Yellowstone National Park in Winter

Stephen Williams Photo Stories

Yellowstone National Park is known to be brutal during the winter. Constant below zero temperatures and hundreds of inches of snowfall per year, wildlife. Until recently, I was unaware that the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City that runs through the Northern Range of he park, is open year round.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

Driving through the Lamar Valley.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

The Yellowstone Wolf Project volunteers tracking wolves with radio collars and spotting scopes. The volunteers and the wolf watching visitors were eager and excited to share the experience of tracking the wolves through the park. We were able to view the Junction Butte pack move across the valley over a couple days though spotting scopes but out of the reach of our cameras.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

An early rising Grizzly had found a frozen bison carcass submerged in the blacktail ponds, and had to defend his prize from scavenging coyotes and birds.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

Wildlife was abundant throughout the park and roadside wildlife viewing was relaxed without the pressure of additional traffic on the roads.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

The road between Roosevelt and Tower Falls was closed and unplowed. We hiked along this winding mountain road to the falls and enjoyed the views along the way.

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

yellowstone national park winter, wolf project, wildlife, mammoth hot springs, lamar valley

A spot that would normally be packed with tourists in the summertime. Having the Mammoth Hot Springs area to ourselves with light snow falling was surreal.