Overview

There is nowhere in North America as iconic as Yellowstone National Park. Towering mountains, spewing geysers, vast forests and valleys harboring the highest megafauna density on the continent make this a must-visit destination for anyone wanting to experience the classic American West. But the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as it is known by locals and researchers, is much more than what is found within the National Park’s borders, despite its enormous size. The ecosystem includes huge, pristine prairies, alpine crags and meadows, near-arid desert, and the most diverse and lovely scenery one could hope for.

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2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Grey-crowned & Black Rosy Finches; Great Grey, Boreal & Northern Pygmy Owls; Red & White-winged Crossbills; Gyrfalcon; Sharp-tailed & Greater Sage Grouse; Lapland Longspur; Barrow's Goldeneye; Bohemian Waxwing; Pine Grosbeak; Clark's Nutcracker; Townsend's Solitaire; Steller's Jay.
Top Mammals
Gray Wolf; Elk; Pronghorn; Bighorn Sheep, American Bison; River Otter; Pine Marten; Red Fox; Coyote
Habitats Covered
shortgrass and mixed-grass Prairie, Riparian Deciduous Forest, frozen Lake and Marsh wetlands, Montane Coniferous Forest, Alpine grassland
Expected Climate
Yellowstone in the winter is freezing! Temperatures typically range from a high of 26°F (-3°C) to an average low of 4°F(-16°C). Snow fall or rain is expected on average 11-13 days of the month.
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper Leader and local leaders where necessary
Tour Pace & Walking
tour pace is relaxed
Accommodation
3-4 star accommodations throughout the tour.
Ease of Birding
generally easy, though sometimes species like Northern Pygmy Owl or Gray Partridge can be a little tricky to pin down.
Other Attractions
wildlife and photography, riding a snowcoach, Old Faithful and Steamboat Spring geysers erupting, Lamar Valley
Photographic Opportunities
excellent photo ops of bird and mammal species
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

This was a short trip, but we saw a great number of really good birds, rarely seen in the US or, in some case, elsewhere. Stephan is one of the best guides I’ve traveled with and he is also very patient and very accommodating. We had a fairly large group – 10 – but I believe everyone had a chance for good views of every bird. I am looking forward to traveling with Stephan again in the near future to Barrow

We enjoyed the tour. Stephan was great in every way and Claudia also terrific. The locations were interesting. The Lost Maples area was really lovely. The bat cave experience was amazing!

It is great to be traveling again, even if it is a short domestic trip. But I don’t want to sell the tour short. It really was an excellent short tour. We saw a great number of migrating warblers and shorebirds. Stephan Lorenz has an uncanny ability to find the one special shorebird or a rare migrating warbler buried in the bushes. He is also kind, informative and always helpful. And a special thanks to Claudia for her help with the driving and coordination.

Both Stephan and Claudia gave attention to my desire to get good photographs.

Stephan and Claudia are a great team: Stephan is simply amazing hearing, spotting and helping all get on the relevant bird(s). As the only non-master birder and the oldest person on the trip, I thought that they both were helpful, careful and mindful of the needs of me and each of the group. Claudia often got on the bird as quickly as Stephan spotted it. The group worked for the best interest of the group. .... During a pandemic, the group acted responsibly and carefully.

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