Catalina Island Bison Expedition

12 Reviews | Catalina Island, USA

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Head out for an exciting expedition through favorite grazing grounds of Catalina's world famous bison, which are descendants of a small herd that was left on the island by a movie crew in the 1920's. This Tour also passes through Middle Ranch and up Cape Canyon to a scenic overlook on Black Jack Mountain.


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide



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Average 4.25 out of 5 stars based on 12 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Wendy, Oct 2020 Verified
Andrew did a wonderful job as our tour guide. We saw bison and deer. It was a beautiful cool morning the the scenery was breathtaking. I would do this tour again and again! Loved it.
Anjanette, Aug 2020 Verified
This was our favorite part of our trip! It's a real-life Disney Indiana Jones ride! Thrilling and informative. Mark is an excellent driver and guide. Lots of Bison to see. Also beautiful panoramic views from the hill tops!
Shane, Jul 2020 Verified
Our guide Tom was knowledgeable, attentive and fun. What a great adventure. If we had not taken this tour we would have left the island without really knowing the island. And we got to see a bunch of awesome bison.
Cheryl I, Jul 2020 Verified
We had a wonderful time in the Bison Expedition with our tour guide Mark. He kept us entertained the whole journey while giving us many facts and stories about the island. We were lucky enough to see a Bison up close in the side of the road. Very exciting!!! Views of the island are beautiful and a great way to see the island.
Mary, Jul 2020 Verified
We had a wonderful time, definitely one of the best tours we’ve ever done on Catalina! We saw lots of bison and our guide, Mamma D was amazing! Highly recommend taking this tour!!
Lucinda, Mar 2020 Verified
We had a great time on the Bison Expedition. It was a fun and bumpy ride in the hummer. Our tour guide was funny and gave us opportunity for great views for pictures. We found a herd of bison and we also had the chance to get a picture of one that was close to the road.
Keith, Jan 2020 Verified
This was an excellent tour. Keep in mind that we were informed by the tour guide that there was a 50/50 chances that we would see bison. (We actually saw two.) However, the scenery is breathtaking and worth the price of admission.
Paul A, Sep 2019 Verified
I loved this ride. The Humvee was a blast and the driver took us all over to find bison. we came withing 20 feet of a small heard. Was soo much fun and a fun ride. I will do this again next time im there. Also check ot the east end tour. That takes you to the top of the world great ride also..
Vesna M, Sep 2016 Verified

Charles was our driver and tour guide. He was absolutely incredible and full of knowledge. The entire group loved him. What a wonderful experience. Thanks for the fun filled tour.

Matthew B, Sep 2019 Verified
We took our two young daughters (ages 6 and 5) on the bison expedition at 11am on 9/15 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It started out as a nice paved drive through the streets of Avalon, and climbed up through the hills and eucalyptus lined roads to the dusty dirt roads at the top of the island where the bison roam. We saw an entire herd of bison, in addition to some stray ones along the way, including one right on the side of the road so we got a very close up and personal interaction with a bison. We also saw a mule deer, a fox, and lots of birds. The views were amazing. The tour guide was entertaining and informative, despite her tendency to drive quite fast. We were filthy dirty after the tour ended, and sunburnt as well. I recommend applying sunscreen prior, wear a hat that won't fly off your head, sunglasses, and bring water! Also consider bringing a scarf or something to protect your face/mouth from all the dust. Also, avoid sitting in the back row as we were in direct sun almost the entire 2 hours. We were quite sweaty.

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