Even though most of the park is currently closed, Yellowstone Tour Guides is still offering several winter tours to allow you to explore Yellowstone during the winter season!
Our Winter Wildlife Safari runs from Big Sky and Bozeman to Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley, and is a great opportunity for you to see some incredible sights (and wildlife) at a time of year when the park is nowhere near as busy as it is from spring through fall.
Here’s an overview of everything you should know about this wintertime opportunity!
A winter wildlife adventure
Sure, you can see Old Faithful in the wintertime, but once you’ve checked that off the list, there’s still so much of the park left to explore. Our Winter Wildlife Safari goes via Bozeman and Livingston to the famed Northern Range of Yellowstone, which is home to about 70 percent of the wildlife that spends winters here in the park.
On this trip you’ll see far larger numbers of animals than you might during other wintertime visits, and a broader range of species. Some of the most commonly spotted animals on this tour include elk, bison, bighorn sheep, mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn, coyotes and eagles. Wolves are also a fairly common sight, and if you go late enough in the season, you might see some of the first grizzly and black bears poking their heads out after hibernation.
This trip also brings guests to the gorgeous Mammoth Hot Springs, which are an amazing sight at any time of the year, but especially in the winter. The boardwalk is practically empty during the winter months, so you don’t need to worry about the crowds you’d encounter at other times of the year.
The trip will also feature visits to the Roosevelt Arch, Undine Falls and the Albright Visitors Center and Museum.
Most excursions will allow you to see thousands of animals, in and out of the park. Our departure times will vary from day to day to make sure we get to the right place at the right time for you to see as wide a variety of animal life as possible.
This specific section of Yellowstone we visit is open year-round, is plowed and well maintained and is off limits to the snowmobiles and snowcoaches that descend upon the rest of Yellowstone during the winter months. Because the northern range is lower in elevation, it gets less snow, making it an ideal place for animals to find food during the wintertime.
Rates for private tours are $750 for one or two people, and $850 for three to six people, and there are larger group rates also available in the later part of the season. These rates do not include park entrance fees, meals or tips for the guide. Tours are running now through the third Thursday in April.Want to know more about our Winter Wildlife Safari and other Yellowstone tours? Contact Yellowstone Tour Guides today to learn more about what we have to offer and book your trip.