Feeling Chilly? These Hot Springs Will Warm You Up!

Is there really any better way to warm up on a cold winter day in Yellowstone Country than soaking in a hot spring? We think not. If you’re visiting in the winter, make sure to visit one of the local hot springs for a fun and relaxing way to beat the cool temps!

1. THE BOILING RIVER IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

You’ll find this natural wonder is just south of the 45th Parallel Bridge, located in the Mammoth area of the park. It’s right near the North Entrance to Yellowstone (just minutes from our store)! Don’t forget your suit, and don’t bring any alcohol, it’s not allowed. The boiling river closes at dark around 6:00pm. This is a can’t-miss winter activity in Yellowstone.

 


2. CHICO HOT SPRINGS

Take the plunge into Chico’s two open-air natural mineral hot springs pools. Guests soak, swim, play and relax in their chemical-free, geothermally heated pools every day of the year. Watch the sun rise over the Absaroka Mountains or gaze into the night sky while soaking in soothing waters. Not far from Gardiner, Chico is a great escape to have fun, eat, drink and be merry! Learn more here.

 


3. YELLOWSTONE HOT SPRINGS

Yellowstone Hot Springs is just up the road near Corwin Springs, located just eight miles north of the North entrance to Yellowstone Park, at the south end of beautiful Paradise Valley (24 E Gate Rd, Gardiner, MT 59030). Yellowstone Hot Springs is a soaking experience unique to this area. Settled between two mountain ranges, and nestled on the bank of the Yellowstone River, peace and serenity are the keynotes of this location. Their winter hours are:
Oct. 15: Open Friday 2:00pm – 9:30pm.
Sat. and Sun., 10:00am – 9:30pm.
Closed: Mon. – Thurs.

Fall 2019 Yellowstone Closings

Yellowstone’s summer season is winding down, but there are still quite a few campgrounds and lodges open for business—not to mention all roads are still open for the season. That said, you don’t want to get your heart set on a specific campground or hotel just to find out it’s closed for the season when you arrive! If you’re planning a fall visit to the world’s first national park, keep the following closing dates in mind:

Fall Road Closing Dates

October 15: Tower Fall to Canyon (Dunraven Pass). Beartooth Highway (US 212 to Red Lodge, MT)
November 4: All roads close at 8 am except the road between the North Entrance (Gardiner, MT) and the Northeast Entrance (Cooke City, MT).

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Fall Campground Closing Dates

September 9: Indian Creek Campground
September 15: Grant Village Campground
September 22: Bridge Bay, Canyon Campgrounds
September 29: Norris, Tower Fall, Pebble Creek Campgrounds
October 15: Slough Creek Campground
October 20: Madison Campground
November 3: Lewis Lake Campground
Open Year Round: Mammoth Campground
Closed for the 2019 Season: Fishing Bridge RV Park

Fall Lodging Closing Dates

September 2: Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins
September 22: Lake Lodge and Cabins
September 29: Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, Grant Village Lodge
October 7: Lake Hotel and Cabins, Old Faithful Inn
October 13: Canyon Lodge, Mammoth Hot Springs Cabins
November 3: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge

A Few More Fall Planning Tips

For more lodging convenient to Yellowstone National Park, check out the Gardiner, Montana lodging directory. We’re just minutes from the park’s North Entrance and offer a wide variety of dining, lodging, services, and activities in the fall months.

Yellowstone’s Northern Range—which includes the road from Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City—is open year-round to private vehicles. There are plenty of things to do all year long on the Northern Range; click here for a guide to this lesser-traveled, wildlife-rich region of Yellowstone National Park.

Fall weather in the Rocky Mountains is usually characterized by crisp, cold mornings and cool to mild afternoons, but the weather can change quickly this time of year. Keep an eye on all park road conditions or call the Gardiner Montana Visitor Information Center at 406-848-7971.

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Record-Smashing, Historic September Snowstorm

At a Glance

  • A snowstorm is slamming the northern Rockies this weekend.
  • Some parts of Montana may see blizzard conditions at times with well over a foot of snow.
  • Wet snow and high winds will lead to tree damage and power outages.
  • Other lower elevations in the northern Rockies and High Plains may see their first snow of the season.
  • Record cold with dangerous wind chill temperatures is expected as well.
  • A historic September snowstorm is blasting parts of the northern Rockies with heavy, wet snow and high winds, leading to power outages and tree damage, and will be accompanied by record cold temperatures for the end of September and early October.

