Begin your winter wildlife safari tour with a gourmet coffee, tea or hot chocolate from one of Jackson’s local coffee houses. Then explore the National Elk Refuge, home to thousands of wintering elk, hundreds of bison, bighorn sheep and an array of bird life. We will then head north along the western boundary of the refuge to Grand Teton National Park. Here we will travel along the southern park roads watching for wildlife and stopping frequently for photo-ops. You will see places like antelope flats, the small town of Kelly and have views of several mountain ranges that form the valley of Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole’s wintering wildlife is abundant with opportunities to see bison, elk, deer, moose, fox, coyote, bald eagle, trumpeter swans, and if we’re lucky, wolves. If time allows we might also choose to stop at the Jackson Hole Visitor Center or the new Moose visitor center in Grand Teton National Park. The route varies seasonally based on group interest, road closures and wildlife migration.
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. Please make note of your pickup time, and save it for your reference.
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:
- 7:30 AM – downtown Jackson locations
- 7:15 AM – greater Jackson Hole area locations
- 7:00 AM – Teton Village locations
- 1:30 PM – downtown Jackson locations
- 1:15 PM – greater Jackson Hole area locations
- 1:00 PM – Teton Village locations
Just wanted to say thanks for the great 'safari' around the Jackson Hole area. All of us had a great time and saw some animal activity that we have never seen in our 20 years of visiting Jackson Hole.
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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?
This was an amazing tour, and we couldn’t have made better plans ourselves! We were ready at 7:30 and dropped back off before noon. We saw wolves, moose, elk, bison, coyotes, ducks, geese, eagles….. I mean, the only thing we didn’t see were bears and they were hibernating! Worth every penny to take a private tour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
My husband and I just finished up our half day trip with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, and had a wonderful time! We were able to see a herd of elk, and even heard them bugle, a herd of pronghorn, a mother and baby moose, a male moose, and mule deer, along with stunning views throughout! Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable about the area as well as the stories behind different things, which made the trip even better for us. Totally worth the money and we would highly recommend booking! Can’t wait to come back and book a Yellowstone tour!
We had the best time with our guide. He was knowledgeable about the wildlife and a great dude. We went on the half day winter tour in the morning. He picked us up in the hotel lobby, fed us breakfast and as soon as we got into the park, we started seeing wildlife. I love to see birds out in the wild and we got to see trumpeter swans and goldeneye ducks, neither I’ve ever seen. We also got to see snow bunting, which our guide said was pretty rare to see. He taught us some tracking to help spot wildlife and took us to see some beautiful locations. He also had this huge scope so we could see the animals in detail without being too close. We also saw bison, elk, moose, and mule deer. My favorite part was when we were in the National Elk Refuge. We were surrounded on all sides by bighorn sheep and we looked up on the clifftops to see four (four!) coyote looking down at the sheep. I have a picture! I could hear David Attenborough narrating the whole thing in my head like I was on Planet Earth! Thank you to our guide and the whole team at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We had the best time!
My husband and I took the Winter Half Day Wildlife Safari today. We were quite impressed with the excursion. Our experienced guide led us to different potential wildlife areas. We spotted several moose, which were high on our hoped-for list. We saw a red fox, elk, and sheep, as well as grouse, magpies & eagles. Our guide was quite knowledgeable, so we learned many wildlife details, as well as actually seeing the animals. An added plus was being transported in a super clean vehicle. That extra attention to detail helped to make this an excellent experience!
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