Yellowstone Wolf Quest & Photo Adventure
The Best Possible Opportunity to Watch Wolves and Photograph Winter Wildlife in its Natural Habitat!
You won't find a better chance to observe wolves in the wild than on this rare immersion in their native realm. Our custom-designed wolf and wildlife photography intensive spends five full days in the best spot on the planet for viewing wolves – and, if we're lucky, capturing images of wolf packs living freely in their natural environment: the famed Lamar Valley of Yellowstone's Northern Range. Though wolves are elusive and typically seen at a distance, the wide-open expanses of the Lamar offer the best prospects for sighting them. Through the relationships we've cultivated with local scientists, wolf researchers and renowned wildlife photographers, we are able to offer this exclusive photo safari for a few privileged guests keen for an intimate encounter with Canis lupus. If you're looking for an epic Yellowstone wildlife photography adventure, this is it!
- Five full days of tracking wolves in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone's Northern Range—you won't find a more in-depth opportunity!
- A 2-hour fixed-wing scenic flight offers rare perspective on the scope of the wolves’ habitat, plus elk, bison and moose migration patterns
- Meet local wildlife photographers and naturalist experts who share their in-depth knowledge with the group through exclusive private engagements
No One Else Offers This In-Depth Immersion in the Wolf's World!
- More Chances to See & Photograph Wolves
If you're truly passionate about wolves, this custom-designed trip offers five days of wolf watching in Yellowstone's Northern Range. No one else offers this in-depth opportunity to track, sight and, if luck prevails, photograph this icon of the American wilderness, in the best place on Earth to see them. Of course, we never know exactly where the wolves will be. Even though the Lamar Valley is the preeminent spot in the world for viewing gray wolves in the wild—and we've never missed seeing them to date—wolves are at the center of controversy and their increasing elusiveness may make it a challenge to find them. But we embrace that challenge with enthusiasm, and that is the allure of nature when taken on her own terms, rather than turning to game farms for photos of wolves.
- A Small Group for a Personalized Experience
Our group of approximately 12 guests is further divided into two smaller groups in two vehicles, each with an Expedition Leader, for the quietest experience of nature with less impact. Traveling with fewer people also allows us to move quickly to areas where wolves have most recently been spotted and to observe them without disturbing them. Plus, you're guaranteed more personal attention from our Expedition Leader, who is always at your side to offer photography tips and techniques and answer all your questions.
- Your Guides are Professional Naturalists, Photographers and Educators
You won't find more impressive guides for your wolf and wildlife photo adventure. Our Expedition Leaders are naturalists and accomplished photographers, with in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone's wolves and their habitat. Our guides are in constant communication with local wolf researchers, allowing our small group to have the most up-to-date, insider knowledge of wolf locations and activities. Our Yellowstone Photo Expedition Leaders have been guiding in this region for an average of eight years, and they receive additional training and resources from WWF’s top scientists. We can proudly state that they are the guides called upon to train and teach other local guides. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Meet & Shoot with Renowned Local Wildlife Photographers
Drawing on our years of experience in the area, we've arranged personal time with three of the country's premier wolf and wildlife photographers and videographers. We spend a full day in the field with Jason Savage, who is at your side to share tips on how to capture the best shots of these often-elusive animals, including how to use your telephoto lens to its best advantage. Jason will also share a slideshow presentation with us. We'll visit the gallery of famed local naturalist/photographer Dan Hartman, who joins us for an outing in the Lamar Valley where we’ll have our best chance to see wolves in their natural environment. And we'll be joined for lunch by Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis, a legendary filmmaker in the Yellowstone region.
- Custom-Outfitted Vehicles Built for Wildlife Viewing
Though generally speaking, we will stand outside the vehicle and use spotting scopes when we are actively searching for wolves, we cannot overstate the importance of our customized safari vehicles for further enhancing your wildlife-viewing and photography opportunities. Unlike other companies that rely on standard small buses for commercial group travel, we use safari-style vehicles designed especially for wildlife observation, with roof hatches and large side windows that slide all the way open to enhance your perspective and access for photos. With just six travelers per vehicle (12 total), our vehicles are never filled to capacity, so you’ll have plenty of elbow room and space for equipment, plus a guaranteed window seat.
- Exclusive Two-Hour Scenic Flyover of Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy a very rare opportunity to see wildlife migration routes and gain perspective on the scope and diversity of this protected wolf/wildlife habitat. Our custom-designed flight in a chartered fixed-wing Kodak 100 plane is a special privilege, as commercial scenic flights are rarely permitted over the park. With just six travelers plus our Expedition Leader, everyone gets a window seat on this 9-passenger plane.
- Special Wolf-Focused Excursions Not Offered on Most Itineraries
Snowshoe outings are offered to further enhance your appreciation of the wolves' habitat and history in the northern Yellowstone region. We'll visit an abandoned wolf den, as well as the last remaining wolf acclimation pen—the site at which wolves were first reintroduced and habituated to the park environs in 1995. (All excursions are optional and weather-dependent.)
- High-Quality Optics to Enhance Wolf Watching
As with all our wolf-watching trips, we provide the highest quality optical equipment to enhance your wolf-watching experience, with spotting scopes and binoculars available for all travelers.
- Cold-Weather Boots & Parkas Provided
Don't worry about packing heavy outdoor gear and paying extra for checked-baggage fees: we provide sturdy and warm boots plus heavy parkas for each guest. Yellowstone is famously cold in the winter, but you'll be comfortable in our top-quality gear.
- Shoulder-Season Travel for Better Wolf Encounters
Traveling in spring means fewer visitors—which likely means that wolves may be less shy—plus there’s a chance we could see the season’s first bears just emerging from hibernation. Wildlife will far exceed tourists in March, and you'll savor a sense of genuine wilderness across Yellowstone's iconic landscapes.
- Wrap Up Your Adventure at a Historic Hot Springs Resort
Take the edge off winter's chill with a final overnight at Chico Hot Springs Lodge, one of the Yellowstone region's most venerable and historic accommodations. The dining room is acclaimed for miles around, and the steaming mineral springs pool will be just what you need after a week in the chilly environs of wolf country.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Wolf Photo Tour
When you travel with Natural Habitat Adventures, you get our exclusive guarantee that states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100 percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that wildlife and their habitats are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
- Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner — a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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