We had a chance to speak with Matt Shlim from Backcountry Safaris on the benefits taking a National Park Safari. Backcountry Safaris is a to notch outfitter and would make great choice for booking a guided tour to Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks. Here is a transcript of the interview.
Matt Shlim: Good morning. Thanks for having me.
Matt Shlim: The two main points that we like to direct people to in asking that question is, first all, when you go with us, you go with a knowledgeable guide. Guides are going to be able to show you the main attractions as well as all the off the beaten track attractions. They know how to beat traffic, they know what time to be there, and they know where the wildlife is going to most likely be. Obviously we don’t always know where the wildlife is going to be, but we have a pretty good track record for finding wildlife. The guides have been there, they know the area. You’re likely to see far more than you would on your own, and you’re going to walk away feeling a lot more connected with the area than if you were just to go up there by yourself.
Matt Shlim: We try hire from a variety of different backgrounds. We do pride ourselves on having a consistent workforce. Most of our guides have been working with us for multiple seasons. They all have backgrounds in some sort of scientific fields and have usually done some sort of field work within the greater Rocky Mountain area.
Matt Shlim: That depends on what you’re after more than anything else. We offer three main types of safaris. The first are sunrise and sunset safaris. Those are the optimal times to view wildlife, early in the morning or in the evening when the temps cool down. When the light’s a little bit softer, those are the types of factors that allow for the best wildlife viewing.
We do offer full-day Grand Teton National Park tours and full-day Yellowstone tours. Those obviously start early in the morning as well, to try to catch that optimum wildlife viewing time, but they also explore the other parts of the national parks that add to the majesty, not just the wildlife. For example, Yellowstone, the thermal features. Those don’t change much throughout the day and can be explored at any time.