During these times of the pandemic, you may be ready to see nearby towns and enjoy a staycation. You can drive from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park in a day, but most people prefer not to do that and for a good reason. It’s a beautiful trip; taking it slow will allow you the time to savor the incredible scenery and the snow-laden mountains, especially in winter.
Here we share a four-day itinerary you can use whenever you plan to take a road trip from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park.
Day 1: On the rocks in Bozeman
Stay in Bozeman for a day and a night. You can learn to ice climb in Hyalite Canyon, hit the slopes at Bridger Bowl, or take an outdoor rock-climbing trip. Spend the next morning checking out the paleontology exhibits in the Seibel Dinosaur Complex at Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies. You can also drive to Big Sky Resort between the four mountains to ski, snowboard, sled, skate, or snowshoe at this time of the year.
Day 2: Leave Bozeman for Norris, Montana
To visit Norris and Ennis, leave the busy MT-191 route for MT-84 W, and you’ll reach Norris along the lower Madison River. Norris is known for its hot springs amid the towering Tobacco Root Mountains. It’s also famous for local food. After taking a refreshing bath in the hot springs and eating some delicious local delicacies, hop on to highway 287 to reach Ennis, MT.
Day 3: Explore Ennis
Ennis is a cowboy and fishing town that features a mix of old Western and modern nightlife. The famous Willie’s Distillery serves authentic Montana Moonshine — the legendary small-batch whiskey. For Mexican food, head to the upscale southwestern restaurant, Banditos. For serene accommodation, various lodges and cabins in Ennis offer outstanding views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Hiking options in Ennis are endless. However, the most loved trek is through the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest that offers excellent day trips, scenic views, wildlife, and loads of fun.
Day 4: Travel from Ennis to Yellowstone on US-287
Grab an early breakfast and head back to highway 287 to Yellowstone. It’s a scenic drive with Spanish peaks in the East and Madison Valley’s background rise and fall as you pass canyons, mountains, and rivers. Visit the famous Quake Lake on your way to Yellowstone National Park. Once you turn to US-191 S/US-287, you will notice the West Yellowstone Entrance on the right in just over 8 miles.
Between November and March, Yellowstone National Park is a winter wonderland covered in white. You can book accommodation inside the park. Make the most of the snow and see wildlife by snowshoes, cross-country skis, snow coaches, and snowmobiles.
Winter is also the best time to spot Yellowstone’s most elusive predator, the wolf. A two-day trip to the Yellowstone Northern Range with a local safari company will give you an evening to see these wolves in their natural habitat.
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