Wildlife Expedition

USA Small Group Wildlife Tour – A Western American Nature and History Experience

Meet new international travelers and explore the best of the wild west as we travel through the most famous American wildlife viewing territories.


Browse the descriptions and images below for a peak into our small group nature tour, filled with spectacular escapes into wildlife rich areas. Our goal for these tours is to bring you closer to nature and wildlife in both famous national parks, monuments, state parks but also in less known natural areas. As you travel in our comfortable 14-passenger, air conditioned van, keep your eyes and cameras ready for bison, elk, deer, majestic golden and bald eagles, occasional coyotes, and rare bears and moose. You will enjoy the many stops at scenic viewpoints, the walks and hikes that allow for personalized exploration. Unlike large bus tours, you’ll get to stay in small communities, locally owned hotels and get a chance to discover wildlife. See wild mustang and buffalo herds across remote prairies, and walk on marked trails into pristine nature preserves.

Join us for some lunch picnics you can buy at local markets, a BBQ offered by Travel Dream West, and then choose to eat at fine dining locations at your own pace nearby our comfortable, small scale hotels. Many of our hotels include a breakfast,. We will spend more than one night at the same hotel whenever possible. Tours depart approximately 8:00am each morning, and check in between 5:00 and 7:00pm, with adjustments made for special occasions. A detailed schedule will be sent to you upon reservation.

Tour also available in Reverse Order, see Dates & Rates.

Chipmunk nibbling dandelion.


Daily schedule of the USA small group wildlife tour (Also available in Reverse Order)

Day 1: Arrival in Salt Lake City

The group will meet up in Salt Lake City. We will visit the gorgeous Mormon Temple grounds before we get to know each other at dinner. Everyone receives detailed itinerary information.

Mormon Temple

Mormon Temple

Tabernacle Choir

Tabernacle Choir

Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol

Day 2: Salt Lake City – Capitol – Botanical Gardens – Antelope Island Visit Utah’s grandiose capitol building, then explore Red Butte Botanical Gardens, where rare birds, rabbits, lizards and other animals reside. Afternoon hiking and picnicking at Antelope Island State Park, habitat for much North American wildlife including Pronghorn Antelopes and bison. Optional swim in Salt Lake.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island

Large Lizard

Large Lizard

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

Day 3: Salt Lake City – 2002 Olympic Park – Fossil Butte National Monument – Conestoga

Visit to 2002 Winter Olympics Park, with Alf Engen Ski Museum, and possibly watch training for ski jumping. Next, see rare fossils of fish, leaves, turtles and more amid wildlife at Fossil Butte National Monument. Stay at the remote Conestoga Ranch with it’s unique Wild-West atmosphere.

Fish Fossils

Fish Fossils

Fossil Butte Antelope

Fossil Butte Antelope

Kemmerer Rock Shop

Kemmerer Rock Shop

Day 4: Kemmerer, Wyoming – Soda Springs – Blackfoot Reservoir – Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge – Jackson

Visit Soda Springs with the highest geyser in America, look at tracks remaining from Oregon Trail pioneers. Afternoon at Blackfoot Reservoir, home to a large White Pelican colony, and depending on the season, Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge, habitat of rare greater Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans. Night in the Jackson Hole by the Snake River.

Soda Springs Geyser

Soda Springs Geyser

Sandhill Cranes at Grays Lake N.W.R.

Sandhill Cranes at Grays Lake N.W.R.

Grand Teton N.P.

Grand Teton N.P.

Day 5: Jackson, Wyoming – Snake River – Grand Teton National Park – Yellowstone N.P.

Stroll through Jackson with its art galleries, gift shops, and great restaurants. Optional white water rafting or floating trip on Snake River. Walk along beautiful Jenny Lake at Grand Teton National Park, with leisurely boat ride across Jenny Lake, famous for moose. Drive to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone. 2 nights in Gardiner or West Yellowstone, Montana.

Giant Moose

Giant Moose

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser

Mammoth Hot  Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park – Mammoth Hot Springs

Today, we will watch out and observe wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, where the densest contiguous North American animal populations exist. Explore beautiful travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, then on to Tower Falls and hike at Lower Falls at Yellowstone Canyon. On the way see bison, elk, deer, antelope, and possibly coyotes, eagles, and with lots of luck a grizzly or black bear, wolves, and more.

Bison Herd in Yellowstone N.P.

Bison Herd in Yellowstone N.P.

Yellowstone Wolf

Yellowstone Wolf

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If you have any questions about our Western American wildlife tours please feel free to contact us at info@traveldreamwest.com. Our Wildlife Expedition small group tours leave four times a year and can be reserved for a group as a custom adventure travel tour.