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17 Photos That Prove Wyoming Is A Wintry Dreamscape

Jackson, Wyoming | © Robert Engberg/Flickr
Jackson, Wyoming | © Robert Engberg/Flickr
Home to vast plains, towering peaks, and the famous Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is a vision of natural beauty. But it truly blossoms in the winter when a blanket of snow falls over the region, painting the verdant forests and alpine rivers white. For a glimpse into the state’s wintry dreamscape, read on.

This western state is home to hundreds of animal species; even during the colder months, roaming snow-covered bison are to be expected.

Bison on Swan Lake Flat © Yellowstone National Park/Flickr

Winter in Yellowstone National Park resembles a time before modern invention and technology. No cars, fewer people, and unmarked trails are waiting to be discovered.

Yellowstone Public Domain/Pixabay

Soda Butte Creek flows from a now-extinct geyser in Yellowstone National Park, rushing through Wyoming’s frozen landscape.

Soda Butte Creek Public Domain/Pixabay

Yellowstone National Park is packed with majestic mountains and rock formations, which are even more remarkable when surrounded by ice and snow.

Yellowstone Public Domain/Pixabay

With stark landscapes come breathtaking sunrises, accompanied by rose-colored skies and a hint of sunshine. Plus, it wouldn’t be Wyoming without a moose running wild.

A young moose © marco antonio torres/Flickr

White on white on white. Is there anything more magical than that? While this seems like a distant place, winter enthusiasts can opt for snowshoes and uncover some of Yellowstone’s hidden treasures.

Yellowstone Public Domain/Pixabay

Frosted trees, snow-capped mountains, and misty fog make for the ultimate winter scenery.

_MG_2031 © Robert Engberg/Flickr

Roads close, rivers freeze, and snowstorms roll into Yellowstone National Park during winter. But as the crowds depart, it is transformed into a winter wonderland, with geysers emitting hot bursts of steam from the surface.

Yellowstone Public Domain/Pixabay

What is a dreamy winter landscape without wildlife? Because of the coyote’s ability to adapt to nearly any kind of environment, the population has thrived in Wyoming – just after the wolf population.

Coyote in Yellowstone Public Domain/Pixabay

Wyoming is home to the largest living dune system in America; the Red Desert is over 9,000 square miles of high-altitude desert that stretches across the southern portion of the state. In winter, experience the rolling dunes covered in snow.

Snow Dunes, Yellowstone National Park Public Domain/Pixabay

Trees, snow, and an unusual view of Wyoming’s most predominant residents. In the Northern Rocky Mountain States – Wyoming, Idaho, Montana – there are 282 packs, with nearly 1,700 wolves.

Yellowstone National Park Public Domain/Pixabay

Yellowstone River, which traverses for 692 miles, is known for its winding waters and crashing waterfalls; in winter, the near-frozen river moves slowly through the white landscape.

Yellowstone River Public Domain/Pixabay

While the warmer months provide optimal views of the geysers in Yellowstone National Park, winter provides an unusually eerie scenery marked by steam, snow, and a myriad of colors.

Hot springs in winter Public Domain/Pixabay

Laramie is the state’s most famous cross-country skiing destination, with trails that wander through Chimney Park and into the woods.

Cross country skiing Public Domain/Pixabay

There are over 70 named mountain peaks over 8,000 feet high in Yellowstone, with four separate mountain ranges. Does it get any more winter than that?

Yellowstone mountains Public Domain/Pixabay

Just south of Grand Teton National Park, find the area’s famous forested trails and backcountry skiing.

Snow trails Public Domain/Pixabay

On the outskirts of Jackson, discovering the winterscape is best done by snowmobile: glide along the snowbanks of the many rushing rivers or wind through the trees.

_MG_2099 © Robert Engberg/Flickr