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Gliding and Bunking in the Greater
Yellowstone Area

If your idea of waxing results in a smooth glide on top of a snowy trail, and a little slice of heaven is finding solitude in a rustic cabin in the woods, then let us be your winter guide in the Greater Yellowstone area—including Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. We have weaved together several high-quality cross-country ski trails, along with several Forest Service rental cabins, for your winter outdoor adventures.

For other quality winter adventures visit our Snowshoeing the Pacific Northwest, Tranquil Winter Escapes, Downhill Thrills, and then top it off with a slice of Avalanche Safety Tips.

Yellowstone National Park

Lower Yellowstone Falls (Casey Kirkpatrick/Share the Experience)
Lower Yellowstone Falls (Casey
Kirkpatrick/Share the Experience)

Yellowstone National Park offers a variety of terrain on groomed trails and endless backcountry opportunities for cross-country skiers. The key to a wonderful experience is to be prepared, identify the difficulty of the terrain you want to ski and then pick a trail among five major cross-country ski trails in the park. If backcountry is your preference, it is important to know the terrain well and be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions; Yellowstone can experience temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.


Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park (Jamie Seluk/Share the Experience)
Grand Teton National Park
(Jamie Seluk/Share the
Experience)

Grand Teton National Park also features plenty of cross-country ski opportunities which is a wonderful way to see the park as it lies beneath its winter blanket of snow. There are four popular routes, some of which are groomed. Mileage estimates and difficulty ratings help you identify the right route for you.





Gallatin National Forest

Gallatin National Forest (Krista Ehlert/Share the Experience)
Fun for everyone in
Gallatin National
Forest (Krista Ehlert/
Share the Experience)
Cross-country Ski Areas

Rendezvous Cross Country Ski Trails begin in West Yellowstone, Montana, and feature 35 km of professionally groomed trails. The area is open from December 1 – March 30; view trail maps for more details.

Lone Mountain Ranch boasts 85 km of groomed trails, as well as guided tours into Yellowstone National Park.

Ski-in Cabins

The Basin Station Cabin is located about 10 miles west of West Yellowstone and may be accessed in the winter by cross-country skiing or snowmobiling 2 miles from Highway 20.

The Beaver Creek Cabin is located within 30 miles of Yellowstone National Park and is 10 miles from Hebgen Lake. Several trailheads are nearby and there is a 3.5 mile over-snow route to access the cabin.


Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Ski-in Cabin
Bear Creek Bunkhouse (USFS)
Bear Creek Bunkhouse (USFS)

The Bear Creek Bunkhouse is located about 60 miles north of Old Faithful Geyser and is accessed by cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobile.





Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest (USFS)
Warm River Cabin (USFS)
Cross-country Ski Area

Harriman State Park is located 28 miles south of West Yellowstone and offers 25 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails for classic and skate skiers alike.

Ski-in Cabins

The Squirrel Meadows Cabin is 24 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, and is located on the Yellowstone Plateau in southwest Wyoming. This cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is accessed by a 10-mile over-snow route.

The Warm River Cabin is located 20 miles from Ashton, Idaho, and between entrances to West Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park through Jackson, Wyoming. The cabin is accessed by a 6-mile over-snow route from the nearest parking area at Bear Gulch Trailhead.

Bishop Mountain Cabin is near Island Park Reservoir in Idaho, and south of the West Yellowstone entrance. The cabin is accessible by snowmobile or cross-country skiing across a 13-mile over-snow route.