The Wolves & Wildlife of Yellowstone
Explore the remarkable great American wilderness inside Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks during a sublimely special time of year—amidst winter's crisp air, bare trees, frosted earth, and brilliant thermal features. Here, unique and iconic wildlife roam throughout, including bison, gray wolves, coyotes, bald eagles, foxes, and robust herds of elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, and pronghorn. Scan snow-covered landscapes to notice a wide variety of animal tracks. While some species such as grizzly bears hibernate, others trudge, scurry, and slide through the snow to survive in winter. The elements of nature are in full sway, and fascinating inhabitants—such as close-knit packs of wolves—are hunting, mating, and thriving throughout the greater Yellowstone region that comprises one of the largest nearly intact ecosystems in the world. Safari through snow-kissed valleys and iconic mountain ranges for a true wonderland of natural beauty and inspiration.
- Immerse yourself in the unspoiled natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and dramatic tales of this unique ecosystem during this exclusive wintertime program.
- Experience Yellowstone in its winter incarnation: a world with frozen geyser rain, ghost trees with a frosty glaze, surprising winter wildflowers, and dynamic hydrothermal features set in snow and ice.
- Scout for wildlife from the comfort of a custom-outfitted, heated vehicle, featuring oversized windows and a rooftop viewing hatch. Yellowstone is considered one of the best wolf-watching habitats in the country.
- Joined by two expert Orbridge Expedition Leaders and professional naturalist guides, learn informed perspectives and first-person accounts of the wolves’ setbacks, survival, and victories.
- Set out on a snowshoe adventure plus meet an award-winning wildlife photographer for a presentation during a visit to his gallery.
- Keep binoculars close at hand: this is the Serengeti of North America, home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states. Resident bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose, and other wildlife live among seven large predators, one of the most elusive being the gray wolf.
- Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. Created in 1912, this sanctuary is home to one of the largest elk herds in North America.
- What's included: 6 nights accommodations; 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners (including special welcome and farewell dinners), and a wine and cheese reception; a fully-guided program with 2 Orbridge Expedition Leaders and professional naturalists, plus expert local guides; all unique excursions and activities listed in the 7-day itinerary, including transportation; in-field lectures and presentations, including an overview of the wolf packs, a naturalist's summary of the science and research on the biological impact of the repopulation of the wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and a discussion of the political history of the wolves' reintroduction; use of in-field gear, including high quality binoculars and spotting scopes, Yaktrax, snowshoes, and adjustable hiking poles; hot beverages, water, and snacks throughout touring; admission and park fees throughout; luggage porterage; gratuities to Orbridge Expedition Leaders, local guides, hotel housekeeping staff, drivers, porters, and wait staff for included meals; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.