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Winter Yellowstone Wildlife Photography

Winter Yellowstone Wildlife Photography

Yellowstone National Park becomes a winter destination location for photographers from all around the world. The snow-covered landscapes, easily spottable Yellowstone wildlife, and fewer crowds allow the best opportunity to capture a stunning photograph. You’ll find geothermally heated waters, bald eagles flying overhead, wolves meandering through open meadows, bobcats near the open river banks, and coyotes diving into the snow to capture rodents. If you’re a professional photographer and you haven’t made it to Yellowstone Park, Montana, throughout the winter season—it’s an absolute must! 

Yellowstone National Park Wildlife

The Yellowstone National Park animals are easy to find throughout the winter months, and the fewer crowds offer silence, which keeps the wildlife in one location for longer periods. You’ll be able to capture photographs of bighorn sheep, wolves, bald eagles, moose, bison and elk, foxes and coyotes among other furry critters. Lucky for you, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is located next to the West Yellowstone entrance and allows professional photographers to take pictures of the Yellowstone wildlife. 

Photography in the Park 

If you’re looking to get into the park and want to opt-out of a guided Snowcoach tour, the North Yellowstone National Park entrance is the only one open year-round. You can pay to get into the park as early as 8:00 a.m.; however, if you go in sooner, you can pay on your way out. You’ll find photograph opportunities along the way, and once you’re in the park, Lamar Valley is the best spot to capture pictures of Yellowstone wildlife and majestic landscapes. 

What to Wear

If you’ve never photographed in Yellowstone Park, Montana, you’ll want to create a checklist to ensure you’re fully prepared for the outdoor Yellowstone adventures. Because Yellowstone reaches low temperatures throughout winter, wearing a lot of layers is recommended. Wearing synthetic or wool socks is an absolute must as you’ll need to keep your feet dry throughout the day. Winter essentials include hats, snow pants, gloves, a balaclava, and hand and feet warmers. 

Stay Warm in West Yellowstone

Since you’ll more than likely be spending most of your time outside in the winter, start each morning with a hot breakfast at Kelly Inn West Yellowstone. After spending time outdoors, warm up with a cup of fresh coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, which are all available 24 hours a day. Once you arrive back at the hotel in the evening, take a warm soak in our huge ten-person hot tub, or relax in the dry sauna. Take a look at our complete list of amenities on our website as you book your upcoming stay. If you have any questions and would like to speak with our staff directly, please call 1-406-646-4544.