If you want to experience the best of Jackson Hole in the winter then this is the wildlife photo tour for you! Your day will begin with a light breakfast before heading off into the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park in search of the area’s abundant wintering wildlife. Thousands of mule deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep and bison migrate into the valley in search of food each year along with coyotes, fox, bald and golden eagles, swans, and even packs of wolves. This gathering of wintering wildlife makes winter one of the best times to view wildlife in Jackson Hole!
After a full morning in the field we will enjoy lunch together at a local eatery before heading to the National Museum of Wildlife Art where we can gain inspiration from one of the best collections of wildlife art in the world. After a walk through the museum we will take a horse drawn sleigh through the National Elk Refuge into the middle of the largest wild elk herd in North America. Following the sleigh ride, we will head back into the field to spot more wildlife.
**Sleigh rides are optional and, depending on your comfort level with close contact with other groups, are not a required activity. If you decide not to do the sleigh ride, your guide will plan for more time in the field looking for wildlife. We will confirm this with you before your trip departure.
Note: The National Museum of Wildlife Art is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Your guide will provide you with alternatives. Sleigh rides operate mid-December through late March/early April, depending on conditions. When sleigh rides are not available, we will spend that time in the field instead.
Professional naturalist guide
Small group safari: 8 guests per vehicle, maximum
Use of spotting scopes
Use of binoculars
Activities (when available)
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:
- 7:00 AM – Teton Village locations
- 7:15 AM – greater Jackson Hole area locations
- 7:30 AM – downtown Jackson locations
I would recommend this safari to anyone. Go early in your trip to get acquainted with the park, and you'll be very glad you did!
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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
What do others say about this tour?
First and foremost, our guide was AMAZING. We couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable, friendly, and fun guide. He fit right in with us, and helped make our day so memorable. We did the full day safari with sleigh ride through the elk refuge, and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We were also lucky enough – thanks to our guide’s good eye – to have a “3 dog day.” Meaning we saw wolves, a fox, and coyotes at the very end. Highly recommend spending a day with this tour group.
We went for a full day private safari tour. It was one of the best tour experiences we had. Our guide was fun, informative, accommodating, and a wealth of knowledge about local culture, wildlife and history. The visibility that day was low, but we got to see moose, bison, big horned sheep, grouse, coyote feasting on some carcass and of course the elk (the elk reserve sleigh ride is conducted by a separate company and was woven into our safari trip) – all in their natural habitats. It was wonderful and we can’t wait to come back again in spring to check out the baby animals and hopefully we can travel with the same guide again.
Our guide gave us an in depth introduction to Jackson Hole, the wildlife, and the history of Wyoming and the West as it was being developed. We were able to see bison, a mother moose and her baby, big horn sheep, elk and an eagle. No matter what question we asked, our guide was able to provide an answer which was amazing because our questions ranged from nature, town infrastructure, Wyoming in general, etc. He explained the importance of each animal and the balance needed in nature. He gave my teenagers great photography tips. It was a perfect and wondrous day and one of our favorite excursions of all time. In addition, masks were worn at all times due to covid, hand sanitizer was readily available, snacks and water were provided and we had a lovely lunch. Thank you for a great day!
Our tour guide was exceptional with many years of experience regarding the area and where to locate wildlife. Everything was so easy from the initial booking, getting picked up where I was staying and having the day planned out. It was a worthwhile experience seeing bald eagles, moose, bison, coyote, sheep and elk. We had use of binoculars and a spotting scope for greater enjoyment. The sleigh ride into the elk refuge was a great visual and learning experience. This was a great day off from skiing!
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