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Let’s Take A Hike!

As Yellowstone’s summer season arrives, so does the influx of crowds, traffic, and human-generated noise. For many, this can impact the peaceful and restorative journey many visitors are hungry to experience. However, the notorious traffic snarls and congested boardwalks are a minuscule fraction of the park! The developed areas, which include parking lots, buildings, campgrounds,…

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June 13, 2024

Pronghorn: Survivors of the Ages

In the heart of Yellowstone National Park’s Northern Range, a dense population of hoofed animals thrives, basking in the bounty of vegetative diversity. Among the eight ungulate species found in the park—mountain goat, elk, mule and white-tailed deer, moose, bison, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn—the pronghorn emerges as a superstar of evolution, adaptation, and endurance.  Photo…

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May 30, 2024

Welcome to the World Little One: A Bumbling Baby Bison is Born

“What’s your favorite season in the park?” This is perhaps the most common question asked of any longtime, local Yellowstone resident. The answers vary, of course, but it would be difficult to find anyone who didn’t include spring. So, what makes spring such a joyous time of year? Springtime in Yellowstone is the season of…

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April 22, 2024

Springtime in Yellowstone: Our Favorite Things!

We are as excited as you are the first day of springtime has finally arrived here in Yellowstone National Park! Though we continue offering winter tours through the end of March (and wolf watching has continued to be very successful) we thought we’d share some of the things we are looking forward to when we…

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April 12, 2024

Safety Straps, Snowshoes, and Studded Tires: Tour Yellowstone in Winter in Comfort and Style

“Brrrr! But isn’t it cold visiting Yellowstone National Park during winter?” While outdoor temperatures certainly drop in the world’s first national park during December through early March, rest assured we at Yellowstone Wild Tours are prepared and well equipped to help you enjoy frost-covered wildlife and snowy landscapes in comfort and style while on tour…

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January 13, 2024

The Snowy Wonders of Yellowstone: Why Weasels Turn White in Winter

Photo Courtesy Al DeNoise Yellowstone National Park is a winter wonderland with its pristine, snow-covered landscapes and abundant wildlife. Among the park’s most fascinating creatures are the weasels, which seem to perform their own magical transformation as they turn the color of their fur and hair coats, called pelage, from a sleek, chestnut brown to…

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January 4, 2024

Stories in the Snowpack – Winter Training 2023-24

Photo Courtesy Emil McCain, owner Yellowstone Wild Tours. Navigating snow, sagebrush, and downed timber, Yellowstone Wild Owner Emil McCain and 2023-24 winter guides came across telltale prints in the mid-December snowpack: wolves! The tracks merged, converged, showed signs of trotting and loping, and at times crisscrossed downed trees playfully. Finally, at a clearing boasting a…

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December 21, 2023

Why are we able to hear wolves howling from our driveways in Gardiner, Montana, during winter?

  Wildness will always envelop the North Entrance gateway community of Gardiner, Montana, the only year-round entry to Yellowstone National Park. Every autumn, as cold air threatens the highlands and snow skiffs across the landscape, grass-eating animals start long, stoic treks toward the fields and river valleys waiting below them. Like spheres of mercury– separating,…

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December 3, 2023

A Race for Calories in Autumn – Grizzly Bears, Pine Nuts, Migrating Moths, and Where to Find Them

The grizzly bear, (Ursus arctos horribilis), has become an icon of Yellowstone National Park and of the wilderness in general. For a large portion of Yellowstone visitors, a grizzly bear sighting ranks right up toward the top of the bucket list, alongside witnessing such famous attractions as Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon of the…

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September 17, 2023

It’s 6am in Lamar Valley.

It’s 6am in Lamar Valley. I wonder what we will see. You’re probably asking why there are already 100 vehicles lining the roadsides near the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, and whether the hundreds of visitors pointing spotting scopes out into the distance are seeing something. As it usually turns out, those people are watching–looking for or…

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September 8, 2023