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