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Yellowstone Wildlife Tours

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At a glance...

Duration: 6-8 hours, year-round

Starting Location: Our Yellowstone group tours depart from Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs. We can meet you at Tower Junction or Canyon Village (Canyon only from Memorial Day to mid-Oct.) for an additional fee. See below.

Best for: Ages 5+, up to 6 in your private group. Inquire about step-ons and educational group options.

The details...

  • We depart before dawn for the best chances to view Yellowstone's bears and wolves, along with moose, bison, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, and many other species both large and small. 

  • This is primarily a road-based tour, suitable for all abilities, and can scale it to be age appropriate. 

  • Typically, Walking Shadow Ecology Tours will be in the northern part of Yellowstone, including Lamar Valley.

  • We'll show you how and where to look for the continent's most sought-after wildlife, in a place that boasts all of the species that roamed North America in pre-colonial times. 

  • Observe and learn about behavior, habitat, predator-prey relationships and more, all while sighting the most Yellowstone wildlife we can find on our journey.

  • Learn how to read the landscape by the signs our wildlife leave behind. 

  • We'll discuss geology, human history, and more for a textured view of the world's first national park. Our guides love questions!

  • You will find an appreciation not just for the diversity and abundance of Yellowstone wildlife, but for history, management, and what the future holds. We excel at creating context for the importance of the most intact ecosystem in the temperate world. 

  • Our Yellowstone Wildlife Tours are the most popular with good reason. We are intimately acquainted with Yellowstone's wildlife and landscape. And we love to have fun sharing it!

Yellowstone Wildlife Tour 

Meet in Gardiner, MT or
Mammoth Hot Springs, WY: 
1 person 
2 people $700 
3 people $750 

4 people $800
5 people $850
6 people $900
*Add-on $100 to meet at Canyon Village (only after Memorial Day).



  • Expert interpretation from your personal, private guide

  • Door-to-door transportation from Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs

  • Continental breakfast and hearty snacks 

  • Hot and cold beverages 

  • Quality spotting scopes 

  • Binoculars for everyone

  • A water carafe from which to refill your personal water bottle

  • We always carry a first aid kit and bear spray

What to bring:

  • National Park Service entrance fee or pass

  • Reusable water bottles (we always have extras for you, but love to reduce single-use plastic.)

  • A heartier lunch if you prefer more than the continental breakfasts and snacks we offer. We will provide a cooler.

  • Clothing layers. It is not uncommon to see a 50° temperature change over the course of a day here in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Hats: warmth for early mornings, spring or fall; a sun hat for mid-day

  • Sturdy footwear

  • Camera

  • Anything else to make you comfortable and safe (i.e. sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, personal medications, inhaler)

  • Guide gratuity

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