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Wolf Observation, Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
Most of Yellowstone's nearly 3.4 million annual visitors go for the spouting geysers, prismatic hot springs, and serene landscape. But in the 1990s, the park began a gray wolf reintroduction program that is making wolf observation another can't-miss activity.
Guides offer single- and multi-day excursions throughout the year, including the wolves' best viewing seasons, winter and spring. A single-day tour (six to seven hours long) with the self-described "first guide in Yellowstone Park to offer and lead wolf-viewing tours," Bearman, costs $600 for a group of one to five guests; the tour includes in-park transport, the use of spotting scopes, and snacks.
If you want to try "wolfing" without a guide, Lamar and Hayden valleys are among the best locations for observing the animals at play. Yellowstone Experiences and our sister site TripAdvisor have well-researched tips on proper peeping etiquette as well as advice on binoculars and viewing scopes for wildlife observation in Yellowstone.