Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park
Depending on the time of the incoming flight to Bozeman, you will either stay in Bozeman or carry on to Gardiner on the outskirts of the northern gate to Yellowstone National Park. Either way you will met your local expert guide and be transferred to your accommodation, level – 3* hotel (Bozeman Comfort Inn / Best Western Gardiner), in a private vehicle.
Yellowstone National Park
Today will be an early start (whether it is an early transfer to Gardiner to settle in quickly before heading into the park, or heading straight towards the Lamar Valley before dawn if we have stayed in Gardiner last night). Whatever the plan though the early morning is a very good time to see the wolves in action as this is when most of the animals are active, especially the wolves. We have some tricks up our sleeves for finding the wolves, our local guide is a lecturer in Yellowstone Ecology at the University of Montana and he is personal friends with many of the wolf researchers out here. So when they spot a wolf we will know soon after. We are in constant communication with the 70-80 wolf researchers out here and are all but assured of sightings with their help. We also provide a wolf chart which documents all of the wolves in the north of the park including their pack structure, so hopefully you can identify the individuals yourself and then Dr. Braun will be more than happy to fill you in on their life histories. We will spend the whole day around the Northern section of the park, throughout the day we will drive around searching for wildlife as well as doing some simple hiking and animal tracking. With far less people around we will have great chances to spot packs of wolves as they settle into their winter territories. There are often hundreds if not thousands of bison and elk to see here in the valleys as well. You will return to your accommodation, level – 3* hotel (Best Western Gardiner).
Yellowstone National Park
Over the next 3 full days you will be taken to various parts of the northern section of the park in search of the many wolf packs that call this section of the park home. Whilst driving the roads and scanning the snow covered hillsides we will also be looking for bison, elk, moose, coyotes, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mule deer, white-tailed deer, beavers and river otters which help make up the 61 species of mammals inside the park. During one of the days we will leave the warmth of the vehicle and head out through the snow for a 6km snowshoe walk to Yellowstone Grand Canyon. This is a wonderful sight and one which along the way should bring us into contact with some of the smaller animals of the park including some of the many bird species. Bald eagles, Clarks nutcracker, rosy finches, Stellers jays, Grays jays, Townsends solitaires as well as many more species. We will also be searching squirrels, snowshoe hares, bobcats, red foxes and many other species of mammals that are hard to spot whilst driving and are easier to see whilst hiking. There is also the chance during one of the afternoons to take a dip in one of the many hot springs and relax in the midst one of Americas true wilderness. As well as the hours spent in the presence of wolves and other wildlife of northern Yellowstone we will also visit the magnificent Mammoth hot springs. The area of the hot springs is very dramatic and offers superb photo opportunities. The entire landscape is incredible and looks like another planet, with stunning rock formations sculpted by millennia of geothermal activity. We will often bring a packed breakfast and lunch with us into the park and so we can spend much longer out here before returning to the accommodation, level – 3* hotel (Best Western Gardiner).
Today is your last day inside the park and we will try and find any animals which may have so far eluded us. With snow hiking and snowshoeing as well this is a great way to end your exploration of Yellowstone and take in the wilderness one last time. After you will be transferred to the town of Bozeman for your last night in Montana. Accommodation, 3* (Bozeman Comfort Inn).
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Bozeman airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.