Yellowstone Wolf Tracker






















Wolf 138 by Bob LandisWolf-watching

Guide Services






Yellowstone Wolf Tracker arranges custom single and multiple-day wildlife watching excursions, year-round with national park service approved providers, The Wild Side, LLC.  Our guides are very experienced wildlife biologists who have been tracking and observing wolves since reintroduction in 1995. They combine natural and cultural history, scientific investigation, conservation advocacy, film documentary, and extensive on-the-ground experience.

The best seasons for wolf viewing are winter, spring, and fall, which are also quiet times in the park; however, we offer the service throughout the year.  Outings originate near the north entrance of the park where we typically meet groups in the early morning at Gardiner, Montana; or a nearby location upon arrangement.

Wolf 356   by Kim Kaiser

Your best opportunity to view and learn about wolves in their natural habitat lies in hiring a guide and spending a day tracking and observing these elusive wild animals.  Along the way guests are also likely to see large herds of elk and bison, as well as, grizzly bears, eagles, moose, pronghorn antelope, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, and others.  Possible, too, are sightings of river otters, badgers, pine martens, owls, and other more rare wildlife.  Most importantly about the guiding services is that you will learn about the ecology, history, and current issues of Yellowstone from local biologist guides with experience in wildlife study with wolves and other species in Yellowstone!


Number of
Price $
1 630
2 660
3 680
4 700
5 720
6 820
7 840
8 860
9 880
10 900*
*Plus $10/per person beyond 10 people

We do not match up separate groups to share a guided day.  Our service matches your group with our guide exclusively. 

Price includes about 6 hours with an experienced interpretive guide in our transportation, a comfortable and roomy touring vehicle, park entrance fees, breakfast with hot drinks, water, top-of-the-line spotting scopes, and expert interpretation and guiding services.  

Inquire about step-on guiding for 10+ people in which we ride along with your group in transportation you provide.

The Wild Side, LLC, is authorized under a CUA (commercial use authorization) by the National Park Service in Yellowstone for tours and transportation.


For more information or to book a date with us, please contact:


phone/text:  (406) 223 6634

P. O. Box 769 Gardiner, Montana 59030

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Description:  Our meeting time and place will be prearranged with the preferred meeting place being Gardiner, Montana, at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  Best search times are at sunrise due to activity patterns of wildlife during the early hours.  "Early morning" varies from 5 AM in the summer to 7 AM in the winter.  The outing will last 6-8 hours depending upon sightings, interest, weather, etc.  You will explore much of the northern portion of the park and many different wildlife areas.  The primary focus will be on finding and observing wolves, bears, or other wildlife at guests' request.  Much of the search will be road-based, but depending upon guest interests, we can include short nature walks in spectacular locations.  Guides use only the top-of-the-line spotting scopes (Swarovski 80mm HD, Nikon 82mm ED).  Wolves, being shy of humans, are often viewed from a distance.  Photographs of wolves are rarely won, though photographers have been pleased with the variety of scenic and wildlife images captured during our outings.


GuidesThe Wild Side, LLC, uses guides with extensive experience in natural and cultural history in Yellowstone Park.  Our guides have worked with the National Park Service, the Yellowstone Association Institute, and other organizations prior to their work with The Wild Side, LLC.  While we can not guarantee your outing with any one of our guides, but we will try to fulfill any requests.


Michael Leach, grew up in mountains of Idaho and Montana where his love for the region was fostered at an early age. He received his B.A. from the University of Montana with an Environmental Studies Degree. He moved to his beloved Yellowstone Park where he began his work as a ranger naturalist. Michael had the honor of being one of the park's two bear education rangers where he shared his knowledge of bears and passion for Yellowstone with park visitors.

Michael with his daughter KamiahAfter seven years rangering, Michael founded Yellowstone Country Guardians (YCG), a grassroots nonprofit organization based in Gardiner, Montana. He currently serves as the organization's Director, working on the ground to inspire local communities to nurture the wildness and spirit of Yellowstone Country through education and outreach programs at the community level. Michael also works as a freelance nature writer with a diverse portfolio of essays, Op-Edís and natural history pieces that have appeared in regional publications, and a keynote speaker presenting on an array of topics ranging from grizzlies in Yellowstone, to motivating youth to action.

Linda Thurston & Nathan Varley   Photo by Jim Clark

Nathan Varley, M.S., Ph.D., and Linda Thurston, M.S., are the owners of The Wild Side, LLC, and each have 20+ years of experience working in Yellowstone.  Their work includes scientific research and conservation efforts on behalf of wolves, bison, elk, otters, bears, and mountain goats.  In addition to guiding, both currently maintain ecological research at major universities, field courses for colleges and prominent conservation organizations, and on-the-ground efforts that address today's most pressing wolf conservation issues.