WINTER HOURS: Closed from January through March.  Private tours are available during this time.
WINTERHOURS: Closed from January through March.  Private tours are available during this time.​

Admission

Find out when the Sanctuary is open, rates, and the best times to visit.

Tours + Animal Encounters

A guided tour with one of our staff will make your visit even more memorable.

Birthday Parties

Have your birthday with all your human and YWS animal friends!

Directions + Sanctuary Map

Getting to the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

Seasonal Hours

The best time to see our animals is in the morning when they’re most active. Like their wild counterparts they may partake in afternoon naps or choose to den up on hot days.

CLOSED, except for private tours

Nature takes time to rest during the coldest winter months and so do the YWS animals. This is a great time to schedule a private tour to see how our animals adapt to the cold months.

We are open for private tours, encounters, and birthday parties.

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, last admission is at 3:30 pm!

Spring has sprung! Come see the YWS animals as they enjoy the warmer temps and shake off the winter frost.

Every day except Tuesday

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, last admission is at 3:30 pm!
Keeper Talks: 11 am and 1 pm, Friday-Sunday

Summer is a great time to enjoy the Sanctuary and watch the animals at play in the warm sun! It’s also a great time for Tours and Animal Encounters. During this time of year, we recommend coming in the morning when the animals are most active!

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, last admission is at 3:30 pm!

The fall is the best time to visit the animals. They are more active in the cold weather and they LOVE the snow!

NOTE: CLOSED Christmas Day

General Admission

Purchase admission at the Sanctuary.

  • Adults — $12
  • Seniors 55+ — $9
  • Military — $9
  • Children 4-12 — $6
  • Children under 4 — Free

All tours are limited to 10 people.

  • Tours start at $52
  • Private Tours start at $102
  • Animal Encounters start at $42
  • Tour & Encounter starts at $63

Note: Tours and Animal Encounters can be purchased on site, but due to limited daily availability, we recommend purchasing tickets online.

Tours

A guided tour with one of our staff will make your visit even more memorable. You’ll learn more about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, how the species represented at our sanctuary fit in to it, and how each of our animals got here. Tours last about 60 to 90 minutes. It is recommended that tours are booked in advance as they fill up quickly.

Animal Encounters

Join us for a unique experience with one of our ambassador animals: Piglet the Hognosed Snake, or Scherbatsky and M&M, the Tiger Salamanders! During the encounter, we will bring the animal out of their enclosure to allow you to see them up close while a member of our Education and Animal Care team teach and answer questions about the animal. Encounters are about 10-15 minutes.

Birthday Parties

Time to get your party hats on! Our birthday packages for your child include party space and admissions for up to 20 people, a guided tour, upclose animal encounters and more!

Getting Here

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is located in beautiful Red Lodge, Montana.

Sanctuary Map

Click the image to see a larger version. Maps of the Sanctuary are also available in the gift shop upon your arrival!