NEW YEAR 2024: THE WILD SIDE OF YELLOWSTONE

28 December 2023 – 04 January 2024

Winter is a special season to visit Yellowstone, a blanket of soft snow covers everything thus revealing the wildest and most primordial face of the great American park. With our group limited to a maximum of 12 people, we will venture into the most hidden corners of the oldest protected area in the world in the ideal period to observe Wolves and Bisons, but more generally all the animals that inhabit the park such as the Bald Eagle, Coyote, Mule Deer, White Tailed Deer, Wapiti Elk, Rocky Mountain Sheep, Pronghorn and Moose, especially the large bulks, are more resident and easier to find and approach. It is not difficult to meet the Canada Goose and the Trumpeter Swan, the most iconic birds of the reserve in winter, in areas where the creeks water is not completely frozen. We will focus in the exploration of the Lamar Valley, the American Serengeti, the area where the density of animals is highest. Not to forget the great Geysers, the Thermal Springs and the enormous variety of volcanic activities that characterize Yellowstone National Park such as Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. In the cold season many roads inside the park are closed and to move around, in addition to a minivan, we will also use a special vehicle, the snowcoach, for the exclusive use of our group, and if we wish we will also have a chance to drive a snowmobile and use snowshoes. Your guide on this journey will be Piero Bosco.

PROGRAM

 

December 28
In the morning transfer to Yellowstone National Park through the scenic Paradise Valley surrounded by spectacular alpine peaks. Once in Gardiner, the gateway to the reserve from the north, we will visit the historic Roosevelt Arch and then enter the Stephens Creek area, located at the north-western tip of the protected area it hosts the Bald Eagle, the Mule Deer, the White-Tailed Deer, the Rocky Mountain Sheep, the Pronghorn, the Bison and also the Trumpeter Swan.
In the late afternoon we will return to Gardiner.
Overnight at the Hotel Yellowstone Gateway Inn *** or similar.

December 29
Early morning departure to make the most of the opportunity to observe the animals in action. By minivan we will explore the northern part of the park, the Northern Range, characterized by grasslands where the fauna gathers in winter. We will visit the Blacktail Plateau, the Slough Creek Valley and the famous Lamar Valley, known as the American Serengeti, a true paradise for Wolves and Coyotes.
Our wildlife watching activity will be followed by an easy walk to Mammoth Hot Springs, a geothermal area that has a series of petrified terraces of surprising colors and shapes, almost waterfalls carved into the limestone, colored pools, geysers, one of the many wonders of Yellowstone .
Later in the afternoon, when the animals are more active again, we will have time for a second wildlife watching activity.
Overnight at the Hotel Yellowstone Gateway Inn *** or similar.

December 30
Early morning departure to make the most of the opportunity to observe the animals in action. By minivan we will continue to scout the northern part of the park, especially the Lamar Valley, looking for Wolves, Coyotes, Bison, Rocky Mountain Sheep as well as the gigantic and massive Wapiti Elk and the occasional Moose.
Later we will enjoy an easy snowshoe hike to the frozen and scenic Tower Falls waterfall surrounded by unusual rock columns created by the lava flow that broke apart as it cooled.
Overnight at the Hotel Yellowstone Gateway Inn *** or similar.

December 31
Early morning departure to make the most of the opportunity to observe the animals in action. By minivan we will continue to scout the northern part of the park, especially the Lamar Valley, looking for Wolves, Coyotes, Bison, Rocky Mountain Sheep as well as the gigantic and massive Wapiti Elk and the occasional Moose.
Another easy and pleasant walk awaits us at Mammoth Hot Springs, different from the previou, but not before have visited the Undine Falls, three jumps of frozen water.
Later in the afternoon, when the animals are more active again, we will have time for a second wildlife watching session at Stephens Creek.
Before dinner we will have the time to enjoy a bath in the thermal springs of Yellowstone Hot Springs, surrounded by a wonderful scenery is located between two mountain ranges and nestled on the bank of the Yellowstone River.
New Year’s Eve dinner at Chico Hot Springs Resort, one of the best restaurants in the state.
Overnight at the Hotel Yellowstone Gateway Inn *** or similar.

01 January
Today an exciting new experience awaits us on board the Snowcoach, a special minibus, reserved for our group, which mounts low-pressure oversized tires or tracks. This vehicle will allow us to drive the tracks that cross the park, but as they are not cleared of snow, they are not accessible to conventional vehicles.
Our main destination will be the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, located in the heart of the reserve, where we will have the chance to admire the powerful frozen waterfalls Upper Falls and Lower Falls, formed by the erosion of the river on the soft rocks and the warm colors that surround them.
We will then continue west to Gibbon Falls, other waterfalls located in an area that is an excellent habitat for Moose and Bison.
If we have the time we will stop briefly at the Norris Geyser Basin, a hydrothermal basin seen in winter by very few people.
We will reach West Yellowstone in the evening.
Overnight at the Hotel Kelly Inn *** or similar.

02 January
Back on board the Snowcoach crossing roads closed to traffic in the direction of Old Faithful, with its spectacular eruptions over 50 meters high it is the largest geyser in the world and observing it immersed in the snow is certainly a unique experience. We will then visit the Fountain Paint Pots, a collection of hot springs and geysers that also includes colorful bubbling mud calderas. Firehole Canyon and Falls offers a fairytale riverscape and is home to Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans and Canada Gooses, as well as Wapiti Elks, Coyotes and Bisons in the area.
If we still have time we will visit the Keppler Cascades and Black Sand and Biscuit Basin, another small hydrothermal basin located nearby.
NB: for those who wish, it is possible to follow the group on this excursion by snowmobile, both as a driver or as a simple passenger. (activity not included)
Overnight at the Hotel Kelly Inn *** or similar.

03 January
In the morning we will drive north and more precisely in the territory of the Gallatin National Forest where we will have the best chance of observing the large bull of Wapiti Elk as well as the Bald Eagle, the Mule Deer, the White Tailed Deer and the Rocky Mountains Sheep.
We will continue to Big Sky where we will be able to experience a fun and scenic cable ride and enjoy a good lunch.
We will return to Bozeman in the evening.
Overnight at Hotel Marriot Residence Inn Downtown *** or similar.

04 January
Transfer to the airport in time for the flight home.
Overnight on board.

Included in the price:

– Double room accommodation.
– All mentioned excursions.
– English speaking guide.
– Box lunches from 28/12 to 02/01, lunch on 03/01 and New Eve Year dinner.

Not included:

– Flights.
– Breakfasts and dinners, except the New Eve Year dinner.

Voyage Map

PRICE PER PERSON Euro 5400
*Exchange Rate 1 USD = 0,92 Euro

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