The winter season has just begun in Yellowstone National Park and I’d like to reintroduce you to the park’s splendor in December.
Imagine if you will a winter wonderland in its purest form. The ground covered with snow just as pure as the moment it fell from the sky above. Not even a footprint has left its mark. The trees are covered with snow standing strong as they reach for the stars. There are no neon signs or busy crowds. It’s just you in the middle of serenity, breathing the fresh mountain air while the creatures of earth move about free and undisturbed. This scene will forever be etched in my memory.
Yellowstone National Park is the Crown Jewel of all parks. In the summer guests are afforded the opportunity to see what I consider the most beautiful place in the world. Clear blue skies abound. The sun, in all of its majesty, exposes sights that are often indescribable. There’s Old Faithful, Upper Falls, Majestic Pool, Mammoth Hot Springs and so many natural wonders of the world at your fingertips.
In winter all of that changes or at least is perceived to have changed. While the attractions are still in the same locations, their appearances sustain an Extreme Makeover - Mother Nature Edition!
Snow now covers every inch of the 2,219,783 acres. Travel is accomplished by foot, snowcoach and snowmobile. It is still possible to explore a large majority of the park and experience its main attractions with relative ease thanks to Xanterra Parks & Resorts – the concessionaire in Yellowstone. Their snowcoach tours are a truly unique experience. Guided by two skis in the front and held steady by tracks on each side you can reach speeds of 45mph - safely. And I should mention they also have good heaters.
Snowmobiles also make for great transportation. Guided snowmobile tours are available inside the park. This is perhaps my favorite mode of winter travel in Yellowstone. It’s fun and offers flexibility when wildlife watching.
And of course there’s old reliable Moe and Joe. Xanterra offers creative ways to utilize your feet as well. There are skiing and snowshoeing opportunities that provide access to more remote backcountry type of exploring.
Whatever your mode of transportation the scenes will be embedded in your mind, heart, and soul. Perhaps you will see a red fox hunting, a pack of wolves roaming, or a herd of buffalo sharing the trail with you. It may be the serenity that speaks volumes to your soul or breathing in pure mountain air that refreshes your purpose of life. No matter what your favorite part of Yellowstone in winter, your life will be forever changed.
In the hustle and bustle of today’s society a winter experience in Yellowstone is a welcome change of pace. I can assure you first-class accommodations, fabulous dining, and pure relaxation. Leave your laptop, mp3 player and other gadgets behind and enjoy a winter wonderland known simply as Yellowstone National Park.