Snowshoe Walk, See Geysers And Wildlife In Yellowstone With Free Ranger Programs

    Take a moment to look around and you’ll be amazed at the simple beauty you discover in Yellowstone National Park. One way to go behind the scenes is to join the Ranger-Led Programs. The experienced Rangers share details on where to fish and go horse back riding, and other tips to make to most out of your visit. The Rangers also hold great programs that are unique and showcase the wildlife and natural beauty of Yellowstone.

    Early Spring Activities in Yellowstone are a great way to both see and enjoy the park. This time period allows the unique opportunity for non-motorized use of certain park roads. Bicycling, hiking, jogging, roller blades, roller skis, and similar means of non-motorized travel are ONLY permitted between the West Entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs from about mid-March through the third Thursday in April. The opening day in March is weather dependent.

    The Free Ranger-Led Programs are posted in the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center and at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center at 201 South Canyon Street, and among these are:

    Geysers Programs: As you wait to watch Old Faithful erupt, discover why Yellowstone has so many geysers. Look into Yellowstone’s restless geologic past and present for a story that includes volcanoes and earthquakes. Meet at the benches in front of Old Faithful for a discussion prior to a predicted mid-day eruption of Old Faithful. This Free program is about 20 minutes long, and makes a nice break in-between exploring the park.

    Winter Wildlife Viewing: The Winter season for viewing wildlife runs from approximately mid-December to mid-March. It's a great time to see the parks animals roaming and capture some spectacular photos. One thought to keep in mind when photographing animals is to always be safe. According to The National Parks Service there are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears. These are wild animals, so, be smart, and don't take any chances, and you'll enjoy a memorable trip.

    Snowshoe Walks: Dress up in your winter wear discover Yellowstone’s fascinating winter ecology while wearing snowshoes through Mid-March. Join a ranger for a 2-mile walk into Yellowstone National Park along the Riverside Trail. You'll meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center before taking off on the 3 hour trek for which you need to bring your snowshoe. It's a good idea to pack some snacks and water to enjoy as well.

    If you're visiting in the Fall or Winter keep in mind that the weather is unpredictable; roads may be closed temporarily by snow or other weather conditions. Snow tires or chains may also be required at times, so it's best to check on the Yellowstone website for current weather conditions when planning your visit.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    The explore more programs and activities to enjoy call: (307) 344-7311 or visit