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Watching wolves in Yellowstone is our specialty~

Yellowstone Wolf Tracker is a showcase for the diverse and amazing experiences provided by The Wild Side Tours & Treks in Yellowstone National Park, including private wildlife guiding, private photo safaris, multi-day group expeditions, and timely reporting from the field.


Holiday Wolf and Wildlife Watching~

Create special memories while spending the Holiday Season with your family in Yellowstone...

Winter months are exceptional for touring Yellowstone and observing animal behavior. During winter, the snow pushes elk and bison to valley bottoms. Wolves follow the  grazers, creating a perfect opportunity to view them as they concentrate in smaller areas.


We pride ourselves on having an exceptional staff comprised of local biologists and naturalist photography guides that have worked extensively in the Yellowstone ecosystem. They know the territories of 5 different wolf packs, and can tell you about the individuals in the packs and explain behavior that you may be lucky enough to observe. They can also describe other wildlife species and their role in the ecosystem, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, coyotes, foxes, eagles, and ravens.


While the valleys will be covered with a blanket of snow, you can always warm up in our comfortable touring vehicles. You may choose to get off the main track by strapping on a pair of snowshoes and wandering through breathtaking scenery. Snowshoeing is simple, and anyone can do it!


Create an unforgettable family vacation by bundling up, enjoying a hot cup of cocoa, and exploring a winter wonderland with a local biologist of Yellowstone!

We recommend lodging at the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, or Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. We offer multiple day discounts.  Privately guided programs include our wolf watching option and our photography safari.


A Yellowstone wolf confronts a bisonAlternatively, you may join a small group during any season with our all-inclusive, multiple-day expedition packages:    Spring Programs, Autumn Programs, and Winter Programs.


The most frequent and detailed information about Yellowstone wolves on the web is reported daily at  Yellowstone Reports.

The Wild Side bring the voices from the field with unique and timely news about Yellowstone in a subscription website.  Please read the preface for Yellowstone Reports.

A Yellowstone wolf pauses while eating from a carcass on the edge of misty lake


Yellowstone Wolf Tracker  ~

the wolf-watchers' source

The White Wolf #39   by Dan & Cindy Hartman

Since wolves were restored to Yellowstone Park the population has flourished.  Coinciding with this landmark conservation achievement was the growth of a now-popular pastime,  wolf watching.

What is wolf-watching?  This intrepid outdoor activity is simply the observation of wild wolf packs in Yellowstone by casual visitors and serious professionals alike.  Yellowstone Wolf Tracker has been a leader in promoting successful and responsible approaches to this activity since 1997.  This web page is a resource for novice, as well as, experienced wolf-watchers.

Swan Lake Wolf    by Mark Miller

New Alpha Male   print by Todd Fredericksen

Want the inside scoop?  For those new to wolf-watching, we suggest hiring a guide.  This will give you your best chance to see wolves, as well as other wildlife.  Join a multi-day program to have an in-depth experience!  University programs can arrange guiding or a multiple day curriculum.

What else does YWT offer?  Information and recommendations for visiting Yellowstone.  Tips for safe and ecologically sensitive wolf watching etiquetteEducational materials for books and videos, fantastic wild wolf images in the gallery by local photographers and artists, and many links to other great web pages.

Wolf Eyes   by Duke Coonrad

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Yellowstone Wolf Tracker is compiled and edited by Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston, owners of THE WILD SIDE, LLC.  Yellowstone Wolf Tracker has been on the web since 1997.

Nathan has been living in Yellowstone for most of his life and works with wolves and other wildlife species.  As a professional wildlife guide, Nathan enjoys hosting groups in his home, Yellowstone, where exceptional wildlife sightings and amazing secret spots are the norm.  He guides groups of all sizes and ages, year-round, and specializes in natural and cultural history of the park, wildlife observation, and backcountry wilderness travel.  He maintains a wildlife ecology research program in partnership with the park and several universities.  BIOGRAPHY

Linda has worked with wolves in the Rocky Mountains for much of her career as a wildlife biologist.  She has done conservation work for agencies including the National Park Service in Yellowstone and Idaho Fish and Game in the Clearwater region of Idaho.  She worked on a wolf research project in Banff National Park, Alberta, for the University of Alberta.  Currently she works for Defenders of Wildlife on programs that aim to solve chronic problems of wolf predation on domestic livestock in Montana.  She also guides many people to see wolves in Yellowstone each year and shares her extensive experience in field courses for the Yellowstone Association Institute and other non-profit organizations.  BIOGRAPHY


This web page offers:

A listing of premier wildlife watching programs (right-hand column) that feature multiple days of extensive viewing, excellent meals and accommodation, and expert interpretation by Nathan & Linda, who combine over 30 years of Yellowstone experience.  Our custom programs feature the flexibility to create a program perfect for your group, dates, and budget.  These can be as short as a single day or as long as multiple weeks.  We arrange programs and field courses for colleges and universities that travel to learn about the wildlife and critical conservation issues in Yellowstone.  Read what guests have said about their experiences with The Wild Side's wolf excursions in Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Wolf Information:  we offer an information service with sightings, updates, and naturalist reports to stay informed about current events in Yellowstone at

High quality spotting scopes are available for rent to enhance wildlife viewing in the park.  We are also available for consulting on wildlife research and management for small businesses and agencies.


To contact us, please email

Mail at PO BOX 769 Gardiner Montana 59030

The Wild Side, LLC, offices are located at 404 Water Street, Gardiner.

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