Yellowstone in Winter

Yellowstone Park is for most people a summer time visit. But what is the park like when the summer tourists depart and winter arrives? To find out I joined 11 other photographers on a photo tour that was put together by Joe Van Os Photo Safaris. In January 2011 we experienced temperatures ranging from the upper 20’s to -14 F and were told that it was rather warm for Yellowstone in January. We spent several nights inside the park and several just outside the park in the small town of West Yellowstone. Each day we had two snow coaches to travel about the park. While the park is open all winter, people are only allowed to enter as part of snowmobile day trips or as we did, on organized snow coach tours.

Yellowstone Park was established in 1872 and was the first national park in the world. The park is primarily in the state of Wyoming but its boundaries do extend into parts of the states of Montana and Idaho. While the park is known for its geothermal features and Old Faithful Geyser, it also has abundant wildlife and sub-alpine forests.