Join an experienced naturalist guide to track, study and photograph the bears, wolves and mega-fauna in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This popular wildlife safari tour will focus on finding and safely viewing Greater Yellowstone’s predators and big game while learning about the geology, history and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone area. We will spend our time in prime grizzly and wolf habitat within both national parks including places like Willow Flats, Pacific Creek, Hayden Valley and the famous Lamar Valley, often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. During your safari you will also have the opportunity to visit famous Yellowstone landmarks like Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake and several waterfalls. Our small group sizes and expert guides will insure personalized attention, great wildlife viewing and endless photo opportunities. Throughout the safari you will learn how to safely find, view and photograph bears in the wild. This will include a lesson on techniques for safely traveling in bear country, how to use bear spray and proper behavior in the presence of bears. In addition, your guide will teach you the basics of tracking and some tips and tricks for spotting wildlife. Depending on group interest and ability day hiking is also an option throughout your safari. (See a full itinerary and description below)
Includes: Hotel pick-up, all transportation, an experienced naturalist wildlife guide, 2 nights lodging, breakfasts, lunches, 2 dinners, snacks, a souvenir water bottle and use of our spotting scopes and binoculars throughout the trip. (*park entrance fee and guide gratuity not included)
Duration: 3 Days
Availability: May 9 – Oct 30
Pick-up Times: Hotel pick-up is included with your safari. Exact pick-up times will vary depending on your hotel and time of year to insure the best possible wildlife viewing experience. Please allow your guide 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled time to allow time for other pick-ups. Unless otherwise specified you can plan on the pick-up times below:
Teton Village Hotels 7:00 AM
Town of Jackson Hotels 7:30 AM
Other locations (including Amangani, Spring Creek Ranch and the Bentwood Inn) 7:15 AM
Day 1 – Your 3 day Bear and Wolf Safari tour into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks will begin when your guide meets you at your Jackson Hole area hotel. We will begin by searching for the abundant wildlife of Grand Teton National Park. Over the last several years Grand Teton has become one of the best wildlife viewing parks in the world with all of the region’s wildlife represented. Moose, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, fox, coyote, bald and golden eagles, black bears, grizzly bears and even wolves are commonly spotted depending on season. We will also spend time enjoying the scenery and attractions of Grand Teton with time to enjoy famous park sites and scenic overlooks including the Moulton Barns, Mormon Row, Schwabacher’s Landing, Elk Ranch, Signal Mountain and Maude Noble’s cabin to name a few options.
The tour will then travel north into Yellowstone National Park along the Snake and Lewis rivers, past Lewis Falls and Lewis Lake to the continental divide. From here we drop into the Yellowstone Lake Basin to West Thumb Junction with an option of going around the lower loop in either direction depending on conditions and current events that might dictate the route on your trip. Our guides will make recommendations but we will see the other side of the loop on the third day on the return trip. Usually we will travel to the east side on day one which will take us around Yellowstone Lake to the north side where the Yellowstone River flows out to the north at the famous Fishing Bridge. From here on is some of the best bear and wolf watching in Yellowstone! We will see Mud Volcano on our way to Hayden Valley where the river flows through open sage meadows towards the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. At the top of the canyon the river falls over both the upper and lower falls creating the 20 mile long canyon that is one of the most scenic places in Yellowstone.
From here the route will vary on road conditions but we will make our way to the Lamar Valley, often called the Serengeti of North America. This is the single best wildlife viewing area in Yellowstone and known for the abundance of grizzlies and wolves. Here we will spend the afternoon and evening in search of these apex predators with time to learn about and photograph other wildlife, thermal features and the magnificent scenery in this part of the park.
The day will end in Silvergate Montana at the Grizzly Lodge. Silvergate is only a half mile from the park entrance and one of the most remote places you will ever spend the night. We will enjoy dinner at a local eatery and then roast marshmallows over a fire surrounded by Soda Butte creek and huge mountains. This is one of our favorite places on earth!
Day 2 – We will start with an early morning in Lamar Valley where we will have another opportunity to find, watch and photograph wolves and bears. The day will also include time for exploring classic park features including Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls and the north entrance. Depending on current conditions and group interest might also spending part of the day exploring the famous Beartooth Pass and the Top of the World! The afternoon will be spent back in the Lamar Valley area in search of the region’s abundant wildlife. After a full day we will return to Silvergate for dinner and time to enjoy a campfire.
Day 3 – We will wake early to return to Lamar Valley for another opportunity to see the wolves and bears of Lamar Valley with breakfast and coffee served in the field by your guide. We will spend as much time as you want tracking bears, wolves and other wildlife before heading south through Yellowstone to enjoy other park attractions and wildlife that we didn’t see on Day 1. This might include the upper, middle and lower geyser basins and of course time to see the eruption of Old Faithful located in the upper geyser basin. We will then travel south over the continental divide three times on the return trip to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. We will return you to your Jackson Hole area hotel by early evening in time to check-in and get some dinner.
The exact routes and itineraries will depend on a number of factors – the most important being your areas of interest and expectations. One of the great things about our safaris and our guides is that we customize each safari for you. Our guides are all highly experienced with thousands of hours in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone allowing them to make suggestions and calibrate the tour to your experience level and desires. Every day is different for us which makes our safaris more fun for both you and your guides.
Cancellation Policy: We have a 48 hour cancellation policy for all single day safaris and a 7 day cancellation policy for 2-3 day safaris. For groups of 15 or more guests and for multi-day safaris of 4 or more days our cancellation policy is 30 days. Cancellations made outside the stated cancellation period for your reservation will be fully refunded with no penalty. For cancellations made within our cancellation policy’s stated times for your reservation we will retain a 50% deposit. Cancellations on the day of your reservation or no-shows will be charged 100%. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you from incurring costs associated with unforeseen cancellations.