Paradise Valley & Northern Range
After breakfast, drive to Yellowstone National Park's north entrance. Scouting first for bison, pronghorn, elk and bighorn sheep, but it is hoped to spy your first wolves near here as well. Break for lunch at the historic park settlement at Mammoth Hot Springs. Afterward, you'll have time to explore the geothermal features of the Mammoth area and learn about the establishment of Fort Yellowstone. Later drive east across the Yellowstone's Northern Range, discovering the prime wolf habitat that you will explore intimately over the next several days. This evening you are joined for dinner and a slideshow presentation by outdoor photographer Jason Savage, one of Yellowstone's most acclaimed image makers. Savage's work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Audubon, The New York Times and many other outlets.Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant, was the first national park in the world and home to the majority of the world's geysers. The diversity found in these 3,500 square miles is amazing and ranges in both geology and wildlife. The park is made up of many lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Amongst these is Yellowstone Lake; one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and Old Faithful the most famous geothermal feature in the world. It is also home to 1,700 species of trees and plants and hundreds of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. During a visit to this park, it is possible to see grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and many other animals in their natural setting.
You will be staying at Cooke City Alpine Motel, Full board