Casual & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.
Rainbow Ranch Lodge
Big Sky (1 night)
This intimate riverside lodge is located in the sweeping Gallatin Valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Yellowstone National Park (2 nights)
A superb example of classic "parkitecture," this lodge features log and cedar accents, rustic wildlife-themed décor and proximity to the famed geyser.
Jackson Hole (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel
Located just one block from picturesque Jackson Town Square, this luxury boutique hotel blends western history with modern comfort.
This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Daily Route Options (drag to see full )
|Daily Route Options
||in Gallatin River Valley (2 Miles; 100' elevation gain)
||Dog Sledding (1 Hour)
||in Yellowstone National Park (1-3 Miles; 50-100' elevation gain)
||Snow Coach Tour of Madison Area & Lower Geyser Basin (3.5 Hours)
||in Yellowstone National Park (1-6 Miles; 50-500' elevation gain)
||Snow Coach Shuttle Gallatin River Valley to Old Faithful Snow Lodge (2 Hours)
||Optional Nordic Skiing (3-12 Miles)
||in Yellowstone National Park (1-3 Miles; 50-100' elevation gain)
||Snow Coach Tour Old Faithful to Jackson (4 Hours)
||in Grand Teton National Park (4-5 Miles; 100-200' elevation gain)
||in Teton National Forest (3 Miles; 500' elevation gain)
||Sleigh Ride (1 Hour)
Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.
Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.
All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
Get the Straight Talk about This Trip
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Accommodations & Service Standards
Old Faithful Snow Lodge is a fairly rustic national park lodge that reflects the natural surroundings of Yellowstone National Park. While this hotel offers simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, it provides unparalleled access to the best hiking and snowshoeing in the region. Please note that guest rooms are not equipped with televisions.
Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.
Interpretive Guides & Hiking Without Your Leaders
The National Park Service limits the size of all groups in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Accordingly, you'll hike and snowshoe in small groups with Backroads leaders and local guides. We appreciate your cooperation with the parks' regulations.
Winter weather in Yellowstone and Tetons can be among the coldest in the United States, but you can comfortably enjoy the outdoors if you're properly dressed. In order to snowshoe or hike in the snow, you must wear waterproof snow boots or hiking boots and waterproof breathable pants, jacket and gloves. Your clothing should be warm enough to allow you to comfortably remain outside in below-freezing conditions for 2–4 hours at a time. Layers are encouraged for when we snowshoe.
You can't have a winter wonderland without some winter weather. During December, January and February when our trips run, snow and below-freezing temperatures are likely, and even rain is possible. Please know that if we encounter severe weather during the trip that affects our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy.
Why Travel with Backroads in Yellowstone
In Winter It's More Like Whitestone
Yellowstone during the quiet winter months is a land transformed, and for years our Backroads team has been out on snowshoes and skis, looking for unique backcountry experiences to share with active travelers. The result is this one-of-a-kind multi-adventure trip exploring the great national park we know so well in what is arguably its most beautiful phase, when thick plumes of steam rise from the hot springs and trees boughs droop under the silent weight of the snow.
We Live in the Neighborhood
Our Trip Leaders in Yellowstone live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.
The Best Leaders in Yellowstone
Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Yellowstone, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.
We Were Born Here (in 1979)
Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Yellowstone, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.
We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip
After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.
Get the Most Out of Each Day
Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Yellowstone with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.
The Value of Casual Hotels
In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.
We've Set the Standard
For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by