Wildlife Group Tour

Winter Wolves in Yellowstone

Photograpgh and observe wolves in their natural habitat

9 days

from £5,295pp
  • Track wolves during wintertime through the spectacular Yellowstone National Park
  • Join a local wolf researcher for insights into wolf pack behaviour
  • Scenic flight offering scope of wolves' habitat & elk, bison and moose migration patterns
  • Learn from local wildlife photographers, take photos against the frozen winter landscapes

Track North America's most intriguing predator against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone National Park's winter landscape. This small group tour of Yellowstone spends five full days in the Lamar Valley, the best wolf spotting area in the park and quite possibly the world.

Travel in small groups with the best local scientists and wolf researchers for personal attention and expert knowledge. Gain an insight into the wolf packs' behaviour and understand a little of the Yellowstone ecosystem itself, through a series of informal evening discussions. Throughout the trip guides are in constant contact with local wolf researchers to find the best current wolf locations. 

See Yellowstone at its most dramatic, with the heavy snow making tracking easier, have the chance for close encounters with the park's elusive wolves. Track and observe the packs on foot and in specially adapted 4x4s as they hunt across the frozen creeks and meadows.

The frozen beauty of the park, wildlife and remote location mean exceptional photo opportunities abound, whilst other fascinating creatures, such as bison, coyotes and golden eagles, are also likely to be spotted.


Please note this tour books gets booked up early, it is advisable to book 12 months in advance.

For travel during spring and autumn see our Yellowstone Wildlife Safari 

Departing on:
  • 4th March 2018
  • 12th March 2018
  • 20th March 2018

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

STARTFINISHPrice Excluding Flights £Flight cost fromSingle SupplementTour LecturerStatus 
4th Mar 2018 12th Mar 2018 £ 5,295 £ 950 £ 750 Limited
12th Mar 2018 20th Mar 2018 £ 5,295 £ 950 £ 750 Limited
20th Mar 2018 28th Mar 2018 £ 5,295 £ 950 £ 750 Limited

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Denver

Fly Denver to Bozeman

Arrive Bozeman
At around 18:00 you will meet your Photo Expedition Leader at the welcome dinner. An initial orientation introduces you to the geography of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Your boots & parka will be provided at this point.

A historic frontier city, Bozeman began life as a stopping point on the Bozeman trail, which linked the Oregon Trail with the mining town of Virginia City. As a reminder of the city's 'wild west' past, large numbers of heritage buildings dot the peaceful streets.

Nowadays, the city's mining and trapping heyday has passed, but its role as an entry point into the ever-popular Yellowstone National Park has led to a thriving tourist industry. Outdoor activities abound in Bozeman, with skiing, hiking and wildlife trekking all available in the surrounding area.

You will be staying at Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Paradise Valley & Northern Range
After breakfast, drive to Yellowstone National Park's north entrance. Scouting first for bison, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep, but it is hoped to spy your first wolves near here as well. Break for lunch at the historic park settlement at Mammoth Hot Springs. Afterward, you'll have time to explore the geothermal features of the Mammoth area and learn about the establishment of Fort Yellowstone. Later drive east across the Yellowstone's Northern Range, discovering the prime wolf habitat that you will explore intimately over the next several days. This evening you are joined for dinner and a slideshow presentation by outdoor photographer Jason Savage, one of Yellowstone's most acclaimed image makers. Savage's work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Audubon, The New York Times and many other outlets.

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant, was the first national park in the world and home to the majority of the world's geysers. The diversity found in these 3,500 square miles is amazing and ranges in both geology and wildlife. The park is made up of many lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Amongst these is Yellowstone Lake; one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and Old Faithful the most famous geothermal feature in the world. It is also home to 1,700 species of trees and plants and hundreds of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. During a visit to this park, it is possible to see grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and many other animals in their natural setting.

You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board

Day 3

Wolf Watching in the Lamar Valley
Following an early breakfast, head into the secluded Lamar Valley on an intensive search for wolves, accompanied by Jason Savage. After last night's inspiring introduction, you can look forward to sharing a full day with Jason in this remote northeast corner of the park, which is prime wolf habitat. Along with the expedition leader, Jason will help you to get compelling shots of Yellowstone's iconic wildlife-and hopefully the wolves. His own work spans the gamut of Yellowstone's diverse subjects, from landscapes to a multitude of wild species. He will be there to share tips and techniques for outstanding nature and wildlife photos.

