Ranger-Led Activities

National Park Service rangers offer a variety of programs through the summer and winter  months in Yellowstone.  These programs are offered at a variety of locations throughout the park.  Specific programs offered each season are based on ranger availability (which is contingent upon funding, of course).

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following are examples of programs offered during the summer of 2010. These programs are generally held each summer, but check the season’s Ranger Led Programs Guide (provided when you enter the park) or the nearest Visitor Center for specifics, as new programs may be offered as well.  Most programs are held from mid June through the first week of September.  Programs continue into the Fall, but at a reduced schedule.  See the local visitor centers for specifics.

Mammoth Hot Springs [Area Map]

Hot Springs Discovery Walk:  Explore Yellowstone’s powerful geologic past and present while meandering around the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.  Learn how these dynamic travertine formations are unique among the park’s thermal features.  Route climbs stairs; may be strenuous for some.  Meet at the Liberty Cap rock formation at the base of the hot springs.  Offered at 9AM, seven days per week.  Program is 1.5 hours long.

Wonders of Yellowstone – Talk:  Yellowstone is full of wonders such as amazing geology, wildlife, history, and beauty.  Join a ranger as s/he shares insights into one fascinating aspect of this magical place.  Meet on the front lawn of the Albright Visitor Center, or in the theater if it is raining.  Offered at 3:30PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 20 minutes long.

Tales of the Travertine – Talk:  The travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs are one of Yellowstone’s most unusual, beautiful, and misunderstood hydrothermal features.  Come learn how powerful earth forces constantly create and change these formations, and whether or not they’re really “drying up.”  Meet at the end of the Palette Springs Boardwalk, just up from the Liberty Cap rock formation.  Offered at 1PM, 1:30PM, and 2PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 15 minutes long.

Calling in the Calvary – Walk:  In its early days, Yellowstone was protected by the U.S. Calvary.  Join a ranger on a short, relaxed walk around Fort Yellowstone to learn about historic park events and to discover the role the Army played in protecting Yellowstone.  Meet in front of the Albright Visitor Center.  Offered at 6PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 1 hour long.

Mammoth Evening Program:  Join an illustrated program about Yellowstone’s natural or cultural history.  Inquire locally on bulletin boards and at visitor centers for program titles and descriptions (they vary from day to day).  Meet at the Mammoth Campground Amphitheater (Walk with steep grade, loose gravel).  Program is held at 9PM or 9:30PM, seven days per week, and lasts approximately one hour.

Ranger Adventure Hike:  Enter the wilderness world of Yellowstone’s backcountry on a half day hike with a park ranger.  These free hikes vary from easy to strenuous.  Some hikes are not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or serious medical conditions.  Reservations are required in advance.  All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Offered at 8AM, Sunday through Thursday.  Specific meeting location will be provided when you make your reservation.

  • Scenic Snow Pass:  Hike through the strange, jumbled boulders of the Hoodoos and groves of aspen and Douglas-fir.  Travel over Snow Pass, an early park road, then revel in the scenery of the Gallatin Range.  Moderate difficulty, with an elevation gain of 550ft.  Hike lasts approximately 6 hours and covers a distance of 6.8 miles along a maintained trail.  Hikers afraid of heights may be uncomfortable on a short stretch of this trail.
  • Beaver Ponds Ramble:  Explore the diversity of the Mammoth Hot Springs area on this hike through aspen groves, Douglas-fir woodlands, and meadows.  Several tranquil ponds hold the promise of wildlife sightings, and the views of northern Yellowstone are spectacular.  Moderate difficulty, with an elevation gain of about 600ft.  Hike lasts approximately 4.5 hours and covers a distance of 5 miles along a maintained trail..

Tower – Roosevelt Area

Ranger Adventure Hike:  Enter the wilderness world of Yellowstone’s backcountry on a half day hike with a park ranger.  These free hikes vary from easy to strenuous.  Some hikes are not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or serious medical conditions.  Reservations are required in advance.  All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Offered at 8AM, each Sunday.  Specific meeting location will be provided when you make your reservation.

