Experience a total immersion in the world of the wolf as we spend three full days seeking encounters with these captivating creatures.
Meet a wolf researcher and local photographer-naturalists and visit an abandoned den as we learn about wolves in detail.
Encounter a multitude of winter wildlife in the park’s remote northern realm, where elk, bison and others abound.
Yellowstone Wolf Quest
Day 1: Bozeman, Montana
Arrive in Bozeman and meet our Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner this evening. An initial orientation introduces us to the geography of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Day 2: Northern Range, Yellowstone National Park
After breakfast, we make our way to Yellowstone National Park’s northern entrance where we’ll commence our wolf-watching expedition. We scout first for bison, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep, but we’re likely to spy our first wolves in this area as well, as they range across the park’s entire northern reach. We break for lunch at the historic park settlement at Mammoth Hot Springs, with time afterward to explore the geothermal features and learn about the establishment of Fort Yellowstone. Later this afternoon we drive east across the Northern Range of Yellowstone, discovering the prime wolf habitat we will explore intimately over the next two days.
Day 3: Lamar Valley Wolf Safari
Following an early continental breakfast, we head into the secluded Lamar Valley to look for wolves. This glacial valley, a wide expanse of grassland and streams in Yellowstone’s remote northeast corner, is North America’s best wolf-watching habitat. Several packs reside here among the elk and bison herds, and we may see lone wolves, or a whole pack, in search of prey. Though we generally observe the wolves at a distance, as they are highly wary of human presence, we are deeply moved as we watch their captivating behavior in a wholly natural realm. We head back to Cooke City for lunch and a slide presentation with Dan and Cindy Hartman, local naturalists and photographers. By mid-afternoon we return to the Lamar Valley for more wolf watching and an optional snowshoe hike to see the last remaining acclimation pen used in 1995 to transition and acclimatize wolves to their new home ranges when they were reintroduced to the park.
Day 4: Lamar Valley Wolf Safari
Rising early once again, we return to the Lamar Valley’s isolated reaches to search for wolves. Against the winter-white backdrop they are readily visible, though we will again need to employ patience in our efforts to observe them. Later we snowshoe to the site of an abandoned wolf den to become more intimately acquainted with the lives of these elusive predators.
Day 5: Lamar Valley / Paradise Valley
Spend a final morning enjoying the wildlife and winter landscape of Lamar Valley before traveling into Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River flows through this aptly named landscape, renowned for world-class trout fishing. The valley is also an important winter range for wildlife, and we’ll have excellent opportunities to spot bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk. This afternoon we check in to our accommodations at historic Chico Hot Springs Resort. The main lodge was built in 1900 to serve visitors seeking the curative properties of the hot springs. The afternoon is free to soak in the open-air mineral pools or take a hike or snowshoe outing in the Absaroka Range with our Expedition Leader.
Day 6: Bozeman / Home
Our trip concludes after breakfast, with a group transfer to Bozeman to connect with flights home. Guests wishing to spend additional time in Bozeman will be transferred to the GranTree Inn, with the remainder of the day free to explore this historic Old West/New West town. With its rich mining and trapping heritage, it’s not surprising that Bozeman has 40 individual properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to Montana State University and offers a wide range of cultural and outdoor activities.
Dates and Costs
Feb 23 -Feb 28
Mar 01 - Mar 06
Mar 07 -Mar 12
Mar 01 -Mar 06
Mar 07 -Mar 12
Mar 13 -Mar 18
2013 COSTS IN US DOLLARS
Single Supp.: $450
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2014 dates and fees may change slightly.
Location of Adventure
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travellers
A very important feature of this adventure vacation is the limited group size as nature expeditions are best experienced with smaller groups of travellers.
Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, bottled water, services of NHA Expedition Leaders and local guides, most gratuities, airport transfer on Day 1, use of warm parkas and boots during the trip, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, airport transfer on final day, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance.
Easy to Moderate
Tracking wolves in Yellowstone will be in snowy, icy and/or wet conditions, and it can get very cold. Hikes and snowshoe excursions are moderate in physical exertion and range between 1 - 3 miles in length over level ground, though snow and ice may create uneven terrain. Travelers are not required to participate in all excursions. A good amount of wildlife viewing takes place from our vehicles.
This trip is perfect for those interested primarily in wolf-viewing, as we will focus three full days on watching for wolves in the area of the park where they are most often seen in the greatest numbers. Travelers must understand that even though to date we have had a 100% wolf sighting rate on our trips, these are very secretive animals and they may or may not come within close range. Much of our wolf viewing is done through spotting scopes to allow the wolves to go about their normal behaviour.
Getting There & Getting
Home You will be met at the airport on Day 1 and transferred to the hotel to meet your group for a 6pm orientation dinner. You are free to depart anytime after 12pm (noon) on the final day.