Yellowstone Habitats & WolfQuest Maps

Yellowstone National Park

An ideal wolf habitat

Wherever there is plentiful prey and room to roam, wolves can thrive. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes 2.5 million acres of national park land and over 11 million acres of surrounding national forest, provides an ideal habitat for wolves, provided they avoid the dangers of human interactions outside of the park boundaries.

Recreating the Northern Range

Yellowstone's Northern Range, with its herds of elk, bison, and other ungulates, was chosen for wolf reintroduction in the mid 1990s. So this became the setting for WolfQuest, designed to teach about wolf ecology.

Yellowstone National Park is home to hundreds of animal species and thousands of plants. WolfQuest takes place in actual park locations and depicts the geology and most common kinds of vegatation and animals that you would see there. Each WolfQuest map recreates a different area of the Northern Range and the gameplay follows the seasons.

Amethyst Mountain

WolfQuest 2.7 and WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition (Early Access for PC/Mac)

Sagebrush steppe, forest, and riparian

WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition's game map for Amethyst Mountain is 7km by 7km (49 square kilometers), ranging from the Lamar River to the summit of Amethyst Mountain, the Northern Range's highest peak at 9,609 feet (2,929 meters). It is here that you first hone your hunting skills and find another dispersal wolf to start a pack.

Riparian habitat, thick with willow, and a few stands cottonwood, is found along the Lamar River and its tributaries. Up the slopes, mixed forest gives way to sagebrush steppe: open grassland dominated by sagebrush, covering Specimen Ridge and the summit. Douglas fir thrives on the cool, north-facing slopes of the ridge, while mixed conifers including lodgepole pine, Englemann spruce, and subalpine fir grow at higher elevations.

Autumn to early winter

The Amethyst Mountain map is set in autumn and early winter so snow begins to fall. The grasses and aspen are golden and the sagebrush has faded to silvery gray. Elk herds are still grazing on autumn grasses before migrating to lower elevations for the deep winter. The autumn rut is in full swing so expect to see sparring ungulate bulls!

Lamar Valley viewed from Specimen Ridge

credit: Yellowstone National Park

Slough Creek

Currently in WolfQuest 2.7 and coming soon to WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition!

Riparian and forest

After finding a mate, WolfQuest wolves move down from the higher elevations of Amethyst Mountain to Slough Creek in late winter. There they den, raise pups, then journey to a summer rendezvous site.

WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition's game map of Slough Creek is 7km by 7km (49 square kilometers), ranging from First Meadow (the location of the map in the old game) upstream to Second Meadow and up the mountain slopes to the north.

Late winter to summer

The Slough Creek episode/map takes place in late winter to early summer. Snow gives way to green grasses and flowers. Prey is plentiful and all the animals are busy raising young.

Slough Creek

credit: David Schaller

Tower Fall

A future episode coming to WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition (DLC)

Riparian, grassland, forest

The upcoming episode Tower Fall will continue your life with juvenile pups on the banks of the Yellowstone River, with Tower Fall thundering nearby. The habitats are similar to Slough Creek.

Summer to late autumn

In the long days of summer, prey is fat and strong from plentiful grasses, nuts, and berries. Everyone starts preparing for winter as the autumn days get shorter.

The Yellowstone River upstream from Tower Fall.

Credit: David Schaller

Lost River

Currently in WolfQuest 2.7 and coming soon to WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition!

A fictional map somewhere in the West

Lost River is not set in Yellowstone National Park or any other real world location. It is a mysterious town, abruptly abandoned by humans for unknown reasons. The habitat is a conglomeration of vegetation and wildlife of other WolfQuest maps.