Grand Teton and Yellowstone Tour
Explore the brilliant surroundings of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks during this seven day fun-filled Yellowstone Wildlife tour. This tour takes place in the midst of vibrant colors of the fall season. The tour may vary in terms of its route and itineraries depending on your group’s interests, wildlife sightings and road conditions. Additionally, we always aim to tailor our tours to your personal interests and expectations, which are supported by our experienced guides.
7-Day Yellowstone Wildlife Tour Overview
With the help of an experienced naturalist guide, spend a week in the fall enjoying nature’s finest setting for an all-inclusive wildlife expedition. As summer transforms into winter, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to observe moving wildlife as preparations begin for the long winter months ahead. You may spot some mammals migrating to lower grounds, others partaking in the hyperphagia process (bulking up food before winter), and some moving south before the snow arrives.
7-Day Yellowstone Wildlife Tour Itinerary Details
Day One: Jackson Hole
The Jackson Hole Airport is the only commercial airport in the United States located entirely inside a national park. You will begin your tour with spectacular views on arrival and will head to Jackson in time for check-in at your chosen hotel. We will then meet at Gallery Wild in the evening for a social gathering, introduction to your tour guide and overview of the week’s exciting schedule. Dinner is on your own giving you an opportunity to explore the town of Jackson.
Day Two: Grand Teton National Park
Start the morning bright and early seeking out the wildlife found in Grand Teton National Park. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the southern end of Grand Teton National Park, including popular attractions such as Mormon Row and Antelope Flats. Mormon Row originates from the late 1890’s where leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) sent families out of Salt Lake City to formulate new communities to support growth in numbers. Mormon homesteaders settled in the east of Blacktail Butte because it has wind shelter and access to water in the Gros Ventre River. They would often cluster farms to share labor, which was not typical of western homestead traditions. Irrigation allowed for fertile soils and thriving farms despite harsh living conditions. In 1997, Mormon Row Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a “Historic District”.
Around midday we will have a break for lunch to refresh the group at the Palate restaurant in the National Museum of Wildlife Art before exploring the museum. The National Museum of Wildlife Art was founded in 1840 under the belief that Jackson Hole would be the best setting due to its thriving wildlife, mountains and tourist attractions. The original museum opened as the Wildlife of the American West Art Museum in 1987 on Jackson’s Town Square. By 1992, the museum had outgrown the town’s square space and was moved to its current location overlooking the Elk Range. The Museum’s permanent collection holds over 5,000 cataloged items including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by over 100 distinguished artists from early American Tribes to contemporary masters.
In the early afternoon, we will travel back to the Grand Teton National Park in search of wildlife once again. The prime time to spot wildlife in the park is early morning and later afternoon/evening. We will have dinner in the park so we can spend most of our day in the field. Overnight accommodations will be back at your local hotel.
Day Three: Yellowstone National Park
We will stop for lunch in the Grand Teton National Park before entering the Yellowstone National Park at the south entrance to then head north. We will have the chance to visit some popular attractions including the Snake River Overlook, Oxbow Bend, Jackson Lake, West Thumb, Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Overnight accommodations will be at the cozy Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
The Snake River Overlook was made famous by landscape photographer Ansel Adams with his 1942 photograph, “The Tetons – Snake River”. In 1941, the National Park Service commissioned Ansel Adams to create a piece of work to later be displayed at the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. Adams took photographs of several parks, including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. The project was paused during World War II and was never resumed, however Adams captured 226 iconic images over this time which included the famous Snake River image. The images are now held at the National Archives in Washington DC.
Oxbow Bend in the Snake River offers the perfect view of the river with Mount Moran in the background. Mount Moran has a few distinct features, including a squared-off peak, skillet glacier and a basalt intrusion visible on the face. This scene attracts photographers, particularly in the fall with autumn colors reflecting on the river and wildlife peeking from their habitats. The mountain was named after Thomas Moran, an oil painting and watercolor artist whose work was essential to the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. One of Moran’s most famous pieces, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone now hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the Gallery of Thomas Moran Paintings.
