• $3,995
  • $850
  • Orbridge
  • Moderate
  • Land Only

Amidst crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, the wildlife viewing in winter is better than any other time of year. The elements of nature are in full sway and its wild inhabitants—close-knit packs of wolves—are hunting, mating, searching for warmth, and surviving..

 


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Tentative Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Welcome to Jackson! This evening, during a welcome reception, get to know your traveling companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader as you discuss and anticipate your upcoming adventure.
Overnight: Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (R)

Day 2

Jackson/Old Faithful

Today, depart for Old Faithful, traveling through the Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone’s South Entrance where we change vehicles for a specially equipped snow coach. This afternoon, watch Old Faithful erupt, then enjoy a nature walk to the Castle Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin.
Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 3

Old Faithful/Mammoth Hot Springs/Gardiner, MT

Head to Mammoth Hot Springs, a unique area of the park where colorful travertine terraces create mesmerizing, intricate landscapes. During a stop at the Lower Geyser Basin, discover the four geothermal features of the park: hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. Next, visit Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and its incredible Upper and Lower Falls, both encased in ice and snow as if frozen in time. This afternoon, a walk through historic Fort Yellowstone or along the boardwalk of the nearby hot springs will introduce us to this section of the park.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 4

Lamar Valley/Gardiner

After breakfast, an early departure brings us to prime wolf habitat, Lamar Valley. Aboard a heated van, venture into a winter wonderland where wolves and other wildlife play, hunt, and survive. Dusted with snow, bison stand majestically within this protected area, and elk gather in the river valleys. Wolves stay in range of the movements of their prey, and with the season’s bare trees and frosty backdrops, conditions are better than any other time of year to spot the elusive predators. During this full-day safari, our driver and guide will share a wealth of knowledge, stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 5

Lamar Valley/Gardiner

Another full-day safari in Lamar Valley gives us the opportunity to reach viewing points where wolf sightings have been reported. Learn about the wolves’ evolving family tree, the packs currently roaming the park, and the dynamics between individuals and families. Dramatic stories and perspectives about the saga of the wolves’ demise and comeback over the last several decades add to this second day of scouting.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 6

Gardiner/ Bozeman

This morning we make our final excursion to Lamar Valley. After lunch we say our goodbyes to Yellowstone National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance on our way to Bozeman for a special evening. At the Museum of the Rockies, we finish our adventure with a festive farewell dinner amidst one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. Learn about the discoveries made in this area from a knowledgeable guide—an exclusive after-hours tour that will set the scene for a fond farewell to the magnificent Yellowstone wildlife, the park, and your traveling companions.
Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)

Day 7

Depart Bozeman

After breakfast, depart for the airport. Complimentary transfers are available for flights departing during the suggested times. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Due to the nature of winter explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters and weather conditions.


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