But here’s a little secret about one of our country’s most popular wilderness regions: one of the best times to visit is during the winter. There are virtually no cars and hardly any people. Wildlife is in abundance and the snow-covered landscapes are pristine. Geothermal fountains gush from the center of the earth. It’s like being at the midpoint of creation.
From the west entrance, located about a mile and a half from West Yellowstone, it is a thirty mile ride to view
It is impossible to be unaffected by Yellowstone’s sensations of primeval nature when thermal mists merge with powdery wisps of snow smoke, eerily reminding us that we live on a planet that is still evolving.
Many visitors prefer the independence of tracking through
Indeed, many recent incarnations of the Sno-cat are relatively large which can be cumbersome. Oddly enough, Yellowstone Alpen Guides (www.yellowstoneguides.com), a tour company based in West Yellowstone, uses older snowcoach technology that offers smaller, faster, less intrusive, more private exploration of
The fire engine red, Canadian-built Bombardiers carry just eight passengers, giving them speed and flexibility as well as protection from the elements. Best of all, participants can converse with their guide while adapting the tour to personal wishes.
Other than bears, wildlife abounds across wide expanses of grasslands that link
The terrain also travels through thick evergreen forests past rushing rivers that may eventually become scenic waterfalls further downriver. Layers of powdery snow insulate everything under a blanket of white. Stand quietly and savor the silence that seems to have a sound all its own: the hushed echoes of untamed vistas.
According to some sources, Native Americans inhabited the
Traveling through the geothermal activity of the caldera is an other-wordly experience somewhat like witnessing life in its embryonic stages. A short boardwalk stroll past bubbling pots of mud, brightly colored algae and steaming lava is like walking through a millennial past that seems light-years away rather than a few hundred yards from all that is familiar.
The culmination of the tour is
Many visitors prefer to stay in
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