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The Wolves of Yellowstone

Day 1: Arrive in Jackson, WY
Day 2: Jackson / Old Faithful
Day 3: Old Faithful / Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner, MT
Day 4: Lamar Valley / Gardiner
Day 5: Lamar Valley / Gardiner
Day 6: Gardiner / Lamar Valley / Bozeman
Day 7: Depart Bozeman, MT
Optional Pre-Tour: Jackson, Wyoming

Day 1: Arrive in Jackson, WY
Welcome to Jackson! This evening, during a welcome reception, get to know your traveling companions and Orbridge Expedition Leader as you discuss and anticipate your upcoming adventure.
Overnight: Rustic Inn at Jackson Hole Creekside Resort & Spa (R)

Day 2: Jackson / Old Faithful
Today, depart for Old Faithful, traveling through the Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone's South Entrance where we change vehicles for a specially equipped snow coach. This afternoon, watch Old Faithful erupt, then enjoy a nature walk to the Castle Geyser and Upper Geyser Basin.
Overnight: Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3: Old Faithful / Mammoth Hot Springs / Gardiner, MT
Head to Mammoth Hot Springs, a unique area of the park where colorful travertine terraces create mesmerizing, intricate landscapes. During a stop at the Lower Geyser Basin, discover the four geothermal features of the park: hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and fumaroles. Next, visit Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and its incredible Upper and Lower Falls, both encased in ice and snow as if frozen in time. This afternoon, a walk through historic Fort Yellowstone or along the boardwalk of the nearby hot springs will introduce us to this section of the park.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 4: Lamar Valley / Gardiner
After breakfast, an early departure brings us to prime wolf habitat, Lamar Valley. Aboard a heated van, venture into a winter wonderland where wolves and other wildlife play, hunt, and survive. Dusted with snow, bison stand majestically within this protected area, and elk gather in the river valleys. Wolves stay in range of the movements of their prey, and with the season's bare trees and frosty backdrops, conditions are better than any other time of year to spot the elusive predators. During this full-day safari, our driver and guide will share a wealth of knowledge, stories, and a trained eye to spot wildlife.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lamar Valley / Gardiner
Another full-day safari in Lamar Valley gives us the opportunity to reach viewing points where wolf sightings have been reported. Learn about the wolves' evolving family tree, the packs currently roaming the park, and the dynamics between individuals and families. Dramatic stories and perspectives about the saga of the wolves' demise and comeback over the last several decades add to this second day of scouting.
Overnight: Yellowstone Gateway Inn (B,L,D)

Day 6: Gardiner / Lamar Valley / Bozeman
This morning we make our final excursion to Lamar Valley. After lunch we say our goodbyes to Yellowstone National Park, passing the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance on our way to Bozeman for a special evening. At the Museum of the Rockies, we finish our adventure with a festive farewell dinner amidst one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils in the world. Learn about the discoveries made in this area from a knowledgeable guide—an exclusive after-hours tour that will set the scene for a fond farewell to the magnificent Yellowstone wildlife, the park, and your traveling companions.
Overnight: Homewood Suites by Hilton Bozeman (B,L,D)

Day 7: Depart Bozeman
After breakfast, depart for the airport. Complimentary transfers are available for flights departing during the suggested times. (B)

R = Reception, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Due to the nature of winter explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters and weather conditions.

*Itinerary subject to change

Activity Level:

Moderate

The majority of the program’s activities will take place outdoors and a fair amount of walking on varying terrain is to be expected. Many of the dirt trails and boardwalks in Yellowstone are not routinely shoveled in the winter. It is our expectation that guests on this program can manage cold temperatures; walk on uneven, frozen, or snow-covered terrain; as well as have the ability to get in and out of all-terrain vehicles and manage stairs without assistance. There are opportunities for differing abilities to enjoy Yellowstone National Park. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, from 5,282 to 8,391 feet.

Maximum elevation: 8,391 feet at the Continental Divide