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Yellowstone Wolf Quest



6 days from $3395

Yellowstone in winter is a magical place: quiet and pristine, swathed in snow, yet alive with the natural drama played out by the wild animals who live among its vast meadows, forests and frozen creeks. This rare expedition places you near the most captivating of those creatures: the magnificent gray wolf. Several wolf packs reside in the fabled Lamar Valley on the park’s northern fringe. Spend three full days in the heart of their territory, tracking and observing them as they hunt, listening as they howl, moved by an unparalleled encounter with the spirit of the wild.

Grey Wolf in Yellowstone



  1. Experience a total immersion in the world of the wolf as you spend three full days seeking encounters with these captivating creatures
  2. Meet a wolf researcher and local photographer-naturalists and visit an abandoned den as you learn about wolves in detail
  3. Encounter a multitude of winter wildlife in the park’s remote northern realm, where elk, bison and others abound
  4. Services of professional Expedition Leaders and local guides
  5. Use of warm parkas and boots during the trip


Day 1 – Bozeman, Montana
Arrive in Bozeman and meet your Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner this evening. An initial orientation introduces us to the geography of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. (D)

Day 2 – Northern Range, Yellowstone National Park

After breakfast, we make our way to Yellowstone National Park’s northern entrance where we’ll commence our wolf-watching expedition. Scout first for bison, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep, but you’ll likely to spot wolves in this area as well, as they range across the park’s entire northern reach. Break for lunch at the historic park settlement at Mammoth Hot Springs, with time afterward to explore the geothermal features and learn about the establishment of Fort Yellowstone. Later this afternoon, we’ll drive east across the Northern Range of Yellowstone, discovering the prime wolf habitat to be explored over the next two days. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Lamar Valley Wolf Safari

This morning head into the secluded Lamar Valley to look for wolves. This glacial valley is North America’s best wolf-watching habitat. Several packs reside here among the elk and bison herds, and you may see lone wolves, or a whole pack, in search of prey. Though wolves are generally observed at a distance, as they are highly wary of human presence, you’ll be deeply moved as you watch their captivating behavior in a wholly natural realm. Head back to Cooke City for lunch and a slide presentation with Dan and Cindy Hartman, local naturalists and photographers. Mid-afternoon, return to the Lamar Valley for more wolf-watching and an optional snowshoe hike to see the last remaining acclimation pen used in 1995 to transition and acclimatize wolves to their new home ranges when they were reintroduced to the park. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Lamar Valley Wolf Safari

Rising early once again, return to the Lamar Valley’s isolated reaches to search for wolves. Against the winter-white backdrop they are readily visible, though you again need to employ patience in your efforts to observe them. Later, snowshoe to the site of an abandoned wolf den to become more intimately acquainted with the lives of these elusive predators. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Lamar Valley / Paradise Valley

Spend a final morning enjoying the wildlife and winter landscape of Lamar Valley before traveling into Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone River flows through this aptly named landscape, renowned for world-class trout fishing. The valley is also an important winter range for wildlife, and there will be excellent opportunities to spot bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk. This afternoon check in to your accommodations at historic Chico Hot Springs Resort. The main lodge was built in 1900 to serve visitors seeking the curative properties of the hot springs. The afternoon is free to soak in the open-air mineral pools or take a hike or snowshoe outing in the Absaroka Range with your Expedition Leader. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Bozeman / Home
Your vacation concludes after breakfast, with a group transfer to Bozeman to connect with flights home. (B)


Northern Yellowstone & Bozeman

Our varied selection of accommodations keeps us cozy and content during a remarkable adventure. The Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman is a full-service hotel with a slate of fine amenities. Chico Hot Springs Resort, tucked within the foothills of the Absaroka Range in the heart of the Paradise Valley, is a historic lodge featuring two hot springs pools, a day spa and renowned dining room. In Cooke City on Yellowstone’s northeast edge, we stay at the Alpine Inn, a simple but comfortable motel that provides a convenient base in proximity to the remote Lamar Valley, the heart of our wolf-watching safari.




Departure Date Twin Single Triple
3/1/14 $3395 $3845  
3/7/14 $3395 $3845  
3/13/14 $3395 $3845  


Additional Information


Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Deposit of $500 per person required.

*2014 prices may change slightly.

Group Size Limit: Approximately 14 Travelers. A very important feature of this adventure vacation is the limited group size as nature expeditions are best experienced with smaller groups of travelers.