Wildlife Safaris & Eco Tours

Yellowstone Tours from Bozeman

In the heart of the Gallatin Valley, Bozeman, Montana, unfolds with its rich culture, outdoor offerings, and Western authenticity. Surrounded by mountains, it’s an oasis for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, offering trails for hiking and biking, and winter sports at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort. With its own international airport, a charming main street with an array of bars and restaurants, and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman is an ideal place to base yourself for your adventures.

Yellowstone Safari Co. offers a variety of Yellowstone tours from Bozeman, including walking safaris, snowshoe safaris, National Park highlights tours, and wildlife safaris in the Lamar Valley.  Tours depart daily and run throughout the year.

History of Bozeman

Long before European settlers arrived, the Gallatin Valley was home to various Native American tribes, including the Shoshone, Bannock, and Nez Perce. These indigenous peoples thrived in the region, which they then called the “Valley of the Flowers”, relying on its abundant natural resources for sustenance. The city of Bozeman was officially established in 1864, named after John M. Bozeman, a pioneer and trailblazer who helped establish the Bozeman Trail—a route connecting the Oregon Trail to the Montana goldfields. The town quickly grew as a supply center and stopover for travelers. The arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 further fueled Bozeman’s growth by enhancing transportation and trade. Today, Bozeman stands as a dynamic city, blending its frontier heritage with a modern and thriving community.

Adventuring in Bozeman

Surrounded by mountains, Bozeman is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Immerse yourself in hiking and biking trails that weave through pristine landscapes. Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Resort provide world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter, while fly-fishing on the Gallatin River beckons during warmer months. Embark on a scenic drive through the Gallatin Canyon, where towering cliffs and the winding Gallatin River create a mesmerizing landscape. Numerous trailheads offer opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and photo-ready vistas.

For a more relaxing pace, Bozeman’s historic downtown invites exploration with its unique shops, art galleries, and charming eateries. The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture showcases local creativity, while the Museum of the Rockies unveils the region’s rich history, including its dinosaur heritage. Dive into Bozeman’s culinary scene, where farm-to-table restaurants and craft breweries capture the modern essence of Montana. From hearty steaks to gourmet delights, each dining experience reflects the region’s commitment to quality and flavor. Pamper yourself at Bozeman’s hot springs or rejuvenate with a spa day. The city’s commitment to wellness ensures a perfect balance between outdoor adventures and moments of tranquility.

Stay in Bozeman – Lodging

Bozeman offers diverse lodging, from historic downtown inns and modern hotels with amenities, to charming bed-and-breakfasts. Vacation rentals, like cabins and lodges, provide a scenic retreat, while resorts and ranches offer an authentic Montana experience. Whether in the heart of downtown or surrounded by mountains, Bozeman’s accommodations ensure a comfortable and memorable stay for all travelers.

Book a Tour with Yellowstone Safari Company

Located only an hour from the park’s north entrance, embarking on a Yellowstone National Park tour with Yellowstone Safari Company from Bozeman offers an immersive journey into the heart of the world’s first national park. Expert guides lead the way, providing insights into Yellowstone’s diverse ecosystems and showcasing its renowned wildlife. From geothermal wonders to hidden gems, the tour ensures a seamless blend of education and exploration, allowing guests to capture the essence of Yellowstone’s untamed beauty.

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Can I go on a wildlife safari in Bozeman?

Yes! Yellowstone Safari Company offers wildlife safaris starting from Bozeman. These guided tours provide an opportunity to see wildlife like bison, elk, and possibly wolves in their natural habitat, with knowledgeable guides enhancing the experience with insights about the local ecosystem.  Guests joining our tours from Bozeman will drive through Paradise Valley and Gardiner before entering Yellowstone National Park through the north entrance.

What kind of tours does Yellowstone Safari Company offer?

Yellowstone Safari Company offers a variety of tours, including day trips and multi-day adventures. These tours can include wildlife watching, photography tours, hiking, and exploring Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal features. Custom tours are also available, catering to specific interests and schedules.

Are there activities for families in Bozeman?

Bozeman is very family-friendly, offering activities like the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, which provides interactive exhibits, and the Montana Science Center with hands-on science displays. Outdoor family adventures like rafting on the Gallatin River and exploring local trails are also popular.  Wildlife safaris are also a great way to explore the National Park as a family, with a knowledgeable guide on hand to educate.

What types of accommodations can be found in Bozeman?

Accommodations in Bozeman range from charming bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels to well-appointed vacation rentals and campgrounds. There are options to suit all preferences and budgets.

What is the best time of year to visit Bozeman?

Bozeman is a year-round destination. Summer offers great hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Winter is ideal for skiing and snowboarding and wolf watching. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall provide fewer crowds and beautiful scenery.

How far is Bozeman from Yellowstone National Park?

Bozeman is a popular base for visiting Yellowstone National Park, which is an 80-mile drive away. The park is known for its hydrothermal features, including the famous Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring, as well as its rich wildlife and stunning natural landscapes.

How much wildlife will we see on a wildlife safari?

One of the biggest rules of wildlife is that there are no guarantees – but that is what makes game drives so exciting! Some tours have a greater focus on wildlife to increase your chances of spotting something in the wild. Every day is different, so keep your eyes peeled!

We went on the all day safari tour. We were picked up by our guide in Bozeman. He drove us to the north end of Yellowstone. He was so knowledgeable and passionate, with a great eye for spotting animals. We saw a heard of elk, deer, a wolf, eagles, and so forth. But the best was the herd of bison we stumbled across. Our guide took fantastic care of us. HIGHLY recommend you visit the splendor of Yellowstone National Park with this company!!!
Stuart W.

Further Reading

A Month by Month Guide to Yellowstone National Park

Aug 17, 2022

The best time to visit Yellowstone is most dependent on your own planning; each month provides its own outstanding experience. Read through the highlights of each month to help plan your visit according to your interests.

A Brief History of Yellowstone National Park

Nov 3, 2020

Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872 as the world’s first national park. Yellowstone is an active volcano with one of the world’s largest calderas, measuring approximately 45 miles by 30 miles.