Yellowstone Wolf Watching Group Programs
Join Yellowstone Wolf Tracker for a special in-depth experience that is sure to inspire a lifetime of memories. For over a decade, we have offered full immersion wolf watching programs: our premier, all-inclusive, 6-day vacation packages. Our flagship offerings are purposefully scheduled outside of the busy tourist season, leaving the park in solitude, for the wildlife, which equates to enhanced opportunities for wolf sightings. Group size is capped at about a dozen people, which we have found to be an ideal number for giving individual attention within a fun group dynamic.
- Autumn trips feature wolf packs following the vast herds of elk and bison to the valley bottoms. Frosty mornings often give way to warm, sunny days revealing the glory of this spectacular season. Search for wolves feeding on a fresh kill, hear the iconic bugle of a bull elk in the hills, all while spotting migrating eagles, hawks, and swans overhead.
- Freshly fallen snow and frigid temperatures greet the adventurous who brave Yellowstone’s winter for some of the best chances of witnessing amazing wolf behavior, including the dance of predator and prey, or pack members in the throes of dramatic courtship in the annual breeding season. Is hearing wolves howling on your bucket list? Visit in winter, when the call of the wild routinely reverberates in the valleys of Yellowstone.
- A rebirth happens in spring when wildlife sightings soar with the arrival of migrating animals and the waking of sleepy hibernators. Birds, bears, and rusty red bison calves appear on the greening landscape at a time when female wolves dig their dens in preparation for raising the year’s pups.
Additional Group Program Information
Our programs feature multiple days and copious field time for observation. Conditions allowing, we get away from the road and into the wild for a hike or snowshoe excursion during the program. We hire acclaimed chef Zac Kellerman to cater gourmet dinners. Zac continually wins the praise of our guests for his culinary creations. We will happily try to accommodate special diets.
Several guest presenters join us in the field, or at our comfortable indoor gathering spots. Past presenters have included a local wolf biologist on the park’s cutting-edge research team, an award-winning wildlife documentarian, and an inspiring activist in Yellowstone bison advocacy.
Accommodations vary by program. Wolf Watch programs are based at the charming north entrance town of Gardiner, Montana. Rooms are in a comfortable hotel with balconies over the Yellowstone River, a private bath, TV, and Wifi. Wolf Retreat programs are based at the Buffalo Ranch in Lamar Valley, a rustic but unique setting with private, heated cabins near a shared bathhouse. The historic Buffalo Ranch facility is offered in partnership with Yellowstone Forever. Time in the field and the probability for seeing wolves is roughly equal among all seasons and times.
Packages include naturalist guiding for a 6-day, 5-night excursion with all lodging and transportation (to/from Bozeman, Montana (BZN), park fees, high-quality optics, and gourmet meals (as noted in the individual trip itinerary). A deposit of $500 per person reserves a space. The balance is due 30 days prior for Watches, 60 days prior for Retreats. A full refund minus $45 processing fee will be given for all cancellations more than 45 days before the trip. For cancellations less than 45 days prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. We also accept personal or cashier's checks made to Yellowstone Wolf Tracker and mailed to PO BOX 769, Gardiner MT 59030. Yellowstone Wolf Tracker is authorized by the National Park Service to be a tour provider in Yellowstone National Park (CUA 13-133).
|Trip name||Dates||Spaces left|
|Autumn Wolf Watch I||Sept. 24-29, 2018||5|
|Autumn Wolf Watch II||Oct. 23-28, 2018||5|
|Autumn Wolf Retreat||Nov. 14-19, 2018||11|
|Autumn Wolf Watch III||Nov. 25-30, 2018||9|
|Winter Wolf Retreat I||Jan. 13-18, 2019||9|
|Winter Wolf Watch I||Jan. 20-25, 2019||10|
|Winter Wolf Retreat II||Feb. 15-20, 2019||9|
|Winter Wolf Watch II||March 3-8, 2019||10|
|Winter Wolf Watch III||March 24-29, 2019||10|
|Spring Wolf Watch I||April 14-19, 2019||10|
|Spring Wolf Watch II||April 28 - May 3, 2019||10|