This popular wildlife photo safari tour will focus on finding and safely viewing Greater Yellowstone’s predators. We will spend our time in prime grizzly and wolf habitat within both Grand Teton and Yellowstone 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 and several waterfalls. Throughout the safari you will learn how to safely find, view and photograph bears and other area wildlife. 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. Our small group sizes and expert local guides will insure personalized attention, great wildlife viewing and endless photo opportunities (see a full itinerary and description below).
Open safaris will not run in July/August – private safaris are available for those months. Private safaris are available May – October.
Professional naturalist guide
Small group safari: 8 guests per vehicle, maximum
Use of spotting scopes
Use of binoculars
National Park entrance fees
All guests are picked up and returned to their place of lodging. We pick up at hotels and condos in Jackson and Teton Village. Your exact pick up time will be determined by your hotel location. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris office will notify you of your pickup time prior to your departure.
Please give your guide an additional 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled time to allow for other pickups or traffic conditions.
Seasonal changes to trip timing may be made to accommodate daylight and/or optimum wildlife viewing.
Approximate pickup times for Jackson Hole include:
- 6:30 AM – downtown Jackson locations
- 6:45 AM – greater Jackson Hole area locations
- 7:00 AM – Teton Village locations
We absolutely LOVED this experience!! This is a top-notch company, they are customer oriented and highly professional in all aspects of what they do.
Grand Teton National Park
Your 2 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 is 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 (or similar). Silvergate is only a half mile from the park entrance and is 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!
Yellowstone National Park
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.
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What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 7-day cancellation policy for all 2-day and 3-day wildlife safaris. Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 7 days of departure, and before the day of departure will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations or no-shows on the day of departure will not be refunded. We strongly recommend travel insurance in order to protect you from unforeseen travel interruptions that prevent you from joining us.
What is the weather like in the summer?
Summer in Jackson Hole runs from early May to late October. Average high temperatures in the valley during the summer season range from 61F to 81F (16C to 27C), and daily temperatures can fluctuate quite a lot. The high elevation often creates cool mornings and evenings but hot afternoons. It is important to come prepared for a variety of conditions throughout the day as they can change quickly in the summertime.
Average highs and lows by summer months:
May: Average High 64F/17C, Average Low 30F/-1C
June: Average High 76F/24C, Average Low 37F/2C
July: Average High 81F/27C, Average Low 40F/5C
August: Average High 80F/26C, Average Low 39F/3C
September: Average High 73F/22C, Average Low 31F/-1C
October: Average High 61F/16C, Average Low 23F/-5C
What do others say about this tour?
FIRST: Do NOT visit Yellowstone without a wildlife guide. I first visited nearly 40 years ago, when the garbage receptacles were unlocked and scavengers would come down to the dumps to get a morsel. It was easy to spot wildlife then. But now that the dumps are sealed and the elk population has been culled by the wolves reintroduced into the ecosystem, you won’t see wildlife unless you REALLY know what you’re doing. Although you CAN see the waterfall, canyon of the Yellowstone, the geysers, and other thermal features on your own or on a group tour, you won’t see the Park’s extraordinary wildlife without a trained wildlife guide. And it’s the wildlife that really distinguishes this National Park from all others. SECOND: Make sure you get a GOOD guide. JHWS has some of the best. National Geographic had a 4-night special on TV this week about Yellowstone; and their entire crew combined couldn’t get a glimpse of wolves until the fourth day, when they spotted part of a pack at leisure … Our guide was able to get us to see a pack of 5 wolves hunting small varmints the first morning that we went out looking for them. My wife and I took the two-day Wolf and Bear Wildlife Safari and it was absolutely fabulous. We saw and photographed elk, coyote, black bear (one popped up less than 100 feet away), mountain goat, prong horned antelope, mule deer, moose, fox, bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, and more bison (“buffalo”) then you can count (one walked over to our car and tried to poke his head in).
My family and I booked a 2-day Private Bear and Wolf Safari Tour. Our guide was absolutely amazing. He had so much knowledge of Yellowstone and the animals. You can tell he is very passionate about the wildlife and nature. Because we did a private tour for 2 days we really got to utilize our time on our terms as far as what we wanted to see and let me tell you we saw a lot. First day of the tour he picked us up at our cabin and provided us with breakfast snacks and drinks. We started off our tour and first thing we saw in the first hour was a black bear. We opted to see more hot spring attractions and waterfalls on our first day while also looking out for wildlife of course. Our first day we saw so many animals we saw black bears, elk, and bison. We also got to see Old Faithful and had lunch at Old Faithful Inn and experience some nearby hot springs in that area. We traveled onward and stayed one night in Gardiner, Montana a small little town outside the north entrance of Yellowstone. We had a nice dinner at Wonderland Cafe a contemporary and modern little restaurant. The 2nd day we got up really early as our guide had said the earlier we leave the better chances of seeing some grizzly bears. We couldn’t believe what we ended up seeing, we saw a black and grey wolf and grizzly bear eating a bison carcass. We moved along through Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley and saw multiple bisons. Since it’s mating season we saw some male bisons fight over some of the female bisons. We had some fine dining lunch at Lake Hotel. We got to see one last waterfall and traveled back. It was honestly the most amazing experience and worth every penny spent. Our guide was experienced, knowledgeable, professional and friendly. He knew how to accommodate our family of 5. In our family we have one 10 year old and one vegetarian so he let us know about all bathroom stops especially for us having a kid with us and took us to places to eat that had vegetarian options. We highly recommend booking a tour whether it be a 4 hour or even a 2 day tour like us to navigate through Yellowstone. We would have not seen half the things we saw if we tried to navigate through it alone.
Our family was doing a “grand tour” of the American West and we wanted to see Yellowstone and Grand Teton but only had a few days. Booking Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris was an excellent decision. Our guide, (a wildlife photographer as well as guide) was highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and very enjoyable company. The parks are huge, so having someone who knew all of the best places to spot wildlife and where the most beautiful views were was fantastic. We managed to see quite a lot in our short time, spotting bears, elk, moose, eagles, a badger, and lots of bison. We also really enjoyed learning about the fascinating geology of Yellowstone. It was great having someone else do the driving and arrange all of the logistics of meals, overnight accommodation, etc. so we could just concentrate on enjoying the incredible nature of these parks. It is certainly not the least expensive way to see Yellowstone, but well worth it if you want to get the most out of a visit in a relatively brief period of time. Thanks to our guide and Wildlife Safaris for a very memorable time!
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