Yellowstone Snowmobile & Snowcoach Tours
Explore the wild winter setting in Yellowstone National Park! All tours of Yellowstone are guided; this ensures the safety of visitors and minimizes our impact on wildlife. All guides are knowledgeable about the Greater Yellowstone area and trained by the National Park Service.
There are two different ways to explore Yellowstone National Park… via a personal snowmobile or from the warmth of a Snowcoach. If you choose a snowmobile tour, know that four-stroke snowmobiles with the best available technology are utilized in an effort to reduce emissions and noise levels, and to comply with park regulations. All available snowmobiles can accommodate a driver and a passenger. These sleds are very comfortable for even one driver and will allow you to explore the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park in comfort and safety.
Snowmobile to Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park is a winter wildlife sanctuary, where herds of bison and elk gather, wolves prowl, and bears sleep. After exploring the world’s first national park, the group will return to the South Entrance for the trip back to Jackson Hole.
Snowcoach to Old Faithful
Sit back and enjoy the scenery to Old Faithful Geyser in comfort as an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide chauffeurs you in our Hagglund Snowcoach. This tour will take you to Old Faithful Geyser, making several stops along the way to learn about Yellowstone National Park's history, view geo-thermal features, and take pictures.
Snowmobile to Grand Canyon
With this tour we follow the mighty Yellowstone River as it cuts through granite chasms, creating the spectacular Yellowstone Falls, chronicled by artists such as Thomas Moran and Ansel Adams. The feature of this tour is a visit to Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, which is the most breathtaking sight inside Yellowstone National Park.
World's First National Park
Before the 1920s, winter visitors were the exception, not the rule, and only a few hardy souls sought out the spectacle of Yellowstone in its winter shroud. Gradually, a few tourists did what the park's Army protectors and then the first National Park Service rangers did: They came on snowshoes and cross-country skis.
It was not until half a century after 19th-century visitors first hiked into the park that the first powered snow machine entered Yellowstone. It was 1948 and wingless "snow planes" on skis - cockpits with propellers in back like Everglades airboats - opened the era of motorized over-snow travel into the park. Within seven years, the first generation of the snowcoaches of today followed on tractor tracks and skis. Although called "snowmobiles," these machines looked more like giant metal beetles than the sleek, zippy snow runners of today. These snowmobiles were packed with visitors wanting a glimpse of Old Faithful erupting into winter skies. Finally, in 1963, a few visitors rode in aboard the first personal snow machines, the forerunners of today's snowmobiles.
In the late 1960s, the National Park Service decided to support this fledgling use of motorized snow vehicles, and in 1971, Yellowstone Park personnel were packing and smoothing the routes to Old Faithful and to the park’s headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs. By early 1990, upwards of 1,600 snowmobiles and snowcoaches entered the park on a daily basis. By late 1990, 150,000 winter visitors a year were flocking into Yellowstone.
Looking back, it is hard today to imagine an era when Yellowstone National Park was not a wintertime “must-see” destination. Visitors in the 21st-century watch wildlife, marvel at Old Faithful, train binoculars on birds, listen and look for howling wolves, and are awestruck by a park character vastly different from summer. And they do so on snowshoes, cross-country skis, and aboard snowmobiles and snowcoaches.