In the mood for a fall getaway you’ll never forget? Yellowstone National Park tours are ideal for year-round travel, but they’re especially breathtaking in the fall and early winter. The Northern Range remains open for you to enjoy.
Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to see and do on Yellowstone guided tours to the beautiful Northern Range.
Most of Yellowstone National Park is closed to vehicular traffic during winter, but routes between Cooke City and Gardiner remain open. These scenic drives are beautiful in all seasons, especially during winter when snow blankets the ground.
Starting from Gardiner, you’ll take the park’s northern entrance road to Mammoth Hot Springs. Then you’ll follow east on Grand Loop Road, taking in Yellowstone’s beautiful high country. As you continue, you’ll see the impressive canyon between the 11,000-foot Abiathar Peak and the 10,200-foot Amphitheater Mountain.
The total distance of this scenic drive is 57 miles, and guided Yellowstone National Park tours help you take in this beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace. Let professionals do all the guiding and driving, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the natural wonders of Yellowstone.
Want to get in touch with your inner Ansel Adams? You can do just that with a tour of the Northern Range. You can take impressive shots of colorful hot springs, bubbling pools and geysers set against the dramatic backdrop of snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and active wildlife during winter.
Most of the hot springs in Yellowstone are too hot for you to safely interact with them, but you can at the Boiling River, also known as Gardiner River. You’ll enjoy the unique sensation of hot and cold water mixing in pools along the river’s edge. The access point to this location is located between Gardiner and Mammoth Hot Springs. After a short hike, you’ll arrive at the hot springs for a sensory experience like no other.
There’s never a bad time of year to experience Yellowstone’s vibrant and varied wildlife. While many animals hibernate during the winter season, you’ll still have a chance to see wolves, coyotes and mountain goats going about their day set against the dramatic winter scenery.
Yellowstone is particularly rich in avian life, with over 330 species documented in the park. It’s highly likely you’ll encounter a variety of birds during your visit, from graceful raptors to majestic bald eagles. You may even catch a glimpse of the rare peregrine falcon, osprey or great horned owl.
Although winter weather is settling in, there’s still time to get in a last-minute weekend getaway. While the park’s roads have closed, the Northern Range remains open. Enjoy it without the crowds by reaching out to the team at Yellowstone Tour Guides today. Contact us, and all you have to do is fly into Bozeman. We’ll take care of you from there, coordinating Yellowstone guided tours, transportation and lodging. Reach out to us today to take advantage of this unique opportunity.