Hiring a knowledgeable private wildlife guide is the best way to:
- Maximize your likelihood of seeing wolves, bears and any other wildlife you are interested in
- View and photograph wildlife through high quality spotting scopes
- Hear accounts of wildlife interactions and population dynamics, as well as stories of well-observed individuals
- Learn about Yellowstone's natural history, ecology, scientific studies and conservation efforts
Whether you want to see and learn about members of a specific wolf pack or see how many different animals we can find in a day; Cara and Audra use their expert local and ecological knowledge and high quality Swarovski spotting scopes to give you the best chance of seeing the wildlife that you wish to see. This will ensure you have an excellent, safe and well-informed day out in the park. We love sharing the natural history of Yellowstone! You bring questions and we'll bring delicious food and drinks for us to enjoy in the great outdoors.
Join me on a full day of Wildlife Watching
Daily departures at dawn (5:00 to 6:00 am in summer; 7:00 am in winter) for full day wildlife watching. Duration is typically 7 to 8 hours, sometimes a little longer depending on conditions. We start out early because the majority of our wildlife are most abundant and active around dawn.
All trips are run in our comfortable SUVs. Step-on guide service is available for groups larger than 6 and for departures from the northeast entrance, Tower and Canyon (April 15-October 15, snow conditions permitting).
Wildlife Watching - Full Day (approx. 8 hrs)
We meet a little before dawn (between 5 and 6 am) in Gardiner or a central location within the park. As we travel to areas of wildlife activity, I share information about the park, answer your questions and adapt our itinerary to changing conditions and opportunities. I'll do my best to ensure you have a marvelous day.
We will typically start our day in the Northern Range of Yellowstone visiting areas of known wolf activity first thing in the morning, searching the landscape for sign or distant movement. I will scan each location to look for other species, such as bears, coyotes, foxes, eagles and osprey. You will get to use high quality Swarovski spotting scopes, binoculars and field identification guides to optimize your wildlife observation.
You will eat well! Morning snacks and a full brunch or early lunch are included, as well as cold water, juice and hot drinks. We typically take a break in the beautiful outdoors later in the morning to enjoy our picnic. Afterward, I will take you to a few of my favorite spots to see other wildlife of interest. If time allows, we can go for a short walk to stretch our legs and see what animals we can see from the trail before we head back to our rendezvous location.
Please remember to bring clothing layers! It can be freezing in the morning and quite hot by midday. It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and your water bottle! Remember to drink plenty of water. Yellowstone has dry, high- elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. I will bring a water cooler with extra water for re-fills.
Winter Wildlife in Wonderland - Full Day (6-8 hrs)
Experience Yellowstone during the quiet, magic time of year with a professional wildlife biologist as your private guide!
The bears may be going to sleep, but winter is a great time of year to watch wildlife! Winter is perhaps the best time of year to watch wolves, elk, bison and bighorn sheep as they interact in the stunning snowy landscape. Many people think that Yellowstone is closed for the winter, but the north entrance at Gardiner, MT remains open all year for spectacular wildlife watching and beautiful scenery.
-Pick-up at your accommodation or chosen meeting location (please specify in booking, if known)
-High-quality Swarovski scopes and binoculars to view the action up-close
-Morning snacks, coffee, tea and hot chocolate; and a full lunch
-The undivided attention of your own local wildlife biologist guide for the duration of the trip
Please remember to bring plenty of warm clothing layers! It will be freezing in the morning, with temperatures well into the negative. Hopefully we will have sunny, clear, though still freezing weather in the day, but we might get blowing, chilling weather. Insulated, water proof footwear with good traction, gloves, a warm hat, long underwear, mid layers and a jacket are all necessary. Avoid cotton. Bring sunscreen and your water bottle! Remember to drink plenty of water. Yellowstone has dry, high- elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. I will bring a water cooler with extra water for re-fills.
-Maximum capacity in Guide's vehicle is 6 guests unless specially arranged.
-Prices reflect guide travel fees for trips based out of Tower/Roosevelt/Lamar or Canyon when those roads are open.
-Because of distance and travel time and road construction, trips cannot start at Norris, Old Faithful, Madison, West Yellowstone or any locations further south. We would need to meet centrally at one of the locations above.
-Entrance into Yellowstone National Park is not included. Entrance fees are $15 per person of $35 per family. A receipt is good for one week. Annual passes are also available. Please see a park entrance kiosk for more information.
The map below shows the area where we can meet you to start our day together. Bookings can be made for any of the four starred locations. You will write in our specific meeting location, such as your accommodation, in the booking form. If you're not quite sure, just leave that blank and we will discuss.