You will start early in the morning so you can enjoy witnessing the quiet hours before the wildlife in the park wakes up. You will see bears, moose and wolves begin to emerge as the sun rises. Because the wild animals are not able to be controlled in any way, you are not guaranteed that you will see the animals you want to see. However, your privet tour guide will use the park's natural habitats to give you the best chance to see the wildlife. In order to get you the best views without having to deal with the crowds, there is a good chance that you will be going off road and into the wilds of Yellowstone. This will get you the most intimate and personal look at the wildlife. You will hike to ridgetops and through the forest to open meadows that you can't get to if you stick to the trails.
We will stay a safe distance from any wildlife we come across so that our presence doesn't spook the animals. You will enjoy watching the natural behaviors of the wildlife while staying completely safe. You will be provided with breakfast and snacks to keep everyone energized throughout our tour.
You will come away with a new appreciation for the wild animals that you come across. Share your photos and stories with your friends to become the envy of everyone. The things you experience on this nature tour will quickly become some of your most treasured memories.
An early start (6 AM) allows you to enjoy the park's quietest hours, a Yellowstone sunrise and the best time to see wildlife, especially some of the more elusive animals like bears, wolves, moose, etc. Your guide will pick you up in a comfortable full-sized touring SUV (or larger touring van depending on your group size) in front of your local accommodations in Gardiner, MT, Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village or at a convenient predetermined meeting location within the park. All Yellowstone Wild tours are private, and you will have the full care and attention of your guide. Only your party will attend this tour.
Your guide will update you first thing in the morning about current wildlife activity and possible viewing options. The wild animals here are not controlled in any way, and can be difficult to find. However, our intimate knowledge of the wildlife here and how the animals use the park's habitats will offer you the best chance at seeing the wildlife you hope to see.
We want your experience to be the best, and we take great pride in getting to the best wildlife viewing locations possible. Wildlife trips are heavily road-based, and sometimes wildlife sightings can be somewhat crowded. Our guides make a serious effort to get away from the crowds and slip into the wilds of Yellowstone to show you the wildlife in the most intimate and personal manner. Sometimes that may require a hike (often off-trail) to a ridgetop or through a forest to the meadow on the far side to gain a spectacular view.
Yellowstone Wild is always sure to watch wildlife from a safe and respectful distance where a human presence does not bother or threaten the animals, and therefore you can casually enjoy observing their natural behaviors, uninfluenced by humans and, of course, where you will be totally safe. That is why we provide you with the very best optics available-including crystal-clear high-powered binoculars and Swarovski spotting scopes - to fully enjoy our sightings at a safe distance and without disturbing wildlife.
Your guide will prepare hot drinks and breakfast snacks while you enjoy the early morning light and animal activity. Sometime mid-morning, you will stop again for more drinks and an assortment of hearty health breakfast and snack items to help keep children and adults alike going strong throughout the day. A hike towards midday is an option if you would like to get off the beaten path and stretch your legs; you can discuss those options with your guide.
You can expect the trip to run 6-8 hours, so that we will be finishing up in the mid-afternoon, just in time for a proper siesta after our early morning start. Tour duration can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to, the wants and needs of our guests, weather, and road conditions. Regardless, Yellowstone Wild's guides are always there to make your experience the most memorable, safe and comfortable as they can!
Pickup & Return:
We offer door-to-door service from all local lodging accommodations in Gardiner, MT and Mammoth Hot Springs, WY. Alternatively, we can meet you at a convenient predetermined location inside the park, depending on where you'll be staying. Details will be determined upon finalizing your booking.
Departure Times: Tour Departure Times
6:00am January 1 - February 15
5:30am February 16 - April 30
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Professional Biologist/Naturalist Guide(s)
- Door-to-Door, All-Inclusive Service
- Private Tour in Comfortable Vehicle
- Sunrise Hot Drinks and Breakfast Pastries
- Customized Tour Built Around YOUR Interests & Desires
- High-End Optics (Binoculars & Spotting Scopes) for EVERYONE
- Local Expert Knowledge & Experience
- Unique Hands-On and Experience-Based Interpretation and Educational Instruction
- Yellowstone Wild Brunch (Healthy and Hearty Foods and Drinks Served Picnic-Style in the Park)
- Optional Guided Hikes Geared for YOUR Interests and Abilities
- Photos taken by tour guide throughout the day
Does not include:
- Yellowstone National Park Entrance Fee (PLEASE bring your week or annual National Parks pass)
- Gratuities for your private guide (10-20%)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- What to Wear:
It is imperative that you bring plenty of warm clothing. Expect winter weather conditions and remember the early morning hours will be COLD. Please bring WARM footwear, winter/snow pants, and a warm winter jacket. Please layer up with several layers of thermal tops and bottoms. Dressing in layers is very important, and having insulating layers to keep you warm, and outer layers to protect from wind and snow is essential to stay comfortable in the elements of the Yellowstone winter. Hats and gloves are also a must. A warm, and sturdy pair of boots that will keep your feet warm and dry and allow you to walk through snow and across ice is also advised. Your footwear should also be comfortable during sustained periods of stand while watching and looking for wildlife. Personal traction devices, like YakTrax or IceTrekkers are recommended if you are concerned about falling on the snow and ice. Hand warmers and toe warmers, which go inside your gloves and boots, can be provided, and we recommend you apply full-length foot warmers in the morning before we start. It's better to keep warm than to try to get warm after you've gotten cold, especially in the extremities. We will have plenty of space in our tour vehicles for extra clothing and you can always take off what you don't need. We will have lots of hot drinks to help warm up throughout the day. There will be bathroom stops throughout the park, and we will never be more than 10 minutes from a Park Service bathroom.
Other items to bring include sunglasses, sunscreen, and any personal medications or other items needed for an extended day in the park. Questions about clothing and conditions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.For information and details regarding Family Tours, tours with small children or special needs, please contact us directly at email@example.com.