Hidden Yellowstone Nature Safari, Wyoming
CURATED AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - HIDDEN YELLOWSTONE NATURE SAFARI
This is a ThirdHome tailored private natural history journey (ideal for 2-4 people, with a maximum of 8-10 as a small-group journey). Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 6 nights/7 days on an expertly guided natural history wildlife safari discovery in the quieter seasons of spring and fall of Yellowstone National Park along with experiencing its hidden splendors. This journey will take you through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons to view the natural domain of elk and buffalo herds, moose, coyotes, foxes, bald eagles and of course bears and wolves. From the scenic plains to the majestic peaks, Yellowstone country and its pristine beauty will magically inspire your every sense.
HIDDEN YELLOWSTONE NATURE SAFARI Journey Itinerary in brief:
DAY 1: JACKSON, WYOMING
Old West Jackson city sits at the edge of Grand Teton National Park and still retains its cowboy history and culture. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Later you will meet-up with your Yellowstone Safari Tour Expedition Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.
DAY 2: GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Nothing quite prepares one for the drama of the Grand Tetons, rearing up in a row of pointed peaks from the floor of Jackson Hole. Protected forever in one of America’s most impressive national parks, the Tetons are emblematic of the West’s grandeur. The wildlife of Grand Teton is as magnificent as its mountains, and we may see elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, bison and eagles as we traverse the park today. This afternoon, float the placid Snake River beneath the Tetons’ jagged summits, looking out for moose, beavers, osprey, pelicans or even a black bear near the river’s edge. Overnight at Jackson Lake Lodge, offering spectacular views across Jackson Lake to the Tetons silhouetted against the skyline. Return to your hotel for evening at leisure.
DAY 3: OXBOW BEND/YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK & OLD FAITHFUL
Moose will be the primary objective this morning as you go in search of them within the willowed bottom-lands of Oxbow Bend just east of Jackson Lake. The slow-moving water provides habitat for fish that are food for other wildlife, too, and we may spy river otter, beaver, muskrat, osprey, bald eagles and American white pelicans. Entering Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, established in 1872, you will get a first glimpse of the geothermal features that dot the landscape. In this location you will learn about fire ecology as you drive through recovering areas once ravaged by wildfires. At Old Faithful this afternoon there’s ample time to see the famous geyser erupt and to walk among the fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs nearby. Evening at leisure and overnight.
DAY 4: MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, LAMAR VALLEY & COOKE CITY
Yellowstone is home to some 4,000 bison, the largest land mammals in North America, which hopefully will be encountered today, along with Bighorn Sheep that are often on display near Mount Washburn. Stop to explore Mammoth Hot Springs and its steaming limestone terraces before continuing to the Lamar Valley in the park’s remote northeast corner. This evening you'll take spotting scopes on a sunset safari search for bears and wolves. Though Yellowstone's famous wolves are elusive and rarely seen up close, the Lamar Valley is the best place in North America to look for them. You will have the added advantage of working closely with wolf researchers in the park, who will expertly help in tracking them for viewing. Tonight's overnight accommodations are just beyond the park's northern edge in Cooke City, Montana, at the base of the Beartooth Range. Evening at leisure.
DAY 5: LAMAR VALLEY WILDLIFE SAFARI
Early this morning you will set out with your guide in search of wolves, grizzly bears and large herds of elk and bison in the broad meadows of Yellowstone's Lamar Valley. Wolves were reintroduced to their native ecosystem here amid much controversy in the 1990s. After a 70-year absence following their government-sanctioned eradication, they have flourished, supported by bountiful prey. However, their predatory presence has now helped to right prior imbalances in the ecosystem, and as prey numbers have diminished, so has the frequency and proximity of wolf sightings. The afternoon is free for a visit to the art gallery of Dan Hartman, a local wildlife photographer whose wolf images are highly renowned. Early this evening head back to the Lamar Valley in hopes of spotting wolves and bears before returning to your hotel in Cooke City. Evening is free to relax.
DAY 6: HAYDEN VALLEY / YELLOWSTONE LAKE / JACKSON
This morning you will have one last opportunity for wolf and bear safari tracking in the Lamar Valley. More of the park lies ahead, including Hayden Valley, a favored grazing area for large herds of bison and elk. It is here you may also spot coyotes and bald eagles. This will be followed by a stop at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where Yellowstone Falls pours off a sheer cliff into a thousand-foot-deep gorge, offering the park’s most inspiring vistas. You then will journey along the shores of Yellowstone Lake—the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America—en route back to Jackson, where you'll recount all the past day's adventures and say farewell over dinner at one of the Jackson's fine restaurants. Overnight in Jackson.
DAY 7: DEPART JACKSON
Today, your Yellowstone safari concludes. The day is free to enjoy the town of Jackson and its many recreational activities prior to your departure (we recommend taking a late afternoon flight departure if possible). Sip a beer atop a saddle at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, or ride the scenic chairlift to the summit of Snow King Mountain for a panorama of the Tetons, Elk Refuge and town of Jackson below. When you're ready to depart, complimentary shuttle service is available from the hotel to the airport.
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Jackson Hole WY
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Jackson Hole & Yellowstone National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Mammouth Hot Springs & Valleys
- Concierge Service