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Bear and Wolf Watching Tour

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Wildlife & Bear Watching in Yellowstone with a Private Guide


  • Experience the magic of Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife
  • Your own local wildlife guide
  • Private and fully customizable tours 
  • Small, single-party groups
  • Vast wide open spaces and clean mountain air
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style 
  • Optics for EVERYONE 
  • Safe, fun and educational

Yellowstone is the BEST place on the planet to see wild wolves, and wolves are our specialty! Our bear watching and wildlife watching tours are phenomenal!! Yellowstone National Park is world-famous for its abundance of iconic wildlife and historic conservation efforts to restore wolves, grizzly bears and bison. Our highly experienced naturalist guides and top-of-the-line equipment produce the highest quality grizzly tours and wilderness excursions.. Deep personal knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolves, bears, bison and other treasures fuel our teachings, which appeal to all ages. We specialize in crafting personalized educational experiences with Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife, natural history and ecology around your interests and expectations. Our tours consistently prove to be meaningful and memorable to our guests.

Our guides track the movements and behavior of Yellowstone wildlife almost daily and know the best places to find the animals you hope to see. Your guide will interpret the behaviors you observe and share stories about the individual bears and wolves that we have gotten to know over the years of observing them. Whether you want to spot foraging grizzly bears, witness the social and behavioral dynamics of Yellowstone’s wolf packs, or search to identify the numerous wild animal and bird species in the park, we make your Yellowstone adventure unforgettable.

Your guide will help you learn, through visual examples, how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them. Exploring a stream bank, you might find bird nests, animal tracks, or even see where a beaver has been working. A short nature walk may lead you to the secret places where different animals choose to live and raise their babies, and you stop to talk about why certain animals might live in one place over another.

For more information please visit our FAQ page!

Looking for something more?One popular option is to combine early morning wildlife watching (when animals are most active) with a day hike beginning mid-late morning. Check out the Wildlife Watching & Day Hiking Combo Package for more information!

For families with young kids:  For a later start and a more kid-friendly experience, consider our Family Adventure Tour.

What can you say when your 10-year-old declares an 8+ hour wildlife tour the best day of her life?

Our trip to Yellowstone was a special birthday celebration for her (Mommy/Kid getaway), and all she wanted to see was her beloved Yellowstone wolves. A huge shout-out to Yellowstone Wild owner/guide Emil who gave us such a spectacular tour that included not only endless wildlife experiences, but also fascinating anecdotes from his many years at the park, cultural/geological histories of Yellowstone, and detailed explanations of the ecology of everything that surrounded us. Our impressive list of finds included the much sought-after wolves/pups, elk, bison/calves, grizzly bear/cubs, black bear/cubs, coyote/pups, mule deer, mountain goats, big-horned sheep, pronghorn, golden eagle, bald eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, sandhill crane, and many more. Some of the most fun moments were when he and my daughter would randomly observe something interesting - say, a mysteriously dug-out hole on the road side with paw prints around it - that would lead to spontaneous field lessons. It seemed that everywhere Emil looked, he found us some more incredible wildlife experiences. For those thinking about taking kids on this tour, Emil was constantly checking in on my daughter, asking and receiving thoughtful questions, stopping at restroom breaks (very important!), and providing lots of snacks, hot chocolate, and a delicious lunch spread. My daughter did not want the day to end (and neither did I!) I cannot recommend this experience enough

– Tracy McGillicuddy, Google Reviews
Yellowstone Wild Rocks!

Wow! What an adventure! I visited Yellowstone National Park for the first time in early May 2022 and chose Yellowstone Wild as our tour guide to watch wolves in the wild. They did not disappoint. Our guides Travis and Rob went above and beyond the call of duty! They were so knowledgeable and friendly, and I felt as though I had known them forever! If you are looking for a guiding company to show you the beauty and wildness (and wolves) of Yellowstone National Park, I recommend Yellowstone Wild 150%! Thank you so much and I hope to see you again soon!

– Carolyn W., TripAdvisor
Amazing wildlife tour thanks to Yellowstone Wild and Rob and Isaac

Amazing day. Rob and Isaac were fun, informative, and most importantly, masterful spotters. We saw 9 bears, including a black bear mom with 2 baby cubs, coyotes, 10 wolves, elk, pronghorn, big horn, bison (of course) and many other species. The scopes they used brought animals that were hundreds of yards away up close. The company is well run, everyone we met was extremely competent and accommodating, and our personal needs were met without hesitation (due to the closing of our intended meeting place, we made alternative arrangements, including having me follow their van with my car for the first 15 minutes to make it convenient for us after the trip). It was the details to the small stuff that made the day so wonderful, the hot tea and scones for breakfast, the scopes with devices to attach cell phones for amazing pictures, the lunch spread, etc. Every part of the tour was wonderful.

– Randy M., TripAdvisor
Best way to experience wildlife in YNP

I am convinced that the best way to experience Yellowstone wildlife is on a private tour with a naturalist! My husband and I went on the Bear and Wolf Watching Tour with Kyle and had an incredible experience. As many other reviewers have said, it was EASILY the highlight of our trip. Kyle was knowledgeable, funny, and caring. He was so cool, we wanted to be his friend. He helped us to see wolves, a black bear, elk, mule deer, swans, bison, and a few other surprises throughout the day. We weren't able to find a grizzly bear or a Great Gray Owl, but it is so important to remember that wildlife is WILD and you will not be guaranteed to see everything at all times. (Sometimes we consumers need to keep our expectations in check). We loved that the tour was tailored to our interests and physical capabilities. There was much food to be had, bathroom breaks, coffee and hot chocolate. Although these tours can be expensive for a young married couple like us, we would 1,000% do it again. Worth every penny.

