Birding in Yellowstone is incredible! Yellowstone is home to about 300 species of birds during the summer months, creating a unique birding opportunity in the Rocky Mountains. Mountain bluebirds are a local favorite, Yellow-headed blackbirds sing to their mates in the wetlands, and Sandhill cranes make their eerie call as wolves howl in the distance.
Yellowstone Birding tours are generally road-based to maximize the number of species we see, but we may be able to find a few extra species on a short hike as well (full day tours only). Mountain chickadees and Red-breasted nuthatches tend to hide in the trees!
It is not uncommon to see a life bird (a bird you have never seen before in your life) on a half-day birding trip in Yellowstone. On a full-day tour, we can target specific species in a variety of habitats. Book your tour now to start adding to your life list!
- ● The best months for birding in Yellowstone are May through September.
- ● We depart Gardiner at 6:00 am, or we can meet you at Canyon Village at 7:00 am.
- ● A half day of birding is typically 4-5 hours, and a full day is 7-8 hours. Every day is different, so it’s important to be flexible.
- ● Plenty of high quality scopes and binoculars are provided, so you won't have to share.
- ● Hot drinks, snacks and water refills are included on all trips. Please bring your own water bottle.
- ● Brunch is included on full day trips
- ● Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
Yellowstone Birding Rates
Starting in Gardiner
Starting at Canyon Village
To reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread and keep everyone safe during our trips, the National Park Service requires that masks be worn at all times when you are inside the vehicle with your guide. If you would prefer to follow your guide in your own vehicle, we can supply walkie talkies to accommodate you.
Please remember to bring clothing layers! It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes in one day. In the winter, that could mean a change from -20 to +40 degrees (F). In summer, we could start the morning below freezing, and end the day in short sleeves. Be prepared!
Yellowstone has a dry, high-elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. It is important to drink lots of water in this environment. Be sure to have a water bottle with you. We provide water for refills in the field.
Park entrance fees are not included. Entrance fees are $20 per person or $35 per family, and are good for one week. Annual passes are also available. Please see Yellowstone's website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fees.htm or a park entrance kiosk for more information.
We strive to make tours in Yellowstone National Park accessible to all. We are happy to help you navigate the obstacles that will be encountered in the remote wilderness nature of this special place. If you are considering a tour and have specific needs, please let us know. We have experience guiding wheelchair users and others with a variety of needs. For more information about accessibility in Yellowstone, please see the Yellowstone National Park website at the following link: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
Gratuity is not included.