  • Gem of the Rockies:  Garnet Hill lies at the heart of Yellowstone’s famed northern range, home to vast herds of wildlife.  Hike through the Pleasant Valley into the forest glen of Elk Creek and along the roaring Yellowstone River as we circle Garnett Hill on this “gem” of a trail.  Moderate difficulty, with an elevation gain of 300ft.  Hike lasts approximately 6 hours and covers a distance of 7.5 miles along a stagecoach dirt road.

Canyon Village [Area Map]

Yellowstone Canyon Talk:  From a classic viewpoint, enjoy the Lower Falls, the Yellowstone River, and the spectacular colors of the canyon while learning about the area’s natural and human history.  Discover why artists and photographers have been drawn to this special place.  Meet on the lower platform at Artist’s Point on the south rim.  Offered at 10AM, 10:40AM, 11AM, 2PM, 2:20PM, and 2:40PM seven days per week.   Program is 15-20 minutes long.

Yellowstone for the Young:  Discover the wonderful geology, history, or wildlife of Yellowstone.  Join a ranger for an interactive program designed for families with children of Junior Ranger age (5-12).  Meet in front of the Canyon Visitor Education Center.  Offered at 3PM, seven days per week.  Program is 20-30 minutes long.

Walking the Edge:  Enjoy learning about the ecology, geology, and history of the canyon while walking along the South Rim Trail with a ranger.  Gain stunning views of the Yellowstone River, Upper and Lower Falls, and the gorgeous colors of the canyon walls.  Meet in the parking area for Uncle Tom’s Point on the South Rim Drive.  Offered at 9AM and 3PM, seven days per week.  Program is about 1.5 hours long and involves an easy hike of about one mile.

Lupine Loop Walk:  Walk along the upper Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, then along an established trail through meadows and forest, and finally looping back to the parking area.  Explore the geology and natural history of the canyon area while enjoying a bit of its backcountry.  Meet at the parking lot for Uncle Tom’s Point on the South Rim Drive.  Offered at 9AM, seven days per week.  Program is about 2.5 hours long and involved a moderate hike of approximately three miles.

Call of the Wild:  Both before and since Yellowstone was established as a national park in 1872, people have been drawn to and inspired by this area.  The human history of Yellowstone is filled with many fascinating and interesting stories.  Join a ranger for an engaging talk about the people of Wonderland.  Meet in front of the Canyon Visitor Education Center.  Offered at 6PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Canyon Evening Program:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program and learn about some aspect of Yellowstone’s natural or cultural history.  Inquire locally on bulletin boards and at the Canyon Visitor Education Center for program titles and descriptions.  Program is held at the Canyon Campground Amphitheater at 9PM or 9:30PM each evening, and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Ranger Adventure Hike:  Enter the wilderness world of Yellowstone’s backcountry on a half day hike with a park ranger.  These free hikes vary from easy to strenuous.  Some hikes are not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or serious medical conditions.  Reservations are required in advance.  All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.    Specific meeting location will be provided when you make your reservation.

  • Fire on the Mountain:  Enjoy one of Yellowstone’s most beloved hikes to the fire lookout on top of Mt. Washburn.  Learn about the area’s natural and human history while taking in the spectacular vistas from over 10,000 feet.  Strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet.  Hike is 6 hours, covering 6 miles along a well maintained trail.  Offered at 8AM each Friday.

Fishing Bridge [Area Map]

Wildlife Watching in the Hayden Valley:  From a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Hayden Valley and a tranquil stretch of the Yellowstone River, watch for wildlife in the early morning.  Be prepared for a short stroll over steep terrain to the River.  Meet at the large pullout in Hayden Valley at the top of a hill, about 10 miles north of Fishing Bridge/6 miles south of Canyon Junction.  Offered at 7AM Tuesday and Thursday.  Program is about 2 hours long and involves a short, easy hike.

