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.
See what's planned
- Discover wintery Yellowstone National Park when the park is closed to the general public.
- Includes wolf and wildlife tracking guide for expert animal encounters, information and use of specialist telescope equipment.
- Snowshoeing amongst colourful geysers and winterscapes.
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.
- 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.
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This holiday will include a mixture of relatively short winter walks and snowshoeing, between exploring other places of interest such as the geothermal pools. We will be walking along designated winter walking trails, on snow cleared paths. The local guide and your tour leader will offer guidance in snowshoeing technique and will arrange a full programme. Walks will be arranged by our leader in consultation with the local guide who will lead almost all of the walks.
For the days where we snowshoe, some of the trails we follow will have been prepared, whilst others will be much wilder. Obviously, we hope that we will be walking in fresh snow where the only other tracks will be those of wild animals and birds, of which we hope to encounter along the way.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart London (Heathrow) to Bozeman via Chicago. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Bozeman where we spend our first night.
The journey to the hotel will take roughly 15 mins and as we will arrive late, no dinner will be included on the first night.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Best Western Mammoth Springs
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 the summer months, typically, crowds of people can be found lining the boardwalks which is why winter is the perfect time to come visit as the crowds have long gone. 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 toasty and warm, with only the cool evening air on your face, a wonderful experience in this wintery wonderland.
Best Western Mammoth Springs
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.
Yellowstone National Park
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
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 in the park. 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.
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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.
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.
Arrival in the UK
We arrive back in the UK.
Walks & Excursions
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in United States of America
United States of America use US Dollar.
Tipping is a part of life and expectations are fairly high. The drivers accompanying the tour on transfers and excursions tend to be mines of information relating to all aspects of local life and the country, and are also excellent travelling companions. Should you wish to tip our American colleagues, you may wish to consider an allowance of $3 per day for each of our drivers. In restaurants it is customary to add a 15% tip to the bill throughout North America.
It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
Arrival transfer by road is approximately 15-20 minutes.
Transport on this trip will be both in a 12 seater minibus, and a snow-coach when we travel to and from Yellowstone National Park. The snow-coach is a scheduled service and the only transport that can access our lodge. Journey time is around 5 hours, due to the frequent stops at various scenic spots, to discover wildlife and other points of interest along the way. If you would like to see some information and images regarding the snow-coach please see the link provided: https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/adventures/winter-adventures/snowcoach-transportation/
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport.
Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents
and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to
ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply
with, such requirements.
General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel
and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Passport Information for United States of America
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
The VWP (Visa Waiver Programme) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.
All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised e-passport symbol on the front cover.
You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:
- you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’
- you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction
- you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria
- you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011
Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.
If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Those travelling under the VWP arriving by air or sea should provide details online at least 72 hours before travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA. For more information, and to apply online, visit the official ESTA website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).
If you’re arriving by land, you don’t need to complete an ESTA before you arrive at the border. Getting an ESTA is a separate process to providing your airline with advance passenger information (details of your passport, country of residence, address of your first night’s accommodation in the US etc).
The VWP is intended to be used for occasional, short visits to the US. If a US immigration officer thinks you’re trying to ‘reset’ the clock by making a short trip out of the US and re-entering for another 90-day period, you can be denied entry. If you travel from the US to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean you can usually re-enter using the ESTA and admission stamp you were issued when you first arrived in the US, although the time you spend outside of the country is included in the 90 days allotted for your visit. Make sure you’re clear about the length of time the immigration officer has authorised you to remain in the US if you re-enter under the same ESTA.
When you arrive in the USA you will need to be able to show that you have enough funds available to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends. Further details on the VWP and other aspects of US immigration rules are available from the Customs and Border Protection website.
The US Customs and Border Protection programme Global Entry gets pre-approved travellers through border control faster at some US airports. If you’re a British citizen you can now register to get a UK background check on GOV.UK. If you pass the background checks, you’ll be invited to apply for Global Entry.
All breakfasts, six lunches and three dinners are included; please see the itinerary schedule for details. Remaining dinners are not included, but there are always dinning options to suit all budgets. On nights where dinner is not included the leader will make a reservation for those that still prefer to eat together. Nobody is under obligation to join the group if they prefer not to.
The hotel(s) listed within this document are examples of standard only. Whilst we strive to deliver the hotel(s) listed within this Holiday Information Sheet, there will be times throughout the year when they change. If this occurs, we will advise you as such. From time to time hotels will change near to departure and you will not be advised until after arriving into the destination. We always aim to provide a replacement of similar standard and location, although we cannot guarantee similar facilities such as pool or bar.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Lightweight quick-drying trousers
- Walking T-shirt/shirts
- Walking socks
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
- Day sack liner
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in United States of America
Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
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Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United States of America
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to the US.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
Zika virus also exists in the US; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. You should also take precautions against Tick bites, particularly in Eastern USA.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not
insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately
insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to
participate in our local walking and other activity programmes
without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you
for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region)
and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue)
and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness
or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities,
included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally
the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your
insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance
once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information
on security and local laws for travellers, together with current
passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware.
Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible
precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays
of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day,
and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for the future. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Discover more about our walking grades