Yellowstone is so big and so diverse I always preferred Yellowstone.
But after reflecting on last year and talking to a guy taking pictures of moose this morning who prefers the Tetons for photographing wildlife I'm not so sure. I have never seen a moose in Yellowstone, but I have seen plenty of Bison, pronghorn, wolves, grizzly in both parks. I have seen more elk in yellowstone.
I love Yellowstone, but I am beginning to think the Tetons is underrated.
We worked in YNP for 3 summers and have camped in Grand Teton many times. Both great for wildlife. Overall, I think YNP is unbeatable for wildlife; However our only recent sighting of a Grizzly was in Grand Teton. We've seen moose in YNP but not often. The 2 Parks are so closely connected that wildlife moves from 1 to the other. Because of it's smaller size, it is easier to appreciate all of GT in a limited amount of time.
Please remember, those animals are WILD! They CAN and WILL kill you!
Seems like almost every year some fool tourist tries to treat a bull bison or bull elk or a sow grizzly like a neighborhood dog, and winds up in the hospital or dead!
Then the family demands that the animal be killed, and sues the park for not making it "safe". You are visiting the home of those animals, you have entered THEIR living room. Behave appropriately!
Either park will give good viewing opportunities. Keep your distance, stay in your vehicle, be safe.
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X2. I've seem more variety of animals from one spot in the Tetons. Grizzly, elk - in fact the grizzly had an elk calf down, what appeared to be a moma and some young coyotes playing, and deer. The coyotes could have been wolves, too, it was very long range.
we've been going up to the Grand Tetons for the past 7 years, usually in August.
we regulary see Moose in the Gros Ventre river near Gros Ventre campground, and on the scenic byway between Moose and Wilson.
We see Elk up on the north off highway 89... everyday.
and the buffalo hang out in the south end around Gros Ventre campground and Mormons' Row.
We have not seen the bears. They are there, though, and it appears there is a mama Griz and her grown daughter and maybe now a granddaughter that hang out in the park.
in Yellowstone, it is common to see coyotes, eagles, elk, and buffalo. then, if you're lucky, you'll see a bear and a wolf. We saw a Moose crossing the highway north of west yellowstone one year.
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We feel that the Tetons will give you the best odds of wildlife photos. Yellowstone was never a good source for us, not to say that others were at the right place at the right time but the Tetons always give us a lot of photo opts for eagles, bear, elk, moose and critters.
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