Wyoming

Heart of the Winter in Yellowstone

Program No. 21771RJ
Witness Yellowstone National Park in winter as veils of snow create a stunning backdrop for bubbling hot springs, thermal pools, pristine landscapes and the region’s unique wildlife.

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At a Glance

Witness snow-dusted buffalo, boiling geysers and all the wonders of Yellowstone National Park cloaked in its winter glory. It’ll feel like you have the park to yourself, as you traverse forests, open fields and geyser basins at a time when the park interior is accessible to only a few over-the-snow vehicles. Amid this transformed landscape, encounter winter wildlife as a naturalist interprets their long vigil for the return of spring food sources and witness the surreal spectacle created by the play of icy winter air with steaming thermal features bubbling and erupting from the earth.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Getting on and off snowcoach, with high steps and challenging conditions. Outside walking on snow & ice in below-freezing temperatures with stairs. Must be able to walk with balance and stability in winter conditions.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Photograph wildlife and winter landscapes accompanied by professional naturalists across the snow in warm, comfortable snow coaches with large windows.
  • Experience unique geologic and thermal features of the park that are even more spectacular in winter.
  • Witness a “bison-jam” and watch herds of these animals exhale vaporous breaths as they lumber across the ice and snow.
Featured Expert
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Zack Baker
Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.
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Shauna Baron holds a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Science Education. She has more than 25 years of experience as an outdoor educator, studying large and small carnivores throughout the U.S., including wolves, bears, fishers, and bobcats. Shauna saw her first wild wolf while volunteering for the Yellowstone Wolf Project in 1996 and has since worked as a naturalist in Yellowstone National Park, developing outdoor educational classes for the Yellowstone Institute. She specializes in programs for disabled veterans, inner-city youth, and autistic groups.
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Meals
17 Meals
6 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
6 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Feb 17, 2025 - Feb 23, 2025
  • Feb 17, 2025 - Feb 23, 2025
  • Jan 06, 2025 - Jan 12, 2025
  • Feb 03, 2025 - Feb 09, 2025
  • Feb 17, 2025 - Feb 23, 2025
2 nights
Bozeman
Located less than seven miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the Springhill Suites Bozeman is ideal for adventurers exploring Yellowstone or corporate travelers visiting Oracle, Workiva, or Montana State University. Not an ordinary Springhill Suites, we're a custom Bozeman hotel that features studios with a divided living and sleep area, workspace, pantry with microwave and mini-fridge, sofa sleeper, plush bedding, and a 50" flat-screen TV with streaming capabilities. Start your day with a free breakfast, enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, get a workout at the fitness center, grab a drink at our bar, or stay connected with free WiFi. Business travelers love our flexible meeting space ideal for small gatherings. We're minutes from Historic Downtown, which is full of local flavor, dining, shopping, and nightlife. Renowned for its hunting, fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and impressive wildlife, Bozeman offers unlimited activities for outdoor lovers
4 nights
Gardiner
Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.
2 nights
Bozeman
Located less than seven miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the Springhill Suites Bozeman is ideal for adventurers exploring Yellowstone or corporate travelers visiting Oracle, Workiva, or Montana State University. Not an ordinary Springhill Suites, we're a custom Bozeman hotel that features studios with a divided living and sleep area, workspace, pantry with microwave and mini-fridge, sofa sleeper, plush bedding, and a 50" flat-screen TV with streaming capabilities. Start your day with a free breakfast, enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, get a workout at the fitness center, grab a drink at our bar, or stay connected with free WiFi. Business travelers love our flexible meeting space ideal for small gatherings. We're minutes from Historic Downtown, which is full of local flavor, dining, shopping, and nightlife. Renowned for its hunting, fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and impressive wildlife, Bozeman offers unlimited activities for outdoor lovers
4 nights
Gardiner
Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.
2 nights
Bozeman
Located less than seven miles from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the Springhill Suites Bozeman is ideal for adventurers exploring Yellowstone or corporate travelers visiting Oracle, Workiva, or Montana State University. Not an ordinary Springhill Suites, we're a custom Bozeman hotel that features studios with a divided living and sleep area, workspace, pantry with microwave and mini-fridge, sofa sleeper, plush bedding, and a 50" flat-screen TV with streaming capabilities. Start your day with a free breakfast, enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, get a workout at the fitness center, grab a drink at our bar, or stay connected with free WiFi. Business travelers love our flexible meeting space ideal for small gatherings. We're minutes from Historic Downtown, which is full of local flavor, dining, shopping, and nightlife. Renowned for its hunting, fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and impressive wildlife, Bozeman offers unlimited activities for outdoor lovers
4 nights
Gardiner
Conveniently located less than one mile north of Yellowstone National Park, with a spectacular view of surrounding mountains and the Yellowstone River.





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