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Wildlife Watching and Wild Winter Adventure

Three days in North Yellowstone

Recommended Length

3 Days

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Three Days in North Yellowstone

Explore the Gateway town of Gardiner, Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, and the snowmobiling mecca of Cooke City.

Day 1

Explore Gardiner

Grab lunch at Cowboys Lodge and Grille, Grizzly Grille or Eat Café and then explore the area by cross-country ski or snowshoe. After your outdoor adventure, warm up with a soak in the relaxing mineral waters of Yellowstone Hot Springs and enjoy the views. Grab dinner at the Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Outlaws Pizza or Wonderland Café, and overnight at the Absaroka Lodge.

Day 2

Yellowstone National Park

Fill up on the best breakfast burrito in town at Tumbleweed Bookstore and Café before heading into Yellowstone National Park via the iconic Roosevelt Arch at Gardiner’s North Entrance. Drive through the park’s wild-life-laden Lamar Valley, known as the America’s Serengeti, and keep an eye out for gray wolves and bison. Arrive in Cooke City and grab dinner at the Beartooth Café then check in to your cozy cabin at Big Moose Resort or the Elkhorn Lodge for a good night’s rest.

Day 3

Snowmobiling in Cooke City

Return to the Beartooth Café for breakfast and don’t miss the famously delicious bearclaws. Rent a snowmobile at Cooke City Motorsports, Bearclaw Sales & Services or Cooke City Exxon and power up in this sledder’s paradise featuring some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Watch winter wildlife along the way, like deer, elk and foxes. If snowmobiling isn’t your speed, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, or take a guided backcountry ski tour with Beartooth Powder Guides. End a day well spent with burgers or pizza and beer at Miners Saloon.

Attractions and Alternative Adventures

More to do

Visit the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center for a fascinating look into the history of Yellowstone National Park