EXPERIENCE – You can expect to see wolves, buffalo, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, antelope, and other incredible wildlife on this Yellowstone winter tour. The bears may be hibernating, but wolves and bighorn sheep are much easier to spot during the winter months. Often times, we are lucky and get to see different species interacting with one another in a true display of Mother Nature.
In the winter, we focus our time in America’s Serenghetti, the Lamar Valley, and the North Entrance at Mammoth during this two day tour of winter in Yellowstone. Enjoy the magic of Yellowstone in the winter, observing both wildlife and beautiful scenery, along with thinner crowds.
– Most guests fly into Bozeman, MT and spend the night there.
– You are picked up from your choice of recommended lodging, then we make the 1 1/2 hour drive to the North entrance of Yellowstone. There is an abundant amount of wildlife on this drive before getting to the park: elk, buffalo, big horn sheep, deer, antelope! The remainder of the day is spent in Lamar Valley – wolves and lots of other wildlife in this winter wonderland! At the days end, we continue on to Cooke City, Montana, located just 4 miles outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, to spend the night. This is a neat little western Montana mining town with a population of about 150 people. After check in, we head out to a restaurant for dinner.
– We depart our lodging an hour before daylight, and drive back into Yellowstone for more wildlife and scenery viewing and photo opps. Near 10:00 a.m. we begin our drive back too the North Entrance, then on to Bozeman. (Note: Some guests will fly back from Bozeman and end the trip here.) On the way back to Jackson Hole, we stop in West Yellowstone, Montana around 2:00 p.m. to visit the Wolf & Grizzly Discovery Center there. This wildlife sanctuary is home to Wolves, huge Grizzly Bears, otters, birds of prey, etc. The bears and wolves are not in small cages and there are great photo opportunities for guests to see bears during the winter months. They are fed, so they only sleep at night. Bears in our parks are hibernating by late November to mid December, so this is the chance to see bears in the winter. When they close at 4:00 p.m., we continue our drive back to Jackson Hole.
– Snacks, hot and cold refreshments, 2 days of lunches in the field.
– 1 nights lodging, evening restaurant dinner, binoculars, spotting scopes, comfortable transportation, guide services.