Winter Wolf Watching and Wildlife –
Yellowstone National Park
Deep mountain snows and lower temperatures push the animals of Yellowstone to lower elevations and the valley floors. The grazing animals struggle to find food and ward off wolves on this harsh landscape. Foxes and coyotes paw and pounce through the snow in search of food while river otters awkwardly slide from open waterhole to open waterhole.
Winter tours focus on wolf watching in the Lamar Valley, the little “Serengheti” of North America, the wildlife rich region where wolves were reintroduced. Winter is also the best season to see a majority of the park's wildlife. Animals often seen include pronghorn, bull elk, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, bison, coyotes and other critters that live in Yellowstone.
Winter is truly magical in Yellowstone National Park.The crowds are small, the snow is deep, and the animals of Yellowstone come to life. Winter is the best time to see wolves and wildlife in the park.
Sample ItineraryThe day starts with an early pick up from your place of lodging. Take advantage of the late sunrise and drive towards the Lamar Valley under the cover of darkness. See the early morning sun and alpen glow, while discovering the animal activity of the previous night. After searching for wildlife, discover the Mammoth Terraces, the largest active travertine terraces on earth. The clear and crisp air of winter provides great photo opportunities.
Join Yellowstone Guidelines for a day of exploration. Winter tours and wildlife watching are based near the north entrance to Yellowstone. The town of Gardiner, Montana and Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming are the typical starting points for winter tours. Tours are custom and include naturalist guide, viewing scope, binoculars, transportation, snacks and hearty lunch. Trips do not include Yellowstone National Park entrance fee and guide gratuity.
We can design the perfect trip for you.
Pricing starts at $450 for 1-4 people
$99 for each additional person
Call for groups of 7 or more.
Not enough for you? Let us arrange a vacation to include other activities like X-C skiing, dog sledding, or a Snow coach tour to Old Faithful.
Join Yellowstone Guidelines for a day of exploration. All Winter Tours are based out of the north entrance to Yellowstone near Gardiner, MT. Tours are custom and include naturalist guide, viewing scope, binoculars, transportation, snacks and hearty lunch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free lunch options are available.Trips do not include Yellowstone National Park entrance fee and guide gratuity.
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