Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter
8 days | Bozeman, MT to Jackson, WY | from $6,390
KEN BURNS AMERICAN JOURNEYS TOUR
The world’s first national park inspires awe any time of the year, as Yellowstone National Park winter tours would attest. On this 8-day Yellowstone in Winter Tour from Tauck you’ll discover bison, elk, wolves and bighorn sheep wandering across snow-covered valleys and geologic features that appear even more spectacular in the frigid air.
Exploring by snowcoach, you’ll see gurgling mud pots and steaming hot springs surrounded by frozen landscapes, waterfalls that partially freeze, and erupting dramatically into the cold winter air.
You’ll ride a horse-drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge. And you’ll meet a noted naturalist and wildlife photographer who offers insights into the lives of Yellowstone National Park’s iconic species.
This vacation is available as a Small Group Tour, limited to 24 guests and led by an experienced Tour Director. Tauck offers a collection of Small Group travel experiences.
Tauck Exclusive: Filmed vignettes by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan sharing their own personal stories and telling the stories of those who shaped the creation and preservation of Yellowstone.
Travel by snowcoaches to the remote parts of Yellowstone. These :coaches on skis” are specially designed to glide over the snow – a mode of transportation that dates back to the 1930s.
See the greatest collection of geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and boiling springs at their most spectacular, when these thermal features that make the park unique are more prominent.
Special presentation by MacNeil Lyons, noted naturalist and wildlife photographer, who gives insights into the park’s iconic species.
Travel by sleigh into the National Elk Refuge.
Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1: Arrive Bozeman, Montana
Included transfer to Chico Hot Springs in Pray, Montana. Evening welcome reception and reception.
DAY 2: Yellowstone National Park
Take a morning dip in one of the Chico Hot Springs open-air hot springs. Following a viewing of a Ken Burns’s film, drive to Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone National Park and the Albright Visitor Center. This evening, enjoy a presentation by noted naturalist and wildlife photographer MacNeil Lyons.
DAY 3: Lamar Valley
Head out this morning across Blacktail Plateau en route to Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley on the northeast side of Yellowstone National Park. After exploring (and keeping an eye open for wildlife) in Lamar Valley, have lunch, then work your way back by coach through the Blacktail Plateau.
DAY 4: Yellowstone National Park
This morning you’ll board a snowcoach, designed especially to travel over the snow-covered trails for a trek to some of the park’s geothermal spectacles: boiling springs, fumaroles, mud volcanoes, and geysers. Arrive at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge where you’ll witness the Old Faithful Geyser. After, join a local guide for a snowshoeing trek through the Lower Geyser Basin.
DAY 5: Yellowstone & Hayden Valley
Via slowcoach, you’ll travel to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a deep gorge blown open by an ancient volcanic eruption, then carved by glaciers and the river itself, nearly a mile wide and plunging 1,200 feet with two torrential waterfalls.
DAY 6: Tetons & National Elk Refuge
In Yellowstone tour by snowcoach via Kepler Falls and the West Thumb Geyser Basin to Flagg Ranch, once an army station when the military maintained the Park. Following lunch at Flagg Ranch, a horse-drawn sleigh takes you into the heart of the National Elk Refuge. After, travel to Jackson.
DAY 7: Jackson, Wyoming
Day at your leisure. Additional activities are available at an extra cost: Dog sledding, snowmobiling or downhill skiing. In the evening, enjoy a special farewell reception and dinner that takes place at The National Museum of Wildlife Art.
DAY 8: Depart Jackson
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa | Pray, Montana
Located in the heart of Montana’s Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range, features open-air mineral hot springs pools.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel | Yellowstone National Park
Cherished Yellowstone destination since 1937, the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins takes its name from the steaming limestone terraces that lie just above the hotel. It’s the only hotel in the park that is accessible by automobile in winter.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Yellowstone National Park
Just steps away from one of the world’s most famous icons, Old Faithful Snow Lodge is a warm and comfortable oasis in the winter wonderland of Yellowstone. Take advantage of optional activities, from ice skating to off-trail snowshoeing to skiing.
The Wort Hotel | Jackson, Wyoming
Only half a block from the lively town square and surrounded by museums, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, The Wort Hotel is a beloved historic landmark and the hotel’s Silver Dollar Bar is a favorite gathering place.
Dates and Pricing
January – February 2023 Departures | From $6,290 per person
This is a Ken Burns American Journeys Tour. Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published, and subject to availability.
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- Tauck Tour Director and expert Local Guides
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- 16 Meals
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes and porterage
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Ken Burns American Journeys: Leading storyteller and filmmaker Ken Burns and filmmaker Dayton Duncan have teamed with Tauck to bring to life the films, stories, and insights that shaped the history of the United States, creating over 100 original film vignettes and exclusive tours.
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