1 - Short orientation then travel Paradise Valley toward Yellowstone where we look and listen for wolves and discuss wolf ecology and management in and around the park.
2 - Entering the wolf's domain, this morning we learn of the power and gifts he brings to the people. Free afternoon, after dinner presentation from renowned videographer, and tribal elder.
3 - Traveling by snow coach to witness Old Faithful via the Firehole River, Fountain Paint Pots and Biscuit Basin - wildlife viewing along the way. Tonight beneath a blanket of night stars listen for the winter song that touches the soul.
4 - Observing the four-leggeds, learning and reflecting upon the ancient compact shared between the wolf and the human beings, and how the wolf is revered in Cheyenne and other Plains cultures.
DID YOU KNOW?
It can get pretty cold in Yellowstone in winter, but it can also be very temperate and that’s part of the beauty of Yellowstone. If you have never experienced western winter before, be ready to enjoy the exhilaration of a crisp, dry, exquisitely frigid climate. Dress in layers and wear clothing designed for cold!
If we are snowed in and can’t ride into the park, don't worry! With weather that can be so changeable, it is likely to clear in time to go in a little later. All our tours are very flexible to be sure you get to do the best activity at the best time.
This trip offers ideal opportunities for beginner to intermediate photography, but if you are an avid and technical photographer with a penchant for gadgets, you will need to remember the comfort of the rest of the group. There will be time and space for everyone to get shots, but our focus is also culture and behavior.
Generally, wolves do not attack humans. There have only been a handful of recorded wild wolf attacks on solo humans (never groups of people) in North America, and no lethal attacks have ever been confirmed. In the rare instance that a wolf approaches in a threatening manner, stand your ground.
Never run or turn your back, as such behavior is typical of prey. Make noise and throw objects at the wolf. The most important thing to remember about wolves—and other wild animals—is that they should NEVER be fed.
If wild animals associate humans with food, they will lose their natural fear and become much more likely to act aggressively towards humans.
TOUR OVERVIEW - Winter Wolfsong
Indulge your soul. For this is a special land and a profound experience amid more geysers, fumaroles and mud pots than any other place on the planet. For five days you will be surrounded by the beauty and serenity of the Serengeti of North America. Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley is home to bison, wolves, elk, fox, coyote and river otter roaming free as the Creator intended,
You will learn from the four-leggeds what it takes to survive in the wilderness. and at dawn and dusk we seek the twilight hunter and listen for the mysterious music of his song. We discuss the behavioral traits of the wolf and the physical and spiritual significance of the wolf to the Plains Indians.
Yellowstone National Park -- Wolf Tracking
Talks by Renowned Biologists & Photographers
Journey to Old Faithful by Snowcoach
Where: Yellowstone National Park
When: DATES FOR 2020 to be announced
In and out of Bozeman, Montana (BZN) Dates as above! If you follow these dates you will be arriving the night previous to the start of the tour, with hotel accommodation INCLUDED in your price. This means you can book flights that suit you because whenever you arrive you will hop on the hotel shuttle from the airport. Same deal when you leave - you can chose your own departure time on the date noted above and will take the hotel shuttle to the airport.
NB. Some hotels will not allow you to book in until 4pm.
Most hotels will ask you to leave your room by 11 am, but may store bags for you if you have a late flight out of town.
Please do NOT book flights until your departure is confirmed.
This trip is based on single room accommodation with no single supplement. For sharing prices, please call +1. 307. 699. 6015
Is camping available?
No. This trip is well priced for the activities and accommodations that are included, but by this point in the year camping is too cold and uncomfortable.
This trip is not a high activity tour, but all participants must be of reasonable fitness and be able to walk uneven paths and to take short hikes. If you have special needs, please let us know - we will be able to arrange something that works for you and your needs
This will be sent to you upon payment of your balance. But thinking ahead, you will not need much 'stuff' to have a great time - we are informal - no dressing for dinner, nowhere 'posh' to go to - jeans, tees, a sweatshirt/sweater and a fleece work great. Just don't forget your passport, your credit card, sun specs and sunscreen, phone (for the camera!) and charger.
In short, please only bring what you can carry easily yourself :)
This can be sent to you on request once you have made your booking. You do not have to do 'homework' prior to your trip
...but some people like to.
Go Native America is deeply conscious of our responsibility toward Mother Earth and wherever possible we keep miles to a minimum, energy savings to the max. But you also have to do your part. Please read our policy on sustainable tourism here.
This also covers our Fair Trade Tribal Tourism mandate.
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