You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board

Day 4

Snowshoe to Wolf Den & Wolf Tracking
Rising early once again, return to the Lamar Valley's isolated reaches to search for wolves. Winter is the best time to look for them, as they are readily visible against the snowy white backdrop, though we will again need to employ patience in our efforts to find and photograph them. Later, snowshoe to the site of an abandoned wolf den to become more intimately acquainted with the lives of these elusive predators. The expedition leader, who has spent years monitoring and observing the wolves of Yellowstone, enhances your experience with his in-depth knowledge of wolf behaviour and the various individual wolves known to park researchers. Head back into Cooke City for lunch and a visit to the Dan Hartman Gallery, where there will be a slide presentation by Hartman, a local naturalist and accomplished photographer whose wolf images are widely acclaimed. He'll share plenty of wildlife photography tips, as well as insightful observations about wolf behaviour gleaned from his years among them. By mid-afternoon return to the Lamar Valley for more wolf tracking, retreating to the lodge once dusk falls.

You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board

Day 5

Lamar Valley Wolf Watching
In the gentle rays of dawn you will be back in the Lamar Valley to look for wolves. The expedition leader is in touch with park researchers to attempt to locate the packs. Though wolves are elusive creatures, you do sometimes see a whole pack at once, or a few individuals hunting together-always a special thrill. This afternoon holds a rare opportunity: an optional snowshoe hike to see the Rose Creek acclimation pen, the last remaining enclosure used to transition and acclimatize gray wolves to their new home range when they were reintroduced to the Yellowstone ecosystem in 1995. Acclimation pens were used to allow the wolves to become accustomed to the sights, smells and surroundings of their new habitat before being reintroduced to the wild. The very first pups were actually conceived in this location. The Rose Creek site-centre of the world's most successful reintroduction of a large carnivore species-sits above the Lamar Valley and will require a gentle two-mile round trip snowshoe hike to visit.

In the late afternoon, return to the hotel. This evening you are joined by Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Landis, a legendary filmmaker in the Yellowstone region. Landis' intimate footage of wolves has appeared on PBS Nature and the National Geographic Channel, and his personal presentation to our small group will be a most-inspiring addition to your photography adventure.

You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board

Day 6

Lamar Valley Wolf Watching
The glacially formed Lamar Valley, a wide expanse of grassland and streams in Yellowstone's Northern Range, is North America's best wolf-watching habitat. Wolves are drawn to this region because of the resident elk and bison herds, and by hunting in packs over snowy terrain, they are capable of bringing down large prey. Although wolves are highly wary of human presence and can be very difficult to spot, your expedition leader works tirelessly to find them, remaining in constant communication with local wolf researchers to track and monitor wolf activity. Be sure to bring your longest lens: you generally observe them at a distance, but the guides carry high-powered spotting scopes that offer an excellent vantage point on the wolves' captivating behaviour.

You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board

Day 7

Scenic Flyover & Blacktail Plateau
This morning you will have an exclusive opportunity to survey the wolves' range from the air on a 2-hour scenic flightseeing excursion. The custom-designed flight in a chartered fixed-wing Kodak 100 plane is a special privilege, as commercial scenic flights are not allowed over the park without a permit. With just six travellers plus leader, everyone gets a window seat on this 9-passenger plane. Take off from the Gardiner, Montana airstrip and retrace wildlife migration routes around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Aerial views of Yellowstone may include the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and the famous geyser basin surrounding the Old Faithful area. If weather permits, you may even have a scenic fly-by of the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole.

This afternoon explore the Blacktail Plateau, situated between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley, by vehicle and on foot. This relatively open habitat is among Yellowstone's best winter range, frequently occupied by large herds of bison and elk due to the minimal snow and often-windblown slopes. The Blacktail Plateau is often the site of the very first grizzly bear emergence post- hibernation in Yellowstone. Mid-March may provide you this unique opportunity to witness the first signs of spring in the world's first national park. The visit to the plateau also affords the chance to photograph two different waterfalls, Undine Falls and Wraith Falls.

By late afternoon depart the park and head north once again into the Paradise Valley. The Yellowstone River flows through this aptly named landscape, renowned for world-class trout fishing. The valley is also an important winter range for wildlife, and you will have excellent opportunities to spot bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk. Overnight at historic Chico Hot Springs Lodge, established in 1900 to serve visitors seeking the curative properties of the natural mineral springs. Enjoy a soak this evening in the steaming open-air pools in the shadow of the Absaroka Range.

You will be staying at Chico Hot Springs Resort, Full board

Day 8

Depart Bozeman
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a group transfer to Bozeman.

Fly Bozeman to Denver

Fly Denver to London

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  • 4th March 2018
  • 12th March 2018
  • 20th March 2018

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