Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

About this trip

In a land built on fire, earthquakes, and other extreme geological forces, the sheer beauty of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is simply unmatched. Their prolific wildlife and geothermal activity are the ideal setting for capturing iconic images and learning about our national treasures. Learn about the unique geological and ecological history that continues to shape this region, how it came into existence, and about the plants and animals that call this wilderness home. Explore Lamar Valley, “the Serengeti of North America,” as you search for wildlife only seen in this region. Our expert biologist and wildlife guide takes you away from crowded boardwalks to more remote places in search of elusive species of birds and predators like wolves and bears. Gain insight on conservation during talks at local organizations such as Teton Science School and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

Highlights

  • Take in majestic views of Grand Teton National Park on a float trip down the scenic Snake River and gain local knowledge from expert river guides.
  • See herds of bison and elk and look for longhorn sheep, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, badgers, deer, wolves, and coyotes in Lamar Valley, America’s Serengeti.
  • Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, an educational wildlife park dedicated to conservation of the area’s wild animals.
  • Witness the mudpots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles of Yellowstone's Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots, and iconic Old Faithful.
  • Hike trails and search for wildlife around Teton's Jenny Lake and the forests around West Yellowstone.
  • Learn how the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge provides critical habitat for migrating birds including the American White Pelican, Snowy Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Cinnamon Teal, and Tundra Swan.

2022 Reserved Dates: Sept 4-11 and Sept 11-18. Call to reserve your space. 

11 Travelers

$3,395

Land Cost

Group size

Book 10 travelers and 1 group
leader travels for free

Salt Lake City

Day 1

Arrive at the airport and meet your guide.

Dinner included
Overnight at Springhill Suites or similar

Jackson, WY

Day 2

After an early morning departure, learn about the unique geology and history of northern Utah, southeastern Idaho, and western Wyoming on the way to Jackson, WY. Walk along the Gros Ventre slide area, a large geological scar formed in 1925 by a historic landslide in which 50 million cubic yards of rock and soil broke from nearby Sheep Mountain. Explore the town of Jackson, a relic of the Old West with storefronts restored from the 1800s. Dinner tonight will be at one of the fantastic local restaurants in Jackson.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at 49er Inn & Suites or similar

Jackson, WY

Day 3

This morning, float down the scenic Snake River with majestic views of Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife-watching and photography opportunities abound as our expert river guides explain the history of the area. After lunch, learn about field-based science research on a visit to Teton Science School. Then hike the trails around Jenny Lake. Look for wildlife like grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, foxes, and birds such as Dark-eyed Junco, Clark's Nutcracker, Canada Jay, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, as you take in awe-inspiring views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Return to Jackson for a relaxing evening in town.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at 49er Inn & Suites or similar

Cooke City, MT

Day 4

Drive north through Grand Teton to Yellowstone National Park and explore the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. These natural wonders depict the complex geologic history of the area with dramatic colors and formations. We travel over Dunraven Pass and make our way to the Lamar Valley for evening wildlife viewing. Lamar Valley is often referred to as America's Serengeti for its bountiful populations of large mammals. Continue along the scenic Beartooth Highway to the small town of Cooke City, where we'll spend the night.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Grizzly Lodge or similar

West Yellowstone, MT

Day 5

Return to the Lamar Valley this morning for the chance to observe more wildlife. Look for herds of bison, pronghorn, grizzly bears, Bald Eagles, Osprey, badgers, deer, wolves, and coyotes. Travel west to Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest and most dynamic thermal area in Yellowstone. Continue to Madison River Valley and the town of West Yellowstone. Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, an educational wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of the area's wild animals. Dinner at local restaurant.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Kelly Inn or similar

West Yellowstone, MT

Day 6

This morning, explore the trails, forests, and waterways surrounding West Yellowstone in search of elk, bison, antelope, bear, and other animals. Next, witness the mudpots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles of the Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots, and Old Faithful-perhaps the most iconic of Yellowstone's features. After lunch, choose among visits to Grand Prismatic Spring, Firehole Geyser Basin, Black Sand Basin, and other areas. Embark on an afternoon hike for more wildlife watching within the park. This evening is on your own in West Yellowstone.

Breakfast-Lunch- included
Overnight at Kelly Inn or similar

Salt Lake City

Day 7

This morning, travel west into Idaho's Island Park area, home to one of the world's largest calderas, stretching approximately 50 by 40 miles across. Continue to Big Springs, the headwaters for the Snake River, and Mesa Falls. A mile apart, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are the only significant waterfalls on the Snake River to elude human control. Continue south through the potato fields of Idaho. Visit the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge along the shores of Great Salt Lake. Learn how the refuge provides critical habitat for migrating birds from both the Pacific and Central Flyway of North America and their priority species like the American White Pelican, Snowy Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Cinnamon Teal, and Tundra Swan. We return to Salt Lake City and gather for a final farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Springhill Suites or similar

Depart

Day 8

Transfer to the Salt Lake City International Airport on own by hotel shuttle for your departure flight home.

Breakfast- included