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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

Info Further information: Private & customizable

Winter 2023/2024
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Yellowstone in Winter with a Private Wildlife Guide

Tour Highlights:

  • 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 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.

For more information please visit our FAQ page!

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Winter Tour in February

My wife and I had such an awesome time hanging out with Kyle and Hannah in our search for wolves and other wildlife in Yellowstone. Kyle and Hannah were both very knowledgeable about Yellowstone’s wildlife, plant life, geology, and wolf population. We saw some moose, big horn sheep, mountain goats, elk, and plenty of bison. Kyle also admitted to being a fellow bird nerd, and took us to find other bird species that we don’t typically see where we live. It took some work to find the wolves but we did spot some toward the end of the tour. They supplied us with some spotting scopes, binoculars, and plenty of snacks. We definitely plan to come back in a different season and experience some of the wildlife in the warmer months. We had such a great time and it was the highlight of our trip! I recommend Yellowstone Wild to anyone looking for a tour to find wildlife in the park!

– James M., TripAdvisor
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
A Truly Unforgettable Experience!

Yellowstone Wild's Winter Wolf and Wildlife Day Tour was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Our guide, Emil, was friendly, accommodating and, most of all, extremely knowledgeable about the geology of the park and the many animals that call the park home. With Emil's expertise we spotted wolves, moose, coyotes, elk, bighorn sheep and hundreds of bison, and with each spotting Emil shared fascinating details about the animals and their role in the park's ecosystem. I want to stress that it requires deep expertise to spot as many animals as we were able to see during our tour. Although Yellowstone is teeming with wildlife, many animals are hidden to the untrained eye. Emil knew exactly where to find each animal, and at what times of day they could be found. If you're at all on the fence about whether to take this tour or to just "go it alone," I absolutely urge you to take the tour. It was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had, and I am confident that you will feel the same way.

Educational and Motivating

We took two days of private tours with Yellowstone Wild. Our guide was Virginia and she was awesome with our kids aged 12,10. We did snowshoeing, spotting wolves, seeing elk, bison, and bighorn in Lamar our own paced with lots of information and education provided. If you can, I would recommend the private tours as they are so worth it, and you get a lot more out of your tour. They also did a good job making us feel Covid safe by requiring face masks and taking it seriously...shows they care about their guests. They keep a bunch of spotting scopes in the vehicle, so when there is a chance to see the wildlife, everybody gets a chance...and we saw wolves actively hunting a herd of bison!

– SunnytheTraveller, TripAdvisor
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