Every stop along our Yellowstone Winter Tour: RANKED
Thinking about a winter getaway? Imagine this: fluffy snow blanketing the ground, geysers shooting into the crisp air, and maybe even a bison or two in the background photobombing your pictures. A winter tour through Yellowstone National Park with Scenic Safaris could be just what you need to experience all these magical moments.
Each stop along our tour is a winter wonderland in its own right. But… which one tops the list? It feels almost wrong to rank them, but hey, someone’s gotta do it.
Come along as we check out all the cool spots in the park, discovering what makes each one more special than the last.
Welcome to Scenic Safaris’ Yellowstone Tour
Before we get into the rankings, let us give you some context into what Scenic Safaris is all about, shall we? As one of the most popular winter destinations in Wyoming, this thrilling 45-mile trek takes you through the heart of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. This full-day tour offers a unique opportunity to discover nature completely untouched by mankind. Our knowledgeable local guides take you to the main sights, as well as some of the lesser-known areas, creating the perfect balance of exploration, relaxation, and learning. Plus, you’ll get to see Wyoming’s wild neighbors up close (keeping it safe, of course!) and snap some memories that you’ll carry in your heart forever.
Snowmobile or Snow Coach: You choose.
Some like a relaxing meandering through the snow. Some like it a bit more wild. Both are valid in our eyes.
Scenic Safaris lets you choose your own adventure through the park, whether it’s by snowmobile or snowcoach. Each tour features a different way to explore the park. Want something thrilling? Our snowmobile tours provide an exhilarating, up-close experience. What about something a bit more chill? Our cozy snowcoach tours give you a nice, comfy ride through all the beautiful sights. No matter what you pick, you’ll have the opportunity to see lots of wildlife, hot springs, and icy landscapes.
Alright. Enough small-talk. Let’s get into the rankings.
#4: Moose Falls
Don’t get us wrong — Moose Falls is GORGEOUS, but we had to start off somewhere.
Located near the southern entrance of the park, Moose Falls gives you a snapshot into just how impressive these Wyoming rivers can really be. With its 30-foot waterfall and soft, snowy personality, it’s quite popular with nature enthusiasts and photographers who prefer a more serene backdrop.
More than anything else, Moose Falls stands out with how calm it is, creating an almost secret space for relaxation and reflection. It’s quite the hidden gem, and it breaks our heart that we have to rank it last. But once you see what else is on the list, you’ll understand why.
#3: Lewis Canyon
Hidden amidst the vast wonders of the park, Lewis Canyon emerges as number 3 on our list. This lesser-known spot showcases expansive, 360-degree views of Wyoming in all of its snowy wonder. Named after Captain Meriwether Lewis of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, it provides a unique perspective into a bit of America’s history, allowing you to see the pristine beauty of the west just as the original explorers first did.
#2: West Thumb Geyser Basin
Securing the runner-up spot on our list is the incredible West Thumb Geyser Basin. Notable for its hydrothermal features along Yellowstone Lake, it’s quite the sensory experience for those willing to explore the sights, sounds, and scents of Wyoming’s natural pools. The mesmerizing colors and shapes invite you to stroll around and take it all in. Only here in the West Thumb Geyser Basin will the curious explorer experience hot springs, geysers, and mud pots all at once.
Geysers burst directly from the waters of the lake, creating a striking contrast with the snowy scenery. It’s a perfect spot for photography, particularly around well-known spots like the Fishing Cone and Abyss Pool. Stay vigilant for wildlife – you never know what creatures might be just around the bend. Elk, bison, and occasionally bears frequent the popular West Thumb Geyser Basin.
#1: Old Faithful (Of course)
Without a doubt, Old Faithful tops our list of stops along our tour, and rightfully so! Recognized as the most renowned geyser across the globe, it symbolizes the quintessential Yellowstone experience. It’s a rite of passage for anyone who comes to the park.
With breathtaking, 185-foot eruptions every 90 minutes on the dot, it leaves every park visitor in amazement. A natural phenomenon as old as time itself, Old Faithful is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. If there’s one thing as reliable as the geyser’s eruptions, it’s the awe-inspiring feeling it gives to everyone who witnesses it.
But Old Faithful doesn’t just attract tourists; it’s also popular with the locals. Nestled in the Upper Geyser Basin, this geyser is situated in an area that boasts the highest concentration of geysers worldwide — around 150 geysers per square mile. Because of how warm the ground stays in winter, it’s exceptionally common to spot some year-round residents, such as bison and elk.
Together, they make for one amazing tour.
From jaw-dropping views of natural wonders to up-close encounters with wildlife and geysers, each stop offers something different, but equally amazing. All together, they create a full day of adventure that allows you to explore Yellowstone natural beauty in more ways than one.
What can you expect?
While on the tour, safety is a top priority. Our qualified guides provide safety briefings and instructions before the tour begins. You’ll be picked up from your lodging in Jackson Hole, and escorted to our on-site location where we will embark. If you opt for snowmobiles, we’ll provide you with the necessary gear, but you’ll still need to wear warm winter clothing and expect a moderate level of physical fitness. This is the wilderness, after all.
Book before it fills up
Yellowstone is one of the most popular winter destinations in the world, so available spots on our tours fill up fast. Don’t let this be the year you ALMOST went to Yellowstone. Head over to our booking page or give us a call, and we’ll be able to help you every step of the way.