This fantastic multi-day safari is an adventure through the wilds of Montana and Wyoming, showcasing the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park and numerous hidden delights of the Rocky Mountain West, including the rare chance to see wild mustangs.
Our three-day Wild West Safari is a unique opportunity to explore Yellowstone and beyond; to see firsthand how our wild lands are protected, managed, and experienced in the west. From the world’s first National Park where wild wolves and bears dominate the ecosystem, to the least restrictive government-owned land where a remnant herd of wild mustangs thrives, your professional naturalist guide will educate you on the history and current conservation stories that define this region. Along the way you will have ample time to enjoy wildlife sightings, visit iconic features of Yellowstone and enjoy the seemingly endless and powerful scenery around you.
Like all our safaris, this journey is completely customizable. The needs, desires and comfort of our guests are our utmost priorities. Over three days we will aim to include highlights of Northern Yellowstone; Mammoth Hot Springs, an incredibly unique example of travertine formations, Lamar Valley with its amazing abundance of North America’s wildlife, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with its magnificent waterfalls that have inspired generations of artists and viewers alike. We will venture into Wyoming over the famed Beartooth Pass, which has been hailed as one of the great mountain by-ways in this country, on our way to the High Deserts near Cody, Wyoming where herds of mustangs provide awe-inspiring photo and viewing opportunities.
With the use of binoculars and spotting scopes, we can unobtrusively observe authentic wild animal behaviors and your guide is there to interpret what you see and share their depth of knowledge around these incredible experiences. Our guides are flexible and will adjust your itinerary for any impromptu experiences. Your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, and weather and road conditions. Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in the field, and will expertly tailor your safari to you and your group.
Our multi-day tours allow for more time spent out of the vehicle. Our guides are trained in wilderness safety and are ready to share the incredibly special backcountry with our guests. Walks ranging from 20 minutes to several hours are available and encouraged for our guests who long to escape the din of people and cars and to enter the magnificent wilderness of the mountains. Secret thermal features, pristine waterfalls and undisturbed wildlife encounters are daily finds on these journeys.
Professional naturalist guide
Souvenir water bottle
Use of spotting scopes and binoculars
National Park entrance fees
Maximum per vehicle, 6-8 guests.
All of our guests are picked up (and dropped off) at their lodging location. We pick up in Bozeman, Emigrant, Gardiner, Mammoth, and Big Sky. When you reserve, we’ll confirm your exact pickup time, based on the season, as well as your exact pickup location.
Please allow your guide an additional 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled pickup time in case of weather delays or traffic conditions.
Approximate pickup times include:
- 6:00AM Bozeman
- 6:45AM Emigrant / Paradise Valley
- 7:00AM Gardiner
- 7:00AM Mammoth
- (Varies) Big Sky
Yellowstone National Park
Your guide will meet you at your designated accommodations, and you will travel to the legendary Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park. The Northern Range is considered the most predator-rich landscape in the United States, home to robust populations of wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, coyotes, bald eagles, and more. You will spend the day exploring some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the National Park, such as Lamar Valley, Little America, and the Blacktail Plateau, as we search for Yellowstone’s apex animal species. Depending on current wildlife patterns, we then proceed to our nearby lodging for the evening, perfectly poised for the second day of our safari. Your guide will escort you to one of the area’s finest dining establishments for a hearty dinner, and then the conclusion of the evening is yours for resting and relaxing.
We aim for an early start today, and dependent upon the latest wildlife activity, we will begin our morning game drive at, or before, sunrise to put us in prime predator habitat during this peak activity period. Afterwards, we will make our way over the incredible Beartooth Pass from Cooke City, MT eastwards towards Wyoming, searching for high-mountain residents just as mountain goats, cougars and other wildlife on the way. The scenery is awe-inspiring and has been listed as one of the most incredible drives in the United States. Depending on our timing, we can include an afternoon or sunset drive into the McCullough Peaks Management Area near Cody, WY, where wild mustangs roam. Your guide will direct you to your accommodation for the evening and escort you to dinner in this historic western town. Depending on timing and availability, a classic western rodeo is possible for this evening.
McCullough Peaks Management Area
Your guide will escort you back into the McCullough Peaks Management area for a sunrise viewing of the wild horses before heading back into the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park through Sylvan Pass. This area is rich with grizzly activity and many other wild animal sightings are possible. Your guide will show you the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with its incredible three waterfalls before taking you back to your accommodations in Bozeman or surrounding areas with enough time for you to enjoy dinner and an evening of relaxation at the end of your journey.
FANTASTIC experience with Yellowstone Safari Company-- such a knowledgeable guide and a joy to talk with. The incredible experience makes me want to visit Yellowstone again AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Our guide taught me to see wildlife in a whole new light! SO EXCITING to see wolves, coyotes, foxes, and more. I'd book them again in a heartbeat. Hope I get the opportunity.
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What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 7-day cancellation policy for all 2-day and 3-day wildlife safaris. Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 7 days 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 should I bring?
We will step in and out of vehicles during our safari tours so you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk on uneven surfaces, like gravel, or a boardwalk. Stepping in and out allows us to make the best use of our time in Yellowstone National Park and gives us the best wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Your guide will have binoculars and spotting scopes for you to use, but do not forget to bring your camera! While Yellowstone has some modern facilities, we are going to be traveling through remote areas of a National Park. Please remember to being any personal items, like medication, that you may need during the day.
What should I wear?
The rocky mountain range can see drastic temperature swings during the day, even in the summer months. Please come prepared! For clothing, synthetic layers are best in our mountain environment. Base layers act as a wicking layer against the body, so we recommend anything from a light weight layer to an expedition weight layer, depending on the season. A mid layer provides warmth, so we recommend a mid weight fleece layer or softshell jacket for the upper body and a pair of travel pants or jeans for the legs. The outer layer provides protection from the elements and serves as a wind/water blocking layer. A waterproof shell for your upper body will keep you dry and therefore, warm. For the legs, we recommend either weatherproof rain or snow pants, depending on the season. You may not need an outer layer during the warm summer months with no rain forecasted, but it is still a good idea to bring it with you. Conditions can change quickly. Your footwear should be comfortable and appropriate for the season. For the summertime, walking shoes or hiking boots are a great choice. Please avoid wearing flip-flops. For winter, snow boots with wool socks will keep your feet warm. For winter, you’ll also want to bring a wool, or fleece, hat, as well as mittens/gloves to keep your hands warm. In the summertime, a light hat with a visor is all you’ll need on your head. In any season, do not forget sunscreen or sunglasses. At high altitude, the sun’s rays are intense, even in winter.