Yellowstone Wolf Quest
Track Yellowstone’s Most Intriguing Predator Against a Stunning Winter Backdrop
Yellowstone in winter is a magical place: silent and pristine, swathed in snow, yet alive with the natural drama played out by the wild animals who live among its vast meadows, forests and frozen creeks. This rare expedition takes us in search of the most captivating of those creatures: Canis lupus, the magnificent gray wolf. Several work packs reside in northern Yellowstone, and we spend three full days learning to track them in the heart of their territory. We anticipate observing them from a distance, hoping to spy a pack on the move and hear their haunting howls—an unparalleled encounter with the spirit of the wild!
- Experience a total immersion in the world of wolves as we spend three full days seeking encounters with them
- Gain insight into wolf behavior alongside our expert naturalists, meet a renowned local wolf photographer, and snowshoe in to an abandoned wolf den
- Encounter a multitude of winter wildlife in the park’s remote northern realm, where elk and bison abound against a frosty white backdrop
A Genuine Immersion in the Heart of Wolf Territory
The Lamar Valley in the northeast sector of Yellowstone National Park is the best place in North America to observe wolves in the wild. Our Yellowstone Wolf Quest spends three full days searching for wolves in the valley, still the heart of this elusive predator’s range. Our naturalist guides have more training and experience than any other guides in the region, plus personal connections with local wolf biologists for added insight—you won’t find better company to travel with in search of wolves!
- Maximize Your Time in the Wolves’ World
Our in-depth itinerary is designed to focus on looking for wolves in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. But our quest takes you even more deeply into the wolf’s world. You’ll snowshoe in to the site of an abandoned wolf den to become more intimately acquainted with the lives and habits of these captivating animals, and you’ll visit the last remaining acclimation pen used to smooth the transition for the first wolves reintroduced to their new home in Yellowstone in 1995.
- Smaller Groups for More Intimate Nature Encounters
We travel with approximately 14 guests guided by two Expedition Leaders (one guide for every seven guests). This allows us to split up into two smaller groups in two vehicles, for quiet, low-key nature exploration and wolf viewing. Small groups also allow us to move more quickly to areas where wolves have most recently been spotted and to quietly observe without disturbing them.
- No One Knows Yellowstone Like Our Guides Do!
Our professional naturalists have been guiding in this region for an average of eight years each, and all are experts on the wolves of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. But not only do they guide here, they live here year-round, with intimate knowledge of the behavioral patterns of wildlife and the areas you’ll visit, including out-of-the-way spots not on the typical tourist circuit. Your guide will be in constant communication with local wolf researchers, allowing your small group to have the most up-to-date, insider knowledge of wolf locations and activities. Our guides also receive additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Custom-Outfitted Vehicles Are Built for Wildlife Viewing
Our custom vehicles have roof hatches and large side windows that slide all the way open for the best viewing experiences possible, though generally speaking, we will stand outside the vehicle and use spotting scopes when we are actively searching for wolves. Our vehicles are never filled to capacity, so you’ll have plenty of elbow room and a guaranteed window seat.
- Enjoy a Personal Visit with Local Naturalists and Photographers
Drawing on our years of experience and personal connections in the area, we've arranged a special visit with Dan and Cindy Hartman, renowned Yellowstone naturalists and photographers who reside in Silver Gate, Montana, just outside the park—they will join us for lunch and a slide presentation at their gallery in Cooke City. Dan is one of the country's premier wolf photographers and will have tips and advice to offer photography aficionados in our group.
- Accommodations in Close Proximity to Nature & Wildlife
We choose our accommodations for their locations and local ambience. The Alpine Inn in Cooke City on Yellowstone’s northeast edge is a simple but comfortable motel that’s the closest accommodation to the remote Lamar Valley, the heart of our wolf-watching safari. In Montana’s Paradise Valley just north of the park, we spend a night at Chico Hot Springs Resort, originally built in 1900 to serve visitors seeking the curative properties of the waters. There’s time to soak in the open-air mineral pools or take a hike or snowshoe outing in the Absaroka Range with our Expedition Leader.
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Superior Service & Value
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly 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.
- 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 around the world is under 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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