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How to Spot Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

How to Spot Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park attracts photographers, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers from around the world with its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife, including the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your wildlife-spotting adventure in Yellowstone.

 

Best Ways to Spot Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

  • Join a tour of the Upper or Lower loops of Yellowstone, two of the best places in the park for wildlife viewing.

  • Take advantage of the knowledge of a naturalist guide as you explore the park’s 2.2 million acres (0.9 million hectares).

  • Head to Hayden Valley to look for grizzly bears, elk, and bison.

  • In winter, explore geothermal basins, whose warmth attract animals.

 

What You Can See

The national park provides a habitat for some 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, six species of reptiles, five species of amphibians, and 67 species of mammals. For many visitors, the large mammals are a highlight; common sightings include black and grizzly bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, bison, moose, elk, and mountain goats.

 

Tips for Wildlife Viewing

*Go early or late; animals tend to be feeding and easier to spot in the early morning and evening hours.

*Bring binocularsor a long lens for a clear view without disturbing the wildlife.

*Stop by a visitor centerto ask about recent sightings.

*Stay alert; wild animals might show up anywhere in the park, even away from the typical hot spots.

*Keep quiet and still; loud noises and sudden movements can spook wildlife.

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Yellowstone National Park - Full-Day Lower Loop Tour from Jackson Hole

Yellowstone National Park - Full-Day Lower Loop Tour from Jackson Hole

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Hit all the landmarks and highlights of Yellowstone National Park during this full-day tour from Jackson Hole. Spot local wildlife such as grizzly bears, bison, elk, moose, eagles and wolves using the provided binoculars. Visit attractions such as the Grand Canyon Waterfalls, Grand Prismatic Spring, and Old Faithful. Park entry fees, breakfast, lunch, and round trip transportation from Jackson Hole hotels are included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$295.00
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Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour

Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour

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Enjoy a full-day exploring Yellowstone National Park on a small-group guided tour from the comfort of an enclosed, air-conditioned vehicle. Stops include Old Faithful, the Lower Falls of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and several opportunities to observe the diverse wildlife of these national parks. Riding along with a naturalist guide, you’ll spend the morning searching for bears, wolves, elk, moose, and bison, and continue the tour at famous Yellowstone landmarks. Your professional guide will explain the park's history, ecology and geology throughout the day. Since this small group tour has an 11-person maximum, you’re ensured a personalized Yellowstone experience.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$269.00
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Yellowstone National Park Tour from Jackson Hole

Yellowstone National Park Tour from Jackson Hole

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On this unforgettable full day tour from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone, you’ll experience the beauty that led to this becoming America’s first national park. Get epic views of geysers, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife, and see Yellowstone highlights like Old Faithful and the historic Lake Hotel. On this Yellowstone tour from Jackson Hole, learn the area’s volcanic geology and unique level of ecology, and keep your eyes peeled for Yellowstone wildlife — including bison and wolves.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$345.00
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4-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Wildlife Adventure

4-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Wildlife Adventure

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Researching the perfect Yellowstone itinerary can be a bit overwhelming, and sometimes it’s best to allow the pros to piece together the trip. On this exceptional 4-day tour of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, your guide does that for you. Experience the park’s best sights like Old Faithful and spot a wide range of wildlife at times when they are out on the move.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,549.00
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour

Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour

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Tour the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park with an expert guide on this all-day tour. Visit popular sites like Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Lake Yellowstone, and more. Stop for an included lunch and many photo ops throughout the day. As you travel through the park, keep your eyes open for bears, elk, and bison that are commonly spotted in the area.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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