Yellowstone National Park in Winter

Snowshoeing in Yellowstone: A “Spiritual Experience”

Rick Stedman of Snowshoe Magazine has written a very good accounting of a winter visit to Yellowstone centering on showshoeing, rather than the more popular skiing or snowmobiling. True be told, we make a point of snowshoeing in the Park: you don’t need a groomed trail or special equipment, and it’s quite a good time.

From Stedman’s account:

Snowshoeing in Yellowstone Country is a must for wintertime nature lovers. Families will especially appreciate the bonding atmosphere created throughout this serene setting in western Wyoming. The star of the show unquestionably is Old Faithful Geyser, which has fascinated visitors since it became the first geyser in the park to receive a name back in 1870.

Old Faithful erupts about every 70 to 90 minutes, according to park officials. Its blast of boiling water can go as high as 140 feet, though the show lasts for only a minute or two. While snowshoeing the area surrounding Old Faithful, the beauty of the geyser can be experienced from a variety of locations and angles. Eugene Gearity, a local guide and bus driver with Xanterra, the concessionaire for the park, recommends that snowshoeing families take the Observation Point trail. “It’s very scenic, not far from civilization, and offers a great vantage point for visually scanning the entire property, including Old Faithful Geyser and the plentiful wildlife.”

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