What To Expect
This popular wildlife photo safari tour will focus on finding and safely viewing Greater Yellowstone's predators. We will spend our time in prime grizzly and wolf habitat within both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, including places like Willow Flats, Pacific Creek, Hayden Valley and the famous Lamar Valley, often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. During your safari you will also have the opportunity to visit famous Yellowstone landmarks like Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs and several waterfalls. Our small group sizes and expert local guides will insure personalized attention, great wildlife viewing and endless photo opportunities!
Your Grizzly and Wolf Safari tour into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks will begin when our guide picks you up at your Jackson Hole area hotel or condo. We will begin by searching for the abundant wildlife of Grand Teton National Park. Over the last several years, Grand Teton has become one of the best wildlife viewing parks in the world, with all of the region's wildlife represented. Moose, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, foxes, coyotes, bald and golden eagles, black bears, grizzly bears and even wolves are commonly spotted. We will also spend time enjoying the scenery and attractions of Grand Teton before entering Yellowstone from the south gate.
The tour will then travel north into Yellowstone National Park along the Snake and Lewis rivers, past Lewis Falls and Lewis Lake to the continental divide. From here we drop into the Yellowstone Lake Basin to West Thumb Junction. Here we have an option of going around the lower loop in either direction depending on conditions and current events that might dictate the route on your trip. Our guides will make recommendations but we will see the other side of the loop the next day. Usually we will travel to the east side on Day 1 which will take us around Yellowstone Lake, to the north side where the Yellowstone River flows out to the north at the famous Fishing Bridge.
From here on is some of the best bear and wolf watching in Yellowstone! We will see Mud Volcano on our way to Hayden Valley, where the river flows through open sage meadows towards the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. At the top of the canyon, the river falls over both the upper and lower falls, creating the 20-mile long canyon that is one of the most scenic places in Yellowstone.
From here the route will vary on road conditions but we will make our way to the Lamar Valley, often called the Serengeti of North America. This is the single best wildlife viewing area in Yellowstone and is known for the abundance of grizzlies and wolves. Here we will spend the afternoon and evening in search of these apex predators with time to learn about and photograph other wildlife, thermal features and the magnificent scenery in this part of the park.
The day will end in Silvergate Montana at the Grizzly Lodge. Silvergate is only a half mile from the park entrance and one of the most remote places you will ever spend the night. We will enjoy dinner at a local eatery and then roast marshmallows over a fire surrounded by Soda Butte creek and huge mountains. This is one of our favorite places on earth!
We will wake early to return to Hayden Valley for a morning of wolf and bear watching, with breakfast and coffee served in the field by your guide. We will spend as much time as you want tracking bears, wolves and other wildlife before heading south through Yellowstone to enjoy other park attractions and wildlife that we didn't see on Day 1. This includes Mammoth Hot Springs, the upper, middle and lower geyser basins and of course time to see the eruption of Old Faithful located in the upper geyser basin. We will then travel back south over the continental divide three times on the way back to Grand Teton and Jackson Hole. The tour is not over though! The wildlife in the evening as we travel through Grand Teton, as well as the sunset vistas, will make for a great finish to this adventure. We will return you to your area hotel in the evening just in time to check-in and get some dinner.
The exact routes and itineraries will depend on a number of factors - the most important being your areas of interest and expectations. One of the great things about our safaris and our guides is that we customize each safari for you. Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone, allowing them to make suggestions and calibrate the tour to your experience level and desires. Every day is different for us which makes our safaris more fun for both you and your guides.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Experienced local guide
2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
Organic snacks and fresh fruit
Souvenir water bottle or coffee mugs
Use of auto-focus binoculars and spotting scopes
Park entrance fees
Tips and gratuities
Children must be 8 years and older to participate on open safaris.
Pick up times vary depending on hotel location. We provide pick-up service in the town of Jackson, Wilson, and Teton Village.
Please be prepared for variable mountain weather by dressing in layers and traveling with a rain jacket and/or umbrella. Comfortable walking shoes or light hiking boots are recommended.
The route may vary depending on wildlife, group interest and road conditions.
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Tours from Jackson Hole
3 days / 2 nights