One thing you can always count on at Yellowstone National Park, besides its beauty, is crowds. But Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler, discovered a different way to see Yellowstone, a way where there are no crowds, and the beauty is wearing a winter coat. “Yellowstone by Snowmobile” is an extraordinary video Evans created from his January visit that shows what Yellowstone looks like in winter. The place was practically empty, but full of wildlife, including buffaloes roaming in the snow with steam rising from geysers in the background. Take a look:
Naturally, Old Faithful was one of the stops for Evans. Perhaps the wildlife in winter is most impressive, though. Besides buffalo, he also reported seeing elk, deer, fox, coyote, a bobcat, three bald eagles, and several trumpeter swans within the first hour of his trip. Impressive.
More from Evans and his Digital Nomad blog:
Just last summer, I visited Yellowstone in the height of its busiest season, and though I enjoyed the wildlife, visiting in the dead of winter offered a far more intimate experience. I truly loved the lack of crowds and traffic. I loved the way I could pull aside and stare across a snow-filled landscape and watch a buffalo herd grazing before a line of geysers steaming skyward. [...]
Yellowstone in winter is a different planet, practically devoid of tourists and so remarkable in the colder light. I have always been a firm believer in traveling during the off-season, but I would go so far as to say that Yellowstone is actually better in January, on a snowmobile . . . as long as it stays above sixty below.
Fortunately, it ranged from 16 to 24 degrees the day Evans was there. Great stuff, Andrew.