Park Guided Tours
Park Winter/Spring Wolf and Wildlife Viewing Tours
I have retired and no longer offering tours. I highly recommend
Dr. Nathan Varley and his wife Linda who own and operate The
Wild Side LLC out of Gardiner, Montana. They offer
and lead excellent, first rate tours into Yellowstone to view
wolves, bears, hiking etc.... Please contact them for all of your
Yellowstone Tour needs.
- Full Day Park
Tours ~~ Educational
Programs ~~ Bear
- Main Tour Guide Page
the first guide in Yellowstone Park to offer and lead wolf viewing
tours, now you have the opportunity to go with two people who
were actually working on the project while it happened! Contact
Nathan and Linda now to reserve your tour!
Yellowstone Parks first wolves in nearly 70 years in their natural
habitat. Featured in the CD- "Return of the Wolf" and the National
Geographic film "Wolves, a legend returns to Yellowstone".
is the best time to view wolves. Period!
areas are located in the Northern range of Yellowstone Park. Groups
will travel to sites where wolves are active, set up spotting
scopes, and camera's and learn through open discussion everything
they ever wanted to know about wolves, bears and Yellowstone Park.
sites will vary and change almost daily. Wolves are often viewed
while hunting, at play, or interacting with other animals within
will have great success in viewing one of 7 packs and on some
days you are able to view 2 or even 5 packs or groups of wolves
in Yellowstone. The wolf viewing area is located in the northern
range of Yellowstone Park where most wildlife are located during
fall, winter and spring months. Red fox, bald eagles, ravens,
coyotes, mule deer, bison, elk, and big horn sheep are often viewed
along with wolves.
March 15, black and grizzly bears are also viewed as they
appear out of hibernation.
If you are interested
in wildlife, and lots of it, then this is the trip for you!
The prime periods
to view wild wolves in Yellowstone Park are:
Any winter month!
From September through early November we generally have views
of at least one pack. As winter progresses and the temperatures
drop and snow begins to fall the number of wolves, the number
of packs increase and the distances tend to decrease. From November
through early May we typically see multiple packs each day.
We also start to
see grizzly bears emerge from hibernation after about March 15
each year, however the bears do not all exit winter dens all at
once but can take over a month before they are all out and wandering
- We generally have at least one pack to view. They are
often at a distance and we often have to climb a steep hill to
get any views at all. Sometimes we are lucky and the pack has
a fresh kill within view of the road. We are able to do a short
hike to one of the acclimation pen sites where the Rose Creek
wolf pack was released during the reintroduction program 1995/96.
We sometimes have bears to view as well as bison, elk, big horn
sheep, pronghorn, etc....
- Oct. is nearly the same as September.
- Again, we generally have at least one pack to view
each day, but the later we get into the month the colder it gets
and the wolves become more viewable as they drop in elevation.
Bears generally hibernate in early November. The pronghorn migrate
out of the park and into lower elevations. Bison, Big Horn Sheep,
Elk, Coyotes, and Eagles are often viewed
through the end of March - Winter is really the time
to view wolves in Yellowstone. As winter progresses and the snow
accumulates, the herds of elk and bison all drop in elevation
into low elevation winter range which is where we go to view.
We typically have more than one pack to view each day, but it
varies each and every day. How many packs, how many total wolves,
how close or distant they are, how active they are varies each
and every day. I always see my first grizzly bear out of hibernation
within 3 days of March 15. Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Coyotes,
and Eagles are often viewed
- The wolf pack alpha females den up to give birth around
the middle of April each year. This keeps the pack in a smaller
area so they become more predictable. However, some den sites
are not in view for us, so there are wolf packs that we can not
see after mid-April. We typically have one or two packs to view
each April. More bears show up out of hibernation. The last bears
to show up are the females with new born cubs, usually in late
April. The Pronghorn begin migrating back into the park. Grizzly
and Black Bears, Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Coyotes, Badgers,
various Birds, Owls and Eagles are often viewed. April is probably
the most popular month for my repeat clients who come out each
year. We often have wolves and bears together at the same time,
through the same spotting scope.
- An excellent month for viewing both wolves and bears.
A very active wildlife month! Lots of new babies to view as well.
July, August, Sept., Oct., --- contact Nathan and Linda.
Every year is different and conditions change frequently.
observing and following wolves around Yellowstone Park since their
release the spring of 1996 The groups can consistently view wolves
99% of the time, but as my friend Nathan Varley says, "hey
this ain 't no pig in a poke"! It can still require patience,
and work. I am the first licensed guide to begin leading wolf
viewing and photo tours during the late winter of 1995-96 when
the Crystal Creek, Rose Creek, and Soda Butte packs were released.
tour is led only in the morning. You will meet about 1 hour before
varies in length depending on month and wolf activity level.
Keep in mind, the more you go out the better your chances of seeing
wolves hunt or some other spectacular activity.
the wolf viewing tour is not a backcountry type, hiking tour.
It would be great if it were but the wolves are just too sensitive,
and we have a tough time keeping up with them as it is.
I can't imagine how we would be able to do so on foot. In snow
no less, with backpacks, tripods, spotting scopes, etc.....We
would be lucky to see a tail of a wolf if we were on foot