Winter Tours in Yellowstone Park

The Flying Pig has developed a reputation for outstanding custom Yellowstone Park Tours during the summer and fall months. Beginning in 2016, we are proud to offer winter tours to our guests as well.

Winter time is a special time to explore the northern range of Yellowstone Park. There are fewer visitors and great opportunities to view wolves and other exciting wildlife and scenery. We offer road based SUV tours and, for those who want to explore off-road, unique snowshoe tours. Let our expert interpretive guides take you out for a wonderful winter adventure in the world’s first national park. We will accommodate whatever suits your style and activity level.

We are excited to offer guided snowshoe and cross country (XC) skiing tours in Yellowstone National Park. Each of the below snowshoe trips can be customized to accommodate XC skiers. To plan your trip, please contact the shop at 406-848-7510.

 

 


Snowshoe/XC Ski Exploration

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Phone: 406-848-7510

Let us show you another side of Yellowstone National Park! The Flying Pig’s snowshoe (or xc skiing) adventures offer a chance to explore the beautiful winter landscapes of Yellowstone with an interpretive guide who can share their knowledge and expertise about the area. Gardiner is located at the only year round entrance to the Park which makes accessing the northern range very convenient. From select parking areas, we use snowshoes or skis to trek off-trail into the backcountry of Yellowstone’s Northern Range, which is home to myriad wildlife including deer, elk, bison, fox, coyotes and wolves.

All guided snowshoe adventures include a permitted qualified guide, magnified optics, snowshoes, trekking poles, warm beverages and a light snack. We ask all participants to come prepared for severe winter conditions, which includes one liter of water per person in a freeze-proof container and quality winter clothing (jacket, pants, thick socks, warm winter boots, hat, gloves/mittens, and sunglasses).

Beginner Short Treks

  • 2 – 3.5 hour trip (customizable, as always)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • $99 per person includes guide, snacks, water and optics, and gear
  • XC ski’s may be selected but will require a stop at a nearby ski rental shop. Price is included in our rate.

Many destinations are available! Here are some top choices:

Blacktail Deer Plateau

Blacktail Deer Plateau takes its name from Blacktail Deer Creek which flows off the plateau. Named by prospectors well before the parks creation, the name is attributable to the blacktail deer of the area. Winter trekking in this region involves two miles of easy snowshoeing across rolling hills to achieve spectacular views and perspectives for spotting wildlife.

Lost Lake Trail

A favorite stopping point for summer visitors is the Petrified Tree. You will get a chance to stop and take in the awesome natural history of this geological point of interest as you make your way back to Lost Lake. This trip is also an easy trek that does not involve elevation changes. Visitors love the quiet solitude of this lake.

Advanced Long Treks

  • 5 – 7 hour trip
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • $189 per person includes guide, snacks, water and optics, and gear
  • XC ski’s may be selected but will require a stop at a nearby ski rental shop. Price is included in our rate.

Slough Creek & Specimen Ridge

6-hour Guided Snowshoeing.

Explore the park above the confluence of the Yellowstone and Lamar rivers! This incredible zone offers two geographic areas with spectacular snowshoeing. The trip will include one of these two areas, determined before guests depart and based on experience and interest.

1.) Lamar River – A beautiful 5-mile snowshoe along an northern tributary of the Lamar River.

2.) Specimen Ridge –  A hard 4-mile trek up a ridge south of the Lamar River. This hike provides one of the most breath-taking views of the Northern Range and surrounding areas.

*All tours are dependent on good weather and road conditions and are subject to change.

 

 

Park Shuttles

Winter shuttles in the park are available on a case-by-case basis and dependent on availability. We use a great shuttle service based in Gardiner called Mountain Runner Shuttles. Please visit their website at: http://www.mountainrunnershuttles.com.

Winter Gear Rentals at Flying Pig’s Camp Store in Gardiner

Our Flying Pig Camp Store is open this winter and is our base of operations for our winter tours. EQUIPMENT RENTALS are available for folks who won’t require a guide. We offer daily rental rates on Snowshoes/Poles as well as Scopes for Wildlife Viewing. Please stop by the Flying Pig Camp Store at 204 Park St in Gardiner to check out our rentals!