As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
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!