When fall turns the corner to winter in late October, there is still plenty to do in the area around GCRR. Winter fishing, wildlife watching, and late season exploring of Yellowstone National Park are just a few examples of outdoor activities that carry over from the summer and fall. When the snows fly, the cross country skiing and snowshoeing are excellent right on the ranch. Look for moose in the willows by the creek, and wolf tracks in the clean meadow snow.
When it’s cold outside, the massive stone fireplaces at GCRR offer a welcome warm-up and a place to curl up with a good conversation, book, or just watch the world slowly turn as your thoughts drift of their own accord.
Spring comes slowly to the high country, and GCRR will keep it’s snow until well into April. Though there may be snow on the ground, the days can be beautiful with crisp blue skies and mild spring temperatures. These are days to watch the natural world awake from the slumber of winter. Watch the meadows for bears and elk, take a late winter snowshoe to a high point to see the valley laid before you, and return to bask in the sun on a warm stone patio.
Sample of Activities:
- Cross country skiing and snowshoeing, while the snow lasts.
- Early season wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park.
- A soak in the thermal pools at Chico Hot Springs, or Yellowstone’s “Boiling River.”
- Downhill skiing at Big Sky (2 hours away) or Bridger Bowl (1 hour away) ski areas.
- Reading, relaxing, connecting, and learning in the indoor spaces at GCRR.