Join us on an extraordinary winter adventure: a seven-day wildlife expedition to Yellowstone—North America’s best wolf-watching habitat.
Dressed magnificently with frost and snow, and with visitors few and far between, experience an ecosystem when its beauty is more untouched by the outside world than any other time of the year. Hushed and magical landscapes are the setting for steaming geysers, trees covered in ice crystals, and the movements of bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife—followed closely by the park’s wolves.
Safari aboard custom vehicles with expert naturalists as we explore and learn about the animals, environment, hydrothermal activity, and history of the park. Enjoy a private sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge and meet an award-winning wildlife photographer for a presentation during a visit to his gallery. Each evening, overnight in atmospheric hotels and a park lodge.
Don’t miss this unique experience in the Serengeti of North America.
View full trip details and reserve online here: https://orbridge.com/grp_departures/overview/partner_university_of_texas_texas_exes_the_wolves_wildlife_of_yellowstone_2022
Day 1: Arrive in Jackson, WY
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Welcome to Jackson! This evening during a welcome dinner, get to know fellow travel companions and your Orbridge Expedition Leaders as you discuss and anticipate the upcoming adventure.
Overnight: The Lexington at Jackson Hole (D)
Day 2: Jackson / Grand Teton National Park / National Elk Refuge / Jackson
Sunday, January 23, 2022
After breakfast, depart for a safari surveying Grand Teton National Park. Board a specially equipped vehicle, featuring roof hatches for enhanced viewing, to scout for various wildlife roaming the park.
Later, visit the National Elk Refuge—home to an estimated 7,000 elk—for a special horse-drawn sleigh ride. Celebrate this century-long tradition by getting close to the elk and learning about their habitat and means of survival while surrounded by the gorgeous Grand Tetons.
This evening is at leisure to explore Jackson’s town square—only a short walk from the hotel—and take advantage of the abundant and diverse dining options.
Overnight: The Lexington at Jackson Hole (B,L)
Day 3: Jackson / Old Faithful
Monday, January 24, 2022
Depart Jackson for Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy lunch en route, transferring to safari snow coaches at Flagg Ranch before continuing the journey north to Old Faithful.
Watch Old Faithful erupt, then enjoy a nature walk to the Castle Geyser and explore the Upper Geyser Basin.
Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Old Faithful / Mammoth Hot Springs / Lamar Valley / Gardiner, MT
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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 hydrothermal features of the park: hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. This afternoon, peruse the Albright Visitor Center, once a former army building built in 1909.
After lunch, set out for Lamar Valley—a prime wolf habitat. Climb aboard a heated, custom-outfitted van and 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 their prey. 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, your Expedition Leaders will share a wealth of knowledge, stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.
Tonight before dinner, rejoin the group for a lovely reception featuring wine and cheese.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,R,D)
Day 5: Gardiner / Lamar Valley, WY / Cooke City, MT / Gardiner
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Before first light, begin another full-day adventure in the Northern Range—with opportunities to reach viewing points from where wolves have been sighted. 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.
Afterward, stop at the studio of an award-winning photographer and listen to his stories of amazing wildlife encounters. Admire the myriad of wildlife photography displayed in the gallery, and take an opportunity to snowshoe around the property that borders the national forest.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)
Day 6: Gardiner / Lamar Valley, WY / Mammoth Hot Springs / Bozeman, MT
Thursday, January 27, 2022
This morning, make a final excursion in the Northern Range. After lunch, say goodbye to Yellowstone National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance through Paradise Valley on the way to Bozeman for a special evening.
This grand adventure concludes with a festive farewell dinner to recount the week’s highlights and memorable experiences and bid a fond good-bye to the magnificent Yellowstone wildlife, the park, and your traveling companions.
Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)
Day 7: Depart Bozeman
Friday, January 28, 2022
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception
The itinerary for this wintertime program is a guideline that may change to maximize wildlife spotting, natural encounters, and weather conditions.
(Itinerary subject to change.)