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Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski Excursion

Quick Details


  • Snowshoes and poles provided (if snowshoeing)
  • Private & Customizable
  • Bring your own skis/boots/poles or pick up a rental pair in Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Your own local naturalist guide
  • Fully custom-designed snowshoe hike or cross country ski
  • Difficulty level matched to your fitness level
  • Away from the crowds and into the wild
  • Vast wide open spaces and clean mountain air
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style
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If sticking to the road all day isn’t your thing, our ski or snowshoe tour will get you out into the winter wonderland of Yellowstone’s backcountry. Yellowstone’s Northern Range has everything to offer from easy groomed trails to venturing off on our own and breaking trail to lesser visited landscapes!

Never snowshoed before? That’s ok! If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Do you prefer the thrill of gliding on skis? We can do that too! Either way, our experienced Naturalist Guides will work with you to customize the day, including working with your group to determine what kind of conditions and mileage you are interested in. We might go on a snowshoe walk above the Yellowstone River, or around the thermals of Mammoth Hot Springs, or through the forests and meadows around Lamar Valley. If skiing is your preference, we may explore the beauty of Tower Fall, Blacktail Plateau Drive, or the Upper Terrace Loop. Regardless of your mode of backcountry transportation, we will examine animal tracks and sign, learn to understand the geology that has created the incredible diversity of the Northern Range, and tell stories of past winter explorers in Yellowstone.

We may start the morning by taking advantage of any wildlife sightings, and depending on your interests and the temperature, we could do a longer snowshoe/ski or a couple of short ones. Exploring the backcountry with a guide will help ensure that you experience the magic that is winter in Yellowstone. With every trip, we consider the safety and comfort of our guests, and strive to show and point out the special corners of the park that you might not see on your own. Let us show you the park in our favorite season!

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ’s page!

See what our guests are saying!

They were amazing!

I took two tours with Yellowstone Wild while I was in Montana. I did a wildlife photography tour with Rob and a snowshoeing tour with Laura. They were amazing! Rob taught me a ton about my camera, composition, and the subject of the photo. He was patient and kind as we stood in the freezing cold explaining things so I could better understand and get a great shot! In these tours (March 2024), I saw bison, elk, a pygmy owl, wolves, a mountain lion, big horn sheep, a fox, a coyote, and pronghorn. I learned about the geology, animal migration patterns, vegetation, and history of Yellowstone National Park from both my spectacular guides. We also shared some laughs! Long story long, if you want to see cool stuff, meet cool people, and learn cool things, book a trip with Yellowstone Wild. You won't regret it.

– Jasmine S., Google Reviews