Winter Activities

Winter Activities

Once considered a time for hibernation, winter in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country is now filled with fun. Basically, any winter recreation you can think of is right here: from ice climbing and snowmobiling to cross country and downhill skiing.

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Homesteader Park

Ice skating is available at the outdoor ice arena in Homesteader Park as soon as cold temperatures permit – usually in mid-December. The arena is equipped with night lighting, side boards and a multipurpose building containing restrooms, skate equipment and concessions. The skate shop, located in the warming house has all sizes of skated for children & adults. The skate shop also offers an assortment of drinks and snacks. There is no charge to use the rink. The rink is open from 11:00 AM – 10:00 daily, weather permitting. Rental skates are available. Skate house with rentals and concessions open Fri. & Sun. 1 to 5 pm and Sat. 11 am to 5 p.m.

(307) 754-5711 |

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Cody – Ice Climbing

The South Fork of the Shoshone River is a beautiful mountain valley near Cody. Hundreds of waterfalls freeze here every winter to offer possibly the highest concentration of waterfall ice climbing in the continental US. Annual Ice Climbing Festival the third week of February. Average temperature from 5 to 20 degrees.

(307) 587-0629 |

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Gary Fales Outfitting

From the third week of December to the first of March, Gary Fales Outfitting offers guided snowmobile tours into the park. The trips originate from the East Entrance of the Park. They offer an all-day tour which includes Old Faithful, the Gyser Basin areas, Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone Lake. Three and five-day packages include lodging, meals, snowmobiles, snowmobile gear and permits. Guided snowmobile trips from Cody include Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, MT, and Jackson Hole, WY.

(307) 587-3970 |

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Grub Steak Expeditions and Yellowstone Tours

Personalized year-round licensed/guided interpretative tours of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, BLM, and national forest lands. Grub Steak Expeditions’ experienced staff will show you the Yellowstone Country you’ve always wanted to see. With a legacy dating back three generations in Yellowstone Country, they share the “living history” of this special corner of the West. Full-day, half-day, and multiple day custom tours of Yellowstone National Park, its surrounding ecosystem, and other unique Wyoming locations, await you. Let them know your special interests – from scenic drives and wildlife to regional history, photography and geology – and they’ll arrange your special tour. Will also charter large groups.

(800) 527-6316 |

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North Fork Nordic Trails

Located near the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The all volunteer non-profit Park County Nordic Ski Association (PCNSA) maintains over 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) of groomed trails at Pahaska Tepee, the Eastern gateway of Yellowstone National Park, west of Cody. These trails are leased through a special use permit from the Shoshone National Forest.

(307) 527-7701 |

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Sleeping Giant Ski Area

Sleeping Giant Ski Area is a winter snow sports area that has great snowboarding, downhill and nordic skiing. Born the Red Star Camp in the winter of 1936-37, Sleeping Giant Ski Area officially opened in 1938, and is one of America’s oldest ski areas. Sleeping Giant boasts a unique terrain park, twice the vertical feet from the old days, challenging tree skiing & boarding, a carpet for those just starting out, and all of this just 3 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

(307) 527-8988 |

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Victor J. Riley Arena & Community Events Center

Yellowstone Quake Hockey and public ice skating in indoor arena from late October-March. Also available April-mid-October for conventions, trade shows and large meetings.

(307) 587-1681 |

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Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park

The Wood River Valley Ski Touring Park located just 22 miles southwest of Meeteetse offers over 25k of groomed trails, ranging from the scenic and gentle South Fork Trail to the thrilling Brown Creek Trail. The ski touring park is open for use seven days a week. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated to help with the maintenance of the trails. Skiing Wood River Valley affords unique opportunities to photograph and view the wildlife, including deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain lions.

(307) 868-2603 |

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