Join an experienced naturalist guide to track, study and photograph the abundant wintering wildlife and wolves found on the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park. This popular winter wildlife safari tour will focus on finding and safely viewing Greater Yellowstone’s wintering wildlife including the predators and big game of the region. Throughout the safari there is a chance to view and photograph wolves, coyote, fox, bald eagles, golden eagles, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn and mountain goats while learning about the geology, history and ecology of the Greater Yellowstone area. We will spend our time in prime wildlife habitat both outside and within Yellowstone National Park including places like Paradise Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Blacktail Plateau, Little America and of course the famous Lamar Valley, often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. Our small group sizes and expert wildlife guides will insure personalized attention, great wildlife viewing and endless photo opportunities. (See a full itinerary and description below)
Includes: Hotel pick-up and return to Bozeman Montana, all transportation, an experienced naturalist guide, 2 nights lodging in Gardiner Montana, 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: Dec 1 – April 29 – Trips depart Bozeman Mt. on Sundays and Thursdays
Pick-up Times: Hotel pick-up is approx 7:00 am from Bozeman Hotels and 7:45 from Livingston. (Please note: 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:
Bozeman Hotels: 7:00am
Livingston Hotels: 7:45 am
Day 1 – Your 3-Day Winter Wolves and Wildlife Safari of Northern Yellowstone Safari will begin when your guide meets you at your Bozeman area hotel. You will travel east over Bozeman pass to Livingston Montana and South through the scenic Paradise Valley to the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park (Approx 1.5 hours). We will then spend the rest of the morning exploring the Northern most part of Yellowstone National Park including the Roosevelt Arch, Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces and the historic Albright Visitor Center with plenty of time to find and photograph the abundant wildlife of this part of the park.
After a quick lunch we will head deeper into Yellowstone to the Lamar Valley, often called the Serengeti of North America. This is the single best winter wildlife viewing area in Yellowstone and one of the best places in the world to see wolves in the wild! Here we will spend the afternoon searching for these apex predators with time to learn about and photograph other wildlife, thermal features and the magnificent scenery in this part of the park. We will return to Gardiner just before sunset to get checked into our hotel (Riverside Cottages or similar) A field breakfast, lunch, dinner and lodging included.
Day 2 – We will start the day early in order to get positioned for the best opportunities to see, and if we’re lucky, hear the wolves of the Northern Range. The best wolf watching locations will depend on current events, pack dynamics, prey migrations and weather which will lead us to different strategies for finding the wolves on every trip. It is not uncommon to encounter wolves from Mammoth Hot Springs all the way to Lamar Valley. Places like Little America, Slough Creek and the Blacktail Plateau may provide even better opportunities than the Lamar Valley depending on the time of year and current wolf pack territories in the area. We will also have plenty of other wildlife encounters including birds of prey, other canines and the abundant hooved animals that winter on the Northern Range. Winter is an outstanding time to view wildlife for several reasons including the ease of spotting animals on snow covered ground and the need for animals to move to lower elevations to find forage where there is less snow. A field breakfast, lunch, dinner and lodging included.
Day 3 – Another early morning of wolf watching and wildlife viewing on the Northern Range of Yellowstone. We will spend the better part of the day exploring the park in search of great wildlife encounters and scenery. After lunch in Cooke City we will spend most of our last afternoon in search of wildlife as we begin heading back toward Gardiner. We will return to Bozeman around 5pm and your guide will drop you at the hotel of your choice. A Field breakfast and lunch included
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 guide.
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.