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Yellowstone Winter Wolves Wildlife Safari Women’s Adventure

Montana / Wyoming

  6 Days

  January 19, 2025

  January 24, 2025

Female Icon  Women Only

  Easy Physical Activity

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Follow the call of the wild and have a “howling” good time with our pack as we explore a winter wonderland in search of Grey Wolves and other iconic wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Our Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure ​ will prowl the Northern Yellowstone Range in search of Grey Wolves. Participants will see, photograph, and learn about wolves in the wild, and gain a better understanding of the complexity of wolf conservation in the United States.

Join us on our Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure for an unforgettable multi-day winter wolves and wildlife safari. We’ll spend 4 days exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, focusing on the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park, some of the best wolf habitat in the lower 48 States!

Why Wolves of Yellowstone?

Who hasn’t tried to imitate a lone wolf howling at the moon? Humans have been both fascinated and fearful of wolves for centuries. In the 1920s the last wolf pack of Yellowstone was eradicated by the US Government because the philosophy at the time was that less wolves meant more deer and elk. As time played out, the opposite became true and without wolves, the ecosystem was off balance. In the 1990s wolves from Canada were introduced by wildlife biologists into Yellowstone, and since then, Yellowstone has become a setting to study the importance of Grey Wolves as a keystone species which many other species relies on for survival.

On this Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure we hope to ignite your fascination with wolves. Participants will observe wolves in their natural habitat and learn about their physical and behavioral adaptations that make them an apex predator in the ecosystem, including their complex social structures and cooperative hunting skills. Participants will meet experts in the field who are studying the wolves of Yellowstone. We want participants to learn first-hand about the issues affecting the conservation of wild wolves and why we need to protect them.

More than wolves! Our Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure are small groups, each departure is limited to just 11 participants. We will explore together like an extended family in the warm company of like-minded women and led by expert local guides. With Yellowstone as their backyard, you can be assured that our naturalist will introduce you to all of the wildlife in the park and surrounding areas. You can expect to see bison, moose, elk, pronghorn deer, bighorn sheep, swans, eagles, coyotes, foxes, and ermine.

Our Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure is for anyone who would like to learn about wolves and the ecology of Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Winter Wolves Women’s Adventure is open to women ages 18 and older. Winter in Yellowstone is often a challenging and cold environment.  Daytime Temperatures are often below 30 degrees F and can reach below zero in this high elevation (more than 5000’) environment.  Tours typically encounter snowy, icy, wet, and cold conditions.  Please view the packing list below and come prepared to spend time outside in the cold experiencing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

COVID Policy Update 10/20/22

Our partners are requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated to participate on this tour.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Spend 4 full days in the company of expert local guides search for wolves, elk, bison, and other charismatic mega-fauna.
  • Get moving! Explore Mammoth Hot Springs on foot, and go snowshoeing with your guide.
  • Meet the experts. Enjoy a private dinner presentation from a Yellowstone Wolf Biologist, learning about the latest updates on Wolf Research in Yellowstone.
  • Immerse yourself in the winter splendor of Yellowstone’s stunning landscape and wildlife, an intimate experience you won’t forget.
  • Use of optics for wildlife viewing 
Yellowstone Winter Wolves Adventure

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included:

  • All scheduled activities, permits, park fees, and taxes.
  • 5 nights double occupancy lodge (3 star hotels).
  • Expert local guides.
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6.
  • Use equipment: of high quality optics, and snowshoes.

Excluded:

  • Airfare to Bozeman, Montana
  • Gratuity 10% minimum ($335)
  • Travel insurance

Supplemental Information:

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Tour Map

Mammoth Hotel

Bozeman Hotel

Paradise Valley

Mammoth Hotsprings

Gardiner, MT

Lamar Valley

Undine Falls, Yellowstone

Old Faithful Geyser Basin

Payments

Price: $3715
Deposit: $695
Deposit due by: now

Installments: 2 payments due November 30th & December 30th

Minimum / Maximum Group Size: 8/11

Cancellation Policy:
A full cancellation policy is available before submitting payment: Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that Green Edventures is unable to fill the trip, a full refund will be given. If COVID-19 related issues close the park, the trip will be postponed. Participants will have the option to take a full travel credit, or cancel with a full refund minus the deposit and any unrecoverable costs.

Travel insurance is available and recommended.

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Tour Itinerary

This adventure begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana.

►Where Do We Stay?

  • Night 1: Bozeman: Best Western GranTree or similar.
  • Night 2: Gardiner: Absaroka Hotel or similar.
  • Night 3: Gardiner: Absaroka Hotel or similar.
  • Night 4: Gardiner: Absaroka Hotel or similar.
  • Night 5: Gardiner: Absaroka Hotel or similar.

