Wildlife Watching Tours in Yellowstone
Join our Local Biologists on a Private Wildlife Watching Tour of Yellowstone
Yellowstone is a huge place with plenty to see! Instead of trying to guess where to find wildlife on your own, join us on a full-day wildlife watching tour in Yellowstone's richest habitats in one of our comfortable tour vehicles. Using our expert local ecological knowledge, we'll maximize your chances of seeing the wildlife you're interested in accessing a number of different areas throughout the day. Though we use vehicles to keep up with various wildlife events, we will spend a large portion of the day outdoors.
Although sightings can never be guaranteed, we have extremely high success rates seeing wolves and grizzlies in Yellowstone. Plus, our highest-quality Swarovski and Vortex spotting scopes give you the best view of distant wildlife. We provide binoculars for animals in closer proximity, and we keep wildlife safe by avoiding encounters that are too close. But we don’t stop there. We are outdoor educators, and can also help enhance your knowledge of Yellowstone's natural history, ecology, scientific studies, and conservation efforts. As guides, we get excited about all kinds of observations, so let us know if you have a particular interest.
● All tours are private.
● Daily departures at dawn & tour duration depends on starting location (see table on right).
● Plenty of high-quality scopes and binoculars are provided, so you won't have to share.
● Brunch, hot drinks, and water refills are included. Please bring your own water bottle.
● Short hikes can be included upon request.
● Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs or disabilities.
What's Not Included
● Park entrance fees ($20 per person or weekly, annual, veteran, 4th grader & senior passes also accepted) Book ahead at https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fees.htm or a park entrance kiosk for more information.
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Book using the form below or contact us at 406-579-3838 or email@example.com for more information.
$780 for 1 person + $60 per additional person
Please contact us for pricing and availability if your group is more than 6 people.
Meeting Locations and Times
|Location||Tour Start Time (specific time in booking)||Tour Duration||Notes|
|Gardiner MT or Mammoth Hot Springs WY|
|Half Hour before Dawn||7 to 8 hours||Use if coming from Gardiner, Emigrant, Pray, Paradise Valley, Livingston|
|Tower Junction |
(May – Oct)
|Dawn||6 to 7 hours||Best for Lamar Valley tours if coming from Canyon or Cooke City/Silver Gate|
|Norris Geyser Basin |
(May – Oct)
|Dawn||6 to 7 hours||Use if coming from West Yellowstone, Madison, Old Faithful|
|Canyon Visitor Center |
(May – Oct)
|Half Hour after Dawn||5 to 6 hours||Use if coming from Canyon Village, Lake or Grant|
Myth Buster: Many people think that you have to hike through the backcountry to find animals, but that's not the case! Wildlife watching is most effective from viewpoints, overlooks and short trails, not so far from the road. Using a vehicle helps us cover many miles, so we can see more of the animals you're interested in. Of course, if you prefer to add a short hike to your tour, we are always up for that to! Just let your guide know.
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
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.
Wildlife Watching in Winter?
That's right! Winter is one of the best times of year to see wildlife in Yellowstone.
Click here to find out more about our winter wildlife tours.