Storm Point Saunter:  Wander along the ever-changing lake shore and through a diversity of landscapes, including a lush meadow dotted with wildflowers and an ancient forest of spruce, pine, and fir.  Experience Yellowstone in its true splendor.  Meet at Indian Pond and the Storm Point Trailhead, 3 miles east of Fishing Bridge.  Offered at 10AM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 2 hours long and involves an easy, 2.3 mile hike.

Elephant Back Trek:  Ascend the ridge of Elephant Back, through a dense and mysterious forest of lodgepole pine, for mesmerizing views of Yellowstone Lake, the Lake Hotel area, and the looming Absaroka Range.  Meet at the Elephant Back Trailhead, between Fishing Bridge Junction and the Lake Hotel area.  Parking is limited.  Offered at 11AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Program is approximately 3 hours long and involves a strenuous, 3.6 mile hike.  It is not recommended for those with heart, breathing or serious medical conditions.  Bring water and snacks for lunch.

Beach and River Stroll:  “No other lake in North America of equal area lies so high as the Yellowstone, or gives birth to so noble a river,” declared John Muir.  Take a close and compelling look at both lake and river, and explore park history.  Meet the the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center flag pole.  Offered at 11AM Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Program is about an hour and a half long and involves a short, easy hike.

Featured Creature:  Enthralling and diverse wild animals, found in few other places in North America, nor in such profusion, are revealed in Yellowstone.  Unveil the story of one of them.  Meet at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center.  Offered at 2PM, seven days per week.  Program is 30 minutes long.

Mud Volcano Ramble:  “The greatest marvel we have yet met with,” declared early explorers.  View colorful, vociferous, and intriguing mudpots and hot springs, and find out what they reveal about Yellowstone’s explosive past and future.  Meet at the Mud Volcano parking lot.  Offered at 4PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately two hours long and involves a moderately strenuous hike.

River Reflections:  From a picturesque spot along the Yellowstone River, explore Fishing Bridge area history and one of the most important cogs in the motor of the
Yellowstone ecosystem: the rare, mysterious, wily, polka-dotted and beautiful cutthroat trout. Meet on the west side of the Fishing Bridge.  Offered at 5PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 20 minutes long.

Fishing Bridge Evening Program:  Learn more about Yellowstone at this illustrated program and campfire. Inquire at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center or look on local bulletin boards for the night’s subject. Meet at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center Amphitheater.  Offered at 9PM or 9:30PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Bridge Bay [Area Map]

Lake Scenic Cruise:  Join a park ranger on a narrated boat tour on the ethereal water of Yellowstone Lake, with views of the wondrous Absaroka Range, historic Lake Hotel & Village, and surrounding lodgepole pine forest. Reservations required in advance through Xanterra Parks and Resorts. Call 307-344-7311 or stop by the Bridge Bay Marina ($15.55 for adults, $9.82 for kids ages 3–11, free for kids under 3).  Meet at the Bridge Bay boat dock.  Offered at 9:15AM, 10:45AM, and 1:15PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 1 hour long.

Family Campfire:  Illustrated program and campfire, especially for families with young children. Inquire at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center or look on local bulletin boards for the subject. Meet at Bridge Bay Campground Amphitheater.  Offered at 6PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Approximately 45 minutes.

Bridge Bay Evening Program:  Learn more about Yellowstone at this illustrated program and campfire.  Inquire at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center or look on local bulletin boards for the night’s subject. Meet at Bridge Bay Campground Amphitheater.  Offered at 9PM or 9:30PM.  Approximately 45 minutes long.

West Thumb [Area Map]

Hot Water Wilderness:  Come to the West Thumb Geyser Basin and explore the origins of glittering geysers, belching mudpots, and emerald hot springs. Stroll along the shores of Yellowstone Lake to uncover West Thumb’s explosive past and dynamic future. Meet at the West Thumb Visitor Information Center. Offered at 10:30AM and 4PM, seven days per week.  Program is about 1.5 hours long and involves an easy 3/4 mile hike.

