Track the iconic wolf packs of Yellowstone, hike in the majestic landscapes of the Grand Tetons, drift down the Snake River by private dory, and witness the geological wonder of Yellowstone. As we explore with our expert biologist Trip Leader, each day brings something different, whether we're hiking, discovering fumaroles and mud pots, or spotting an amazing variety of wildlife—from herds of bison to elusive wolf packs on the prowl (our Trip Leader is involved with the local wolf-monitoring community). We offer this journey in September, when Yellowstone edges into its autumn glory and the bugling call of the bull elk echoes across the valleys.
Arrive: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Depart: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
We'll get early morning starts to take advantage of wildlife activity and the soft dawn light in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, home to the valley's iconic packs of grey wolf. Their reintroduction into Yellowstone in 1995 is considered one of America's greatest conservation success stories. This famous valley teems with other wildlife as well, from buffalo to elk, grizzly bear, black bear, pronghorn, otters, and bald eagles, and the birdlife is phenomenal. We've timed our adventure for September when the bull elks are making their famous mating season bugling calls and bears return to lower elevations to fatten up by gorging on berries before hibernation. The fall hues of orange and gold make this month absolutely spectacular for photography.
We head to the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, a thousand feet deep with multicolored walls and thundering waterfalls, and hike in the wilds of Bridger Teton National Forest, with its breathtaking views of the jagged Tetons. For our Farewell Dinner, we board a private wooden dory to drift down a calm stretch of the Snake River, keeping an eye out for bald eagles. Depart via Jackson on Day 7.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 131 days prior to departure: No charge!
91-130 days prior to departure: $600 per person
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
Located just a couple of blocks from the main square in Jackson, this cozy B&B captures rustic charm with modern furnishings and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. At the end of an exhilarating day, you can relax in the secluded garden patio, with its hot tub and gas firepits.
Days 3-4 (2 nights)
Located in downtown Gardiner and close to the park's North Entrance, 406 Lodge is a simple and comfortable lodge with large bedrooms, a small sitting area, and a kitchenette for those who prefer their morning coffee in bed. The staff is friendly and accommodating....
Jackson Hole, USA
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
Bentwood Inn, one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, has a secluded location five miles from the town of Jackson. Each of the five rooms has a private fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, and private balcony with extensive views across Grand Teton National Park, and every stay includes...
This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Wildlife viewing takes place during drives and on nature walks on mountain roads. The hikes cover a variety of terrain and are usually on well-marked trails. There is no extensive hiking on the trip, but you should be in good physical shape to enjoy it to the fullest. Jackson, Wyoming, is at an altitude of 6,200 feet and Gardiner, Montana, is at 5,200 feet. The hikes and drives within the national park are at altitudes upwards of 8,800 feet, and can be higher on some hikes. If we drive on the Beartooth Highway, the altitude reaches 11,000 feet.
"This was our 1st Wilderness Travel experience and it was great!! Everything was handled for us efficiently, the food was fabulous, and the accommodations were great."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.