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West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

1. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch on this trip from West Yellowstone. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

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Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day Nature Tour with Lodging

2. Grand Teton & Yellowstone: 4-Day Nature Tour with Lodging

Visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks on an African safari-style program that takes you on wildlife tours during the optimum hours for wildlife sighting, and takes you to see the major natural highlights of the parks. Accommodation with breakfast is included. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Grand Teton Dusk Adventure Start by meeting your guide at the Parkway Inn or Lexington Hotel, depending on tour dates, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and head out on a 4-hour Grand Teton dusk adventure. Accommodation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming Day 2: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Wildlife Your wildlife adventure will begin early to maximize wildlife viewing in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Sightings on this day may include grizzly and black bears, eagles, elk, bison, wolves, pronghorn, and moose. This will also be a day filled with history, park landmarks, and world-famous scenery in Grand Teton and Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.  Lodge accommodation: Cody, Wyoming (near East Yellowstone Entrance). Day 3: Yellowstone National Park Wildlife and Scenic Upper Loop Adventure You’ll depart early to view wildlife on the way to the home of the first re-introduced wolves of Yellowstone. En route you’ll visit the beautiful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and possibly see grizzly, black bear, wolves, coyotes, eagles, elk, bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and much more! Lodge accommodation in Cooke City, Montana Day 4: Wildlife Viewing in the American Serengeti and Old Faithful The final day of touring will primarily focus on the major wildlife (wolves and grizzlies) in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and the famous Yellowstone geyser basins, including visits to Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. The tour ends in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

3. From Jackson: Yellowstone Day Tour Including Entrance Fee

Explore Yellowstone National Park with a local guide. Take in breathtaking views of incredible landscapes and learn about the local wildlife as you stop at iconic points of interest. The tour covers over 250 miles, promising to be a full, exciting, and memorable day.  Your tour departs from Teton Village and Jackson, Wyoming between 6:15 AM and 6:45 AM. Head north past the Hayden Valley and through Grand Teton National Park, all the while taking in impressive views of the Tetons. Enter Yellowstone through the South Gate and then begin your tour of the Lower Loop, with stops at the popular points of interest, including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin, the Yellowstone Lake and Paint Pots, Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. Stop and photograph wildlife and beautiful scenery throughout the day. At the midpoint of the tour, enjoy a delicious, picnic-style lunch. During the tour, your guide will educate you on the many features of Yellowstone, including the history of the park, its geothermal features, geology, wildlife, and more. Your tour concludes between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM back in Jackson or Teton Village.

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Yellowstone National Park: 2-Day Guided Tour with Lunches

4. Yellowstone National Park: 2-Day Guided Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. You’ll start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day you’ll head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. All major points of interest will be visited, and you’ll have a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: •Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)•Midway Geyser Basin•Firehole Lake Loop•Fountain Paint Pots•Firehole River Canyon•Gibbon Falls •Artist Paint Pots•Norris Geyser Basin•Roaring Mountain•Gardiner's Hole•The Golden Gate•The Hoodoos•Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace•Gardiner River•The Boiling River•Roosevelt Arch•Undine Falls•Blacktail Plateau•Petrified Tree•Roosevelt area•Lamar Valley•Tower Falls•Dunraven Pass•Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)•Hayden Valley•Sulphur Cauldron•Mud Volcano Area•Fishing Bridge•Lake Yellowstone

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Jackson, Wyoming: Full-Day Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

5. Jackson, Wyoming: Full-Day Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

This full-day excursion begins in Jackson, Wyoming, and heads north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. This is a fully guided, interpretive, road-based tour of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone National Park. On the tour you’ll see all the major points of interest on the Lower Loop, including the Upper Geyser Basin, which is the Old Faithful area, the Midway Geyser Basin, the Firehole Lake Loop, Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole River Canyon, Gibbon Falls, and the Virginia Cascades. Experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, including the Upper and Lower Falls, Hayden Valley, Sulphur Cauldron, the Mud Volcano area, Lake Yellowstone, and more! During the day you’ll have a number of opportunities to take short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. A delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch is included. Wildlife is common in the area, as are breathtaking scenery and fantastic thermal features for which Yellowstone is famous. This is a small-group tour, accommodating a maximum of 8 participants. The guides are professionals, and the tour is conducted in a clean and safe, late-model vehicle.

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From Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park Winter 4-Day Tour

6. From Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park Winter 4-Day Tour

Day 1: Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park Get picked up at your hotel in Bozeman by your guide, then head into Yellowstone National Park. On the way, stop for wildlife and winter scenery photo opportunities. Possible wildlife sightings include bald eagles, golden eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, prongh orn antelope, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and coyotes. Afterward, stay the night at a cozy lodge in Gardiner, Montana, and spend your evening exploring the mountain town. Day 2: Gardiner to Cooke City To get the best chance for natural predation, depart early (7 AM) and eat breakfast in the field while looking for wolves. The northern range of Yellowstone has been called the best place on earth to view wolves. Other wildlife you may see are bison, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, red foxes, bald eagles, and golden eagles. Day 3: Wildlife All Day Depart early, as more game drives mean more opportunity for wildlife sightings. Your first pack territory will be the Lamar Canyon pack. Post up, drink warm drinks, and wait for the light to present what the morning has to offer. The guide will be communicating with other guides and wolf researchers to offer you the best sightings possible. By 11 AM, head in for lunch to warm up before embarking on another afternoon of wildlife observation. Day 4: Cooke City to Bozeman Your last morning offers a great opportunity to see wolves in their native state. You may witness wolves interacting with other wolf packs in territorial disputes, or see wolves trailing along the river bank during the morning hunt. Wolves can often be seen in social posturing, howling, eating, or just resting. After the morning wildlife viewing, make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs and out the Yellowstone River corridor to Bozeman, where you'll say your goodbyes.

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Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

7. Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

Meet the guide at the Lamar River Trailhead at 8 am. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink (coffee/tea/cocoa). Hit the trail for a hike in the Serengeti of North America after a brief safety presentation. Spot wildlife like bison, pronghorn, bear, wolf, elk, birds, and more with binoculars from the trail. Hike across the Lamar Valley to the Lamar River for a picnic lunch riverside. Stop to smell the sage along the way. Be immersed in Native American history while taking in the miles and miles of vast scenery. Follow your guide on bison trails in the world's first National Park.

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What people are saying about Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 493 reviews

The tour was excellent! From pick up to drop off our guide (Nate) was incredible. Nate was extremely knowledge about everything Yellowstone and wildlife related. I don’t think there was a question our group asked him that he did not know. He was also great at getting us to see as much wildlife as possible in the park. I would recommend the tour and Nate to anyone looking to explore the park and get the most out of the amazing sights and animals of Yellowstone.

Truly one of the best days ever. Stone was an excellent guide, and because we were the last group of the season (no traffic!) we got some bonus stops—-saw a grizzly, bison, elk, trumpeter swans, moose, eagles….it was incredible. We would never have been able to cover all that ground by ourselves. Worth every penny!!

Loved this tour! I’m so happy that they still made it all happen even though there was a gate closure due to weather! I was blown away with our guides knowledge!!! So good I def would recommend this tour to anyone!

Nate was awesome! Taught us a lot about the area and showed us some of the most beautiful places in Yellowstone. I highly recommend for those staying in Jackson!

Our guide, Nate was AWESOME. We saw several things with this 9 hour tour.