YELLOWSTONE WINTER WILDLIFE

7 days departing BOZEMAN from

Style: Wildlife
Destination: USA West
Tour Code: WWA

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Trip Overview

The first national park in America, Yellowstone is quite simply incredible and winter reveals a side most travellers don't see. Explore with a wildlife tracking guide, take a skiing lesson and snow shoe in search of wildlife. Exploring the park under a blanket of snow is the ultimate winter wonderland adventure. On this tour you'll have the ability to stay within the borders of the national park at a time when animals are scavenging for food, with fewer tourists to scare them away, this is set to be an action-packed and truly memorable tour.

Included Highlights
  • Guided wildlife and wolf tracking guide in the Lamar Valley
  • Cross Country snowshoeing in search of wildlife
  • Cross country skiing with included lesson and equipment
  • Three nights in the stunning Old Faithful Snow Lodge
  • Two nights in the Chico Hot Springs Resort
  • See magnificent Old Faithful erupt
  • Travel by snow-coach
  • Wilderness of Yellowstone without the crowds
Guaranteed departures

All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Tour Facts and Features
Accommodation: 5 lodge and 1 hotel night included. For your own room request please see our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle and snow coach
Meals: All meals paid for locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader and local guides including wildlife and wolf tracker
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi access available in some lodges

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.


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Optional Activities (paid locally)

Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.

  • Snowshoeing - Yellowstone (winter only) US$13-$22


Day 1: Arrival day in Bozeman

Bozeman is the gem of 'Big Sky Country'! Winter brings powder to the peaks at Bridger Bowl Ski Area and nearby Big Sky Ski Resort which means there is even more adventure to be had than usual. The gateway to Yellowstone also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking the local trails. The historic Main Street district offers visitors trendy boutiques, bustling cafes and eclectic mix of restaurants. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 hrs tonight to meet your fellow travellers and tour leader.
Accommodation: Bozeman hotel I Meals: Paid locally

Day 2: Bozeman to Mammoth Hot Springs

Explore Mammoth Hot Springs, an area packed with geothermal activity. It's here you'll have your first opportunity to see Yellowstone covered under a blanket of snow, a truly magical experience. Explore the unique Mammoth Hot Springs on an easily accessible boardwalk and enjoy photographing this extremely unique sight with steam rising all around you. The perfect place to warm up after a day of exploring is with a nice drink back at your lodge in front of the fire, bliss! You'll then spend the night at the gorgeous Chico Hot Springs Resort (or similar), for the quintessential Montana experience.
Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 3: Lamar Valley

Often referred to as 'America's Serengeti', this is one of the best places to spot wildlife in Yellowstone, so you can rest assured that Lamar Valley will do nothing but amaze. Home to an incredible array of wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and Bighorn Sheep, you won't even have time to put your camera down. To reach Lamar Valley you must travel down Lamar Road and even on this stretch of road you're likely to encounter all kinds of wildlife and 'Bison Jams' are a regular occurrence. For the first time in more than 70 years wolves have recently been reintroduced to the park and their return to Yellowstone has had a surprising and positive effect. Now the wolves are back the park has seen a decrease in elk, which in turn has stopped the over grazing of the parks grasslands. Today you'll be accompanied by a professional wildlife tracker who has dedicated their lives to working with the parks wildlife (including wolves), so you'll be safe in the knowledge that these guides really know what they are doing. As with most wildlife we can never guarantee sightings, but you can rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes to trying to spot wolves. Later on in the day you'll have the opportunity to jump back in your snowshoes or simply relax next to a log fi re with a warm drink.
Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort (or similar) | Meals: Paid locally

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, the oldest and grandest of the national parks in the USA and home to the lower 48's highest concentration of wildlife. It's the magnificent mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and spectacular geothermal activity that draws people here from all over the world. The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful Snow Lodge is closed to public vehicles so the only way in is by snow-coach or snow-mobile. Included today is a private snow-coach guided tour of Yellowstone National Park on the way to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The benefit of having a private snow-coach is we can stop at various points of interest and when wildlife are spotted along the way. You will typically arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. The lodge is situated close to Old Faithful and your tour leader will take you to watch Old Faithful erupt from the belly of the earth.
Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Meals: Paid locally

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

For the next few days you'll really be able to get to the heart of Yellowstone National Park in the midst of winter. Just because the trails and roads are now covered with snow doesn't mean you'll miss out on experiencing some of the incredible trails that make Yellowstone the popular national park that it is today. An included cross country skiing lesson (equipment provided) will stand you in good stead for navigating your way through this winter wonderland, either as a group or in your free time. After a two hour lesson and once you feel comfortable on your skis, you have the equipment for the entire afternoon and can head off on a trail of your choice.
Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Meals: Paid locally

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park

Today you'll have more time to wander the geothermal pools which make Yellowstone such a unique place, as well as being the reason it was first designated the world's first national park. Don your snow shoes and head out into the wilderness on a three hour guided tour to learn about the area surrounding your lodge, as well as searching for more amazing wildlife. You'll have the snow shoes for the duration of the day so you might like to make the most of what is right outside your front door and take a walk along the boardwalk at the Upper Geyser Basin, or enjoy some time with a warm drink around the lodge.
Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge | Meals: Paid locally

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman

Sadly though your exploration of Yellowstone in winter must come to an end. However, there is time for another guided snow coach tour of Yellowstone with the chance to spot more wildlife and enjoy snowy wilderness views. Upon arrival to Mammoth Hot Springs you pick up your vehicle and make your way back to Bozeman where this tour finishes.
Meals: Paid locally

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

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  • A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
  • Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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  • Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)

Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. Single rooms are very limited so this option is on a request basis only. Please call us to enquire about this.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.


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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer tailor-made private departures for any of our published tours enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Tailored itineraries and departure dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions).

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman

BOZEMAN - HILTON GARDEN INN

Located close to Bozeman Yellowstone Int'l Airport, this hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a full-service restaurant.

  • Full room: From  per room per night
      Based on single, twin or double room.


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We recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. You MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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