With more than 98,000 square miles of terrain and one person per every 111 acres, it’s no wonder that Wyoming is one of the best nature and wildlife watching vacations in North America. Home to more than 100 mammal species and 400 species of birds, Wyoming’s wild residents include bison, mountain lions, wolves, bald eagles, grizzly bears, black bears, elk, moose, deer, pronghorn antelope and wild horses. Many of Wyoming’s wildlife reside in national forests, national parks, national wilderness areas and wildlife refuges. Guided wildlife tours are available year-round in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, along with special winter sleigh rides in the National Elk Refuge near Jackson.
Keep Your Distance: Seeing Wyoming’s first inhabitants in the wild is an experience unlike any other. And while you may be tempted to see animals up close, always remember to observe from a safe distance. Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from elk, bison and other wildlife.