5 WILD PLACES TO SEE WYOMING’S WILDLIFE
Wyoming’s wide-open spaces are teeming with wildlife. So, keep your eyes peeled and you just might spot a bevy of furry and feathered creatures.
Remember: Always give wild animals plenty of space (at least 100 yards for wolves and bears, and 25 yards from all others) and never feed them.
- NPS / Neal Herbert
- Yellowstone National Park
You’re likely to see bison and elk from the road but heading into the backcountry might deliver exciting sightings of grizzly bears, black bears, moose, gray wolves, bighorn sheep, coyotes, pronghorn, bald eagles, and plenty of other wild creatures.
GUIDED ADVENTURES: Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris (Jackson), BrushBuck Wildlife Tours (Jackson)
- Medicine Bow National Forest
Elk, mule deer, moose, wild horses, black bears, bobcats, and coyotes are just some of the creatures that live here. Travel over high-elevation mountain passes and past glittering lakes along the Snowy Range Scenic Byway while spotting wildlife along the way.
GUIDED ADVENTURES: Albany Lodge Guide Services & Outfitters (Laramie), Dearwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary (Laramie)
- Elk crossing the Snake River just after sunrise, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Grand Teton National Park
This national park’s wild landscape provides a bountiful home base for grizzly bears, black bears, elk, moose, coyotes, bison, mule deer, river otters, bald eagles, sage grouse, and more. Stop at the nearby National Elk Refuge, too, where 7,000 migrating elk winter each year.
GUIDED ADVENTURES: EcoTour Adventures (Jackson), Backcountry Safaris (Wilson)
- Wind River Mountains
The Wind River Range delivers many sky-scraping peaks (40 of which reach higher than 13,000 feet), numerous sparkling lakes, and the rushing Wind River, making it a fabulous setting for spotting bighorn sheep, moose, elk, bears, wolves, and mountain lions.
GUIDED ADVENTURES: Bear Basin Adventures (Dubois), Diamond 4 Ranch (Lander)
- Bighorn Mountains
Cloud Peak Skyway Scenic Byway (Worland to Buffalo), Bighorn Scenic Byway (Shell to Sheridan), and Medicine Wheel Passage (Hwy. 14A, from Burgess Junction to Lovell) are all classic wildlife drives. Keep an eye out for elk, white-tail deer, mule deer, black bears, coyotes, moose, wild turkeys, and more as you go.
GUIDED ADVENTURES: Bighorn Mountain Guides (Sheridan), Ultimate Outdoors (Buffalo)
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