Discover a natural playground filled with majestic snow-covered panoramas, endless frozen terrain, and exhilarating winter activities fit for seasoned adventurers and novice explorers. The slower season typically sees fewer crowds, making more room to roam undisturbed through mother nature at her finest. So, whether you’re looking to ski down freshly powdered slopes, rev your snowmobile through winding winter trails, or sit back and gaze at the scenery with a hot chocolate in hand, get ready to immerse yourself in all of winter’s glory at Cody Yellowstone.
This winter, trade horseback riding for horsepower as you sled through the American West. There’s no shortage of snowmobile trails in Cody Yellowstone. In fact, snowmobiling is the only way to see Yellowstone’s beloved Old Faithful during the colder months. Book your spot on Gary Fales Outfitting Tours, where you can bring your own sled, or pick up a rental and take an adrenaline-filled trip flanked by statuesque evergreens. Feel the rush of fresh air as you weave through dozens of trail systems throughout the Beartooth Mountains and Cooke City, featuring some of the most incredible backcountry sledding in the United States.
Wait, can you hear that? The slopes are calling. Cody Yellowstone is an alpine and nordic skiing haven, drawing seasonal visitors from around the world. Make sure to visit the Sleeping Giant — one of the oldest downhill skiing areas in the country, located in the Absaroka Mountain Range. This ancient snow-covered rock spans 180 acres and reaches peaks up to 900 vertical feet, offering skiers and snowboarders infinite space to soar downhill. For those who aren’t in constant need for speed, the Absaroka Mountains also feature cross-country and snowshoe trails. Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park is a must-visit destination for cross-country skiers who want to swish and glide at their own pace. Then, if you’re looking for a cozy après-ski hideaway, sip a pint at the historic Victorian-style Irma Hotel or warm up with a cocktail at the Chamberlin Inn, a charming boutique hotel in downtown Cody.
The bears may be resting in their dens, but the quiet winter months are one of the best times to catch a glimpse of Western wildlife. Cody Yellowstone features abundant biodiversity, and Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states. Journey through a bustling world with the Yellowstone Safari Company and watch creatures of all sizes in their natural habitats. If you’re lucky, you might spot the revered gray wolf on the hunt or a regal bison traversing the winter tundra.
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After you’ve had your fill of the outdoors, warm up inside while exploring a unique snapshot of Western history, art, and culture at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The price of admission includes five museums in one family-friendly cultural hub. Enjoy year-round events, activities, and tours for all ages. Explore Native American artifacts at the Plains Indian Museum, learn about the extraordinary biodiversity of Yellowstone at the Draper Natural History Museum, uncover the myths, legends, and unbelievable truths of Colonel William F. Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum, view thousands of arms-related artifacts and artillery at the Cody Firearms museum, and see enduring artwork by Western masters like Remington, Russell, Moran, and Bierstadt at the Whitney Western Art Museum.
With all of this and much more, it’s easy to see that Cody Yellowstone has all the makings for a legendary winter getaway. Start planning your Great American Adventure at CodyYellowstone.org or by calling 1-800-393-CODY.