Winter Wolf-Watching Tour

Yellowstone Winter Wolf Tour

Want to see wolves in the wild of Yellowstone, living in their natural environment? Well Yellowstone is one of the only places in the world where you can view wild wolves, and winter is the best time of year. Wolves in the winter are much more active during the day, and actively preying on large prey species such as elk, moose, and bison when there in snow. You see, like you – most animals sink and post-hole through deep snow and it makes travel slow and exhausting, whereas wolves much like their relatives – sled dogs, have huge paws and can run quickly, floating on top of deep snow out-competing their large prey.

Go with a well-educated local guide, equipped with spotting scopes, binoculars and knowledge of wolf behavior. Although it is never guaranteed with wild animals in wild places, this is your best chance of ever seeing a wolf in the wild! Plus Yellowstone in winter is simply incredible!!

Three wolves of the Lamar Canyon pack seen feasting on an elk near Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park on tour with Trevor Bloom, Winter 2018.

Example Itinerary*

(*subject to change based on client’s custom needs and availability)

Day 1: Meet in Jackson – dawn tour of Teton Wildlife. Followed by Sleigh Ride on the National Elk Refuge, and then lunch and exploration at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Art Museum. Look for bighorn sheep, bald eagles, moose, more elk than you can count, and perhaps some predators!

Day 2: Drive to Gardiner – The NE Entrance of Yellowstone (Roosevelt Arch) – today will be a travel day, driving through beautiful scenery over Teton Pass, through Island Park, West Yellowstone, Bozeman, and through the Paradise Valley to Gardiner Montana. Spend the night in Gardner at the Super 8 or similar.

Day 3: Gardiner to Cooke City – Leave Gardiner in the early AM, and have an epic morning safari through the heart of wild Yellowstone. At midday we will check in to hotel in Cooke City. Depending on the energy of the crowd and the sightings of the morning, each individual can choose to stay in town, go back-country skiing, or perhaps venture back into the park with an evening safari. Spend the night at the Alpine Motel or similar.

Day 4: Cooke City to Bozeman- At 6am let’s start with another winter safari in Yellowstone. We will drive past frosty bison, bighorn sheep, and to wolf-watching hotspots in the famous Lamar Valley. Our best chances to see wolves are early dawn. We will have breakfast in Gardiner at the Wonderland Café. It’s a long drive back to Jackson, so better to break it down and have a fun night in the charming Bozeman Montana. Accommodations – the C’mon inn or similar.

Day 5: Bozeman back to Jackson – Leave 7am – back in Jackson by midday.

The Lamar Canyon pack seen May 2017.

An alpha male wolf in Grand Teton National Park, captured by professional photographer Ryan Dorgan along with Trevor Bloom in February 2018.

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