosy roaring fires. On our final day, we travel back to Mammoth Hot Springs by snow coach, before returning to Bozeman by coach for one final night.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover wintery Yellowstone National Park away from the crowds. 
  • Includes wolf and wildlife tracking guide for expert animal encounters, information and use of specialist telescope equipment. 
  • Snowshoeing amongst colourful geysers and Old Faithful. 
 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Bozeman via Chicago or New York (United Airlines) 
      Airport transfers 
      En suite accommodation with breakfast 
      Three dinners and six lunches 
      Wolf and wildlife tracker, American English speaking leader 
      Snowshoeing equipment 
      Winter walking and snowshoeing guides 
      All transport and national park entrance fees including snow coach in/out of Yellowstone 
      All local transport costs for walking and sightseeing excursions. 
     
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Depart London (Heathrow) to Bozeman via Chicago. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Bozeman where we overnight. The journey to the hotel will take roughly 15 mins and as we will arrive late in the night, no dinner will be included on the first night.

    Accommodation: C,mon Inn, Bozeman

     
     
  2. Day 2

    After a hearty breakfast, we leave late morning and make our way towards the world’s first national park – Yellowstone. Our first visit today is Mammoth Hot Springs, an area awash with geothermal activity, steaming vents and petrified trees. We have free time to explore the boardwalks on foot and observe this lunar-type landscape safely. During summer months, typically crowds of people can be found lining the boardwalks which is why winter is the perfect time to come visit. Afterwards, we drive to Chico Hot Springs where we spend the next two nights. Included in your stay is a visit to the outdoor hot springs so you can stay warm, with the cool evening air on your face, 

    Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort and Hotel 
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     

  3. Day 3

    Today we enlist the help of a Wolf and Wildlife Tracker to help us not only learn more about the history of the park, but also to track wolves and other wildlife. Nothing makes your hair stand on end quite like watching wolves exploring the wintery wilderness and hearing their howls reverberate across the surrounding landscape.

    Whilst we will travel to various parts of the park, the highest concentration of wildlife can be found in the Lamar Valley, located in the remote north-eastern corner of Yellowstone National Park and Americas answer to the Serengeti. There is a wealth of wildlife to be found here, with the greatest concentration of wolves and grizzly bear but also, elk, bison, bald eagles, moose and bighorn sheep. Our guide will set up a telescope throughout the day which we share, plus he will share his wealth of knowledge about wildlife in general. Of course, sightings are never guaranteed but we are allowing ourselves every opportunity to do so in the hands of such experts. 

    Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort and Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     

  4. Day 4

    During the winter months, roads into Yellowstone’s interior are closed to the general public unless you are travelling by snow coach or snowmobile. As a result, human traffic dwindles to the select few who have been lucky enough to secure rooms in the few lodges. When we venture out on foot, typically our footprints will be the only tracks in the snow, this makes it easier to spot when animals have crossed the path ahead of us. The contrast between Yellowstone in the summer and winter could not be more pronounced; truly nature’s own adventure playground.

    Today we enjoy a snow coach sightseeing tour into the heart of the park, the slow way. On board we have a driver/guide who helps uncover information about the park, talking about the geothermal activity, and helping us spot more wildlife.  Naturally, we will stop when animals are spotted, at various scenic stops and points of interest. This journey should take most of a day given the right conditions and we will typically arrive at the lodge late afternoon. After checking in, we will walk over to Old Faithful Geyser to watch the clockwork eruption.  

    Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge  
    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

     
  5. Day 5 to 6

    Today we enjoy a snowshoeing lesson directly from the lodge. Snowshoes are easy to use and after a lesson in how to fit them and safety instructions, we begin a two hour walk to gain our confidence before heading out to explore the colourful geothermal springs. 

    The next two days will be spent walking the many snowshoeing trails within the park, often making our own tracks in fresh snow given the right conditions. This allows us to walk quietly and not scare the animals, but also experience the park away from the crowds and on two feet.   
    Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge  

    Day 5: Meals: Breakfast and lunch is included. Dinner is not included but can be taken in the hotel restaurant where they have a range of options. 

    Day 6: Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

     
  6. Day 7

    Sadly, our snowshoeing adventure has come to an end, but it isn’t over just yet. Today we enjoy the snow coach tour back towards Mammoth Hot Springs where we pick up our vehicle again. Once again, we will stop at interesting points along the way and listen to the driver/guide talk about the park. Keep an eye out for animals as there is potential to see a great volume of wildlife, simply just crossing the road in front of us. 

    Accommodation: C,mon Inn, Bozeman
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     

  7. Day 8

    Our morning is free to further explore Bozeman or relax at the hotel before we travel to the airport for our return flight back to the UK.

    Meals: Breakfast

     
  8. Day 9

    We arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bozeman via Chicago or New York (United Airlines) 
  • Airport transfers by road c.15mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.
     

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

C’Mon Inn

 C’Mon Inn is a Western-inspired hotel located in Bozeman. The interesting design includes a 3-story inner atrium, with an indoor pool and a hot tub set within. The rooms off interior hallways surrounding a central atrium include en suite bathrooms and free WiFi as well as microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Rooms with private balconies, some with in-room whirlpools, stone fireplaces, and pull-out sofas are also available. 

 

 


Chico Hot Springs

Chico Hot Springs is surrounded by mountains and only a stone’s throw from the Yellowstone River and a short, scenic drive into Yellowstone National Park. A historical hotel but with all the modern luxuries you could need. Including a restaurant, spa, hot springs pool and various cosy lounge areas.

 

 

 


Old Faithful Snow Lodge

In winter, Old Faithful Snow Lodge looks magical, elevated at approximately 1127m. Because of its location within the park’s interior, the Snow Lodge, as well as the Old Faithful area, are only accessible by snow-coach, and this is how we will arrive. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, telephone, coffee maker, fridge, hairdryer, televisions and radio.