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Known for dense populations of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park boasts a plethora of prime wildlife viewing spots, each offering its own unique opportunities to observe the park's diverse fauna.

Bear crossing the valley in Yellowstone National Park

Best Wildlife Viewing Spots in Yellowstone

  1. Lamar Valley: Known as the "Serengeti of North America," Lamar Valley is a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts. Here, you'll have the chance to spot iconic species such as bison, wolves, elk, and even grizzly bears. Be sure to bring binoculars and arrive early in the morning or late in the evening for the best chances of sightings.

  2. Hayden Valley: Situated along the Yellowstone River, Hayden Valley is another top destination for wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for bison herds grazing in the meadows, as well as bald eagles soaring overhead. Don't forget to scan the riverbanks for otters and beavers, especially during the dawn and dusk hours.

  3. Yellowstone Lake: The largest high-altitude lake in North America, Yellowstone Lake is teeming with aquatic life. Take a scenic boat tour or hike along the shoreline to spot river otters, trumpeter swans, and possibly even a diving osprey. For the best chances of wildlife sightings, visit in the early morning when the lake is calm and wildlife is most active.

Top Wildlife Species to Look Out For in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is home to an impressive array of wildlife species, ranging from large mammals to elusive birds. Here are some of the iconic creatures you might encounter during your visit:

Bald Eagle in Yellowstone National Park
  1. Grizzly Bears: The ultimate symbol of the American West, grizzly bears can be found throughout Yellowstone, particularly in the remote backcountry areas. Keep a safe distance and never approach or feed these powerful animals.

  2. Gray Wolves: Yellowstone is one of the few places in the Lower 48 where you can see wild wolves in their natural habitat. Join a guided wolf-watching tour or head to Lamar Valley at dawn or dusk for your best chance of spotting a wolf pack on the hunt.

  3. Bison: As the largest land mammal in North America, bison are a common sight in Yellowstone's grassy meadows and open plains. Be sure to give these majestic creatures plenty of space and never attempt to approach or interact with them.

  4. Elk: With their distinctive bugling calls and impressive antlers, elk are a popular sight in Yellowstone, especially during the fall rutting season. Look for them grazing in meadows or lounging near rivers and streams.

  5. Bald Eagles: Keep an eye on the skies for the iconic silhouette of a bald eagle soaring overhead. These majestic birds of prey can often be seen hunting for fish along the park's rivers and lakeshores.

Wildlife Spotting Tips and Tricks

While we listed a couple of our favorite spots for viewing wildlife - you never really know where you might come across a cool critter in Yellowstone. Because of that, it is important to be diligent when searching while you drive around.

Wolf eating from an animal carcass in Yellowstone National Park

Log bears

After a while, your mind might start playing tricks on you. Is that a bear or a log? Maybe a big rock? At Yellowstone Day Tours, our guides are adamantly looking for wildlife so our clients won't miss a thing; and even our veteran guides with 20-30 years of experience mistake logs, rocks, and other inaminate objects for wildlife.... and it even happens the other way around. Just when you think it's just a brown patch out in the distance, it starts to move and we all get to see a grizzly bear. So with that, if it looks like an animal, double-check and look at it closely!


If there are cameras and binoculars pointed out in the distance, take a look in that direction!


As with most wildlife, your best chances for viewing are early in the morning or right

around sunset. This is especially true in the warmer months, as animals will hunker down in shady spots during the heat of the day.

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

In summary, Yellowstone National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Whether you're hoping to glimpse a grizzly bear in Lamar Valley or spot a bald eagle over Yellowstone Lake, the park offers endless opportunities for unforgettable encounters with nature. Follow our tips to make the most of your visit while respecting the park's wildlife and beauty. Happy spotting!

Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, a wildlife enthusiast's paradise nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Explore our top wildlife viewing spots and immerse yourself in unforgettable encounters with some of North America's most iconic creatures.

grizzly 399 and four cubs posing for picture in grand teton national park
  1. Moose-Wilson Road:

  • Moose-Wilson Road is a premier destination for observing moose in their natural habitat. Experience unparalleled wildlife encounters during the golden hours of dawn and dusk, when moose emerge from the forest to graze. Keep your camera ready for captivating shots of moose, bald eagles, and osprey in this pristine wilderness setting.

  1. Oxbow Bend:

  • Oxbow Bend offers unparalleled opportunities for wildlife photography against the backdrop of the majestic Teton Range. Witness bald eagles, osprey, and beavers in action as they navigate the tranquil waters of the Snake River. With its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife, Oxbow Bend is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

  1. Schwabacher's Landing:

  • Schwabacher's Landing is a photographer's dream, offering stunning reflections of the Tetons mirrored in the calm waters of the Snake River. Capture unforgettable moments as moose graze along the riverbanks, beavers busy themselves with dam-building activities, and otters playfully swim in the shallows. Experience the magic of Schwabacher's Landing and create lasting memories in one of Grand Teton's most picturesque settings.

