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Wildlife Locations

3 recommended locations:

Grand Teton National Park

The Teton Range dominate the park’s skyline, rising to over 4,000 metres. Plains are dusted with wild flowers and streams cascade down rocky canyons to crystalline lakes. Home to the National Elk Refuge, the park offers stunning mountain scenery and a range of wildlife that includes bison, coyote and black bear.

  • Where: Wyoming
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, elk, grey wolf, lynx, moose
  • Excellent for: Bear watching

Lamar Valley

The Lamar Valley is located in the remote northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, and is one of the best places to view wolves, as several packs live here. These isolated rolling grasslands become a blanket of long grass meadows during the summer months, but are virtually inaccessible during winter.

  • Where: Wyoming
  • Ideal for viewing: elk, grey wolf, Canada goose, bighorn sheep, bald eagle
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Wolf watching

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is dominated by its forest covered mountains and, because of its location on the North American plate, also experiences volcanic activity in the form of geysers, of which Old Faithful is the most famous. This relatively unique geography has attracted over 60 different animal species.

  • Where: Wyoming
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, elk, grey wolf, puma
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Bear watching, Wolf watching

View trips to these locations

Wildlife trips

The United States of America is home to an overwhelming variety of landscapes, and huge wilderness areas in which to witness wonderful wildlife spectacles. The national parks have some of the most dramatic scenery for viewing abundant wildlife such as grizzly bear, black bear, elk and grey wolf.

2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Yellowstone Ultimate Wolf & Wildlife Safari

Enjoy an unforgettable winter safari that tracks and observes wolves and other wildlife in the white and silent splendours of some of North America's greatest national parks. Lamar Valley is undoubtedly one of the best places in the USA to see the elusive wolf in its natural habitat.

  • When to go: Jan-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,645 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wild West Winter Wonderland

Amidst stunning winter scenery, with hot springs and geysers, enjoy thrilling encounters with elk, big horn sheep and possibly wolves. Led by prize-winning photographer Nick Garbutt, this small group trip will reward you with images of frost-covered bison herds, coyotes and superb frozen waterfalls.

  • When to go: Jan-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

Visit from May to September, for long days and welcoming weather. Late May and June are warm with bright, sunny skies; summer and fall tend to be wetter. November to March bring cold temperatures, heavy snow and beautiful winter scenery to the national parks.


  • Winter

    Nov to Mar: A full-on experience - extremely cold with stunning winter scenery
  • Spring

    Apr to May: Also known as ‘break-up’, this is a short and sweet season when things happen fast
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: The season of plenty, with burgeoning wildlife
  • Fall

    Sep to Oct: The transition to winter happens quickly

Wildlife events

  • Dec to Feb: Winter wolves in Yellowstone

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