Walk on the Wild Side:  Walk with a ranger on a moderately strenuous 2-mile hike to discover the role of natural processes in sculpting the world’s first national park. Meet at the Lake Overlook Trailhead in the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area. Bring rain gear, water, snacks, and insect repellent.  Offered at 3PM on Sundays and Thursdays.  Program lasts approximately 2 hours.

Fire in Yellowstone:  Meet a ranger to discover first-hand the natural role fire plays in dynamic Yellowstone. Explore the Arnica Fire area that ignited from a lightning strike on September 22, 2009. Meet at the long pullout with a vault toilet 6.8 miles (10.9 km) north of West Thumb Junction.  Offered at 3PM Tuesday and Thursday.  Program is approximately 30 minutes long.

Under the Old Spruce:  Take in tales of Yellowstone’s fascinating wildlife, geologic curiosities, or natural wonders in the shade of the old spruce tree at West Thumb.  Relax and let a ranger reveal some of Yellowstone’s many mysteries. Meet under the old spruce at the West Thumb Information Center.  Offered at 3PM and 3:30PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Program is approximately 15 minutes long.

Grant Village [Area Map]

Wildlife Wonders:  Interested in learning about the best viewing areas, habits, adaptations, mysteries, or even threats to one of Yellowstone’s fascinating animals? Relax in the shade as a ranger reveals the secrets of Yellowstone’s wildlife. Meet on the Grant Visitor Center back porch.  Offered at 2PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Ranger Rendezvous:  Meet a park ranger for this early evening program designed for the young and the young at heart. Learn more about Yellowstone’s diverse  geology, history, or wildlife riches as you ease into evening. Check locally for program topics. Meet on the back porch of Grant Visitor Center.  Offered at 7:30PM, seven days per week.  Program is approximately 25 minutes long.

Grant Village Evening Program:  Join a park ranger for this illustrated presentation focusing on Yellowstone’s natural or cultural wonders. Check locally for program topics. Meet at the Grant Village Amphitheater. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.  Offered at 9PM or 9:30PM, seven nights per week.  Program is approximately 45 minutes long.

Old Faithful [Area Map]

Geyser Hill Walk:  Geyser Hill is at the heart of the world’s greatest concentration of geysers. Experience this special corner of the park and learn about the relationship between Yellowstone’s volcanic history and hydrothermal features on this 1¼ mile walk. Meet at the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered at 8AM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Observation Point Walk:  Walk with a ranger to an overlook providing superb views down to Old Faithful Geyser and the Upper Geyser Basin. Moderately strenuous; 2 miles round trip. Meet at the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered at 9AM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Yellowstone for Kids:   Kids will discover some of the wonders of Yellowstone during this short, interactive presentation. Gather in front of the Old Faithful Visitor  Center for this outdoor program.  Offered at 10AM, seven days per week.  Program is 20 minutes long.

Geysers Galore:  Take a quick peek at Yellowstone’s fascinating geysers and visible geologic story. Meet a park ranger at the benches in front of Old Faithful near the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered at 12:15PM and every 30 minutes thereafter until 2:45PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts 10 minutes.

Black Sand Walk:  Discover a lesser-known gem! As you stroll through one of Yellowstone’s most striking hydrothermal areas, you’ll learn about volcanic geology and the unique history of Black Sand Basin. Easy half-mile walk. Meet at Black Sand Basin parking lot, one mile north of Old Faithful.  Offered at 1PM, seven days a week.  Program lasts one hour.

Stroll around Old Faithful:  Take an easy ¾-mile walk with a ranger around Old Faithful Geyser. View dramatic hot springs and geysers while gaining insight into  Yellowstone’s dynamic geology. Meet at the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered at 2:30PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts about 45 minutes.

Geyser Discovery Stroll:  Learn about one of the rarest geological features on Earth—geysers!  Accompany a ranger through the Upper Geyser Basin exploring the world of geysers. Meet at Castle Geyser, ½ mile west of Old Faithful (15-minute walk from the Visitor Center).  Offered at 5:30PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts one and a half hours.

