Grand Teton Half Day Safari

Tour Info

Our half-day Grand Teton wildlife and photo safaris are perfect for anyone looking to get a taste of the Tetons. We will go out in the morning or evening, but really enjoy the peaceful and quiet nature of Grand Teton National Park at first light.

Because we go out before sunrise we are frequently the first or among the first people with wildlife including our beloved grizzly bears. Enjoy a complimentary artisan muffin and hot cup of premium coffee as we wind our way in to the park with plenty of time for sunrise. If we go in the afternoon we are usually the last people back to town, enjoying the tranquility of late evening as the sun sinks behind the Tetons. We have plenty of snacks and drinking water on whichever safari you choose.

Whichever tour you choose, enjoy the local, intimate knowledge of the park and customer service that only local owner/operators can provide. We use SUVs rather than vans so that more guests get doors and windows that open.

While you don’t need to own a camera to enjoy our tours, we will give photographers as little or as much instruction as you want. We have Swarovski spotting scopes as well as the use of reference materials and binoculars.

We’ll be out for up to about 6 hours on either a morning or afternoon tour. We will pick up and drop off in the Jackson area as far north as Colter Bay.

This is a great way to get a private, intimate introduction to Grand Teton National Park.



Grand Teton Half Day

Time can go by so quickly in 5 – 6 hours. The bears are mostly up north while the iconic landscapes are spread throughout the park.

We’ll have to make some choices and identify priorities in order to maximize your experience. We’re happy to go straight to bears and commune with them all morning or get to as many landscapes as possible in the golden morning light.

We’ll fit in as many of your priorities as we can in a deliberate but relaxed fashion, leaving you back at your lodging in time for lunch.

We are the owner/operators so we can tailor the tour to your exact desires without having to keep a strict schedule.

How to book

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Q: What wildlife will I see on a tour?
Wildlife is, well, wild. We know the specific area and movement patterns of wildlife in Yellowstone and Grand Teton, but we can’t make wildlife appear. An entire herd of bison can pick up and move a mile or more in 30 minutes. Bears often move in and out of timber several times a day and so forth. The seasons are also a consideration. Contact us if you have specific questions.

Q: What will the weather be like?
Winter is never far away in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We are at higher altitude where 50 – 60 degree temperature swings are not uncommon in the summer. You can get frostbite and sunburned on the same day. We will check the weather before your tour and give specific recommendations.

Q: How cold does it get in winter?
We have seen it get down in to the negative 40 degree Fahrenheit range in recent years. If it gets that cold we will not be very far from the vehicle at any time and we will recommend that you bring the warmest clothes you can find.

Q: What should I wear?
We recommend dressing in layers. Long pants, long sleeved shirts and headwear will help protect you from the sun. It is not much above freezing most mornings so a fleece or coat is a good idea. We recommend waterproof footwear. Light hiking boots are great, but closed-toe shoes are a must. Avoid cotton socks if you can.

Q: Where will you pick us up?
We will pick you up at your lodging in the Jackson area, further north in the Teton Valley as far as Colter Bay, Victor, Idaho, and can talk about special arrangements if you are staying elsewhere. On occasion, we have picked up in Island Park and West Yellowstone for a Yellowstone Tour.

Q: Are your tours open to non-photographers?
Yes, you don’t need to own a camera to enjoy one of our tours. Smartphones are fine as well. With two guides on most tours, we are perfect for couples where one person is a photographer and one is not. We will give you as much or as little photographic instruction as you need.

Q: Do we need bear spray?
You will not need bear spray on one of our tours.

Q: Can we bring small children on your tours?
You may bring children of any age you are comfortable with, but we do not provide or install a child safety seat so you must bring yours.

Q: How much hiking will we do on one of your tours?
Our permit specifically prohibits us from going more than 1/2 mile on a trail. We may walk a few hundred yards in places over mostly level ground, but this all of our tours are road-based.

Q: Do I have to worry about snakes?
There are no poisonous snakes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Q: Can I bring marijuana on a tour if it is prescribed?
Marijuana possession remains illegal at the federal level. It is not allowed in the national parks.

Terms & Conditions

Our single day terms and conditions are easy:

Tell us you are coming and we will put you in the book. We don’t take any money down and you are not committed. We’d appreciate it if you let us know as soon as possible if something comes up or your plans change, but we get that things happen.

If the roads are open we go, so be prepared for potentially inclement weather. Imperfect weather often makes for a better experience.

We take full payment by check, cash or credit card on the day you go out with us.


$600 for the first 1 or 2 guests.
$50 for each additional guests up to a maximum of 12.

Contact us for a custom quote if you have a larger group.

5 - 6 hours
Key Areas Visited

Grand Teton National Park

  • Breakfast
  • Hot coffee, tea and chocolate
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Use of binoculars, spotting scopes and reference materials
  • Transportation
  • Photography instruction
  • A great experience