►Day 1: Arrival Bozman

Arrive in Bozeman to start your Yellowstone Winter Wolves Adventure! Your trip leader will meet you for a welcome dinner, where you will get to know other participants and prepare to explore winter in the American Serengeti. It’s one of the quietest times of year to visit Yellowstone, meaning we will be among a dedicated few experiencing the park during this incredible time of year. Overnight at the Best Western GranTree Hotel, Bozeman(D)

 

►Day 2: Bozeman – Paradise Valley

Departing Bozeman this morning we’ll experience the winter vistas of the Paradise Valley. As we follow the Yellowstone River up towards Yellowstone National Park.
 
Depending on the departure time from the hotel, we will have lunch on route to Gardiner or in Gardiner. 
 
At Yellowstone, the group will visit the famous Roosevelt Arch for a formal arrival to the park, and explore the wildlife-rich winter range of pronghorn, elk, and deer.
 
Check in follows at the Absaroka Lodge in Gardiner, where the group stays until the last night. From your room, the views of the Yellowstone River and its rolling hills and snow-clad mountains astound! The Absaroka Lodge features balconies in each room overlooking the Yellowstone River. Our evening meal will be prepared and served by our chef Zac Kellerman of Zac’s Montana Kitchen. Dinner is accompanied by an orientation for the days ahead.
 

►Day 3: Yellowstone – Lamar Valley – Mammoth Hot Springs

An early morning departure creates our best chances of viewing active wildlife. Wolves will be our priority, but many wildlife species are seen along the way. We will search the park’s northern range for wildlife from bison to bears, badgers to bald eagles. Search areas include the Blacktail Plateau, the Slough Creek valley, and the famous wildlife haven, Lamar Valley, for resident wolf packs. Our search will team with rangers, scientists, and the eclectic wolf-watching faithful in a mutual effort to find and observe wildlife. 
 
Lunch will be at Mammoth Hot Springs, followed by a walk through the terrace boardwalks to experience the amazing travertine hot springs, some of Yellowstone’s finest thermal features. An evening presentation accompanies Zac’s gourmet dinner at the Track Education Center in Gardiner. (BLD)

►Day 4: Northern Range Wildlife Viewing Continued ​

Our schedule will be similar to the previous day, as the goal is to look for multiple wolf packs and make observations of a variety of behaviors and activities (hunting, playing, traveling, feeding, (sleeping!), etc.). This time period is at the beginning of the breeding season for wolves, so courtship behavior may bring exceptional opportunities to view and learn. Lunch will be back in Gardiner, followed by an optional short hike. An after-dinner evening session at the center in Gardiner will feature one of our special guest speakers, to be announced. Past speakers have included Dr. Douglas Smith, film-maker Bob Landis, canine geneticist Dr. Dan Stahler, and other distinguished experts in the field of wolf biology and behavior.
 
 
Optional Add On:
After the trip is confirmed, we will find out who would like to upgrade their trip to take the Snowcoach to Old Faithful Geyser Basis for an additional $250 per person plus the cost of lunch and gratuity to the driver. Price is subject to change until booked. The snowcoach is the only way to get into the interior of the park. It is a full-day adventure and a great way to see the geothermal areas (BLD).

►Day 5: Yellowstone’s Northern Range and Visit With Dan & Cindy Hartman

To maximize our opportunities for viewing wolves,  and many other wildlife species we will return to the Northern Range and Lamar Valley. Lamar is one of the best areas in the park for wolves and vast herds of bison and elk. The sheer abundance gives this area its well-earned nickname, ‘The Serengeti of North America.’ 
 
Lunch will be at the home and photography gallery of our good friends, Dan and Cindy Hartman, who live in Silver Gate, a small and charming mountain town outside the northeast entrance of the park. They are exceptional naturalists that share their many insights to wildlife in the area. After an afternoon return drive through the park and find a trail to take a walk on snowshoes, a final celebration dinner follows with Chef Zac in Gardiner. (BLD)

►Day 6: Transfer to Bozeman & End of Tour & Departures from Bozeman

After breakfast we will transport to the Bozeman airport (or a nearby destination) for mid-day airlines departures. Schedule flights to depart after noon. For those wishing to extend their trip, our partners recommend a visit to the Museum of the Rockies, or skiing at nearby Bridger Bowl! (B).

** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **

Your Tour Guide

Tara Short

Tara Short

Trip Facilitator / CEO Green Edventures Tours

Tara is the Founder & CEO of Green Edventures Tours. She has 20 years of experience curating and facilitating educational adventures in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, and Iceland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education/Interpretation. Tara has worked for notable educational, scientific, and conservation organizations and institutions such as the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, USDA Forest Service in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, and Wild Studies in the Bahamas. Tara is a PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and has specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver, Multi-Level diver and Night Diver. She holds current Wilderness First Aid & CPR Certifications.

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