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Winter Wolves and Wildlife Watching

Quick Details

Hour Glass Duration: 6 – 8 hours

Users Ages: Recommended for ages 5+

Map Marker Meeting Locations: Gardiner, MT, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Buffalo Ranch

Info Further information: Private & customizable

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Yellowstone in Winter with a Private Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone National Park is world-famous for its abundance of iconic wildlife, stunning vistas and historic conservation efforts to restore wolves and bison. Our highly-experienced naturalist guides and top-of-the-line equipment produce the highest quality wildlife sightings and wilderness excursions. Deep personal knowledge of Yellowstone’s wolves, bison, moose 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.

Winter is a special time to experience wildlife in Yellowstone, as the deep snows have pushed the wildlife out of the higher country, concentrating animals on the famed Lamar Valley and Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Thousands of elk and bison fill the lower-elevation valleys and grasslands. Abundant bighorn sheep, mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn and moose also filter out of the mountains and concentrate where there is less snow, milder temperatures and easier foraging. This migration places them where we can best observe them and observe the predators that come here to hunt them.

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 wolf packs and individual wolves that we have gotten to know over the years of observing them. You will walk through visual examples of how animals live in this beautiful landscape, what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them and why certain animals might live in one place over another.

Important Information:

  • Experience the magic of Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife
  • Your own local wildlife guide
  • Private and fully customizable tours
  • 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

For more information please visit our FAQ page!

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

Mesmerizing day in Yellowstone

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Yellowstone Wild. We took the tour in late December in Lamar Valley area. Our guide, Evan, was a wealth of knowledge about wildlife in the park and many other topics - Not to mention, an expert wildlife spotter. We thoroughly enjoyed the discussions. The trip was very personal with just the 3 of us with pick up and drop off at our location in Gardiner. The winter experience we had with great swaths of snow is so different than visiting the park in summer. We saw many animals – Wolf, Bison, Elk, Coyote, Fox, Eagle etc. Its not easy to navigate on your own during snowfall and tough to spot animals. Evan knew where to look and a professional guide is well connected with others and knows the park much better than a visitor. His passion and knowledge made it an educational as well as enjoyable experience highly recommend this tour

– anka4gray
Spectacular Wildlife and Landscape

Have you ever looked forward to a trip? My wife Barbara and I did, starting with a trip to Jackson, Wy in the fall of 2018, spectacular fall golden colors, sunsets, and two day trips into Yellowstone. When we got home, I started to think about how amazing it would be to visit Yellowstone in winter, seeing the wildlife against the snowy backdrop as they come down from the heights and out of the forests to access their food. I searched the internet for a guide that could help us find wildlife by knowing where to go and how to approach (or not) the animals. After a month of searching on the net, numerous emails and phone calls, I finally found Yellowstone Wild (Emil McCain and Evan Stout). The key for me was that they are local. They live, eat and sleep there (in Gardiner, the northern range of Yellowstone). So many other guides know OF the area but don’t KNOW THE AREA. These guys are IN the northern ranges of the Park every day in winter, understand and know the habitats and habits of the wildlife. They hike, backpack, camp, fish, camp, track, connect with the Park and its unbelievable abundance of wildlife on a daily basis all year round. Their knowledge, which they are more than willing to share, is incredible. And if theirs is not enough, during our visit the 3rd week of February, they brought in experts in various fields associated with the wildlife in the Park (Brad Boulin – mountain lions, Shawna Baron – wolf project history and wolf behavior, Quin Harrison – wolf pack dispersion, and then there was the visit to Dan and Cindy Hartman’s cabin in Silver Creek – unbelievable photos / videos, birds galore and stories that could have kept me there all day, especially about the baby owl that fell out of the nest and the bears, oh my, the bears he has encountered). Knowing the area also brings benefits of knowing where to have their guests eat – The Wonderland Café with a menu that will suit everyone. Don’t forget the scones, amazing!! Our wildlife experience was incredible!! As unpredictable as wildlife can be, I did not expect to see what we did, wolves every day including the Junction Butte pack taking down an adult bison (my wife got an unbelievable video using the iPhone and spotting scope of the event), foxes, coyotes (tied), moose, elk, long horn sheep, golden and bald eagles, other birds galore and of course Evan’s favorite – BISON. And if the wildlife wasn’t enough, there is the scenery – untouched snow blanketing the river beds that looked like mounds of whipped cream, animal tracks everywhere, mountains that take your breath away, open fields with wildlife trying to scratch out a meal, trees that have been dusted with snow and glisten with hoarfrost, diamond dust and rainbows just to give you a spectacular showing between an unbelievable earth and sky. I don’t know if you get the idea that we loved our visit to Yellowstone with Emil and Evan, but just to put a fine point on it, we are going back in May to witness the babies’ coming out.

– dfbaldwin
Oustanding experience visiting Yellowstone in winter.

My son and I recently had the pleasure of joining a remarkable tour with Yellowstone Wild. Travelling from Australia, this was a big deal for us. And what an extraordinary outcome it turned out to be. We spent 5 days with Evan and Alan, and several meals with Emil as well as bumping into him and his group in the park at various locations. 130+ reviews all rating this team as Excellent can't be wrong. Besides the excellent organisation for accommodation, meals and all the little things Evan and Alan would do to make the trip pleasant and to accommodate all the requests they received, their knowledge of the wildlife, the park and its history, local contacts and in depth understanding of how to guide, what to look for and how to share their extensive knowledge took this beyond just a tour and into a real experience. I would highly recommend this team to anyone who wants more than just to go a look at Yellowstone. If you really want to experience this extraordinary location and immerse yourself in learning everything you can about it for 5 days, then there can be no better choice. To the Team and Yellowstone Wild, Thank you.

– drw7445
Winter Magic with Yellowstone Wild

If you want to see Yellowstone in the winter but don’t want the stress of driving in icy conditions, want to maximise your wildlife viewing opportunities & enjoy good food & cosy accommodation this is definitely the tour for you! Having previously enjoyed 2 wildlife watching day tours with Emil in September, and not having seen Yellowstone in the winter, I had no qualms about travelling from Scotland in December for this fantastic Yellowstone Wild multi-day tour with pick up from Bozeman. We ended up a small group of just 4, expertly guided by Evan, with great viewing of multiple wolves, bison, bighorn sheep, moose & the cutest mountain goat. I highly recommend this tour company & hope to return for more adventures in the future.

– Voodoo_Scot
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