Your reason for wanting to visit Jackson Hole is certainly not to see a football game, or see a Broadway show (although you can still do these), you likely are drawn to this valley for its wondrous views, abundant wildlife and the adventure that beckons. The best way to take advantage of these draws and increase your chances of spotting the most wildlife is to rely on a trusted guide who knows the hot spots for wildlife and breathtaking views in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite wildlife tour companies and guides in the Jackson Hole area.
This veteran-owned tour company has strong positive reviews and offers both public and private tours in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park guided by knowledgeable and enthusiastic locals. Their tours range from four hours to four days and also offer a “Wet n’ Wildlife Float Combo Tour” that collaborates with Dave Hansen Whitewater to spend half of the day exploring on land and the other half floating on the scenic Snake River. If exploring Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park aren’t enough for you, BrushBuck also offers tours in Africa, Alaska, and South America.
This small and highly personal tour company run by geologist, photographer and seasoned wildlife guide Jim Blair offers in-depth and highly educational tours through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Jim will take you through areas of both parks where he knows from experience will have swaths of wildlife. He offers private and shared tours that range from half day to three days offering delicious meals from local chefs. If the wonderful wildlife and scenery do not satisfy you, Jim’s enthusiasm and charming southern accent will!
Hole Hiking Experience offers a variety of different style tours all designed to fill your adventure needs. Hole Hiking Experience has been around since 1989 and offers activities year round including hiking (obviously), wildlife sighting, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, backpacking, fishing, yoga and more. You may choose to combine activities as well as the duration you would like for your guided experience. Hole Hiking Experience is highly versatile and knowledgeable about the area, providing for an amazing experience every time.
Custom wildlife tours from Teton Wild allow you to enjoy a private wildlife tour where you let them know your interests and they will accommodate the tour to your desires. These tours can accommodate up to seven patrons and can either be half or full day tours with lunch and snacks included. Their experienced guides will let you in on the secrets of the valley and what makes it special, including the story of how the wolves saved the aspen trees.
This Adventure guide company prides itself on being environmentally friendly and philanthropic to local conservation and research groups that help protect the natural surroundings in the national parks and beyond. With tours and programs ranging from half day to five days, Eco Tours will take you through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park providing you with endless photo opportunities. You can also choose to go birding with one of their bird specialist guides who will help you spot many of the rare species native to the area.
No matter which wildlife guide company you may choose to go with, we are certain that you will not be disappointed. The beauty of the Tetons and vast wilderness of Yellowstone are unlike anywhere else in the world and known to steal the hearts of nearly everyone who visits.