Old Faithful Evening Feature:  Each evening a different aspect of Yellowstone’s wonders will be featured during this 45-minute outdoor talk. Meet the ranger at the  benches in front of Old Faithful near the Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered at 7:30PM, seven days per week.

Ranger Adventure Hike:  Enter the wilderness world of Yellowstone’s backcountry on a half day hike with a park ranger.  These free hikes vary from easy to strenuous.  Some hikes are not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or serious medical conditions.  Reservations are required in advance.  All children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.    Specific meeting location will be provided when you make your reservation.

  • Shoshone Lake Discovery:  Take a hike straight into the wilderness of Yellowstone. Follow DeLacy Creek to the pebbly shore of Shoshone Lake, the largest backcountry lake in the United States and a beautiful destination for this backcountry hike.  Moderate hike with an elevation gain of 200 feet.  Offered at *AM on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Hike lasts approximately 5 hours and covers 6 miles round trip along a maintained trail.
  • Lone Star Stroll:  Walk through lush forests along the Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser, one of Yellowstone’s hidden treasures, on this family friendly activity. Lone Star is an active geyser with a massive geyser cone that erupts a sparkling jet of steaming water every few hours.  Easy hike with an elevation gain of only 40 feet.  Offered at 7:30AM on Thursdays.  Hike lasts approximately 5 hours and covers 4.8 miles along a mostly paved road.
  • Fairy Falls Frolic:  Ramble along the edge of a spectacular geyser basin and through a thriving young forest to Fairy Falls where water plunges 200 feet over a  lava wall. Visit a backcountry hydrothermal area that includes Imperial Geyser.  Moderate hike with no elevation gain.  Offered at 7:30AM Tuesday and Friday.  Hike lasts 5 hours and covers 6.4 miles along a maintained trail.

Madison & West Yellowstone

Explore Yellowstone:  Would you like ideas on how to spend your time in Yellowstone? Meet a park ranger at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (corner  of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street) for a talk about what to see and do in the park. Offered at 9:30AM, seven days per week.  Program lasts 20-30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Station Activities:  Hey kids! Join a park ranger to learn about Yellowstone’s wonderful wildlife, geysers, history, and much more! This is a great  opportunity to complete the ranger-led activity required to earn your Junior Ranger patch. These family programs are geared towards kids of Junior Ranger age  (5–12).  Meet at the Junior Ranger Station at Madison Junction.  Offered every 30 minutes throughout the day beginning at 10AM, seven days per week.  Program lasts 30 minutes.

Afternoon Talk in West:  Each afternoon, a ranger will present a talk on a captivating aspect of Yellowstone’s natural or cultural history in West Yellowstone, Montana. The Museum of the Yellowstone is located at the corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street. The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is located at 201 South  Canyon Street. Talks are free and open to the public. There is a fee if you choose to visit the rest of the Museum of the Yellowstone or the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.  Offered at 2PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Evening Program in West Yellowstone:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s wonders. Meet at the West  Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street).  Everyone is welcome. The program is free.  Offered at 7PM Tuesdays and Fridays.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Madison Evening Program:  Each night a park ranger will present an illustrated program highlighting a different aspect of Yellowstone’s wonders. Inquire locally on  bulletin boards and at the Madison Information Station for program titles and descriptions. Meet at the Madison Amphitheater.   Offered at 9PM or 9:30PM seven nights per week.  Program lasts 45 minutes.

Norris

World’s Tallest—Talk:  Discover how geysers work at the world’s tallest active geyser! Meet at Steamboat Geyser, about a 15-minute walk from the Norris Geyser Basin parking area. In poor weather, the talk will be held at the Norris Geyser Basin Museum. Check with a ranger at the information desk.  Offered at 9:50AM, 10:20AM, 3:30PM, and 4PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Windows Into Yellowstone—Walk:  Experience the muddy caldrons, acidic geysers, and clear pools of Norris Geyser Basin! Join a park ranger for a walk through this magical land and learn about the park’s geologic past, present, and future. Meet at the Norris Geyser Basin Museum. Bring water, sunglasses, and sunscreen.  Offered 4:30PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately one and a half hours.

