Delta, United and Frontier Airlines offer one-stop flights from Reagan National to Bozeman, Mont. Delta and United also offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles. Yellowstone’s northern entrance, at Gardiner, Mont., is about 90 miles away.
WHERE TO STAY
Chico Hot Springs Resort
163 Chico Rd., Pray, Mont.
Historic hotel and hot springs pool about 35 miles from Yellowstone’s Gardiner entrance. Rooms with shared bath in the original hotel building from $59. Newer rooms with private baths from $134.
Mammoth Hot Springs & Cabins
Yellowstone National Park
Five miles south of the north entrance, this is the only visitor accommodation in Yellowstone accessible by car in winter. Rooms with a shared bath $87, rooms with private baths $123.
WHERE TO EAT
Chico Dining Room
Using produce and herbs grown in its own greenhouse, the dining room at Chico Hot Springs Resort does dinner nightly, breakfast Monday through Saturday, and what may be the state’s best Sunday brunch. Entrees start at $20.
Mammoth Hotel Dining Room
Get past the dated teal color scheme and enjoy house-made fresh bread and a menu that highlights locally sourced ingredients and also offers small plates. Entrees from $13.25
WHAT TO DO
Winter Wolf Discovery
This three-day/four-night trip is all about wolves and includes snowshoeing and lodging at Mammoth. Trips through Feb. 23. $719/double and $899/single.
Between the park’s Gardiner entrance and Mammoth Hot Springs.
A short drive from Mammoth, a six-foot-wide stream of hot water from the Boiling River plunges over travertine rocks into a 150-foot-long band of thermal soaking pools along the Gardner River. It’s a half-mile hike from the parking lot. Open during daylight hours. Free once you pay park admission, which is $25 per car, $20 per snowmobile and $12 per person on foot for a seven-day permit.