Elk bugling is at its peak during the fall as large bull elk round up and guard their harems. Bears are stocking up on food for their long winter naps, and wolves are hunting in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys due to the large concentrations of elk. Participants travel to the best sites for viewing elk, bears and wolves and enjoy the magnificent autumn colors of Yellowstone. In addition, the two-day trip may include stops at Old Faithful, the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Make reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Day 1: Your biologist picks you up between 6-6:30 a.m. in the lobby at the Wort Hotel. Participants should arrive with packed personal items for a one or two nights stay. Please see equipment list for details of what you will need. We journey north through dramatic Grand Teton National Park into Yellowstone National Park searching for elk, bison, deer and pronghorn antelope. We stop along the way for breakfast at Signal Mountain on picturesque Jackson Lake and lunch at Old Faithful. After seeing the famous geyser erupt, we continue north to Mammoth Hot Springs. We then travel to the scenic Lamar Valley in search of bears and wolves, enjoying a light field dinner en route. The valleys where bears hunt for elk calves are the same areas where wolves den, centralizing predator activity. We spend the twilight hours continuing our search: a successful expedition depends almost entirely upon searching key areas during these evening hours. After dark, we drive to our accommodations in Cooke City, Montana. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 2: We will have breakfast and return to the Lamar Valley, called America’s Serengeti, in hopes of witnessing the morning hunt. Mid-day will provide an opportunity to explore the predators’ habitat on foot and a chance to rest up for another evening of viewing in the Lamar Valley. After dark, we will return to Cooke City for the night. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 3: After swinging through Lamar Valley for one last look, we will leave this area mid-morning to enjoy a hearty lunch at an area restaurant. Afterwards, we will tour Hayden Valley, favored habitat for grizzly bears. Our return trip may include stops at the colorful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, crowned by a waterfall more than twice the height of Niagara Falls. We will return to Jackson, arriving in the early evening. Breakfast and Lunch included.
*Please note that the information in this itinerary is prepared well in advance of the departure date. In order to provide you with the best possible wildlife experience, the itinerary must remain flexible and, therefore, is subject to change. If a change does occur, we will attempt to provide similar services and facilities.