|Wildlife ExpeDitions gives guests picture perfect winter views of geysers // photo by Sean Beckett|
|Yellowstone National park is home to bison that roam even in the winter // photo by Jay Goodrich|
Have an active traveler who hasn’t sampled America’s very own wild, wild west? We hear that Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools, out of Jackson Hole is now offering guided “snow-coach safaris.” Consider this: You can see Yellowstone National Park as a frozen wilderness when partaking in the “Old Faithful Winter Expedition” a full-day, off-road adventure that begins in Jackson Hole. First step includes getting picked up from your hotel and transported to Flagg Ranch at the south entrance of Yellowstone, to board Mercedes-Benz Sprinter snow coaches (window seat guaranteed); it holds up to seven passengers. Hint: For larger groups, book multiple snow coaches — there are a total of four available. On this jaunt, expect to see Old Faithful geyser, Upper Geyser Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin, all in their winter glory. Don’t forget the camera; in the snow, bison, foxes, coyotes and, possibly, wolves abound.
The “Grand Canyon Winter Expedition” is another full-day excursion; it goes to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. Here’s the fun part: The falls are encased in an icy cover that can only be seen (and can’t be missed) in winter. Nice Touch: All trips include hot beverages, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Tip: These trips don’t require a high level of fitness, just short walks and stepping into high vehicles. Luxury travel advisors can contact Nick Delmolino ([email protected]), senior director of marketing and communications for more details.