Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari
An Expertly Guided Small-Group Exploration in the Quiet Seasons of Spring and Fall
When President Theodore Roosevelt visited Yellowstone in 1903, he proclaimed it “absolutely unique in the world.” Embracing the idea of natural beauty as a national asset, he championed the idea of national parks, building a priceless legacy for generations to follow. In the northwest corner of Wyoming, two treasured parks offer an immersion in scenery and wildlife unparalleled in the Lower 48. This classic small-group safari through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons takes us into the domain of elk and buffalo herds, moose, coyotes, foxes, bald eagles and, of course, bears and wolves. From plains to peaks, Yellowstone Country still works strong magic.
- Safari in a small private group in search of wolves, grizzlies, elk, bison and more, guided by an expert naturalist
- Discover wildlife-viewing spots that casual tourists miss, along with other scenic surprises revealed by our Expedition Leaders
- Float the Snake River through Jackson Hole beneath the dramatic spires of the Grand Tetons, and look for elk on the valley floor
Why Choose Our Guided Small-Group Adventure?
Yellowstone may be America’s best-known and best-loved national park. A classic vacation destination, Yellowstone hosts several million visitors each year —which is precisely the reason you should see Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with us, not with hordes of other travelers who make a cursory drive through on their own, or on a bus tour that stops at a few crowded viewpoints and calls it a visit. There’s so much more to Yellowstone… and no one else can show it to you like we can!
- Considering Going It Alone? Let Us Take the Hassle Out!
When you travel on your own, you spend a lot of time researching, planning, asking questions, competing for reservations, or driving around trying to figure out where to go and what to do. As a result, you lose precious time and miss the hidden gems. We’ve taken the legwork and guesswork out: When you travel to Yellowstone with us, you’ll experience a seamless adventure. Because we’ve already researched and tested everything, and we coordinate reservations far in advance, we are able include so much more than most people visiting on their own can accomplish.
- Considering a Guided Trip? There’s a Big Difference!
In contrast to bus tours, our small groups average just 7 guests per private safari vehicle ! Even companies that claim to run small groups don’t come close: at a maximum of 14 guests plus two NHA Expedition Leaders and a support staff member, our experience is a far more intimate and vastly superior nature adventure. We are able to move more quickly to areas where wildlife has recently been spotted and access roads and areas that motorcoaches and small buses cannot get to.
- Our Custom Itinerary Includes ‘Hidden’ Wildlife Enclaves
We have meticulously designed this itinerary to feature out-of-the-way corners of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks that big tour groups – and most visitors – miss. Our in-depth knowledge of the Yellowstone ecosystem means we can take you to lesser-known areas where wildlife viewing is better and crowds are few. Over the years we’ve developed relationships with a range of interesting locals, and we enjoy providing our guests with experiences they wouldn’t have access to on their own, like visiting a local naturalist and photographer in his home.
- Expert Naturalist Guides Add Immeasurably to Your Experience
Our Expedition Leaders live here year-round and know this region like few others. With an average of 8 years’ guiding experience, our seasoned naturalists have in-depth knowledge of the places we visit, the behavioral patterns of wildlife, and where and when to be in particular places to see animals. We can't emphasize enough how much difference this expertise makes to your overall experience. Each Expedition Leader has a formal biology background and is also a natural history educator. Our guides are the senior personnel in Yellowstone area, called on to train other local guides. They are also in constant communication with local wolf researchers, giving our groups the most up-to-date, inside knowledge of wolf locations and activity. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Personalized Visit with a Local Naturalist Photographer
We have arranged a special opportunity to meet and visit with Dan Hartman, one of the Yellowstone area’s most famous wildlife photographers whose work has been featured in National Geographic. His wolf images are particularly renowned, and he is an important Yellowstone naturalist in his own right.
- Custom Safari Vehicles Enhance Wildlife Viewing
Unlike nearly every other Yellowstone company, we use custom-outfitted safari vehicles built specifically for wildlife viewing with roof hatches and large side windows that slide all the way open. You’ll have a window seat, and plenty of room for gear and spreading out.
- Travel in the Spring and Fall to Avoid Crowds
Most people visit Yellowstone in the summer. It can be tough to avoid the throngs at peak season. That’s why we time this trip for spring and fall. Not only are there far fewer people in the parks, but the early- and late-season landscapes are particularly beautiful – the fresh green of spring with the peaks still blanketed by snow, and autumn’s glorious tapestry of golden aspens and blue skies. You won’t find more stunning backdrops against which to capture magnificent wildlife photos.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Yellowstone Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, stating clearly that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. We think this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can embark upon this adventure knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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