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
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I would rate my experience on the Texas Coast trip with Stephan and Claudia as excellent. They are both superb at what they do.

Stephan was an excellent guide and made sure everyone was able to see the birds and many times obtain photos. He was patient with the requests of the group members and facilitated an enjoyable experience for all. Claudia was a great addition to the team and we really appreciated her help finding birds in the scopes, identifying birds in the van, and working with Stephan to make sure our trip was as seamless as possible.

Luke & Adam did a great job. This tour was the perfect US specialty tour (will be interested to see more of these)... We covered tons of environments in a fairly small territory. Luke is a LA-area expert and aimed us exactly where we needed to be.

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.

We enjoyed the tor especially seeing so many warbler the first day. Stephan is a fantastic guide and makes sure that every participant gets a chance to see every bird, as much as possible. We never expected to see so many birds in Texas, and I credit Stephan with that achievement.

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