Days 4 & 5: Yellowstone National Park
Two full days will be spent in Yellowstone National Park visiting Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley in search of bears, wolves and other charming wildlife species residing here. Overnight accommodations for the two nights will be at the Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
Descriptions of the impressive river in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was first mentioned in Native American Cook’s journal while on the Cook-Folsom-Peterson Expedition. Cook described the in-depth beauty of the canyon that still remains today. Gustavus C Doane’s portrayal of the canyon was based on more scientific details; “exploring the sparkling cliffs of gypsum encrusted with lime and sulphur with colored mineral deposits from thousands of hot springs.”
Lamar Valley is famously known as the Serengeti of North America. Well-renowned photographers and wildlife enthusiasts flock to the Lamar Valley to view and photograph the abundant and diverse species habituating here. Wolves were once hunted to extinction within Yellowstone National Park boundaries through 1926, which caused the elk population to boom. Wolves were later reintroduced to the park in 1995 and have risen in numbers since sparking the natural process of a growing healthy ecosystem.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a fantastic attraction to visit on any Yellowstone tour. The travertine terraces are formed from very hot thermal water rising through limestone, dissolving it and depositing the calcium carbonate at the surface. Deposits form on a terrace structure in Mammoth Hot Springs. These structures are formed very quickly and have the potential to change the landscape dramatically in a short period of time.
The Hayden Valley is also a great location to visit. It occupies approximately 50 square miles (129.50 square kilometers) in the center of Yellowstone National Park. The valley grounds are an ancient lake bed which was once covered by water from the Yellowstone Lake. The fine layers of sediment create a marshy environment with lush grasses and few trees. The valley is named after a member of the first federally funded geological surveyor, Ferdinand V. Hayden, sent to the Yellowstone region in 1871 under the request of President Ulysses S. Grant.
Day Six: Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park
We will begin by heading south through Yellowstone National Park in the direction of Jackson, visiting popular attractions along the way including Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring. We will be searching for wildlife throughout as we enter Grand Teton National Park. Our last night will be back at the local hotel where we will be able to enjoy a delicious dinner and have the evening free to explore the town of Jackson, or even enjoy wonderful live music and dancing at the Silver Dollar Bar.
Day Seven: Jackson Hole
You will be ending your tour, and departing Jackson Hole. If your flight provides you with a free morning in Jackson Hole, you may wish to enjoy a crisp fall morning at your favorite restaurant or coffee shop in town.
Final Note: Yellowstone Wildlife Tours typically fill early in season. We recommend getting you reservation in early.
7-Day Yellowstone Wildlife Tour Includes
We hold group sizes to 6 members per vehicle to ensure a high-quality experience. Additionally, with this all-inclusive trip, we cover everything! The trip includes complimentary hotel pickup and return, a personal experience with a professional guide, meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners and scrumptious snacks throughout the trip), a keepsake water bottle and lodging for a 6-nights stay. The costs of guide gratuity, national park entrance fees and activity fees will also be covered. We have superior spotting scopes and binocular equipment ready for your use when searching and watching wildlife.
Hotel Pick-up Times
The arranged meeting location for this expedition is at Gallery Wild in Jackson, WY. Please arrange flights and check into your hotel with plenty of time to arrive at this mandatory overview meeting location by 5:30 P.M. you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your guide, get an overview of the upcoming week and ask any questions about your expedition.
7-Day Yellowstone Tour Pricing
The open tour is priced at $5,300, which is based on double occupancy; a single supplement is $975. There is also a minimum age restriction of 8 years old. Alternatively, a private safari plan can be arranged upon request; please contact us with interest!
Due to the complexity of planning and arranging of our multi-day expeditions, the cancellation policy is 90 days on all domestic and international expeditions. Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund; those made within the 90 days of arranged departure will not be refunded. We recommend travel insurance before departing to protect yourself from incurring costs associated within unforeseen circumstances that unfortunately may prevent you from joining us.