Experience an extraordinary adventure through Yellowstone’s most exclusive landscape on this, our ultimate immersion into Wonderland in wintertime.
Our 3-Day Winter Wolves and Wildlife Safaris expose you to a wintry world dominated by North America’s most durable residents. In an ecosystem frozen over with snow and ice, the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park show off their resilience as they compete with the elements, and each other, in an epic effort for survival. The National Park’s colossal herbivores like bison and elk gather en-masse to forage in the valleys in the Northern Range. Their presence draws Yellowstone’s most notable apex predator, the gray wolf, along in hot pursuit. The snowy season also offers some of the best opportunities for encountering some of Yellowstone’s most elusive animals, like otters, ermine, moose and even bobcats and cougars.
Our winter tours focus heavily on finding and observing wild wolves and winter is arguably the best time to watch wolves in their daily lives as they hunt, play, feed, and howl against a vast backdrop of white. Our naturalist guides are acquainted with wolf-pack territories and their engaging pack dynamics and will share this knowledge with you. Over the course of three days you will have ample opportunity to witness an animal that has garnered attention and awe across the world of wildlife watching. We provide quality binoculars and spotting scopes to give you the opportunity to see wolves and other wildlife at a distance, so that we can unobtrusively observe authentic wild behaviors that unfold before us.
Our 3-Day Winter Wolves & Wildlife Safaris are completely customizable. The needs, desires, and comfort of our guests are our utmost priorities. We aim to include several highlights that Yellowstone National Park is famous for in our itinerary, such as visiting Mammoth Hot Springs, exploring Lamar Valley, and welcoming other impromptu experiences. Our guides are flexible and will lead the journey according to your interests, current wildlife sightings, and weather and road conditions. We will arrange accommodations on the border of, or within, Yellowstone National Park to give you complete access throughout your stay, 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 National Park. For guests looking for a true wilderness experience, we offer the use of our snowshoes on our three-day tours. For first-timers or seasoned snowshoers alike, this is a wonderful way to see winter ecology and enjoy the quietude of snowy landscape. Our guides will offer 1-2 hour excursions in a range of interesting habitats. Wildlife tracks, frozen waterfalls, or thermals sending plumes of steam up from the Grand Canyon’s rocky walls are common finds on these journeys. Up close and personal wildlife encounters are also possible, and showcase the lives of wild animals away from the din of roads and people.
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
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On our second day, we will endeavor for an early start, and dependent upon the latest wolf and wildlife activity, we’ll begin our morning game drive at, or before, sunrise to put us in prime habitat during this peak activity period. Factoring in the weather and wildlife, you will have numerous opportunities and options for hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring along the way, as well as ample time for in-depth investigations into the lives of Yellowstone’s most wild residents. One of the National Park’s most unique geothermal features, Mammoth Hot Springs, will be visited, as we continue our journey through the entirety of the Northern Range. Following our late-afternoon/evening game drive, we’ll return to our accommodations for another nourishing dinner, and a comfortable night’s rest.
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Once again, will venture out at, or before sunrise to enjoy our final morning together. Taking consideration of the weather and the latest wildlife sightings, we’ll spend our 3rd day taking a deep-dive into the lives of Yellowstone’s renowned wildlife, and examining additional opportunities for snow-shoeing, photography, and exploring unvisited areas of the Greater Yellowstone’s winter landscape. We will return you to your lodge, or other accommodations, by early evening in time for you to check-in and enjoy dinner.
We visited Yellowstone in the deep winter in December. As a honeymooning couple we had had our itinerary arranged. We were put in touch with our guide and we met him in Bozeman. The only thing I can say is that he was a phenomenal guide, knowledgable on flora, fauna and wildlife and his passion for the local area was outstanding. We were immersed in a world totally alien to us, (we live in Kenya so Yellowstone in winter was the complete opposite). He told us historical facts, facts relating different species to individual ecosystems and was enthusiastic to answer any questions we had. There were too many highlights to write here but he showed us an amazing array of unique species. Moose, wolves, foxes, eagles, deer, bison ... all were pointed out to us and we were left overwhelmed with information about each animal. It was an amazing trip. I would recommend this company to anyone wishing to experience the beauty and diverse wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Thank you, for the most amazing trip. One we will never forget!
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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.