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Yellowstone: Ultimate Wolf & Wildlife Safari

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Overview

This winter safari ventures into Jackson Hole in search of bighorn sheep, bald and golden eagle, coyote, bison, mule deer and moose, before entering the National Elk Refuge to photograph the huge herd wintering on the valley floor. Crossing Buffalo Valley and Grand Teton National Park, you enter Yellowstone National Park to track wolves in the remote Lamar Valley, the best place in North America to see these elusive creatures in their natural surroundings.

In the pale light of sunrise, a wolf pack emerges from the forest into the open expanse of Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. They yelp and cavort, energized by the awakening day, oblivious to our still presence. A large male halts and sniffs the frozen air. As we watch from a distance, we sense the mystical aura of this beast of legend. Elegant predators, wolves are thriving in Yellowstone’s environs, where abundant elk, bison and other prey provide sustenance. Winter’s white mantle offers a pristine backdrop against which we view these wild creatures on a rare expedition away from summer crowds.

This adventure combines the rare chance to view wolves in the wild with an all-encompassing adventure in one of North America’s most renowned wildlife preserves: Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Travellers must understand that even though to date there has been 100% wolf sighting rate on these trips, these are very secretive animals and they may or may not come within close range. Much of the wolf viewing is done through spotting scopes to allow the wolves to go about their normal behavior. For those considering the photo tour please keep in mind that since this is a 100% wild experience the wolves are often far in the distance. However, the sheer beauty and grandeur of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the winter provide remarkable nature imagery.

Details

Days 1 & 2: Jackson, Wyoming / National Elk Refuge

Fly into Jackson.  The Old West town of Jackson sits at the edge of Grand Teton National Park in the shadow of the mountain range’s jagged spires. On Day 1 of our Yellowstone wildlife tour, we meet for an informal welcome dinner and orientation. Our winter safari begins the following morning as we venture into Jackson Hole in search of bighorn sheep, bald and golden eagles, coyotes, bison, mule deer, moose and elk. Later, we visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. Then, by horse-drawn sleigh we glide across the snow blanketing the National Elk Refuge for close-up photos of the massive herd that winters there, with thousands of animals roaming the valley floor.

Day 3: Grand Tetons / Yellowstone / Old Faithful

A traverse of Buffalo Valley and the northern portion of Grand Teton National Park offer a panorama of the Tetons rising above the Snake River. Upon entering Yellowstone, we board an enclosed, heated snowcoach that conveys us into Yellowstone's silent winter splendor. Because access to the park's interior is limited to snow vehicles, we find ourselves in peaceful seclusion, experiencing the magic of Old Faithful erupting in winter’s crystalline veil.

Day 4: Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley / Cooke City

Back aboard our snowcoach, we head northward through the park’s geyser basins to the silver terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, where we may see many elk. Our destination for the night is Cooke City, Montana. As dusk descends, an evening drive through the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone’s far northeast corner offers our first chance to explore this pristine valley in search of wolves. The park is the best place in the world to view these charismatic predators, and we dedicate the next two days to finding them. Although pack movements are unpredictable and the impacts of past human interactions can often make wolves shy in the presence of humans, our Expedition Leader is an experienced tracker and will educate us about wolf behavior and where and how to look for them in this environment. We are also in close contact with scientists who conduct research on the wolves, and they will help us locate the animals based on recent sightings.

Day 5: Lamar Valley Wolf Safari

A full day is ours to scout for Yellowstone's famous wolves. Reintroduced to the park in the 1990s amid much controversy, wolves were returned to this native ecosystem after a 70-year absence following their government-sanctioned eradication. Since then they have flourished, supported by bountiful prey, including a multitude of elk. Yet controversy continues to surround their presence, and we learn in detail from our guides about the current conditions in which wolves exist within the greater Yellowstone area. If we are especially lucky, we may see a pack test an elk herd for a weak or sick animal, or we'll hope to spot lone individuals foraging on their own. But even if the wolves remain elusive, the winter landscape is magical, and we're sure to see plenty of other wildlife native to the park.

Day 6: Lamar Valley / Bozeman

As dawn illumines the snowy meadows of the Lamar Valley, we return once more in search of wolves. If we are fortunate to sight them, our on-board scope is at the ready to observe their activities from a distance without disturbing their natural behavior. Many of our Expedition Leaders have worked for years with the on-site researchers who track these wolves daily, and together they provide us every opportunity to find these magnetic animals in their natural surroundings. Returning to Mammoth Hot Springs, we leave Yellowstone’s wintry quiet and continue to Bozeman for our final night.

Day 7: Bozeman / Home

If your schedule allows, you may enjoy exploring Bozeman on your own today. This historic Old West/New West town, with a rich mining and trapping heritage, boasts 40 individual properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to Montana State University and offers a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities.
 

Day 8: Arrive Home

Arrive back in the UK.


What's Included:

  • Return transatlantic scheduled flights
  • Accommodation in hotels as described above or similar standard
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day
  • Purified drinking water
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leaders and local guides
  • Airport transfer on day 1
  • Use of warm parkas and boots during the trip
  • All permits, entrance fees and taxes.

What's Not Included:

  • Travel to and from start and end point of trip
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Some gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfer on final day.

Physical Requirements:

Easy to Moderate. Tracking wolves in Yellowstone will be in snowy, icy and/or wet conditions, and it can get very cold. However, hikes are moderate in physical exertion and a good amount of wildlife viewing takes place from the vehicals. Travelers are not required to participate in all excursions.

Group Size:

Approximately 14 people.

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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