Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Travel Deals: Big Sky, Montana

March 17, 2010, 8:49 am

The signs of spring are finally starting to show after one of the longest, most difficult winters in recent memory. At one point, there was snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states, a feat that hasn’t happened in more than three decades. As the coats come off and the crocuses come up, we can’t help but start thinking about Spring Break 2010!

If you have not made plans and you’re looking to combine your love of the outdoors and your love of the national parks, there are some great deals being offered in parks and the communities surrounding them.

Snowboarders and skiers should think about heading to Montana to get in some last turns of the season and experience the thaw in Yellowstone National Park. Big Sky Resort is offering a third night free in its luxurious slopeside Village Center Studio, Summit Studio or Shoshone one-bedroom condos. You’ll also receive free valet parking and a $50 Solace Spa Voucher on any 50-minute or longer treatment. This deal is hard to beat.

Big Sky is conveniently located across the valley from Yellowstone, where signs of spring are starting to show. With less than average snow in the lower elevations, the NPS has already reported seeing signs of grizzly bears who’ve emerged from their winter dens. While the majority of park roads don’t open until mid April, the road between Gardiner, MT and Cooke City is open year round. The north side of the park is home to the largest herd of wintering bison and elk in Yellowstone, and where there are elk, there are also wolves. Because moose, deer, grizzly and back bears, bighorn sheep, coyotes, fox, mountain lion, lynx, eagles, owls and a menagerie of avian species inhabit the Lamar Valley, it is a favorite spot for wildlife photographers around the world. Stay in nearby Gardiner, MT or for a taste of the west, Livingston, MT, a short drive away.