Field Notes

Guided Yellowstone Tours

by Claire NorthoverJan 5, 2024
A Trumpeter Swan Glides Over the Water in Yellowstone National Park

For over 150 years, Yellowstone National Park has been attracting visitors from all over the world. Wondering what exactly draws the crowd? Come take a Yellowstone tour with us, we will show you what the excitement is about!

Yellowstone Wildlife Tours

The Yellowstone area covers all the bases. If you’re interested in stunning rock formations, impressive natural canyons and waterfalls, unique wildlife in their natural habitat, or the history of the United States and the West, Yellowstone is the place. Traverse lands that native tribes used to travel and hunt, and explorers braved on horseback over rugged, untamed terrain. Our Yellowstone National Park safaris are offered year-round. For tours featuring general sightseeing and wildlife (think: bears, elk, buffalo, birds, and more), visit Yellowstone in the summer. If you’re particularly interested in wolf watching and a spectacular wintry landscape, we recommend a winter visit.

Because your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, weather, and road conditions, every tour is exciting and different. You may need to visit more than once! Our world is so vast and complex, there’s always something new and exciting to learn. Our guides are all highly experienced with thousands of hours in the field and come from backgrounds involving wildlife biology and resource management, reflecting their love for the outdoors and our public lands. Their passion also includes showing people why our parks are so special, striving to connect with individual guests on their own interests so you can rest assured that they will expertly tailor your safari for you and your group.

Bison seen grazing at Grand Teton National Park on a Yellowstone Safari Company Tour
The Characteristic Curve Of The Rams Horn Is Seen On Tour With Yellowstone Safari Company

Yellowstone Winter Tours

Winter is undoubtedly one of the most exciting seasons to go on a wildlife safari. Embrace the snowy days, cold temperatures, and stillness as you explore the park between the months of November to April. Join us for a private, full-day winter tour that focuses on the spectacular Northern Range between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City Montana, including Lamar Valley where some of the best wildlife viewing in North America can be found.

Seeking a wintry world unlike any other? Visit an ecosystem frozen over with snow and ice, yet alive with resilience and endurance. The winter wildlife of Yellowstone compete with the elements, and each other, in an epic effort for survival. Witness bison, elk, gray wolves, coyotes, foxes, and more during the snowy season on one of our immersive 3-Day Yellowstone Winter Tours. Bears may be missing from the scene as they hibernate during these months, but wolves are most active during the winter as they have the advantage over prey like elk and bison in the deep snow. Two active wolf packs inhabit Lamar valley in the northern range. The bright blanket of snow helps their dark fur pop in the landscape, making it easier to spot them than in the darker colors of summertime. There is no other place in the world that provides such opportunities for wolf-watching!

A Red Fox Can Be Seen In The Winter While On Tour With Yellowstone Safari Company

Yellowstone Summer Tours

Summer is Yellowstone’s most popular season. Blue sky, warm days, rich history, and awe-striking landscapes surround you as you visit one of America’s great treasures. A Yellowstone Day Tour is a great introduction to the highlights of this incredible place, including volcanic geothermal features, towering waterfalls, diverse wildlife, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the famous Old Faithful, and Yellowstone Lake.

A Yellowstone Wildlife Safari will leave you in awe of the land and species that call it home. Visit the valleys, river systems, and forests throughout central and northern Yellowstone to see the best and most diverse wildlife on the continent. Alongside one of our knowledgeable and friendly guides, search for predators like wolves and bears as they hunt through herds of bison and elk. Your guide will provide you with personal use of high quality binoculars and a spotting scope to get the best view from a safe distance of the animals. To say this tour is a one-in-a-lifetime experience is an understatement!

Dive deeper into the wild on our 2-Day Yellowstone Tour to see into America’s most untamed ecosystem. This tour focuses on finding and observing black bears, grizzly bears, and wolves while emphasizing the incredible relationship that predators share with their prey such as elk, bison, moose, and mule deer. A 2-day safari gives you the opportunity for multiple game-drives during peak wildlife activity periods, when both predators and prey are frequently active. More time in the field with your expert local guide gives you the best opportunities at experiencing unforgettable wildlife encounters, and more time to learn all the fascinating facts that your guide can provide.

Explore Yellowstone

Set on your next vacation yet? Yellowstone is ready to let you in on the inner life of its amazing ecosystem. Let us help you capture the best experience possible in this incredible park. Wildlife tours are extremely popular and can fill up, so be sure to book early to secure your Yellowstone adventure!

Claire Northover Is A Professional Naturalist Guide For Yellowstone Safari Company Based In Bozeman Montana
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