Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Watch the bears forage for food, play in their ponds and with each other. Early morning and evening visitors may witness active wolf packs howling. Come nose to nose with otters while getting a complete understanding of the intricacies of the Yellowstone ecosystem in the River Otter Exhibit. Other activities include: Keeper Kid’s (hide food for the bears), Wolf Enrichment, Bird of Prey presentations, Safety in Bear Country Programs, Yellowstone Ranger talks, intriguing films and presentations. Explore Bears: Imagination & Reality, an interactive museum. Visit the Naturalist Cabin to see exceptional views of two separate wolf packs through floor-to-ceiling windows. Highlights are: daily “Pack Chats”, a National Geographic film on wolves and a life-sized wolf model. Activities and viewing both inside and out. Open 365 days (GWDC bears DO NOT hibernate). Admission is good for two consecutive days. One block from Yellowstone National Park.
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  • trout04
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing wildlife park & educational facility!
    This was the highlight of our time in West Yellowstone! All of the animals appeared well cared for and there was plenty of space for them to roam. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. GWDC has made tremendous improvements during the past 20 years. Educational displays and exhibits are very good. Our family (ages 75 to 11) thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend a visit if you're headed to Yellowstone.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Ahniwake R
    Tulsa, Oklahoma106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop for kiddos
    This was a last minute stop and sp glad we did. The wolves are beautiful. Great otter exhibit and birds of prey. They have a bear feeding activity for children that my daughter really enjoyed. Lived so much 'adopted' a wolf.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • JMaria87
    Tennessee115 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    My husband wanted to see a grizzly and a wolf while on our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. We were able to see a Grizzly along with tons of other wildlife out in the wild but never did get a glimpse of a wolf, so we came here to see them up close. The facility was nice and it was also nice to see they were expanding the grizzly enclosure. The displays inside were also very educational.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Rob D
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center: A Fantastic Experience
    We’ve visited the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center three times over the past nearly three decades. It’s gotten bigger and better with each visit. Based on construction currently taking place, it’s likely that the trend will continue when we visit for a fourth time. This is a wonderful place with great opportunities to watch the behaviors of wolves, grizzly bears, river otters, ground squirrels and birds of prey in excellent enclosures. We enjoyed watching wolves and bears at play. We also had the great fortune to see five wolves descend on a live trout in a small stream in their enclosure. The winner took his or her catch to the shade of a nearby birch tree, where he or she quietly ate it (after playing with the flopping fish for a short time). The enrichments given to wolves, bears and otters were fun to watch…especially fun to see them search for their treats. All in all, a fantastic place to watch these wonderful animals in well-done, naturalistic enclosures. We look forward to a return in the near future to see a new bear enclosure and more bears!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • VanEsq12
    Dallas, Texas2,467 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of animals to see and learn about!
    What a pleasant surprise! Admission to this not-for-profit center is good for two consecutive days. This facilty houses a variety of animal species: raptors, bears, gray wolves, otters and fish. Many of these animals were injured or abandoned and as a result cannot live in the wild. This facility offers them a beautiful habitat to live in, and staff offers informational seminars educating visitors about the different species. The animals looked happy, healthy and well taken care of. The habitats were very clean and designed to be mentally stimulating for the animals. I was impressed by this place. It is half museum and half animal educational center. A perfect activity for a rainy day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Bwk8
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well kept sanctuary
    A very well kept little sanctuary, active wolves and bears. So many ravens hanging out a wolf actually snagged one when we were there prompting the others to start howling. Very cool/weird experience. Also ground squirrels, otters, and eagles/hawks/owls to be seen along with a really nice educational section on bears. Was worth stopping at.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Rach371
    Barnsley, United Kingdom208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit!
    This is a lovely place to visit. All the animals there are unable to live in the wild for various reasons and the center do a great job in creating an evironment they would normally live in. The animals are well looked after and inside there are displays and lots of information to look at. As well as Bears & Wolves there are Birds Of Prey & Otters amongst other wildlife in there and your entrance fee is good for 2 days. Well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Alp186
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see grizzlies
    Our family enjoyed our visit here. When we first arrived, the two bears on display were playing in the water. It was amazing to watch them wrestle around in the water from the upper observation deck. They have a schedule posted so you know when the different bears will be on display. It was interesting reading about how each bear came to be there. Our boys also enjoyed watching the ground squirrels. All the animals there seemed well cared for. There were staff available to answer any questions that visitors had. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in West Yellowstone.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Terrell C
    107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Wolf and Grizzly Experience
    We are a family of 8 who started our eight day Yellowstone visit with a tour of this attraction. We saw lots of wolves and bears and learned much about them from the excellent staff. They also do a 4:00PM Bear Spray Lecture. We highly recommend this facility. It is also very close to the Park Welcome Center.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • K M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to see a grizzly or two.
    We enjoyed this place a lot and liked how they rotated the grizzlies and his food for them so you got to see them out and about on the move. Loved the ground squirrels too and the birds of prey. Saw quite a few wolves too and the otters had a great habitat. All animals were reached. My two kids were 7 and 8 and liked it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
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Ashli
Savannah, GA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed the GWDC. I loved that all the animals were rescued and taken care of because they were unable to survive in the wild for various reasons. The staff was caring and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time watching the wolves play and the grizzly who was out at the time (Nakima) climb a tree to find a treat that was placed there for her. The otter house was also lots of fun. I felt like it was a good value, especially since you could return the next day on the same ticket. We spent a few hrs here learning about the animals. (Also, I'm not sure when the requirement started, but unlike another review stated, they definitely required masks throughout the whole facility when we were there (July 23).
Written July 25, 2020
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travel4work2015
Salem, OR17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
After reading the reviews we decided to check this place out the day we arrived. I guess my expectations were too high. You walk in and see some wolves behind wire on the right and then on the left there were two bears behind wire and if you walk further down there are birds, an eagle and an owl also in small, wired enclosures. Finally there was a building at the end with otters but my family couldn't see them because a couple of families allowed their kids to run wild. If your kids are sensitive or concerned for animal rights at all they will not like this place. I understand this facility is helping the animals and what they do is good, however I do see the other view about seeing all the animals in these small, wired enclosures. For $50 this was not worth the cost for our family.
Written July 17, 2020
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betti14
boston, ma221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Lovely stop to see wildlife in a protected habitat. I did not see more than 2 bears and they were pretty far away but there was a lot of educational material and small museum to learn. The wolves were much more active and plentiful and were my favorite part of the center. Being a dog owner/lover I could see (and hear) the resemblance of these pack animals. Very cool. I later went to Yellowstone Bear Park in Idaho enroute to Jackson. The latter was a more open habitat where cars could drive through with windows up so see the bears. There were many more bears, as well as a bear cub section, but no wolves. The former I found more educational and more staff educated around the animals, where the park in Idaho was more geared to families who want to see the animals then go to the petting zoo and feed the goats and whatnot. Both had their value but I do recommend The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center for seeing the anmals as well as learning about them.
Written October 13, 2020
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Livelifeoutloud
Charleston, SC102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
What a great place. Animals so well cared for and such a great educational experience to try and save these majestic creatures. The staff is very knowledgeable and they clearly love the animals. I felt like it was affordable as we stayed about three hours for only $36.00. Well worth the money. Go in the AM and make sure to ask about the feeding schedule for the wolves and otters. Very cool
Written May 4, 2021
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David G
Santa Clarita, CA548 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We were visiting Yellowstone in June and the crowds were daunting to say the least. On one of our days there we decided to just visit the town of West Yellowstone and see the Grizzly and Wolves Discovery Center. It is extremely well done, and they explain how each animal there came under their care - generally because they were injured or incorrigible and not fit for living in the wild. The attendants were at each display and loaded with interesting information about the grizzlies and the wolves and we totally enjoyed our experience there!
Written July 7, 2021
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Peggy C
Oahu, HI78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We visited during the afternoon, and had plenty of time to see all the animals and to enjoy a documentary movie in the museum area. We saw a super interesting movie about wolves and bison, which really set us up for enjoying Yellowstone even more when we later on went into the park. The bears that were out in the yard when we were visiting were Sam (he's enormous, what a character- didn't want to leave the yard as the sun was out and he was not in a hurry.) and then the two small sisters- Seely and Condi. They were pretty interesting to watch- they played with each other, splashed around, one of them was dancing around, the other was trying to climb a tree... Just pretty active. We also really liked watching the Uinta Ground Squirrels, and the otters were super fun. The wolves were regal, but mostly sleeping the whole time we were there (just like my dogs.).

