Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

June 1, 2014 through June 6, 2014

NPCA Member Price From

$2,295 - $2,695 per person double occupancy; $570 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Yellowstone National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

June 1-6, 2014

This trip is now full but a waitlist is available and September 14 alternate departure still has availability.

Imagine witnessing super-heated water explode up from the earth in a rumbling, hissing spout. Whether fascinated by hot springs and geysers or hoping to spot the region’s remarkable wildlife, each day of this trip offers an adventure for every traveler.

Yellowstone in the springtime is enchanting and offers prime wildlife watching, and we specifically selected these dates to ensure the best wildlife viewing possible before the summer crowds really arrive.

Our guides know the territory well and have an uncanny knack for spotting wildlife—bighorn sheep, elk, grizzly bears, moose, trumpeter swans, and wolves—just to name a few. They share their knowledge about the relationships between predator and prey, and the connections between species and habitat, in one of the most intact ecosystems in the continental United States.

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Tour Highlights

Wildlife Watching

This trip is all about wildlife watching. Of all our journeys, this one gets you out in the field the most and keeps you there the longest.

Iconic Yellowstone

See Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and explore the odd thermal features of beautiful Norris Geyser Basin in between wildlife sightings.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Bozeman, Montana

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. If you need assistance, NPCA recommends contacting Travel Insurance Services.

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Daily Itinerary

June 1: Arrivals in Bozeman and Old Faithful

Meet your guide in Bozeman this morning and begin the week’s adventure with a drive down the scenic Gallatin Canyon. Keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, and possibly moose throughout the drive. In West Yellowstone, we’ll visit the excellent Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then follow the Madison River into the heart of Yellowstone National Park. Along the way we’ll explore boardwalks through geyser basins and see Old Faithful. Dinner will be early so we can enjoy some evening wildlife watching. Today’s sightings may include bald eagles, osprey, bison, pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, coyotes, black and grizzly bears, sandhill cranes, and great blue herons. Lake Yellowstone Hotel (L,D)

June 2: Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

We get an early start this morning, driving north to the Hayden Valley looking for bison, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, and harlequin ducks along the Yellowstone River. We enjoy a picnic lunch then drive past bubbling mud pots and the steaming fumaroles of Dragon’s Mouth on our way to the breathtaking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with its spectacular waterfalls. This evening, more wildlife viewing. Lake Yellowstone Hotel (B,L,D)

June 3: Hayden Valley, Yellowstone

The broad Hayden Valley is one of the best places in the park to view wildlife, and we might see bison, elk, grizzly bears, coyotes, wolves, and more. The afternoon brings us to Mammoth Hot Springs, where we can walk the network of boardwalks through the fascinating travertine terraces, created by thousands of years of geothermal activity—and still going! Also in Mammoth, the Albright Visitor Center is well worth checking out. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (B,L,D)

June 4: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone

Getting out early offers the best chances of seeing wildlife, so we’re off first thing to the Lamar Valley (“America’s Serengeti”) in the northeast corner of the park. This wide valley is home to several wolf packs and great herds of bison. The Lamar offers some of the best odds of seeing wolves. Around midday we go to Cooke City for lunch and a visit to the Silver Gate home and studio of wildlife photographer Dan Hartman. There will be optional, easy-going afternoon hikes today and additional, optional, wildlife-watching opportunities this evening for the die-hard naturalists. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (B,L,D)

June 5: Yellowstone National Park to Chico Hot Springs

If the group is up for it, we squeeze in one last wildlife-viewing morning in the Lamar before a nice hike to stretch our legs. Leaving the park behind, we follow the Yellowstone River through the aptly named Paradise Valley, and are settling into our accommodations at historic Chico Hot Springs by midafternoon, with time for a short hike or a soak in the hot-springs pool. Our grand finale is a fabulous dinner at Chico’s wonderful restaurant. Chico Hot Springs Resort (B,L,D)

June 6: Departures from Bozeman, Montana

Enjoy the generous breakfast buffet then head to Bozeman for midday flights home. (B)

Note: The itinerary for the days in the park may vary based on weather conditions and wildlife behavior.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,295 - $2,695 per person double occupancy; $570 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

Unable to join us for this Yellowstone Wildlife Safari? NPCA’s travel partner, Off the Beaten Path, is offering additional naturalist led journeys to Yellowstone National Park in the spring and fall. Schedule of alternate departures:

  • May 25-30, 2014
  • September 14-19, 2014

Off the Beaten Path shares NPCA’s love of national parks and our philosophy of engaged, small group travel. For more information on alternate departures, contact us at 800-628-7275 or email us at travel@npca.org

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel's Frontier Cabins

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Chico Hot Springs

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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