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  • Most Popular in the Winter!

Winter Wolves and Wildlife Watching

Quick Details

Start time: varies by date & pickup location – see dropdown menu below

Hour Glass Duration: 6 – 8 hours

Users Ages: Ages 5+

Map Marker Meeting Locations: Gardiner, MT, Mammoth Hot Springs

Map Marker Alternative Meeting Locations: Sage Lodge or Chico Hot Springs (additional $150.00)


  • Private and fully customizable tour – just your group!
  • Experience Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife in a wild, natural environment
  • Your own local wildlife guide
  • Activity level based on your  interests and abilities
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style
  • High quality optics for all
  • Safe, fun and educational
Winter 2024/2025
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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.

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


Thank you Matt!

As an extremely satisfied repeat client who has spent many days in the park with and without several tour guides over the years, I highly recommend Yellowstone Wild. There are many tour companies to choose from when visiting Yellowstone & your research can become a daunting task. But it needn't be. You can stop searching right now and immediately book a tour with Yellowstone Wild. The owner's passion and spirit of providing educational and informative tours with professional, trained, and knowledgeable staff is abundantly clear. My first day this trip was spent with Matt, whose tenacity resulted in us finally catching a glimpse of 2 wolves moving [very quickly] after searching and chasing clues [literally] all day. Matt's listening skills took us on a short walk the led me to a memory that will last my lifetime, but also added a amazing supplemental component to The Wolf Legacy Project. Thank you Matt!!

– Darrin Moret, Google Reviews
Laura was incredible!

We had a simply amazing and wonderful day with our guide Laura on our trip to Yellowstone to view nature and wildlife in January. Laura was incredible, with a wonderful, outgoing personality and a deep knowledge of the park, its geology and the wildlife. She continuously amazed us throughout the day with facts and discussions that connected all aspects of what we were seeing. The provisions (coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch) were all top-notch. We saw a multitude of animals including bison, elk, eagles, dippers, pronghorns, (and many others) as well as a lone wolf. The spotting equipment was excellent as well. Cannot recommend this tour highly enough! If you are thinking about booking, you absolutely should!

– Waverly Green, Google Review
Rob was an excellent guide

Rob was an excellent guide. Day following the trip he sent us the videos he took during the trip. Engaged our kids in interesting discussions about the wildlife and Yellowstone. Made it a fun and relaxing trip .

– Ahmed A., TripAdvisor
Amazing experience

My family used Yellowstone Wild for the second time this week. The experience was great. Our guide Laura was amazing. Very knowledgeable on a range of topics. We all learned an amazing amount. She took great care of us from pick up to drop off. We got to see many different animals. From Big Horn Sheep and Mountain goats to a mountain lion with a recent kill and wolves. Amazing experience. TY

– Daniel Besse, Google Reviews
A truly unforgettable birthday for my son!

The entire day was so educational and interesting. It was my son's 11th birthday, and it will be a birthday that he never forgets. Seeing wolves in the wild was definitely the highlight, and Tyrene was an amazing guide. She was great with our kids (11 and 10 yo), and we learned so much! I would absolutely recommend visiting Yellowstone in the winter. The lack of crowds was amazing.

– mjardi23, TripAdvisor

Unbelievable!!! We live in Jackson and visit Yellowstone several times a month during the summers. This year, we booked a trip with Yellowstone Wild, and went into the Park in February, looking for wolves. We had seen pretty much everything else, but wolves are so elusive, we needed a little help. Matt did an outstanding job. He was personable, knowledgeable, friendly and a delight to spend the day with. We saw wolves from three different packs, some of which were up close and personal. He even went out of his way to find a great horned owl for me at the end of the trip. Great guy, great trip.

– BB., Google Reviews
Winter Wonderland

I do not think I would have enjoyed Yellowstone if it were not for Yellowstone Wild. My parents and I had the utmost experience with our personal guide, Tyrene Riedl. She became pretty much family the more time with spent with her. She was always open to answering questions and showing us close encounters with the wildlife. I do not think I would have had it any other way in Yellowstone. Tyrene has made me fall in love with the snowy mountains and I yearn to return to witnessing the wolves play again because of her!

– Alexis P., TripAdvisor