Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife Discovery

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, The Rockies, United States of America

At a Glance

  • A broad portfolio of highly qualified and experienced hand-picked guides

  • Day tours from Jackson run all year and multi-day safaris run May through October

  • Get off-the-beaten path to wildlife hot spots that cannot be accessed alone

  • No visit to Yellowstone is complete with a visit to Old Faithful and Yellowstone Canyon

  • Spend sunset and sunrise in the Lamar Valley a hotspot for wolves and bears

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Best time to Visit

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Jackson Hole has five distinct seasons: summer (usually June to August), fall (September through October), off-season (November), winter (December through March) and off-season (April and May).

The Top of the World three-day safari runs from May through to October. July and August is the region's busiest time when two-thirds of Yellowstone's annual visitors go to the park. During the peak summer months a guide becomes even more valuable, able to get you off beaten track, with knowledge of animals territories and where to find them at the coolest parts of the day (dawn and dusk).

It is in spring that newborn elk, moose, bison and bears start appearing. Summers offer warm days and cool nights and a profusion of brightly colored wildflowers. In autumn, the aspen and cottonwood run gold and red. It's also a great time to see bears, who are on a feeding frenzy in preparation for hibernation. In November, the Elk will start to come down to the Elk Refugee bordering town.

When the snow starts to fall, day safaris can be taken by jeep in the Grand Tetons and snow-mobile or snow-coach in Yellowstone. It's a magical time to visit, as the animals come down to lower elevation for winter and wildlife watching becomes all the easier against a crisp white background.

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Insider's View

A great guide really connects you the area and the wildlife. Come armed with enthusiasm, patience and energy for long-days in pursuit of wildlife and the memories you take with you (and the photographs) will last a lifetime.

Everyone will have their own binoculars to view the wildlife, but bring your camera to take some fantastic shots

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife Discovery or take a look at our itineraries to The Rockies

Description

Experience the best of Wyoming’s wildlife, iconic parks and breathtaking scenery with a private expert guided safari. A multi-day safari delves deep into the Grand Tetons and Greater Yellowstone in search of bison, bears and wild mustang horses.

The 'Top of the World' three day wildlife safari is the ultimate Greater Yellowstone wildlife experience. Although we can also organize half-day and full-day wildlife experiences, the signature three day safari delves deep into the Greater Yellowstone area for incredible wildlife encounters, photography, iconic park sites and endless breathtaking scenery. Guides are all highly experienced with thousands of hours in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone allowing them to make suggestions and tailor the tour to your interests or family – you just need to let us know.

The Top of the World safari takes guests through both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, with a focus on finding and photographing the parks big predators. Combine this with driving the famous Beartooth Pass, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the world, to visit Buffalo Bill’s hometown and have the chance to see wild mustang horses run, it’s an unforgettable adventure for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

To provide an overview, the safari will start in Jackson Hole where your safari guide will collect you for a two night, three day safari experience. The day will begin with searching for wildlife in Grand Teton Park. Over the last few years Grand Teton has become one of the best wildlife viewing parks in the world with all of the region’s wildlife represented. Moose, elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, fox, coyote, bald and golden eagles, black bears, grizzly bears and even wolves are commonly spotted. The tour will the travel north, routed depending on weather and guests interests, before spending prime time at the famous Lamar Valley, often referred to as the Serengeti of North America. This is the single best wildlife viewing area in Yellowstone and known for the abundance of grizzlies and wolves. In Yellowstone it’s not just the animals that put on a show, photograph the magnificent thermal, bubbling activity of Old Faithful and gorgeous multi-hued Mammoth Hot Springs. The day will end in Silvergate Montana at the Grizzly Lodge. Silvergate is only a half mile from the park entrance and one of the most remote places you will ever spend the night. Enjoy dinner at a local eatery and then roast marshmallows over a fire surrounded by Soda Butte creek and huge mountains.

In the morning wake early to return to Lamar Valley for wolf and bear watching with breakfast and coffee served by your guide in the field. Once you’ve got a fill of the Lamar Valley, it’s a drive over the Beartooth Pass (or the Chief Joseph highway in early season) to Cody which is considered to be the most scenic drive in North America. Travel through remote high desert to Cody where you can spend time learning about the area’s western history and heritage by visiting historic sites and the Buffalo Bill Museum. Dine at a local saloon and overnight at The Cody Hotel or a charming B&B. The next morning the safari will end up high, at sunrise guide will take you into remote high desert wilderness on lesser traveled dirt roads in search of the wild mustang horses of McCullough Peaks that roam freely here. You will return to Cody in time for lunch before traveling back into Yellowstone National Park via the remote east gate with spectacular scenery of the Sylvan Pass. If time allows your guide will take you through the Hayden Valley to see the upper and lower falls of the Yellowstone River as it tumbles into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone before heading south around Yellowstone Lake towards Jackson Hole. The safari will end with an evening of more wildlife as you travel back through Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole.

