Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Don’t Miss Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone

December 17, 2009, 9:50 am
Winter in Yellowstone is a great time for extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities and a change to experience the park without the summer crowds.
 
December is the breeding season (rut) for bighorn sheep in the park. During the mating season or "rut," the rams butt heads as they spar for dominance and the chance to win a harem of females. Rams’ horns can weigh more than 40 pounds, and frequently show broken or "broomed" tips from repeated clashes.
 
Winter is also a great time to watch wolves in the park. January marks the 15th anniversary of wolf reintroduction to the park, and in celebration there are some in-depth wolf watching packages available.
 
With winter wildlife “Lodging and Learning” travel packages, including “Winter Wildlife Expedition,” and “Winter Wolf Discovery,” guests can learn from expert guides as they accompany them to some great wildlife viewing locations throughout the park.
 
By day you’ll explore Yellowstone with a fun and knowledgeable naturalist guide from the Yellowstone Association, the official educational partner of the National Park Service. Each night you’ll return to park hotels for excellent meals and comfortable accommodations provided by Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, the official concessioner for Yellowstone National Park hotels. All programs include expert instruction, breakfast and box lunches, in-park transportation, and optional evening programs by the National Park Service or Xanterra.