Jackson, Wyoming Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Jackson, Wyoming Safaris & wildlife activities

Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

1. Jackson: Grand Teton and National Elk Refuge Winter Day Trip

After an early morning pickup from your hotel, your guide will take you to Grand Teton National Park. Even in the chilling winter, wildlife such as moose, bison, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bald eagles, golden eagles, pronghorn, coyotes, and even wolves can be spotted in the park.  You will witness the beauty of the wide, snowy plains that stretch out to the jagged mountains as you learn about the ancient geology that gave rise to the landscape. At midday, escape the cold and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the famous western-cowboy town of Jackson, Wyoming. After lunch, you will head back outside for a horse-drawn sleigh ride on the National Elk Refuge, carrying you through the low valley that hosts thousands of wintering elk. Snap photos of the large herds as your guide explains how the elk migrate from the surrounding area to the refuge, a 24,700-acre (9,996-hectare) winter sanctuary hosting 47 different mammals and nearly 175 species of birds such as trumpeter swans and bald eagles. At the end of a memorable 8-hour tour of this winter wonderland, you will return to your hotel.

From Jackson: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

2. From Jackson: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

Discover Yellowstone's Lower Loop on a guided day tour from Jackson in an air-conditioned van. Be amazed by the beauty of various natural landmarks, including the Old Faithful Area, the Canyon Area, and Hayden Valley. Begin the tour in downtown Jackson. Head north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. See all the major points of interest on the Lower Loop, including the Upper Geyser Basin, which is the Old Faithful area, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Firehole Lake Loop, Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole River Canyon, Gibbon Falls, and the Virginia Cascades. Experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, including the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Sulphur Cauldron, the Mud Volcano area, and Lake Yellowstone. You will also enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch during the day. Take some short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Be on the lookout for local wildlife species.

Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Guided Wildlife Adventure

3. Grand Teton National Park: 4-Hour Guided Wildlife Adventure

Embark on a wildlife tour that focuses on the amazing animals of Grand Teton National Park as well as the park's diverse geology and history, both human and natural. Ride in either an open-style safari vehicle (weather dependent) in the summer or an enclosed, air-conditioned and heated vehicle during the rest of the year. Stop frequently along your wildlife adventure to get out of the vehicle and safely view wildlife close up or use a high-powered scope to view far-off wildlife. Get your own pair of quality binoculars to use throughout the entire tour. Have the option of taking a short hike in the park during the tour. Discover this vast park which encompasses over 310,000 acres and is home to a diverse range of large mammals, such as grizzly and black bears, wolves, elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, bison, and bighorn sheep. Possibly observe numerous bird species including eagles, hawks, pelicans, grouse, and owls. Marvel at your guide's ability to spot animals. Not only will you learn all about the park and its history and geology, but you will also view countless extraordinary creatures. Watch the epic struggle for survival unfold in the company of an expert wildlife guide!

Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton National Forest Horseback Ride

4. Jackson Hole: Bridger-Teton National Forest Horseback Ride

Join professional wranglers on a 2-hour or 4-hour horseback ride through the trails of Bridger-Teton National Forest on this tour from Jackson Hole. See stunning views of the Grand Teton mountain range and ride along a winding river. Start your adventure at one of the oldest dude ranches in the USA. Choose between a 2-hour ride or extend your wilderness adventure with a 4-hour tour. Meet your wrangler and guide, and get your riding gear.  Before heading to the trails, meet your friendly horse and learn how mount and dismount. Practice handling your horse with the reins and learn to control how fast your horse trots and how to stop, start, and steer. Take a test trot on the ranch property. Venture into the Aspen Tree Groves on horseback. Ride through the Bridger-Teton National Forest, looking for wildlife and local flora. Follow the horse trails and admire panoramic views of the Tetons.  Continue down into the Buffalo Valley to ride along a lazy river. Return to the ranch with a deeper connection to nature and an understanding of the Wild West. 

Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

5. Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day/3-Night Wildlife Adventure

Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks on an African safari-style program that takes you on wildlife tours during the optimum hours for wildlife sighting, and takes you to see the major natural highlights of the parks. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Start by meeting your guide at the Parkway Inn or Lexington Hotel, depending on tour dates, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and head out on a 4-hour Grand Teton dusk adventure. Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Your wildlife adventure will begin early to maximize wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Sightings on this day may include grizzly and black bears, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn, and moose. This will also be a day filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery in Grand Teton and Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.  Lodge accommodation: Cody, Wyoming (near East Yellowstone Entrance). Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Scenic Upper Loop Adventure You’ll depart early to view wildlife on the way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone. En route you’ll visit the beautiful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and possibly see grizzly, black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and much more! Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the American Serengeti and Old Faithful The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins, including visits to Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The tour ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jackson Hole: Dinner Cookout & Bridger-Teton Horseback Ride

6. Jackson Hole: Dinner Cookout & Bridger-Teton Horseback Ride

Embark on a horseback riding experience in Buffalo Valley with sweeping views of the Grand Teton mountain range. Start your journey at one of the oldest dude ranches in America and set off near the National Park before ending your experience with a delicious cookout with views of Buffalo Valley. Start your adventure with a briefing on how to handle a horse for any beginners with zero horseback riding experience. Follow the wranglers as they lead you on a 2 hour horseback ride through the mountains just outside of the Grand Teton National Park. Ride trails exclusively accessible on horseback with up to 500 feet of grade, allowing for amazing photo opportunities in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Ride through the beautiful Aspen Tree Groves and experience Bridger-Teton in one of the most authentic ways possible. After your ride, enjoy an outdoor cookout experience with wonderful views of the Buffalo Valley and surrounding Grand Teton mountains. This traditional country cookout will consist of bbq hot dogs, burgers, salad, and country baked beans.

From Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Tour

7. From Jackson: Grand Teton National Park Tour

After being picked up from your place of lodging anywhere in Jackson or Teton Village. The local supplier can make arrangements to meet lodgers staying in outlying areas at a convenient location. Head directly into Grand Teton National Park and begin exploring the breathtaking landscapes and amazing wildlife to be found within the park. Start the morning with a drive up the Gros Ventre river towards Kelly and Mormon row. This is a great area to spot moose, bulls, and cows. Then, enjoy a bit of history as you drive along Mormon Row, then back towards Moose Junction. Head into the heart of Grand Teton National Park from there along the Park loop road north road towards Jackson Lake. Explore points of interests such as Signal Mountain, Jackson Lake, Willow Flats, Oxbow Bend, Elk Ranch Flats, Dead Man’s Bar, Snake River Overlook, and many more. Returning to Jackson by about 11:30 AM. In addition to the many spectacular vistas and natural wonders that Grand Teton National Park has to offer, enjoy the chance to view the multitude of wildlife that makes Grand Teton it’s home. Bears, wolves, elk, moose, deer, eagles, all are common sights on the tour.

From Jackson: Grand Teton Wildlife & Scenery Tour with Lunch

8. From Jackson: Grand Teton Wildlife & Scenery Tour with Lunch

Immerse yourself in the postcard-worthy scenery of Grand Teton National Park on this insightful trip to all of its major spots. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation in Jackson and travel through striking mountains and lakes, while staying on the lookout for diverse wildlife. Head into the park with your expert guide and learn about the many historical and geological features of Grand Teton. Stop at Jenny Lake Overlook, Jackson Lake, Oxbow Bend, Snake River Overlook, Mormon Row, and many other scenic sites with incredible photo ops. Allow your guide to teach you about the park's local wildlife and point out the most majestic species. Take advantage of high-quality binoculars for the possibility to spot grizzly and black bears, moose, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and much more. Keep your energy levels up throughout the day with a delicious picnic lunch, or restaurant lunch in the event of cold weather.

Jackson: Yellowstone National Park & Wildlife Viewing Tour

9. Jackson: Yellowstone National Park & Wildlife Viewing Tour

Embark on a Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful and Lower Loop Tour for a fantastic way to observe wildlife as well as take in Yellowstone’s numerous geyser basins. Begin by passing through Grand Teton National Park, taking time to stop and observe wildlife and scenery along the way. Continue to Yellowstone National Park, making stops at Old Faithful geyser, Yellowstone Lake, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, as well as several other geyser basins. Make many stops throughout the tour for wildlife viewing opportunities with the binoculars and scope provided. Keep a look out for bison, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose, elk, eagles, mule deer, pronghorn, and coyotes. Walk to the various boardwalks for scenic views of the area. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch that will be served by your guide.

Jackson: Snake River Class 2-3 Whitewater Rafting Adventure

10. Jackson: Snake River Class 2-3 Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Embark on an 8-mile rafting trip adventure down the Snake River - the perfect summer activity to do on your visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for all ages and experience levels. Discover the Class II and III whitewater rapids with incredible opportunities to swim and get wet. Start the tour by arriving a the boathouse, just 1-mile from Town Square in Jackson. Meet your experienced white water guides and get suited up in wetsuits if needed (available to hire for an additional cost). From there, take a 30-minute bus ride to West Table in the Snake River Canyon. Feel free to leave anything on the bus that you don't want to get wet. When you arrive at the launch site, get kitted out with paddles and board the boat. When booking, you can choose between the classic boat option for 8-10 people or the smaller boat option which requires you to paddle at every rapid. Then, begin navigating downstream along this particularly wide and deep stretch of river which boasts class II and III level rapids. As the paddling picks up the pace, experience rapids including Lunch Counter, 3-ordeal, Cottonwood, Big Kahuna, and many more. Be prepared to get wet during this adrenaline-filled adventure. Listen as your guide teaches you about the history of the area and about some of the rapids. Along the way, admire the spectacular canyon scenery and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including eagles, mountain goats, otters, osprey, and elk. Have the chance to take a quick swim and cool down. Finally, end the route at Sheep Gulch which is 8-miles south of your departure point. Finally, board the same bus which will return you back to the boathouse where the tour concludes.

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4.9 / 5

based on 86 reviews

Our guide, Patrick, was super friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. He was smart about where to go to see the best animals, and he was nimble about changing course if he heard any other information from his colleagues leading other tours. Thanks to Patrick, we saw grizzly bears, a moose mama and baby, beavers building a dam, pronghorn scaring off aggression from a coyote, and a herd of elk running by us on the road and then crossing in front of us with the big proud buck bringing up the rear making sure the rest got across. Besides the wildlife, we saw the stunning geologic features that make Yellowstone famous.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and was very motivated to enable us to see as much wildlife as possible. He asked us what we were most interested in seeing and positioned us for the best vantage point to view the animals once we stopped. The scope and binoculars provided were excellent tossed them as up close as we were allowed to get to remain safe.

Kevin was a wonderful guide for us! We were able to see everything we wanted to see (except a bear), and we did it with lots of fun stories and a car load of laughs! We highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to the Jackson Hole area!

Our guide, Natalie, was extremely knowledgeable and understanding of our beginner status. She really made all of us feel confident and comfortable. Great experience.

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs. The pace and options of the tour were also well planned.