  1. Jackson Lake:

  • Jackson Lake is a haven for birdwatchers, with its diverse array of avian species and breathtaking mountain vistas. Spot bald eagles soaring overhead, osprey diving for fish, and pelicans gracefully gliding across the water's surface. Keep your eyes peeled for moose and other mammals along the shoreline, adding to the richness of your wildlife viewing experience.

  1. Willow Flats Overlook:

  • Willow Flats Overlook offers sweeping views of the Teton Range and the sprawling grasslands below, teeming with elk, pronghorn antelope, and bison. Capture the beauty of these majestic creatures against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscape of Grand Teton National Park.

massive bull moose grand teton national park

Experience the wonder of Grand Teton's wildlife with our curated selection of top viewing spots. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or a nature enthusiast seeking adventure, these locations promise unforgettable encounters and unparalleled photo opportunities.

Ready to embark on your own wildlife adventure? Book a tour and let our experienced guides lead you on an unforgettable journey through the wilderness of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Get up close and personal with North America's most iconic wildlife and discover the beauty of the American West with Yellowstone Day Tours.

Bison ramming grand teton national park

Remember to observe wildlife from a safe distance and to respect their natural behaviors and habitats. Binoculars and telephoto lenses can enhance your wildlife viewing experience while minimizing disturbance to the animals.

bull moose in front of tetons in grand teton national park

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park stands as a testament to the raw, untamed beauty of nature. Its vast landscapes, breathtaking geysers, and diverse wildlife attract millions of visitors each year, all eager to immerse themselves in its wonders. But what if you don't have a car? Fear not, because with Yellowstone Day Tours, you can experience all that this iconic park has to offer without the hassle of driving. Let's embark on a journey through Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, exploring the benefits of guided tours and the convenience they offer.

Grand Prismatic steaming on a cool morning during a Yellowstone tour from Jackson Hole with Yellowstone Day Tours

Exploring Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is vast, spanning over 2 million acres of wilderness. Navigating its extensive network of roads and trails can be daunting, especially for those without a vehicle. But with Yellowstone Day Tours you can leave the logistics to the experts and focus on soaking in the natural beauty around you.

Our guided tours are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides who are passionate about Yellowstone and its wildlife. They'll take you to all the must-see attractions, including the iconic Old Faithful geyser, the mesmerizing Grand Prismatic Spring, and the majestic Yellowstone Falls. With their expertise, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the park's geology, history, and ecology, enhancing your overall experience.

Furthermore, our guides are wildlife experts, and they know just where to look for moose, elk, bears, bison and more!

Large Grizzly Bear seen during a Yellowstone tour from Jackson Hole with Yellowstone Day Tours

Jackson Hole: A Charming Gateway

Located just south of Yellowstone, Jackson Hole serves as the perfect basecamp for exploring the park. This charming mountain town boasts a vibrant arts scene, upscale dining options, and a wide range of outdoor activities. And the best part? You don't need a car to experience it all. With an airport close by, shuttles abound, and fantastic public transit - enjoying our little town is made easy, even without a car!

With Yellowstone Day Tours, transportation to and from your hotel in Jackson Hole is included in our packages, making it easy to access the park without worrying about parking or navigation. After a day of exploring Yellowstone's wonders, you can return to Jackson Hole and unwind in its cozy cafes, stroll through its art galleries, or simply soak in the stunning mountain views.

Herd of Bison in Hayden Valley on a Yellowstone tour with Yellowstone Day Tours

The Benefits of Guided Tours

Now, you might be wondering: why choose a guided tour over exploring Yellowstone on your own? The answer lies in the convenience, safety, and expertise that guided tours provide.

  1. Convenience: With Yellowstone Day Tours, everything is taken care of for you. From transportation to park entry fees to expert guidance, we handle all the details so you can focus on enjoying your adventure.

  2. Safety: Yellowstone is a wilderness area with its own set of risks and challenges. Our guides are trained in wilderness safety and first aid, ensuring that you're in good hands throughout your journey.

  3. Expertise: Our guides are passionate about Yellowstone and its wildlife, and their knowledge is unmatched. They'll share fascinating insights and stories that you won't find in any guidebook, enriching your experience and deepening your connection to the park.

Eco-Friendly Travel

In addition to the convenience and expertise of guided tours, choosing Yellowstone Day Tours is also an environmentally friendly choice. By traveling in small groups and using fuel-efficient vehicles, we minimize our carbon footprint and help preserve the natural beauty of Yellowstone for future generations to enjoy.

One of the owners of Yellowstone Day Tours quickly shooting photos of Bison on a guided tour of Yellowstone


Visiting Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole without a car may seem daunting, but with Yellowstone Day Tours, it's easier than ever. Our guided tours offer the perfect blend of convenience, safety, and expertise, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wonders of Yellowstone without the stress of driving. So why wait? Book your adventure today and discover the magic of Yellowstone with us.

Yellowstone Geysers erupting with blueskies behind during a Yellowstone Tour with Yellowstone Day Tours

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