Gorgeous Yellowstone Winter Getaways with Family Snow Tours - My Family Travels

Two national park lodges are featuring Yellowstone winter getaways select dates through early March. Plan now to experience this vast park — a favorite of all ages. You’ll agree that Yellowstone National Park shows off the best winter wonderlands found in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Snowmobile and snowcoach tours at Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a guided Snowcoach or snowmobile tour of Midway Geyser Basin. Photo by Neal Herbert for NPS.gov

With the Xanterra Parks & Resorts “Frosty Fun” package, get up close to nature for a special adventure in Yellowstone. The discounted offer is now available at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Although park trails are only accessible by snowcoach, snowmobile, snowshoes or skis, there’s much to see on a winter family getaway.

Frosty Fun at Yellowstone National Park

Man viewing steam rising from a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.
Watching steam rise from the hot springs outside the Mammoth Hotel at Yellowstone. Photo c. Xanterra

Both packages are available from Dec. 15-18, 2021 and Jan. 3-Mar. 6, 2022. Choose between the Mammoth Hotel, located near the north entrance by the hot springs. This is the place to find the Hot Tub Cabins where the family can soak their cares away together. Your alternative is the Old Faithful Snow Lodge in the heart of the Upper Geyser Basin, within walking distance of Old Faithful.

Both packages include a minimum of two nights lodging and daily breakfast. Extra perks include a welcome gift, unlimited ice skate rental and ice skating on the Mammoth rink and a Snow Card good for additional 10% discounts on select gift shop items, tours, rentals and meals. There’s so much to see and do on a Yellowstone winter getaway that you’ll appreciate the discount on more tours.

Yellowstone Winter Getaways Pricing for 2021 – 2022 Season

At the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, opened in 1937, Frosty Fun rates are $325 per person, double occupancy plus $19 per child  (ages 11 and under.) At the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, rates start at $629 per person, double occupancy plus the same child’s rate. The Old Faitful Snow Lodge package also includes roundtrip Snowcoach transportation for two from Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful. (A must-do excursion.) Multigenerational families should note that both packages also have single room rates at about 50% higher. Add taxes, gratuities and other fees to the grand total.

Families can choose between suites, guest rooms or cabins. Since there’s nothing else open in the park, kids will be happy to have a hotel base with a few shops, full- and quick-service restaurants and lounges available on the premises. A winter season trip to Yellowstone requires advance reservations for rooms as well as transportation, and Xanterra encourages active travelers to book one of the many tour packages for the best value and convenience. Here are some of their other offers.

Yellowstone Educational Getaways With Activities Included

Bison on a snowy field in Yellowstone.
Bison are a common sight crossing snowy fields in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone educational tours are ideal for ages 12 and older. There is lots of choice here depending on your interest.

Try “Lodging & Learning Winter Packages” which were developed with the Yellowstone Forever Institute. The focus is on teaching participants the basics of winter life in Yellowstone. This year, there are five-day programs about wolves and six-day programs focused on Old Faitful. Each program includes expert naturalist guides, accommodations, in-park transportation, some snowshoe tours, some meals and a Snow Card. These packages feature a combination of the two hotels.

Getting Around and To / From Yellowstone

Except for the road from Gardiner, Montana to Cooke City, Montana via Mammoth Hot Springs, transportation within the park is limited to snowmobiles and enclosed heated snowcoaches during the winter. Snowcoach transportation is available daily to a variety of park locations. Xanterra also offers a wide range of half- and full-day snowcoach, ski and snowshoe tours as well as ski and snowshoe rentals and instruction.

While you’ll have to rely on others to get around the park because it’s blanketed in such deep snow, you won’t have to worry about driving through storms to get there, either. There is an airport shuttle from Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport providing a convenient option for traveling to/from the park. Package participants receive a special rate of $64 per adult, $32 per child ages 3-11 (plus applicable taxes/fees) each way.

Winter packages through Xanterra can be booked by calling 307/344-7311 or on the website YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.

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