Monday, December 28, 2009

YNP in winter ...

I've been going through some of my photos and saw this one. I laughed when I saw I had titled it Yellowstone in Winter. This was actually taken in October 2007, so technically, winter was still a ways off. Yellowstone in the winter is inaccessible unless you travel by snow coach or snow machines. Even as early as October, blankets of snow cover this amazing place.

For years, Rick has wanted to visit Yellowstone in winter. He wants to see the park by snow machine, especially before the special interest groups get it banned all together. As it is now, the areas you can see are limited and you're only allowed to travel on groomed roads. Not all the roads are even open yet, due to lack of snow this year. I believe they're due for more soon and it's -15 right now. It's definitely a place you HAVE to come prepared for or you won't survive. I would love to see the park in wintertime as well, but I'm thinking warm snow coach over cold, windy snow machines. I was just looking at the Old Faithful Webcam and there is quite a group of people showing up. The geyser is probably just getting ready to go off. It looks like a beautiful day there today. Who knows -- maybe someday we can see Yellowstone in its magical, winter wonderland glory!


  1. That would definitely be a beautiful experience. Snowmobiles are fun but can be dangerous too. I think I would go with the snow coach too; a little safer if you happen upon an angry moose. LOL!!

    Beautiful picture.


  2. It's beautiful to look at, but I'm not a cold weather person. I get all the satisfaction I need/want watching nature films of Yellowstone in winter. Gorgeous.

  3. What a gorgeous photo! Yellowstone is on my list of places to visit someday.

  4. What a lovely picture! I would definately be a snow coach person though! lol