800-715-HIKE 9-4:30 Every Day     Wildland Wires Sign Up!     Wild. Blog Trek & Travel
Yellowstone Hiking Guides
Yellowstone National Park Treks
Yellowstone National Park Hikes
Yellowstone Hiking Tour
Yellowstone Guided Treks
Yellowstone National Park Tour
Yellowstone National Park Guides
Yellowstone Hiking Vacation

Yellowstone Snowshoe Traverse


  •   Yellowstone in its most magical season
  •   Yellowstone's famous geysers & thermals
  •   Solitude, peace and quiet
  •   Snow-blanketed meadows & frozen rivers
  •   Cozy accommodations & wonderful meals
  •   Potential to see wildlife
  •   Amazing natural & cultural history


Our Yellowstone Snowshoe Traverse is an opportunity to explore and enjoy the truly majestic winter beauty of Yellowstone on foot. We'll embark on four or five days of showshoeing through vast, snow-covered meadows to geysers, frozen waterfalls, and wildlife areas. Each evening we'll return to cozy national park lodges for showers, relaxation and hearty meals!

Included in the trip cost is your lodging, all your meals, local transportation, gear and a professional Yellowstone guide. We take care of nearly everything so you can relax and soak it all in!

New reservations on this trip within 45 days of trip start date are highly unlikely due to Yellowstone National Park's lodging cancellation policies. It's highly recommended to book at least 46 days in advance!

We're Here to Help!
Bozeman, MT*<
4-5 days
20+mi / 32+km
4 Days: $2150
5 Days: $2665
$350/$450 Single Supplement

Taxes & Fees

Travel to Bozeman

  Private Trips

  See Trip Dates

Trip Dates & Booking

Click on a date to register.
You can also click here to request new dates or book through customer service.
  • Available to Book
  • Going Fast
  • Request a Reservation
Don't see your dates? Call us!
We may be able to add new trip dates.
800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Mammoth Hot Springs: 2-hour drive
  • Snowshoe Mileage: 5 miles
  • Accommodations: Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

We’ll arrive at Mammoth Hot Springs and settle into our rooms before departing for our first snowshoe at Tower Falls. After appreciating the overlook of the 132-foot Tower Falls we’ll head southwest on the groomed Tower Fall Trail adjacent to the rushing waters of Tower Creek. Wildlife sightings are likely and may include bison, elk, coyote, and bighorn sheep. We’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with hot cocoa before heading back to the hotel. After some personal time we’ll venture out to the Boiling River hot springs for a soak beneath the evening alpenglow.

Day 2
  • Snow Coach Shuttle to Old Faithful: 4 hours
  • Snowshoe Mileage: 4.7 miles
  • Accommodations: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

We’ll be up and at ‘em early this morning and board a snow coach for the isolated winter landscape of Old Faithful! The 4-hour snow coach journey takes us by frozen rivers, snow- covered valleys, through dense forests, and by herds of bison huddling for warmth against the cold.

Depending on the weather and the abilities of the group we’ll either be dropped at Midway or Biscuit Geyser Basins. From Midway Geyser Basin it is 4.7-miles to Old Faithful and from Biscuit Basin it is 2 miles. In both cases we’ll snowshoe through Upper Geyser Basin (photo below) before arriving at Old Faithful. Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world’s geysers and most of them can be found here. Snowshoeing the trails we’ll see the basins’ diverse array of geysers from thin fountains to massive eruptions as thick plumes of steam rise heavily through the frigid air. It is an impressive scene.

Day 3
  • Snowshoe Mileage: 8.5 miles
  • Accommodations: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Following breakfast we head out to one of the more unique and impressive backcountry geysers in the park - Lone Star Geyser (above photo). Our route hugs the Firehole River, named for the numerous thermal features that feed its waters, before we arrive at the geyser. Found in a clearing surrounded by dense forest, it erupts from a large, cream colored mound. At full tilt it sprays scalding water and steam 40 feet into the air. We’ll reverse our route back to dinner and time spent warming by the lodge’s fire. We’ll then venture out on an interpretive walk to see one of the more impressive starry skies in the Northern Hemisphere!

Day 4
  • Snowshoe Mileage: 2 miles
  • Snow Coach Shuttle To Mammoth: 4 hours
  • Shuttle to Bozeman: 2 hours

The final morning of our journey will commence with breakfast at Old Faithful Snow Lodge followed by an early morning snow coach departure back to Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.

Upon returning to Mammoth Hotsprings, our group will embark on a short drive to a trail head that allows for exploration of the Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces. As we travel along the Upper Terrace loop, the expansion and contraction of this hot spring feature dominates the mixed conifer forest landscape. Our group will be able to view areas of the feature that have grown or shrank depending on changing underground thermal activity. Once on top of the Terraces, we will be gifted with wide ranging views of the deeply cut Gardner River Canyon directly below, Mt. Everts, and snow clad peaks of the Southern portion of the Absaroka - Beartooth Range.

From the high vantage, the group will descend back to the vehicle for the return drive to Bozeman and our conclusion to a unique winter experience.

5-day Variation

This trip is often done in 5 days by doing Biscuit Basin and Grand Geyser the day after Midway Geyser Basin. It is a half hour snow coach ride to Biscuit Basin and the day will consist of up to 5.5 miles of showshoeing. We’ll explore a number of thermal features in Biscuit Basin, including the brilliant Sapphire Pool, before making our way along the Little Firehole River 1.5 miles to Mystic Falls, draped in curtains of ice. We’ll then turn around and head back through Biscuit Basin before snowshoeing the final 2 miles to Old Faithful. En route we’ll pass by Morning Glory Pool and the spectacular Grand Geyser.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • We provide roundtrip transportation from Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone National Park and back.
  • Roundtrip snow coach transportation from Mammoth to Old Faithful
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone snowshoe guide
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Double-occupancy lodging at 2 different lodges in and around Yellowstone National Park (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement) (Lodging Details)
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Use of a top-of-the-line backpack
  • Use of ski poles
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Meals: What To Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day's activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we're more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we'll enjoy meals in historic Yellowstone lodges!

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Use of ski poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Please note: the Yellowstone National Park snow coaches have limited space for luggage, so we ask that you have no more than 1 bag or suitcase weighing less than 50 pounds, a day pack (we provide), and a small carry-on bag.

What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Please note: the Yellowstone National Park snow coaches have limited space for luggage, so we ask that you have no more than 1 bag or suitcase weighing less than 50 pounds, a day pack (we provide), and a small carry-on bag.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($100).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group in Bozeman, Montana for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our tours are led by professional outdoor guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness travel experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on inn-based trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone

Yellowstone can be very cold in the winter. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average winter temperatures in Yellowstone:
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

1 night

One of Best Western's premier properties, this hotel is located close to the famous Roosevelt Arch, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the northern entrance to Yellowstone. A cozy winter hotel with big rooms and all the modern amenities, this is our home on the first night.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

2-3 nights

This is Yellowstone's newest and most modern full service hotel. It won the prestigious "Cody Award for Western Design" and Travel and Leisure’s "Inn of the Month." As the name implies, it's near Old Faithful and gives us amazing access to many Park highlights.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Sign Up for Wildland Wires

Get updates about new trips, Wildland news, special discounts and more!

Similar Trips

Yellowstone Cross Country Ski Tour

Winter Wonderland Ski Tour

Style: Ski Tour

4-5 days
3-day Inn-based Hiking Tour

Yellowstone Hiking Experience

Inn-based Hiking Tour

3 days
Best of Yellowstone Tour

Best of Yellowstone Tour

Inn-based Hiking Tour

5 days