The first grizzly has been spotted emerging from its winter slumber in Yellowstone National Park, marking the beginning of the spring wildlife emergence. Our Pathfinders have put together a few of their favorite ways to take full advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities available and why the valley is such a special place in the spring season.
Wildlife You May Encounter
Close to 500 animal species inhabit the Greater Yellowstone region, and while viewing wildlife can certainly be the highlight of your Jackson Hole vacation, please remember these animals are wild and unpredictable. Staying safe around wildlife means giving animals a lot of space. Here are a few of the animals you’re likely to see in the spring season:
Winter Wildlife Safari
There is a lot of wildlife to see in Grand Teton National Park, and with a backdrop of wintry landscape, it’s an experience not to be missed. Sit back and let your guide drive you to the perfect spots while you scan the landscape for grizzly, moose, elk, bison, and other wildlife. Make a reservation for a winter wildlife tour with any of these great area companies including Jackson Hole Safaris, Scenic Safaris, Jackson Hole EcoTours, BrushBuck or Wild Wyoming.
Sleigh Ride Through The National Elk Refuge
Located just before the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge is home to thousands of stunning elk during the winter. The sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge are of the most talked-about activities around, and for good reason. Horse-drawn sleighs pull you through herds of thousands of elk, providing perfect photo and wildlife viewing opportunities. Purchase your tickets for the horse-drawn sleigh and get up close to these majestic creatures.
Outdoor Wildlife Viewing
There are many ways to get outdoors for safe wildlife viewing this spring, but some of our favorite ways to get close to nature and enjoy the quiet winter wonderland are snowshoeing or cross country skiing. The immense beauty of the parks and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a fox, moose, eagle, bison or bear is always a possibility. As always, it’s important to stick to trails and heed all of the signs.