Yellowstone National Park
A Frozen Cathedral
“A great solemn cathedral, far vaster and more beautiful than any built by the hand of man,” is how Teddy Roosevelt described Yellowstone National Park, the country’s—and the world’s—first national park. The grandeur of Yellowstone is perhaps most impressive when the park is covered in a layer of snow and the number of human visitors drops, allowing for a more intimate experience of this natural wonder. While there is an average of 759,000 visitors in July, only 29,000 visit the park in a typical January. Another plus of visiting in winter is how much easier it becomes to spot bison, foxes, and elk in the white winter landscape. While one road is open year-round, from Gardiner to Cooke City, consider renting some snowshoes or Nordic skis, and exploring the snowy trails in their hushed silence. Another option is to go on a snow coach tour. Imagine a warm van with oversized windows on skis—this allows for a relaxing visit into Yellowstone; don’t forget to bring your camera for wildlife sightings.
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