Frequently Asked Questions

Due to COVID-19, we are only offering private tours this summer so guests can comfortably enjoy the parks with their friend and family groups. We are offering special pricing to allow more guests to enjoy this opportunity.

We are taking many additional precautions to keep our guests and guides safe. Here is what you can expect:

  • Please wash your hands and put on a face mask before pickup. Your guide will take your temperature and ask a few health questions before you begin your tour. If possible, have your paperwork printed, signed, and ready to give to your guide when you are picked up.
  • Our vehicles are fitted with a plexiglass barrier that will separate you from your guide. We ask that all guests sit in the rear of the vehicles. There are six window seats available in the vehicles, plus a roof hatch.
  • The National Parks have asked all guests on tours to practice social distancing and to wear a facemask when that is not possible.
  • Food and beverages during your tour will be individually wrapped.
  • We are taking extra precautions in cleaning our vehicles and equipment between trips. Your guide will provide more information on how to use equipment safely.
  • To minimize contact, guides will avoid shaking hands or touching guest belongings, including cell phones. Please be prepared to carry your own belongings.

Refusal to comply with any of the above mentioned protocols is grounds for removal from the tour.

Single Day Tours (effective for tours booked on or after June 1, 2020): All standard single day tours canceled prior to 48 hours of the scheduled departure time are refundable less a 10% nonrefundable deposit. Cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled departure time are non-refundable. 

Custom & Combination Single Day Tours (effective for tours booked on or after June 1, 2020): All custom tours canceled prior to 14 days are refundable less a 10% nonrefundable deposit and any fees associated with a third party (scenic float trips, whitewater trips, boat charters, etc). All custom trips cancelled within 14 days are non-refundable. 

Large Group Single Day Tours: Effective for tours booked on or after June 1, 2020: All large group tours (any group using three or more vehicles) cancelled prior to 30 days of the scheduled departure are refundable less a 10% nonrefundable deposit per vehicle. Cancellations within 30 days of the scheduled departure time are non-refundable.

Multi-day Tours: All multi-day tours require a minimum of a 50% deposit upon booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the scheduled departure. Cancellations within 31-60 days of the scheduled departure forfeit all paid deposit. All cancellations within 30 days of the scheduled departure forfeit the entire trip cost.

We visit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s best wildlife viewing areas, guided by the interests of the group and recent sightings in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and the surrounding National Forest areas. Our guides are knowledgeable about variable animal behaviors, such as seasonal feeding grounds and rest requirements and, as such, there is no set route. In Yellowstone National Park, we also strive to see as many geological highlights as possible, which are established stops along the way.

While we may visit remote areas, we do not go off-roading as it is detrimental to wildlife habitat. All of the areas we frequent are open to the public, so you can return to those places on your own and observe animals after your trip with Wildlife Expeditions.

There is variability in what animals we may see based on seasonal migrations and hibernation. We often see bison, moose, elk, mule deer, coyotes, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles throughout the year. We typically see pronghorn antelope in spring, summer, and fall, and bighorn sheep in winter and spring. The Jackson Hole area is home to a wide variety of mammal and birds species and on any given day we may see bison, moose, grizzly bears, black bears, mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, foxes or bighorn sheep.

Our tour group sizes are always very small as we only sell the window seats in our customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. We take out as many as seven participants and as few as two depending on the day and type of trip. For parties that wish to secure an exclusive experience, we also offer private tours. We also have high-capacity vehicles including large buses, mini-buses, and 15 passenger vans to accommodate large groups.

We welcome all ages of participants, from infants to seniors. Our small group sizes ensure a personalized experience for all members of the group. Wildlife Expeditions guides will tailor the tour to your interests and actively engage children and adults. If your children become restless, the guide can easily change the pace of the tour to meet your needs. We also have special activities for kids such as journals and activity packs.

Departure times of our tours vary based on actual sunrise and sunset times. In the winter months, we typically leave at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In the long days of June, we leave at 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call our office for exact departure times.

We encourage our participants to bring their cameras to record their experience. Sometimes wildlife will be very cooperative and close to the vehicle, but more often than not they will be outside of camera range. Your guide will recommend a safe and acceptable distance to take photos of certain species.

We recommend that serious photographers book private tours with us so that we can tailor the experience to their specific needs. Please call us for further details.

Day Trips: Every tour includes snacks/beverages, spotting scopes/binoculars and  transportation in a customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. Full day tours also include lunch. National Park passes and gratuities are not included. National Park passes can be purchased at the Park entrances while on the expedition, or you can purchase them in advance online. Please expect at least one week for delivery if you purchase online. Park passes are good for the pass holder plus three additional people.

Multi-Day Trips: Lodging and meals are included on several of our multiple day tours in addition to the items offered on our day trips. Each itinerary varies, so please call the office for more details. National Park passes are included. Gratuities are not included.

Wildlife Expeditions is based in the town of Jackson and most of our tours will start and end here. If you are staying in the town of Jackson, Wilson or Teton Village, we are happy to arrange a pick up at your place of lodging, free of charge. If you are staying in the National Parks or outside the immediate area, we can meet you in the town of Jackson at the Home Ranch Public Parking Lot. For private tours, pickup at lodging in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, or other points north or south of Jackson is possible. However, the drive time for the guide to get from Jackson to your accommodation, for both pickup and drop off, will be subtracted from the total time on the tour.

There are a variety of places to stay in and around Jackson, depending on your budget and desired amenities there is something for everyone. Our staff would be happy to make a recommendation with your guidance, but the greatest wealth of information can be found at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce website.

There are many other seasonal activities available in the Jackson area. Our staff would be happy to recommend a few, but the greatest wealth of information can be found at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. We also have partnerships with local organizations and offer several discounts:

Teton Science Schools’ Family Adventures

Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips

Barker-Ewing River Trips

Wyoming Stargazing