Private Winter Wildlife
Max 6 people
Frost covered bison, white mountains, and wolves howling in the distance. Yellowstone is a true winter wonderland. It is a great time of the year to observe the ecological connection between all the different species that roam this wild place.
During winter (December-April 1st), the Lamar Valley’s resident wolf packs become the most dominate carnivore on the landscape and sometimes move closer to the road making the winter months a great time of the year to visit.
In Spring (April 1- June 1) Yellowstone is the best time of the season to view the parks population of grizzly bears and wolves intermingling/ fighting for dominance on a landscape that’s coming back to life after a long harsh winter. Our tour will focus on Yellowstone’s northern range, undoubtedly one of the prime wildlife viewing spots in North America as it harbors impressive bison/ elk herds, wolf packs, moose, and meandering grizzly and black bears.
Late afternoon we will walk the boardwalks of Mammoth Hot Springs. The Geysers, Hot Springs, and other geo-thermal was so overwhelming and fascinating to early park explorers that it was the reason Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872. Yellowstone has by far the worlds largest collections of geysers, hot springs, and mud pots. This walk will give use a taste of the exceptional geothermal activity that exists deeper in the parks interior.
Travel to the best place in the park to view Wolves, Bears, Moose, Bison, Big Horn Sheep, and Elk
Includes a picnic Lunch from a local bakery, snacks, drinks, and waters
Several hidden gem off the beaten path hikes (weather permitting)
Open to All Ages and Ability Range
Includes Binoculars for every guest
Includes two Spotting Scopes per tour
Includes take home videos of wildlife
Wildlife Viewing Guide
What month to visit to get your dream sighting
Winter is prime wolf watching season in Yellowstone. Good chances to spot them.
First bears are usually seen mid march. End of april and early may are prime grizzly watching time
During the coldest months of the year, many moose gather in the valleys and can be seen.
Bison are very common and easily observed
Elk move to lower elevations in the winter and are commonly seen
Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn, River Otters, Red foxes and coyotes are seen on our tours.
Pick Up Info
Our pick up times vary from location to location to allow best wildlife watching in the park while ensuring safety on the road. There is fluctuation from month to month as these decisions are made on how much light is available.
We pick up at 6:00 am in Bozeman, 6:30am in Livingston, 7:15am in Gardiner and 7:30 in Mammoth.
Tours in Bozeman and Gardiner are performed by Yellowstone Wilderness Expeditions LLC.
Most frequent questions and answers
We can not guarantee any wolf sightings, but there is always one exciting memory that guests bring home.
Yes, our tours are 100% private and customized to your desires. It will be just your family and friends for the entire day.
Each tour comes with a provided deli style lunch from a local bakery that makes all of their breads from scratch. You will get to choose from turkey, roast beef, ham, or vegetarian sandwich with mustard and mayo on the side. All sandwiches come with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Your lunch will come with a large selection of chips, an organic apple, and a fresh baked cookie.
Park Entrance Fee is not included in the price of the tour. However, if you have an annual park pass, it will get up 4 adult members of your group into the park. Otherwise, adults are $20/day. Children 15 and under are free. If you have a Senior Pass, are active Military, purchased a National Parks Pass, or are in the 4th Grade you will get yourself and part of the tour group in for free.
The weather can vary greatly. Anything between -30F and +30F is a possibility. We recommend wearing several layers. We are always close to the car in case you get cold, do not be discouraged by colder temperatures.