Norris Campfire Program:  Bring the whole family and join a park ranger for an old-fashioned, cozy campfire talk. Inquire locally on bulletin boards for program titles and descriptions. Meet at the Norris Campground Campfire Circle.   Offered at 7:30PM, seven days per week.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

WINTER PROGRAMS

Winter programs are offered from the first full week the park is open for the winter through the first week of March, generally.  These programs were offered during the 2009-2010 winter and are provided as examples of the types of programs offered.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs Illustrated Talk:  The travertine terraces at Mammoth are even more dramatic during the winter.  Learn how these amazing formations are created at this illustrated talk with a ranger. Meet at the Albright Visitor Center theater.  Offered at 10AM, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Program is approximately 30 minutes long.

Snowshoe Yellowstone:  Experience Yellowstone National Park’s winter beauty on a guided snowshoe walk with a ranger. Learn about the park’s ecosystems in the  winter season as you silently travel over the snow. Snowshoes can be rented at the Bear Den Ski Shop next to the Mammoth Hotel, or bring your own. Come prepared  with warm, layered clothes, sunglasses and water. Meet at the Upper Terrace Drive parking area. Moderately strenuous. Beginners welcome!  Offered at 2PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Program is 2 hours long.

Return of the Wolf:  The northern range of Yellowstone has been a premier place to watch wolves since their reintroduction to this ecosystem in 1995 and 1996. Learn about the wolf’s place in the ecosystem and how best to spot and watch wolves. A 20-minute talk will be followed by the hour-long National Geographic video Wolves: A  Legend Returns to Yellowstone.  Meet at the Albright Visitor Center theater. Free Program.  Offered at 3PM on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Program is one and a half hours long, including video.

Evening Program:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s natural, cultural, or scenic wonders. Program  descriptions will be posted in the Mammoth Hotel and Albright Visitor Center. Meet in the Mammoth Hotel Map Room.  Offered at 8:30PM, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Program lasts one hour.

Old Faithful Area

Geysers Galore:  As you wait to watch Old Faithful erupt, discover why Yellowstone has so many geysers. Look into Yellowstone’s restless geologic past (and present!)  for a story that includes volcanoes and earthquakes. Meet at the benches in front of Old Faithful.  Talk starts 20 minutes prior to a predicted mid-day eruption of Old  Faithful. Times are posted daily at the temporary Old Faithful Visitor Center.  Offered multiple times during the day, seven times per week.  Program lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Evening Program:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s natural, cultural, or scenic wonders. Weekly program descriptions and locations will be posted in the temporary Old Faithful Visitor Center and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Free Program.  Offered at 7:30PM Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

West Yellowstone

Snowshoe Walk:  Discover Yellowstone’s fascinating winter ecology while wearing snowshoes. Join a ranger for a 2-mile walk into Yellowstone National Park along the Riverside Trail. Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center. No experience necessary! Bring your own snowshoes, plus water and a snack. For  information, please call 307-344-2876. Free program.  Offered at 1:30PM on Saturdays.  Hike lasts approximately three hours.

Afternoon Talks at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s natural, cultural, and scenic wonders. Program descriptions will be posted in the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center and at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center at 201 South  Canyon Street. Meet at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Free Program, but there is a fee to visit the rest of the center, which is an educational bear and wolf preserve.  Offered at 1:30PM and 3PM on Sundays.  Programs lasts 45 minutes.

Evening Program:  Join a park ranger for an illustrated program highlighting a fascinating aspect of Yellowstone’s natural, cultural, or scenic wonders. Weekly program  descriptions will be posted in the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center, which is also the meeting place.  Free program. Offered at 7PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  Program lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Some concessioners offer tours during the winter as well.  You can find a list of those HERE.