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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!

Tour Highlights:

  • 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 

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. 

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

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ’s page!

I could not recommend this highly enough

We took the Wildlife Watching and Day Hiking combo with Matt. We had an excellent tour and a wonderful day. Matt was an awesome guide who made sure we had the best time possible. He was extremely knowledgeable of the park and wildlife. He tailored a hike to fit just what we wanted. I could not recommended this highly enough.

– Jennifer Capstack, Google Reviews
Unbelievable Experience!

Unbelievable experience with our guide Ty viewing wildlife and all the surrounding nature and beauty in Lamar Valley. Ty was a fantastic guide, so full of enthusiasm and very informative. You can tell she loves what she does and has such a passion for the wildlife and ecosystem of Yellowstone. Using her spotting scopes and high-powered binoculars made seeing the animals so much easier and having Ty and her team directing us to the right locations of these animals was great. We got to witness a wolf den and their pups frolicking around, lots of bison, a couple of black bear and bird watching. We then went to a beautiful overlook and decided to have our lunch there, which was also wonderful! Next Ty took us for a hike to a waterfall. While hiking we decided to go off trail a little and was able to explore the land a little more. We came across some skeletal remains from probably elk as well as shed elk antlers which was pretty cool! I would highly recommend Yellowstone Wild tours. It was definitely a highlight of our trip and we felt so lucky to have Ty as our guide.

– J Hall, TripAdvisor
We learnt a lot!

My partner and I opted for the Wildlife Watching and Day Hiking Combo and spent our day with tour guide Rob. It was our first visit to Yellowstone and we wanted to get some expert advice on seeing wildlife safely and responsibly. For this, I cannot recommend Yellowstone Wild (and Rob) enough. We were able to see a wolf pack, elk, mountain goats, bison herds, a bison carcass, pronghorn, grizzly bears and (the icing on the cake) a black bear and her newborn cubs. The whole experience was phenomenal, the vehicle, viewing equipment and breakfast/lunch were exactly what was needed for the day. Rob was incredibly knowledgeable and had a clear passion for wildlife and the park - we learnt a lot! He knew exactly where to look to find our bucket list animals, without interfering with their habitat nor being surrounded by other park guest. We left feeling so fulfilled, I would recommend Yellowstone Wild to anyone looking for a great day out.

– Niamh B., TripAdvisor
The highlight of our trip!

We had a super day with Ty. She was great and very entertaining with our multigenerational family and her love and enthusiasm of nature was evident. We did the half day wildlife watching and half day hiking. We saw so much more than we ever would have seen on our own and it was the highlight of our trip. In the morning we saw a mama bear and her two cubs, a wolf den and a young pup, an injured buffalo-that we surmised based on our observations- had just given birth and lost her calf probably to a wolf and was being protected and consoled by five bison cow “midwifes”, and later we spotted a grizzly. Our hike was beautiful and away from the crowds and included a generous picnic lunch. We saw elk protecting their young and a black bear.

– happytogo2015, TripAdvisor
Highly Recommend

We loved every part of it! Saw two wolf dens both with many puppies, a few different grizzlies and a couple had cubs, a mountain goat with a new tiny baby, a coyote pair with pups, a loon, a bald eagle, sandhill crane, and many bison, pronghorn and some other birds. Our guide, Aleksa, was so friendly and knowledgeable! So thankful how thoughtful Aleksa and Yellowstone Wild were by anticipating our snacking needs and remaining cognizant of our gluten allergy. We highly recommend the Wildlife Watching and Day Hiking Combo!

– ChrisandAudreyMeyers, TripAdvisor