Happening Now

Snow continues to fall from eastern Washington across the high country of Idaho and western Wyoming, western and central Montana, and as far south as the Great Basin or eastern Nevada.

 

Several locations in northern Montana have already picked up over a foot of snow. The highest snowfall total so far is 23 inches in Browning, Montana. East Glacier Park has already measured 21 inches of snow.

Over 9 inches of snowfall was recorded by the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, Saturday, alone, an all-time record daily snowfall in September, there. Their total of 14 inches since Saturday is closing in on an all-time autumn two-day snowstorm record of 16.1 inches from Nov. 26-27, 2005, according to NOAA’s ACIS database records dating to 1937 and is already the snowiest September, there, topping September 1934’s 13.2 inches of snowfall.

Tree limbs were reported downed on “most, if not all, side streets” due to the weight of 14 inches of wet snow and winds in Choteau, Montana, about 45 miles northwest of Great Falls along the Rocky Mountain Front Range, according to a report relayed to NWS-Great Falls. Two to three-foot drifts were reported in Augusta, Montana, Sunday morning.

 

View the Rest of the Article on the Weather Channel

 

 

Beartooth Pass closes in Wyoming

The Beartooth Pass has closed in Wyoming for the season but remains open from Red Lodge to Montana’s border with its southern neighbor.

The Montana side of U.S. Highway 212 is expected to close sometime over the Columbus Day week, but adverse weather could lead to an earlier closure, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.

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The Saddle & Paddle Experience

There are countless ways to spend your time in Yellowstone, but when it comes down to it, it can be difficult to fit everything you want to do into your vacation. Luckily, we’ve got a perfect day trip for those of you who want to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting down the famous Yellowstone River, and be able to sit back relax on a horseback ride through the Absaroaka-Beartooth Wilderness… all in one day!

Paradise Adventure Company has two “Ride and Raft” trips available every day. The first is for those who are really on a time crunch. The Express Trip includes a one hour horseback ride, followed by an 8-mile whitewater trip. With Montana’s long summer days, you’ll even have time for a drive or a short hike in the Park! The second trip is the Deluxe Ride & Raft Trip. This includes a two hour horseback ride, followed by an 8-mile whitewater trip. This trip also includes a lunch voucher.

If you choose the Deluxe trip, you’ll need to arrive about an hour before your departure time at Paradise Adventure Company’s office to pick up your lunch voucher, then you will head up to the beautiful forested town of Jardine, Montana. It is about an 8-mile, 30 minute drive up a country road of switchbacks and stunning views to reach Hell’s-A-Roarin’ Ranch. Once you arrive, the friendly cowboys (and cowgirls) will assist you in hopping on a trusty steed. They will adjust your stirrups, teach you how to use the reins, and give you a saddle bag to keep your phone or other belongings in. No backpacks allowed!

Your two hour trail ride will take you through the most stunning 360 degree views of the Gallatin and Absaroka mountain ranges at almost 7,000 feet above sea level! The wranglers will help keep you on the trail and are full of fun information about the area. This is a can’t-miss trip!

“Beautiful doesn’t begin to explain this place.  We took the 2 hour tour and loved it.  The views are amazing, and saw some great wildlife. The guide and horses were fantastic.  Highly recommend!” – Tom K.

After your ride, head back down to Gardiner, grab some lunch and head to Paradise Adventure Co.’s office to meet up with the friendly staff to get suited up with all of the safety gear you will need for your rafting trip! Once geared up and ready to go, your rafting guides will take you for a short drive to the put-in to have a safety talk. You’ll learn everything you need to know to stay safe, and to have the most fun possible.

The guides at Paradise Adventure are full of interesting facts about the Yellowstone, the landscapes, and will be sure to point out any wildlife you may see along the way! They will navigate you in and out the rapids, and describe the ways in which the Yellowstone River changes every single day.

After you reach the take-out, you’ll hop in the van for a quick drive back to Gardiner where you can get changed and be on your way to take on whatever you can before the sun goes down!

Book Your Experience Here!