This safari goes above and beyond a single-day winter trip to bring you more of what Northern Yellowstone has to offer. Using a 50-mile stretch of plowed road between Gardiner and Cooke City, MT, these tours focus on giving you more in-depth knowledge, more intimate experiences, and more freedom to explore the expansive Northern Range at a leisurely pace.
Our 2-day winter tours are offered from November to April and will emphasize individual animals such as bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, moose, coyotes and foxes, as well as the great movements of bison and elk herds that occur at this time. Our guides will focus on finding and observing gray wolves, one of Yellowstone’s apex predators who thrives during winter months while their prey struggles to survive. Using binoculars and spotting scopes, we can unobtrusively share the scenes which unfold before us, all the while staying warm and cozy amidst the wintery landscape. Your professional naturalist guide is there to orchestrate the best viewing opportunities and to interpret the events taking place before you.
Our multi-day safaris are completely customizable. The needs, desires and comforts of our guests are utmost priority. We will include all the highlights Yellowstone is known for, time-permitting, as well as “of-the-moment” experiences. Our guides are flexible and will lead the journey according to interests, current wildlife sightings, and weather. We arrange accommodation on the border or within Yellowstone to give our guests complete access to the National Park, and its wonders, in every condition.
A multi-day tour also allows for more time spent out of the vehicle. Our guides are trained in wilderness safety and are ready to share the incredibly special backcountry of Yellowstone with our guests. Short walks and snowshoe hikes 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 enter the magnificent wilderness. Secret thermal features, frozen waterfalls, and fascinating animal tracks and sign are daily finds on our 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. 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:
- 7:00AM Bozeman
- 7:45AM Emigrant / Paradise Valley
- 8:00AM Gardiner
- 8:00AM Mammoth
- (Varies) Big Sky
Yellowstone National Park
We will head into Yellowstone National Park for a full day of wildlife watching.
Yellowstone National Park
We will have an early start to our day with a flexible schedule to allow us to explore more of Yellowstone National Park.
Bison, wolves, sheep, birds, eagles, fish, you name it! We had a great tour guide. My husband and I enjoyed our 2 day safari in North Yellowstone. We saw lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Safari Tour Gallery
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.