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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 on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. 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.

From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

2. From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

Watch wildlife with high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars from the comfort of a van with large windows. Learn all about the area's history and nature as you go. Get picked up at 7:00 AM at your lobby and head out alongside the Madison River. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Hike for just over a mile to the overlook at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Marvel at Yellowstone's most photographed hot spring. Next, head for the Historic Old Faithful Inn. See the Old Faithful Geyser erupt and explore the historic building. After the eruption, settle down in a nice picnic spot for lunch. Then, stop to view wildlife in the Hayden Valley along the Yellowstone River. Move onto the final stop at Artist Point to view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone's Lower Falls. Watch the waterfall plunging over 300 feet in a canyon of bright reds and yellows.

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Lower Loop Day Trip with Lunch

3. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Lower Loop Day Trip with Lunch

Admire classic sights in the Yellowstone National Park on this guided private van tour from West Yellowstone. Watch Old Faithful erupt, peer into the the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and see the colorful muds that gave Fountain Paint Pots its name. Enjoy the convenience of pickup directly from your accommodation and hop aboard a spacious and air-conditioned van. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Yellowstone sign where you can stop and get a picture with the sign. Head to the famed Old Faithful area to experience the geyser's eruption which occurs every 90 minutes. will erupt every ninety minutes and we will make a point of witnessing the eruption. Take a short boardwalk stroll to view other geysers like Beehive, Castle, The Lion Group, Sawmill, and Daisy. Make your way to the Midway Geyser Basin to see the Fountain Paint pots where the iron has given the mud a rich array of colors. See the Grand Prismatic Spring, the Clepsydra Geyser, and the Excelsior Geyser crater. Stop for lunch in the early afternoon. Sit down to a fresh picnic spread of Boars Head turkey, ham, lettuce, onion, tomato, avocado (freshly prepped on-site), chips, salsa, fruit, and cookies. Continue to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, but make some stops at points of interest along the way like the Firehole Canyon drive, the Madison River, the Gibbon River Falls, Elk Park, and the breathtaking Virginia Cascades. Spend some time at the Canyon Area with the main draw being the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Drive to some iconic sites such as Hayden Valley, the Mud Volcano, the Yellowstone Lake, and the West Thumb geyser before return to your hotel in the evening.  

Jackson, Wyoming: Full-Day Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

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

Discover Yellowstone's Lower Loop on a guided day tour from Jackson in an air-conditioned van. Be amazed by the beauty of various natural landmarks, including the Old Faithful Area, the Canyon Area, and Hayden Valley. Begin the tour in downtown Jackson. Head north through Grand Teton National Park on the way to Yellowstone. 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, and Lake Yellowstone. You will also enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared picnic lunch during the day. Take some short hikes along the many boardwalks within the geyser basins and to the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Be on the lookout for local wildlife species.

From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

5. From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

Join a local guide to spot bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and more. Relax in a comfortable van with huge windows, and take in all the wildlife the Lamar Balley has to offer. Get picked up at 6:00 AM from your lobby. Start your adventure spotting wildlife along the Madison River in the early morning hours. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. After scoping for wildlife on Dunraven Pass, enter the Lamar Valley for Yellowstone's most sought-after megafauna sightings. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa, while watching wolves through a high-powered spotting scope. Find bears on the mountainside with your binoculars. Look out for herds of bison and pronghorn as your van gets to places where a bus simply can't go. Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch in the world's first National Park. Stop to view wildlife at Mammoth Hot Springs before heading to Norris Geyser Basin, home to the world's tallest geyser. Take in the sights of the Gibbon River on the way back toward West Yellowstone, stopping for additional wildlife sightings along the way.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

6. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. 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, 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. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy 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

Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Group Tour & Picnic Lunch

7. Jackson: Yellowstone National Park Group Tour & Picnic Lunch

Discover the diverse wildlife that calls Yellowstone National Park home on this guided tour. Begin by passing through Grand Teton National Park, stopping to view wildlife along the way. Walk at a leisurely pace and enjoy a picnic lunch. Follow along as your guide shares exciting commentary about Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, and several geyser basins. Learn about Yellowstone National Park’s history, geology, wildfires, and wildlife throughout the tour. Tuck into a picnic-style lunch served by your guide. Enjoy personalized attention and a leisurely walking pace as you explore numerous pathways and boardwalks throughout the day while observing the park and wildlife.

