Winter in Montana’s National Parks

Montana’s endless beauty and vast landscape offer a unique and incredibly serene destination for winter travelers — even blanketed in snow. Pack up the kids and head for an outdoorsy adventure through the state’s pristine national parks, boasting unending activity for snow-lovers and outdoor adventurers.

Hiking and Snowshoeing at Makoshika State Park

Get fit with the family and venture through Makoshika State Park on foot. Enjoy a nature hike through the snowy and picturesque Makoshika State Park in southeast Montana. Bundle up and strap on a pair of snowshoes or boots and head for the snow-covered hills along trails trekking through the striking badlands of Montana’s largest state park. The snow-covered landscapes and natural beauty leave travelers of all ages awestruck and inspired. Take a family photo beneath the towering Cap Rock or enjoy the peaceful surroundings after a long hectic holiday.

Yellow Stone National Park Winter

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Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park

Enjoy the nation’s first National Park this winter and head to Yellowstone for some fun in the snow. Hit the trails on a snowmobile and explore the incredible vistas along the Rock Mountains and unending snow-capped tree lines. Begin in West Yellowstone, known as the snowmobile capital of the world, and learn from the experts on a snowmobile tour. Take to the extensive trail system through Custer Gallatin National Forest, observing the seemingly untouched winter white surroundings.

Fly Fishing at Missouri Headwaters State Park

Fly-fishing may not seem like a cold-weather sport, which is why Montana locals know winter to be a best-kept secret for true fishing enthusiasts. Enjoy less-populated waters, more legroom and a relaxing atmosphere in Missouri Headwaters State Park. Enjoy the view and the well-deserved peace and quiet of the river.

Ice Skating at Bannack State Park

Keep it simple and stick to the beloved winter sport of ice skating. Head to the home of the gold rush and famous U.S. ghost town, Bannack State Park in Bannack, Mont. Give the kids a brief history lesson and explore the now abandoned streets of the once flourishing town. Enjoy some old-fashioned fun on any weekend from Christmas to March, ice skating and warming up with hot chocolate and snacks.

family cross country skiing

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Cross-Country Skiing in Great Bear Wilderness and Glacier National Park

Take advantage of the off-season this winter at Glacier National Park and enjoy less crowded treks along the incredible terrain. Rent skis and outdoor gear at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mont., and get out and explore. Check out the breathtaking views of Flathead National Forest on a guided ski tour.

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