– Amanda G., TripAdvisor
Exceptional Wildlife Tour

Our tour guide Tyrene was right on time. She was absolutely wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She provided us with a wonderful lunch and snacks; plenty to eat. She kept in touch with other guides from her company so that they could assure we would be successful in seeing as many animals as possible. We were especially fortunate to see 13 bears and 4 wolves. We also saw coyote, elk, bison, pronghorns and even a bald eagle. She knew where the right spots were and the right times to be there (even if we did start out at 5:30 in the morning). She also provided binoculars and several spotting scopes and even took videos and pictures and provided those to us without additional charge since she could air drop them to our phone. It was very special to us!

– Thomas H., TripAdvisor
Awesome company and even better guides!!!

Top shelf service from a company that came highly recommended to us from a family who visited last year!! Our family of 6 (with 4 kids ranging from 10-17y/o)… thoroughly enjoyed our time in Yellowstone thanks to this company and our guide, Rob! While our days started very early:), they were expertly planned out… with the perfect stops for wildlife spotting (lots of bears and cubs and wolf pups) and geothermal gazing… and perfect eats along the way! We beat or bypassed the crowds, saw all of the highlights of the park and learned a ton!!! Our guide was especially patient with our youngest, most question-asking and patience-challenged child!! This company is well worth the expenditure for this once in a lifetime adventure for our family… although I think we just may have to visit again!! You can’t go wrong choosing this company on your Yellowstone journey!

– Martha C., TripAdvisor
The Best Way to Experience Yellowstone!

I booked a tour with Yellowstone Wild for a trip to Yellowstone with my Dad. Neither one of us had ever been to Yellowstone before, and I wanted to make sure that we saw some of the most notable wildlife that this fantastic park has to offer. I felt like booking a tour with professionals would be a good way to increase our chances of that. We were not disappointed! Our guide, Matt DeMassino, was THE BEST! Knowledgeable, funny, and genuinely kind, Matt was the perfect guide for us. With him, we were able to see a grizzly bear with two cubs, three wolves, a coyote, elk, various birds, and A LOT of bison. My Dad is crazy about bison; that’s the main reason I chose to take him to Yellowstone. Matt knew just where to go and at what times for the best chances of spotting all these animals - definitely a perk to having a professional guide. He was also a fountain of knowledge about the park and surrounding area itself, and we valued having his insight during our introduction to Yellowstone. . Also, the equipment Yellowstone Wild provides (scopes and high quality binoculars) makes it a lot easier to get great views of predators. I got super views of the grizzly and her two cubs using a scope. . There was a lot of coffee (great for my Dad), snacks available throughout the day, and we had a hearty picnic lunch by the scenic Yellowstone River. Matt thoughtfully customized our day with my Dad in mind. I can’t recommend this company enough. For the rest of our trip, Dad would often refer to Matt and how much he enjoyed the day in the park with him. The tour was a highlight of our trip together and was worth every penny. Thanks to Matt and Yellowstone Wild for a wonderfully memorable time for my Dad and me!

– AKiene, TripAvisor
Yellowstone Guide Goodness!

We spent 2 days in Yellowstone National Park with this guide company and I can't say enough good things about how it enhanced our experience of the park. Laura was our guide and if you use Yellowstone Wild, ask for her! Laura's knowledge of the park, the history, wildlife, geologic and everything else was incredible. One of the advantages of YWT is that they have guides out all over the park looking for wildlife and the team radios each other with any sightings. We saw bison, elk, bear, mule dear and stopped at some of the most beautiful places I had ever seen in my life. You are standing there, part of the iconic scene of the mist coming off the river. Pro tip - you will never see all there is to see without a guide. Laura drove all those steep and winding roads like a champ and took us to everything that was on our list to see. We thought this was just going to be a wildlife excursion but we ended up seeing so many dramatic elements of the park that it was mind blowing!

– whoknewadventuregirl, TripAdvisor
Great Tour

Even before the North Entrance was forced to close, we had booked a tour with Yellowstone Wild. This was a great tour. Aleksa, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and considerate. She took us to some less trafficked viewing sites, and we had the best wolf sighting in our many tours with different companies. We were closer to them than before, got to hear them howl and also saw them chase an elk. All caught on video through the spotting scope. We highly recommend this company.

– Terry W., TripAdvisor
Awesome Tour!

Awesome tour! Laura L was a fantastic guide, and we learned a lot and got some great shots of one of the wolf packs, and many other 'residents' of the park. Highly recommend this smaller, more custom tour, especially if you are into photography or just want to experience nature in it's true, unspoiled form! We'll be back!!

– Evelyn Copps, TripAdvisor
Thank you for a WONDERFUL tour experience!!!

Our family booked the Wolf and Bear watching tour with Leysa yesterday. We were a bit nervous when our 17 year old, Kaylie, BROKE HER LEG the day before at the grand prismatic but still pushed through because we wanted to do this so badly! Leysa over delivered and made the tour special for all three of us!!! Kaylie had to stay in the car the entire time and Leysa made the tour so special for her. :-) We saw Grizzly, Black Bear, Grouse haha, wolves, an extremely special experience with wolves, deer, a close encounter with a fox while we were looking at mountain goats. Leysa was on point keeping an eye out for us while we were looking at the goats to make sure the fox didn’t get us. Of course, alllll the bison! She was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and an excellent guide! We would love to go again when we are back. We saved and saved for this vacation and feel this was money well spent as we shopped many tours and selected this one. Thank you for a WONDERFUL and memorable experience. :-)

– Stacey Marie, Google Reviews