Driving in Yellowstone in the Winter
We drove more than 1200 miles on ice in Yellowstone and surroundings. Our Subaru and Michelin Ice Tire never had any
problems. These tires do not have studs which keeps them from damaging the road. And there is some question as to whether
stud tires should be used on an All Wheel Drive car.
Our driving in the park was limited to the north end of the park from Gardiner to Cooke City. When we got out of the car, we
discovered that the road was sheer ice, very difficult to walk on. That is what our car was driving. We did see a number of cars
off the road including one of the tour vans.
Everything was so white that we were often challenged to figure out where the road ended and the shoulder drop off began.
This was a significant factor in making cars go off the road.
In the Lamar Valley we had many encounters with Bison walking on the road. With the snow plowed, the bison were not
inclined to get off the road. It was not a problem meeting bison coming from the other direction as one merely needed to stop
and let them go by. Going in the same direction could be quite a challenge.
We followed this car for 45 minutes before it gave up and pulled off the road at a turn out. I then followed the bison real close
staying all the way to the right and slowly but surely passed the bison herd with no problems.
The Lamar Valley is snow plowed from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is the Bombardier snow coach that took us into Old Faithful. Ironically, a snow mobile is cleaner and more fuel efficient per
passenger than most of the snow coaches going into the park.
This is Jackie on her four cycle snow mobile.