Upper Loop & Lamar Valley
This tour is designed to maximize wildlife & nature observation, photography and park ecology. Dale Robert Franz, a renowned professional wildlife photographer and expert naturalist with undergraduate degrees in Wildlife Biology and Geology and graduate studies in Earth Science, will guide each tour. The drive along the “Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway” before even reaching the east gate of Yellowstone will give you the chance to observe grizzly and black bears, moose, mule and whitetail deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bald eagles, ospreys and more. As we enter Yellowstone through the east gate, we’ll drive over Sylvan Pass a great location for bighorn sheep and grizzly bears. In the Hayden Valleys, you will see large bison herds, elk and a great chance to see wolves and grizzly bears. We cross the interior plateau to Norris Junction and then head north to Mammoth Hot Springs. We will then head for Roosevelt Junction driving through some of the best black bear habitat in the park. We’ll exit the park through the Northeast Gate. On our way out we’ll travel through the amazing Lamar Valley perhaps the best area in the world to view wild wolves. We then enter the rugged Absaroka Mountains where we may be able to spot mountain goats and is home to a good number of moose.