Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada is a place where high peaks tower over neighboring valleys, and roaring mountain rivers cascade over granite ledges. From early inhabitants like the native Ahwahneechee, to conservation advocates like naturalist John Muir, Yosemite has always been an inspirational natural wonder. Yosemite played an early role in the idea […]
This journey gives you maximum time in the field in one of the world’s greatest places to watch the interplay of predator, prey, and scavenger in their natural habitats. Leading the way is a local naturalist who knows the territory and its wild residents well, and has a well-developed knack for spotting wildlife. Spring and fall departure dates are carefully chosen to coincide with unique viewing opportunities. Spring brings the return of migrating birds, juvenile wildlife (otherwise known as cute babies), and a satisfying sense of renewal. Fall brings the rut (think bugling elk, wallowing bison, and sparring bighorn sheep), and very active bears trying to eat as much as possible to fatten up before hibernation. Throughout the trip you’ll spend time in the park’s most famous and productive wildlife watching hotspots, like the Lamar and Hayden valleys.
In between your dawn and dusk wildlife watching, you’ll take in some of Yellowstone National Park’s other highlights, including the awesome Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, and a variety of phenomenal geothermal features. Amateur naturalists and photographers love this trip!