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A Wintery Week With Yellowstone’s Wolves


The Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces are among the many sights visitors encounter on tour with Yellowstone Wild Tours.

Photo courtesy of NPS – Yellowstone.

We kicked off our Yellowstone adventure with a mesmerizing exploration of the Mammoth terraces in northern Yellowstone National Park. The intricate formations of travertine created a surreal landscape—as if we were wandering through a scene from another planet.

The geothermal activity was captivating, with steaming pools and colorful mineral deposits adding to the otherworldly charm. We took our time strolling along the boardwalks, marveling at the intricate patterns and vibrant hues of the terraces. The contrast between the stark white of the travertine and the vivid green of the surrounding evergreens was stunning. We also had the chance to spot some wildlife, including a great horned owl perched high in a tree, resting from the strong winds.

Yellowstone Wild guests sometimes see owls while on tour in Yellowstone National Park.

Great horned owl photo courtesy of Yellowstone Wild Guide Matt D.

As the day drew to a close, we found ourselves reluctant to leave the beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs behind. However, knowing that more adventures were in store sure helped….

The next few days were dedicated to observing one of Yellowstone’s most iconic inhabitants: the wolves. Venturing into the park’s Northern Range, we were eager to catch a glimpse of these majestic predators in their natural habitat.

Our patience was rewarded as we witnessed the incredible sight of a wolf pack on the hunt. From a safe and respectful distance, we watched in awe as the wolves worked together, their coordinated efforts a testament to their intelligence and teamwork. On one occasion, we even witnessed an intense standoff between the wolves and a group of bison, with the wolves ultimately unsuccessful in their attempt to bring down the massive beasts.


In between wolf sightings, we were treated to encounters with other fascinating creatures of Yellowstone. Two days provided a “three dog day”—when one spots not only a grey wolf but also a coyote and the ever elusive red fox in the same day. A pygmy owl napped in a tree, the tiny owl a testament to the resilience of life in this rugged landscape. We also had the pleasure of spotting a couple of pine martens, their sleek bodies weaving through the trees with a graceful agility. The largest member of the deer family, the moose, even made an appearance.

Throughout our journey, we were accompanied by local biologists, naturalists, and artists, each gifted with a touch of enchantment that enhanced our exploration. Their connection to the land and its inhabitants infused our experiences with a sense of wonder and reverence. With their guidance, we delved into the secrets of the local ecosystem, unlocking hidden realms and unraveling the mysteries of Yellowstone’s wildlife. Through their tales and talents, we found ourselves transported to a realm where we could peer into the lives of the park’s inhabitants, as if we were granted a glimpse into a magical tapestry woven by nature itself.

As we reluctantly bid farewell to Yellowstone and began our journey home, we were filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experiences we had shared and the remarkable beauty of America’s first national park.

Trip report and photos (wolves and owl) courtesy of Yellowstone Wild Guide Matt D.


To learn more about Matt and the rest of the Yellowstone Wild team visit our “About Us” webpage.