Yellowstone National Park is so vast and diverse that it would take many visits to the park in order to really see it all. This statement is not meant to discourage visitors to the park. On the contrary, this statement should inspire visitors to enjoy tours with the people who know Yellowstone National Park better than anyone else, Park Rangers. There are several exciting Ranger-led talks and programs in a handful of areas of Yellowstone National Park this winter.
Everyone who comes to Yellowstone National Park wants to see Old Faithful, and for good reason. There are plenty of self-guided pathways that have educational signs, but the Old Faithful area also offer ranger-guided tours of this hot spot in Yellowstone National Park. Just show up at the Old Faithful benches 20 minutes prior to the estimated eruption for a 15-20 minute talk providing inside information on this enigma. Also in the Old Faithful Snow Lodge area, at the Visitor Education Center, Park Rangers give free 45 minute slide show presentation that also highlights some of the little known facts and details about Yellowstone National Park.
West Yellowstoneis another popular spot for visitors to Yellowstone. Each Saturday, Park Rangers host a two-mile showshoe trek along the Riverside Trail inside the park. Just bring your snowshoes, water and a snack and meet the Park Ranger at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center in West Yellowstone. All levels are welcome as the snow-shoe walk is not considered strenuous. On Sunday afternoons at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, join a Park Ranger for a free 45 minute slide-show presentation similar to the above mentioned in the Old Faithful Area. The presentation is free but there is a fee to enter the rest of the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
The Mammoth Hot Springs area is another fun region to visit in the wintertime. Showshoeing with a Park Ranger might be the highlight of your vacation. Check out the beauty of winter in Yellowstone with a showshoe adventure on Tuesadys and Thursdays. This walk takes about two hours and is considered monderately strenuous. Snowshoe rentals are available at the Bear Den Ski Shop near the Mammoth Hotel or bring your own. Keep in mind that this snowshoe trek will turn into a guided walk without any snow, so check with a ranger before you rent your snowshoes. A one hour evening program is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 in the Mammoth Hotel Map Room. There is a special ranger talk about wolves on Monday and Wednesdays is featured at the Albright Visitor Center Theater. It lasts an hour and a half and includes both a 20 minute talk and a video.
Remember, winter in Yellowstone is inherently cold, but the weather can also change in a flash. Dress in layers and bring water and a snack. Taking a walk or listening to a presentation by a Park Ranger is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Yellowstone National Park. After listening to any of these talks, you will have a whole lot more to think about as you explore the park on your own. Winter in Yellowstone National Park is an exciting time of year. US Park Lodging provides hotel reservations for Yellowstone National Park both inside and outside the park. Call up these professionals today to book your stay in Yellowstone.