Explore the National Elk Refuge with a professional naturalist guide. This area is home to thousands of wintering elk, hundreds of bison, bighorn sheep and an array of bird life. After leaving the town of Jackson, we will 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
Locally sourced snacks
Use of UHD binoculars and spotting scopes
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 and the season. 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.
Changes to trip timing may be made to accommodate daylight and/or optimum wildlife viewing.
Approximate pickup times for Jackson Hole include:
November – February
Sunrise Wildlife Safaris
- 7:00 AM – Teton Village locations
- 7:15 AM – Wilson, Aspens, Amangani and Spring Creek locations
- 7:30 AM – Town of Jackson locations
Sunset Wildlife Safaris
- 1:00 PM – Teton Village locations
- 1:15 PM – Wilson, Aspens, Amangani and Spring Creek locations
- 1:30 PM – Town of Jackson locations
March – April
Sunrise Wildlife Safaris
- 6:30 AM – Teton Village locations
- 6:45 AM – Wilson, Aspens, Amangani and Spring Creek locations
- 7:00 AM – Town of Jackson locations
Sunset Wildlife Safaris
- 2:30 PM – Teton Village locations
- 2:45 PM – Wilson, Aspens, Amangani and Spring Creek locations
- 3:00 PM – Town of Jackson locations
All private safari guests are picked up at 7:00 AM from November – February, and 6:30 AM from March – April regardless of the hotel location.
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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Is a half-day tour enough time in Jackson Hole?
You could spend an entire week in Jackson Hole and never see it all. This is a big place with diverse wildlife habitat. A half-day tour will give you a brief peek at the wildlife living in Jackson Hole at the southern end of Grand Teton National Park. Some folks opt for a half-day tour because it fits well into their schedule. Our guides make the most of every tour so we’ll want to know what is #1 on your wildlife wish-list. We’ll do our best to give you the opportunities to see your favorites.
Does the Jackson Hole half-day tour stop for photos?
Our guides will make multiple stops along the way, always making sure that we’re in an ideal location for our guests to get out and observe wildlife safely from a distance. If photography is your focus, we also offer photography-specific tours that may be of interest. If you simply want some fantastic photos of your tour, make sure to let your guide know and they will keep this in mind, with helpful suggestions on landscape and wildlife shots. If you want an even more personalized experience, our private tours will provide you with a guide all to yourself for the duration of the tour.
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 at Jackson Hole. 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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Local, experienced, and passionate guides and photographers.
Exciting Things to do in Jackson Hole this Winter
February 26, 2020
Those who do not ski might not think of visiting Jackson during its chilliest time of year, but it actually has a lot to offer for both skiers and non-skiers alike. Plenty of wildlife throughout Jackson Hole remains active during this season, such as the bighorn sheep parting from their mountainous summer habitats to move into the National Elk Refuge.
Winter in Jackson Hole with the Kids
Nov 22, 2021
Winter is yet another beautiful time to visit Jackson Hole, which is why Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris continues to operate all year. We offer winter Half Day Sunrise and Sunset Tours, and Full Day Grand Teton National Park Tours. This can be a wonderful chance to engage the entire family while searching for wildlife and sightseeing with an experienced guide who will know the hotspots around the valley and have a wealth of knowledge to share.