Winter in any of America’s National Parks is always amazing. In the Olympic National Park, occasional snowfall makes the rainforest seem surreal, with whites and greens contrasting off of each other like nowhere else in the world. In Yellowstone National Park, where I am lucky enough to be for for a few awesome days, winter is a snowy utopia. In Yellowstone, animals are active and easily seen, the mountains are spectacular and life seems perfect.
If you haven’t seen Yellowstone National Park in the winter, you really need to take a trip out here. The following pictures are just a small sample of what I was lucky enough to see in the first 24 hours of my visit.
SUNSET NORTH OF GARDINER MONTANA
ORION THROUGH THE ROOSEVELT ARCH
SUNRISE THROUGH THE ROOSEVELT ARCH
ELK EATING RIGHT INSIDE THE PARK
A BALD EAGLE OVER THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER
BISON SPARRING IN MAMMOTH
BISON EATING OUTSIDE MAMMOTH
MOOSE NEAR BLACKTAIL BUTTE
COYOTES HOWLING IN LAMAR VALLEY
COYOTE IN LAMAR VALLEY
HIKING IN LAMAR VALLEY
LOOKING TOWARD THE BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS
A FOX HIDING AGAINST A BUILDING IN SILVER CITY, MONTANA
COOKE CITY, MONTANA
BIGHORN SHEEP NEAR PEBBLE CREEK
BISON CROSSING THE ROAD IN LAMAR VALLEY
TWILIGHT IN LAMAR VALLEY
A SEMI-TRUCK OFF THE ROAD NEAR TOWER JUNCTION
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
We shall see what the next 24 hours hold. Maybe wolves, maybe snow, maybe we will see something that has never been seen. Who know! Until then, be safe, stay warm and plan your 2014 hikes!