Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife Private Journey

On the Trail of Grey Wolves, Bison, and Grizzly Bears

Overview

Experience the jaw-dropping beauty and teeming wildlife of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with your own private naturalist guide! On our week-long Private Journey, you’ll look for the iconic wolf packs of Yellowstone’s amazing Lamar Valley, often called America’s Serengeti, savor the magnificent spectacle of the Grand Tetons, with their tooth-like peaks and sapphire lakes, and see the scintillating hues of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Each day brings something different, whether you’re discovering geothermal wonders, hiking the inspiring trails, or spotting an amazing variety of wildlife—from herds of bison to elusive wolf packs on the prowl (your naturalist guide is very involved with the local wolf-monitoring community). The grand finale finds you drifting down the meandering Snake River on a private wooden dory for a riverside dinner. Traveling with a knowledgeable private guide is the best way to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife, avoiding crowds, and getting an “insider” opportunity to learn about Yellowstone's ecology, scientific studies, and conservation efforts. Come take a closer look at the natural wonders we have right here in the US, and at journey’s end, extend to the hidden Flat Creek Ranch for days of hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Jackson Hole / Grand Tetons / Yellowstone / Sunrise Wolf Viewing

Arrive in Jackson Hole and the next day, head north on a wildlife-viewing drive through Grand Teton National Park, where your Trip Leader knows the best spots to look for wildlife, enter the South Entrance of Yellowstone to see to some of the park’s geothermal wonders. Get an early morning start for the renowned Lamar Valley of Yellowstone, hoping for a sunrise viewing of the iconic packs of grey wolf. The valley teems with other wildlife, from bison to elk, grizzly bears, black bears, antelope, otters, osprey, bald eagles, and coyotes, and the birdlife is phenomenal. Wildlife viewing excursions fill your days, and you can enjoy a choice of hikes, from an easy stroll to a challenging hike up Mt. Washburn. Special treats are planned for each day, from visiting local personalities to sundowners within the park grounds. Overnights in the “Old West” town of Gardiner, Montana, just outside the North Entrance to Yellowstone.

Spring Creek Ranch
Jackson Hole, USA
Day 1 (1 night), Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Bentwood Inn
Jackson Hole, USA
Day 1 (1 night), Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Huff House Inn and Cabins
Jackson, USA
Day 1 (1 night), Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Wonderland Lodge and Cafe
Gardiner, USA
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Yellowstone Gateway Inn
Gardiner, USA
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Days 5-7
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone / Sunrise on the Tetons / Snake River

Start the journey south towards Jackson this morning with more opportunities for wildlife viewing and a visit to the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, a thousand feet deep with multi-colored walls and a thundering waterfall. A walk to the waterfall overlook reveals Yellowstone’s complex geologic history in dramatic shapes and colors. Rise early to watch a splendid sunrise over Grand Teton National Park and choose between a hike in Bridger Teton National Forest, with its breathtaking views of the jagged Teton peaks, or a visit the renowned National Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the National Elk Refuge. This famous museum features wildlife art by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, and John James Audubon. The final evening, embark on a float trip aboard a “dory” (a traditional wooden boat) and drift down the Snake River, keeping an eye out for bald eagles and moose before arriving at the private Tipi Camp for a celebratory Farewell Dinner in a pristine riverside setting. Depart from Jackson on Day 7 or join our Flat Creek Ranch Extension.

Spring Creek Ranch
Jackson Hole, USA
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Hotel Jackson
Jackson Hole, USA
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Bentwood Inn
Jackson Hole, USA
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Huff House Inn and Cabins
Jackson, USA
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Track the iconic grey wolves of Yellowstone’s incredible Lamar Valley, the “American Serengeti”
Learn about Yellowstone's natural history with your professional biologist Trip Leader
Search for bison, elk, moose, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, black and grizzly bear
Witness the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, watch sunrise over the Grand Tetons
Drift down the pristine Snake River by wooden dory, looking for bald eagles
Extend to a remote dude ranch for hiking, horseback riding, and fly fishing

Details

Length: 7 days
Cost From: $6795  
Arrive: Jackson, Wyoming
Depart: Jackson, Wyoming
Lodging: 6 nights hotel and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Wildlife viewing, easy to moderate nature walks, optional hikes