Since our time was limited and we were not familiar with the terrain in the snow, we decided to tour Jackson Hole wildlife safari (JHWS) to increase our chances of seeing wildlife.
Over the years, we’ve made a fair share of watching wildlife, which can always be hit or missed. On this trip we saw moose, bison, sheep with big horns, bald eagles and moose on our half day safari. Either we were really lucky, or our tour guides know their wild world (probably both).
JHWS is the only tourism company that focuses entirely on wildlife, although there are other companies that offer similar wildlife and other stage tours Jackson Hole. And because they have a network of guides and spend time in the park every day, they are able to exchange information with each other and know the pattern of animal movements. It’s amazing how I can spot animals from such a great distance when they look like ambiguous dots to us.
Between searching for wildlife, our guide taught us a lot about the history of the area and its relationship to animals. He knew the area well since he was also a naturalist in Yellowstone National Park for many years.
On top of that, the groups are small, picking you up from the hotel and providing snacks, binoculars and optical cylinders.