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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

Activity provider: Yellowstone Hiking Guides

From US$ 192 per person

See the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with a naturalist guide. Hike along the rim of a colorful canyon along uncrowded trails for a unique natural experience.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Experience the thrill of a guided hike through unforgettable scenery
  • Discover the Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone RIver
  • Get off the beaten path with a local guide
  • Encounter views of the Upper and Lower Falls
  • See thermals, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys in a single hike
Full description

See the Upper and Lower Falls, Yellowstone's most iconic waterfalls, on this guided hike. Explore Yellowstone's outstanding natural beauty as you see thermals, lakes, and valleys.

Meet your guide at the Upper Falls Viewing Area on the South Rim Drive at 8 AM. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa.

Take in a brief safety presentation. Then, hit the trail for a hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Hike to Artist Point for incredible views of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Marvel at Yellowstone's most famous waterfall which plunges for over 300 feet.

Continue off the beaten path in to Yellowstone's endless pines. Walk along Native trails past a thermal area with mudpots and steam vents. Stop for a picnic lunch on the trail. Spot wildlife in the nearby Hayden Valley as you take in everything this environment has to offer.

  • Morning snack and hot drink
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack for your necessities
  • Trekking pole
  • Bear spray
  • Brown bag picnic lunch
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Park entrance fees
  • Water and rain jacket (required but not included)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People over 80 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

Meet at the Upper Falls View Parking Area. This is the same parking lot as Uncle Tom's Trail, on the South Rim Drive. From Canyon Village: The trailhead is 3.4 miles from Canyon Village (8 minutes). Go south on Grand Loop Road toward Yellowstone Lake. You will encounter the North Rim Drive. Stay straight. Turn left on South Rim Drive (your next left turn). You will cross the Yellowstone River over the bridge and proceed 0.7 miles. Turn left into the Upper Falls View Parking Area. From West Thumb Junction: The trailhead is 34 miles (1 hour and five minutes) from West Thumb Junction. Follow the Grand Loop Road (Hwy 20) north along the lake and through the Hayden Valley. The turn for the South Rim Drive will be a right-hand turn shortly after leaving the valley. If you're not staying inside the Yellowstone National Park, it takes approximately 1.5 hours of driving from West Yellowstone, MT, or Gardiner, MT to get to the meeting location of this tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Drones
  • Feeding animals
  • Touching animals

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place rain or shine
  • The hike is at an elevation of approximately 8,000 feet
  • The activity includes up and downhill sections along 6 miles of trail
Customer reviews

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Tour guide was knowledgeable, informative and enthusiastic. Great views and environmental awareness. Bag lunch was better than expected. All in all an excellent experience.

October 1, 2022

Marisa was fantastic. She was professional and positively managed the group of various hiking abilities.

September 9, 2022

Joel was a wonderful guide- he has a wealth of knowledge and experience and made our hike memorable!

August 16, 2022

Product ID: 410906