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.

 

Yellowstone Custom Multi-Day Adventure/Winter Wolf Tour

Whether it is your first time or your 100th, let us co-create the Yellowstone trip of a lifetime for you. Call or email us anytime to discuss details and begin planning your next adventure.

Description

Yellowstone is huge, and at over 2.2 Million acres we recommend taking several days to truly explore the World’s First National Park. Plus more days in the park lead to more opportunities to see rare wildlife like wolves, bears, moose, and mountain goats.

Guides of Jackson Hole is pleased to offer custom tailored multi-day adventures in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks ranging from 2days/1night to week long excursions. We work with each client to co-create an ideal experience based on your desires.

From casual to strenuous activities, from history to wildlife watching to geology – we got you covered.

Whether it is your first time or your 100th, let us co-create the Yellowstone trip of a lifetime for you. Call or email us anytime to discuss details and begin planning your next adventure.

 

 

Here is an example of a possible 4day/3night experience:

Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure

Your adventure begins on an evening wildlife safari in Grand Teton National Park!  This afternoon will be filled with wildlife viewing in the vast expanse of Grand Teton National Park.

Animals commonly seen during this portion of the tour are bison, moose, bald eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, and mule deer.

Keep your eyes open and cameras at the ready for possible bear sightings as well!

Accommodations: 
Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Day 2: Grand Teton & Yellowstone Wildlife

We will depart early from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, explore more of Grand Teton National Park, and head into Yellowstone National Park.

Early morning wildlife sightings will abound in Grand Teton and Yellowstone!  We will stop to observe wildlife which may include grizzly and black bear, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn and moose.

This day will also be filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery. We will be seeing Oxbow Bend, Yellowstone Lake, West Thumb Geyser Basin, and Hayden Valley today.  We end our day just outside Yellowstone’s east gate along the banks of the North Fork of the Shoshone River.

Accommodations:
Pahaska Tepee Cabins in Cody, Wyoming
(or similar)

Day 3: Yellowstone Wildlife & Scenic Upper Loop Adventure

We begin early again and start making our way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone.

We will visit the beautiful Lower Falls of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Dunraven Pass, and Lamar Valley.

We will have a great chance of seeing grizzly and black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and much more!

Accommodations:
Super 8 in Cooke City, Montana
(or similar)

Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the “American Serengeti” & Old Faithful

The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins.

We will walk around the boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs, Fountain Paint Pots and Mud Pots, and the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser!

Guests will have time to explore and shop at The Old Faithful Inn as well before we make our way back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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