For the price and the availability of docents to answer questions, I give this an excellent rating easily. There is a lot of passion invested in caring for these animals.
Written July 7, 2022
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CLG1111
Solana Beach, CA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It’s about a 45 min drive from Big Sky. My wife has a broken patella (no - not a ski injury) so we decided that I would take a ski break day and drive down toward Yellowstone. The drive was beautiful but when we realized that the park was closed we were not sure what to do. We asked an individual in the park area what might be interesting and he suggested the discovery center.

You had a opportunity to see grizzly bears in a very natural surrounding as well as grey wolves in a similar abode. And of course the entertaining otters. It was much more than we had anticipated and very educational. If you have been following the story of the reintroduction of wolves to the US it really hits home

We spent about 1 1/2 hours touring the grounds. Beautiful day but quite cool. There are a number of indoor executions as well to warm up and further educate yourself

Also be sure to go into town and have a bite. The buffalo bar was great
Written March 2, 2020
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,617 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This place is great for learning more about grizzly bears and wolves. There is a lot of information posted and staff who will answer questions you might have. It was a bit tough to see the bears as their enclosure is being remodeled. Also the birds are not on display due to some kind of illness. With the construction and lack of birds to see I felt the price was a bit high at $15 per adult; although the fee does allow you to visit 2 consecutive days. The otters were great and our 4 year old grandson loved them!
Written June 17, 2022
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Gregg D
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
To tell you the truth, I did not want to go, but my family did and I obliged. I have seen a lot of wild bears in a lot of wild places and I am not all that fond of "zoos". However, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a well maintained and tastefully presented animal viewing experience. The habitats are spacious and the animals that are on display are rotated to provide for exercise, comfort, and safety. I did not get the details on the wolves, but all of the bears that were there were either orphaned as cubs or became nuisance animals in the wild. There is a lot of information on wolves and grizzlies that can be learned by reading the well designed kiosks located throughout the center and by touring the visitor center that you pass through to enter the park. I also thought the admission price was fairly reasonable and they offer a lot of different discounts.
Written July 2, 2022
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dana9880
Moorestown, NJ125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This place was surprisingly great! We spent about 2 hrs here with our 7yr old after a morning at Yellowstone. Depending on how interested you are in the museum/history area you could definitely stay longer. The tickets are good for 2 days and were reasonably priced considering! The bears were awesome! We watched them eat and play in the water with each other. If you have young kids I recommend looking into the program they have where the kids get to hide food for the bears and they get special buttons etc. Seemed neat but it only happens 2x a day and we had just missed signing my son up for it.
The wolves weren’t super exciting. They just kind of hid/slept the whole time. We actually LOVED the ground squirrels section. There are tons of them and they were fun to watch go in and out of their burrow tunnels.
Written July 14, 2022
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