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Accommodation

This safari is focussed on the experience and lodgings are chosen for proximity to premium wildlife locations and characterful Cody. One the first night, guests will stay at the park hotel the Grizzly Lodge in Silvergate close to the Lamar Valley - the 'Serengeti of North America'. On the second night, guests can expect a more comfortable and cosy stay at The Cody Hotel or Chamberlin Inn in Cody, dependent on season and availability accommodations may vary.

Chamberlin Inn

Located steps from Cody, Wyoming’s historic main street, the Chamberlin Inn is a family-owned and operated, 21-unit Wyoming boutique hotel with Western Charm. The Chamberlin Inn offers several rooms and suites, a court house resident, a cottage and garden studio apartments, all nestled within a beautiful brick and wrought iron enclosed courtyard.

The Grizzly Lodge

The Grizzly Lodge is a rustic lodge the banks of Soda Butte Creek. Originally built in the mid-1800's when Silver Gate was a thriving mining community, it's located just 1 mile from the entrance to Yellowstone and the Lamar Valley. Accommodations are extremely basic and no frills, but its friendly and local and the best choice for prime wildlife viewing in the Lamar Valley.

Childcare

Tailored wildlife safaris are offered on a completely private basis so children of any age are welcome. From experience, children of 7 years and up gain the most and are able to take on the early starts and patience required for wildlife viewing. Children must be able to patiently wait for wildlife and be keen to wake up early for the next adventure. With a wonderful team of guides to choose from, we can assign guides that are particularly excellent with entertaining and teaching younger guests.

Open shared tours are also available with up to 8 people in a group and children must be 8-years and above. The shared tours offer excellent value for couples of small families, but do not offer the flexibility of a private tour.

Facilities

Vehicles are comfortable large all-terrain SUV vehicles or Chevy Passenger vans depending on the size of the party. All multi-day safaris are fully inclusive of meals, snacks and plentiful drinks. All the full day trips include a gourmet picnic lunch served by your guide.

Reviews

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Kerri Martin (Staff)

Arriving in Jackson was extremely exciting as I was ready to start my two day adventure with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari's taking in both Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The best time of year for such sightings without the summer crowds has to be Spring and Fall and I traveled out in mid-October.

My guide was Kyle, one of the brothers of this family run business, and extremely knowledgeable about the area and a naturalist guide. We traveled in a small group of four on a shared group basis, as there were just two of us but the trip still felt very personalized. For a family experience, we always recommend a private tour but this was just a great taster for us to be able to share our experiences with Scott Dunn guests.

The following is a short synopsis of day one of wildlife viewing and exploring on our two day safari;

We set off through the Tetons and before we had time to even discuss the local area, we spotted a moose. In order to create the best overall experience each guest is given a set of binocular's and Kyle explains the importance for everyone to be on the lookout, a trick that I am sure keeps the kids entertained.

As we carry on into the park, we spot a group of Elk. They gather only a few meters from us and the bull Elk begin to bugle. Seeing wildlife undeterred by our presence, so comfortable and natural in their habitat, was really special. We stand and watch for half an hour or so in no rush to leave, and undiscouraged by Kyle which highlights the value of this private and flexible tour.

We are given an interesting history of the park and opportunity to stop for great views and photos. When the sun catches the mountains and the fall colors present themselves on the trees you can understand why this area is so popular with professional photographers.

Continuing on we hear that a bear has been spotted over by Jackson Lodge. Expecting to see very little from these notoriously shy individuals, I'm amazed when we turn up and see him still hovering over his meal. With Kyle's telescope we are able to see things clearly down to him scratching behind his ear and a roll in to the bush just for fun.

We continue on and spot Bison, Chipmunks and even wolves. Not guaranteed but on this trip we have been lucky with our finds on day one!

Experiences

  • Jackson Hole - The Best of Winter Wildlife

    Explore the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park in search of the area’s abundant wildlife. This gathering of wintering animals makes winter one of the best times to view wildlife in the Grand Tetons and take a winter sleigh ride.

  • Jackson Hole Rodeo

    Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago. Not to be missed, the spectacle run's through the summer months on a Saturday and Wednesday evening for 8pm - we can arrange tickets in advance.

  • Sunrise or Sunset Grand Teton Wildlife Safari

    We can arrange an expert naturalist guide to help you make the most of your Grand Teton Wildlife Safari. Sunrise and sunset are the best times of day to spot wildlife - from bison, elk, antelope, moose, black and grizzly bears, and even the elusive wolf.

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Location & directions

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, The Rockies, United States of America

In the middle of the Teton mountain range in north west Wyoming, Jackson Hole is remote, but it’s surprisingly easy to access. Travelers from Europe can reach Jackson with only one plane change.

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