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Every species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has adaptations to survive winter, whether it means seeking out less harsh climates, growing a thick winter coat or fattening up before winter so their fat stores can carry them through the cold months when their food might be scarce.

The arrival of winter signals change for all species of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Some migrate, like pronghorn, that can travel up to 150 miles to the lower elevation, or ospreys, which fly to warm coastal areas. Elk migrate from higher elevations down to the valley floor and other animals, like the grizzly bears, head into hibernation. For some it’s a change in activity and diet, like the moose that tend to travel less to conserve energy and rely more on the woody vegetation while the aquatic vegetation is under ice. Others take advantage of it being difficult for prey species to move in deep snow, like wolves and mountain lions, which are often light and swift enough to move over the top of the snow to catch deer and elk.

The exact routes and itineraries we take will depend on a number of factors – the most important being your areas of interest, current wildlife sightings and road conditions. One of the great things about our safaris and expeditions is our ability to customize each safari for you. Our guides are all highly experienced with thousands of hours in the field, allowing them to make suggestions and calibrate the adventure to your experience level and desires. Every day in the field is different which makes our safaris more fun for both you and your guides. We hope that you’ll join us on a wildlife safari and walk away with an education and appreciation of this remarkable place we are privileged to call home.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris combines a love of adventure with a passion for wildlife and wild spaces to create a premium, once in a lifetime experience exploring the natural world. It is our belief that active stewardship is the only way to ensure the same experience for future generations. This is why Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris is committed to a culture of sustainability and is dedicated to purchasing products, establishing partnerships and educating the public in a way that values the protection and conservation of our most valuable resources.

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What is your cancellation policy?

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all single day wildlife safaris.  Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund.  Cancellations made within 48 hours 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 during the winter?

Winter in Jackson Hole ranges from early November to early April. Average high temperatures in the valley during the winter season range from 27F to 52F, (-3C to 11C), but daily temperatures can fluctuate far below freezing at times. The valley floor will typically see snow from October through April and in the high alpine elevations, it usually snows from September to June. The high elevation of Jackson Hole has been known to create wild temperature fluctuations from night to day, sometimes by 50F degrees or more. It is important to come prepared for winter conditions, as they can vary.

 

Average highs and lows by winter months:

November: Average High 39F/4C, Average Low 16F/-8C

December: Average High 28F/-2C, Average Low 6F/-14C

January: Average High 27F/-3C, Average Low 5F/-15C

February: Average High 32F/0C, Average Low 8F/-13C

March: Average High 41F/5C, Average Low 16F/-9C

April: Average High 52F/11C, Average Low 24F/-4C