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Wildlife Watching and Day Hiking Combo

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The Best of Yellowstone: Wildlife at Sunrise and a Hike to Explore Yellowstone’s Treasures!

Our wildlife sightings are best in the crisp cool early morning hours, when wildlife activity is best and Yellowstone is quiet, empty of park visitors and wild! As the sun climbs toward midday, the temperatures increase, as does the number of park visitors, and animal activity drops off. We stop for a picnic and revel in the magical moments from our morning’s encounters with wildlife. We discuss how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them.

A moderate hike of 2-5 miles, depending on everyone’s abilities and energy levels, will fill the rest of the day. Each hike will be planned specifically for your group, and could follow developed trails or bushwhack off trail to explore some unknown corner of Yellowstone’s vast wilderness. Your input helps us craft the tour best suited for you. 

Our hike may lead us to places where different animals choose to live and raise their babies, and we stop to talk about why certain animals might live in one place over another. Exploring a stream bank, we might find bird nests, animal tracks, or even see where a beaver has been working. Something absolutely amazing is happening in Yellowstone every day, and we welcome you to explore Yellowstone’s treasures with us. 


  • Experience the magic of Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife and landscapes
  • Your own local wildlife guide
  • Private and fully customizable tours 
  • Difficulty level to match your fitness level
  • Small, single-party groups
  • Away from the crowds and into the wild
  • Vast wide open spaces and clean mountain air
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style 
  • Optics for EVERYONE
  • Safe, fun and educational 

Looking for a completely customized Yellowstone trip? We can plan a trip that is just what you’re looking for. Reach out to us!

Amazing day of wildlife viewing.

My husband and I spent the day with Evan and it was better than we could have imagined. Evan is a very talented guide and an enjoyable and knowledgeable person to spend the day with. He took us to parts of Yellowstone we never would have thought to venture to. We saw a ton of wildlife and met some interesting people along the way as well. We learned so much about the park and the wildlife, it truly was an amazing day. This was the highlight of our trip to Yellowstone.

– pboegh - TripAdvisor
Wolves, grizzly bears, rutting elk and a great day with a nice guy.

Our expectations were surpassed. Emil is a great guy who knows his stuff about the Park and it’s features as well as the animals that live in it. He also knows how to make the days experience comfortable, exciting and memorable. Emil is that rare combination of interesting expert and genuinely nice guy. He asked us what we wanted to see and then he went about delivering it in a way that left us speechless. I’ll never forget the sight and sounds of the Wapiti Lake wolf pack forming up to chase a herd of elk across the Hayden Valley. We watched a young grizzly bear named Snow rip up and eat her lunch of tubers and we watched and listened to bugling elk at the end of their rut. What a great day. What a great guy.

– mhl202018- TripAdvisor
Yellowstone Wild

What a FANTASTIC and AMAZING experience!! Evan is the consumate expert and host!!!! You should NOT try to see wildlife @ Yellowstone without a tour and IF you are lucky enough to land a tour w/ Evan, consider yourself among the lucky few! We savored every minute- we saw Bison, Grizzlies- yes plural-an entire wolfpack: the junction butte pack , and their pups, longhorn sheep,mountain goats and other animals as well. We had a spectacular time in a SPECTACULAR place (LAMARR VALLEY!) with a Spectacular person! Don’t MISS the opportunity!! We will be back and will be in touch to monitor the status of ‘Ol White Claw’ w/Evan. Memories for a lifetime!!

– Angela B
A day in Yellowstone Park with Emil is one of the BEST days ever spent in nature

Emil's knowledge on so many wildlife and Park related topics is topped by his sheer enthusiasm to share it with you. We had an amazing day - one of the best days I've ever had in nature without a backpack on and days deep in the woods. We experienced not just the beauty of Yellowstone's Lamar Valley but also the raw wild side of wolf pups scampering and playing in a meadow, bison in the heat of mating season, adult wolves gathering from a kill, a grizzly and her cubs crossing a river, a black bear and her cubs traversing through a forested area, goats sheltering from the heat in a cave. Lunch was awesome too - Would not visit the Park again without putting a day with Emil (Yellowstone Wild) on the schedule. Hope to be back in the WINTER!!!!

– burner2018- TripAdvisor
Unforgettable Yellowstone Wild Experience!

I was lucky to spend 2 days touring with Emil in September. Having visited Yellowstone twice before as a solo Scottish traveller, I wanted a different view than that from the driver seat. The 1st morning leaving the itinerary to Emil, I got to see 5 foraging Grizzlies & an interesting show of 7 Wolves from 2 packs interacting. I also got to see my 1st Pika! The 2nd morning was an unforgettable backcountry trek with the hope of viewing some more wolves. We were not disappointed, after only a few minutes we heard some howling then after a little effort & some patience, a fantastic pack of young wolves treated us to an exclusive show of their energy & playfulness. This is an experience that I'll never forget. Emil is friendly & knowledgeable, full of interesting facts & enthusiasm. The food, transport & equipment were also excellent. I look forward to booking with Yellowstone Wild again in the future.

– Voodoo_Scot - TripAdvisor