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Park Winter/Spring Wolf and Wildlife Viewing Tours
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guide in Yellowstone Park to offer and lead wolf viewing tours!
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. (I provide
at least two scopes
with tripods--$4300. + worth)
will vary and change almost daily. Wolves are often viewed while hunting,
at play, or interacting with other animals within their environment.
great success in viewing one of 5 packs and on some days we are able
to view 2 or even 5 packs or groups of wolves in Yellowstone. The
wolf viewing area I use often is located in the northern range of
Yellowstone Park where the largest elk herd in the world is located----estimated
to be 14000 head in size. Red fox, bald eagles, ravens, coyotes,
mule deer, bison, elk, and big horn sheep are often viewed along with
After about March
15, black and grizzly bears are also viewed as they appear out
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 around.
- 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.
- I generally start to phase out the winter wolf viewing
area in mid-May. The human traffic starts to pick up and this has
an effect on the overall viewing experience for most guests. I start
to phase in other areas of the park with the focus more on bears and
less on wolves. We do use the winter wolf viewing area if the roads
south of Mammoth get snowed in, or there is a fresh carcass to view.
Pronghorn, Grizzly and Black Bears, Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Coyotes,
Badgers, various Birds, Owls and Eagles are often viewed. May is also
popular with my repeat clients. May tends to be a little better for
observing and following wolves around Yellowstone Park since their
release the spring of 1996 I can consistently place you within view
of 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.
is led only in the morning. We meet about 1 hour before dawn and the
tour ends sometime around 12: Noon. The wolves and other wildlife
sleep all day and are generally not active. You might have an hour
or two of activity just before dark.
Each tour 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 :-)
what our guests say about our tours--here
Schedule And Reservations:
This is a custom private
charter guide service, with a one - on - one personalized vacation
tour program designed to make this a vacation of a lifetime!
$600. flat rate, total price for 1-5 guests. Private
Charter tour, averaging approximately
6-7 hours depending on month and wolf activity.
One tour per
day is offered during winter months with an early morning start time.
During fall months, a late afternoon start time is only offered. In
April and May we can go out twice in one day if you prefer a more
intensive viewing experience.
and food are not included. Snack bars, hot tea, and hot chocolate
are provided. Transportation (2002 Chevy All-wheel drive Astro Van),
guide, spotting scopes, and other needed equipment are also provided.
and lodging: We meet at Mammoth or Gardiner at the North
Entrance. Email me for a list of hotel suggestions.
Booking This Tour:
Please send me an email with your preferred
date, as well as any second choices for tour date. Also include the
number of guests in your party, any handicaps, or other health concerns,
where you are lodging, ages, other tours you are interested in and
any other information which you feel I might need in making your visit
to Yellowstone Park a memorable one.
A 30% deposit is required
at time of reservation. To book this or any other tour just drop me
an email and once a date is set and the tours you are interested in
are confirmed I will send you an email regarding deposits, cancellation,
For more information,
or to reserve your day-------Contact and Email
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Gallatin Gateway, MT. 59730