Those on the group flight from London will arrive in Bozeman in the afternoon. Those not travelling with the group from London will meet us in the hotel.
We will meet with at 11 AM in the lobby for our transport to Yellowstone National Park. The route is through the scenic Paradise Valley rimmed with rugged mountain peaks. A lunch stop is planned on route to the park. At Yellowstone, we will visit the famous Roosevelt Arch for a formal arrival to the park. Our first destination in the park is Mammoth Hot Springs where we will walk the terrace boardwalk to experience the amazing travertine hot springs, some of Yellowstone's finest thermal features. Our home for the next three nights is the Absaroka Lodge in Gardiner, which is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River. Dinner is accompanied by an orientation by wildlife biologists for the days ahead.
Day 3 - 5
Our days in the park will start early (around 6am) and focus on the Northern Range, a low elevation grassland ecosystem where wildlife collects in the winter. The search for wolves and other wildlife is fruitful among the patchy forests and meadow openings throughout the Northern Range. We will visit such wolf-rich areas as Slough Creek and the Lamar Valley for viewing. The viewing will be mostly road-based using binoculars and spotting scopes to find wolves and observe other wildlife like bison, elk, coyotes, and moose. Breakfast will be served on-the-go in the field to maximize our search and observation time. Other species we may see include eagles, foxes, badgers, martens, Bighorn sheep, Pronghorn antelope, and Mule deer. The scenery is breath-taking. Our final day in the park will include a snowshoe excursion (for 2 miles) to the Pebble Creek canyon, nature's colourful cathedral within a winter wonderland.
Return to Bozeman and depart.