From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

8. From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

Discover the natural wonders in Yellowstone on this full-day tour from Cody in an air-conditioned car. See the pristine waters of the largest alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone Lake. Watch Old Faithful, erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin. Enjoy snacks and bottled water on your trip. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Cody. Sit back and relax on the drive in a comfortable and spacious vehicle. Pass by the crystal clear waters of Yellowstone Lake as you take the Grand Loop Road between the Fishing Bridge and Grant Village. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears and bald eagles on your way to your first stop at the Fishing Bridge where hundreds of native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout come to spawn. Take a walk on the bridge and breathe in the fresh air. Continue to your next stop at Dragon's Mouth Springs where you can go for a short stroll on the boardwalk to view the hydrothermal Mud Volcano. Head to Hayden Valley to look for herds of bison, elk, moose, packs of gray wolves. Find out why many of America's famous artists came to Yellowstone's Grand Canyon at Artist Point. Gaze out at the stunning canyon that is 20 miles long and a 1000 feet deep. Make your way to the Canyon Visitor Education Center for a shopping and coffee break. Take in the rich scenery as you ride along the Virginia Cascade Drive and see the pristine waters of the slow moving Gibbon River. Have the option to stop here and eat the packed lunch that you brought. Witness the otherworldly features of Norris Geyser Basin in the hottest, most acidic and most dynamic part of Yellowstone. Observe the roaring waters of Firehole Falls and the stunning natural surroundings of Firehole canyon. Make your way to one of the most trafficked spots in Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring. View the vibrant colors in the worlds largest hot spring. Travel to the largest of the predictable geysers in the world, Old Faithful. Feel the thrill of watching it erupt. Spend 1.5 hours of free time souvenir shopping or getting some food. Get tips on where to go during your free time from your guide. Finish, with a stop at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, the only geyser area located directly on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Return to your accommodation in Cody.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

9. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

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.

Grand Teton and Yellowstone: Self-Driving Tour Bundle

10. Grand Teton and Yellowstone: Self-Driving Tour Bundle

Jump into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and marvel at the natural beauty and fascinating history of the area. See Cattleman's Bridge, Old Faithful, hot springs, Dunraven Pass, the infamous "Zone of Death", and much more on this tour. The tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Many stops along the tour have animated videos, enhancing the already stunning visual aspect of the tour through snapshots from earlier centuries, interior rooms, and more. Experience the Grand Teton National Park and begin at the Jackson Hole Visitor Center after downloading the app that serves as a personal guide and map. Head toward Teton Village while learning the history of Jackson Hole and the formation of the Tetons. Continue to the splendid Taggart Lake Trail, a hike that loops around a pristine glacial lake. Take in the park's largest and most impressive glacier at the spectacular Teton Glacier turnout. Next on the Grand Teton section, see the shores of Jenny Lake, one of the clearest lakes in the whole country. Pass Mount Moran, which rises a staggering 6,000 ft. above the lake at its base. Cross over the Jackson Lake Dam, which provides a stunning perspective of the true size of the mountain. Find Cattleman’s Bridge, a remnant of the days when ranchers grazed cattle in these mountains, before reaching Oxbow Bend, one of the best overlooks and opportunities for photos in the whole park. Crossing the Pacific Creek, you enter the Teton Wilderness, officially the most remote place in the contiguous US. Find the Snake River Overlook here, where one of the most famous photographs of all time was taken. Arrive at the last stop of the Grand Teton National Park portion of the tour at National Elk Refuge, home to the biggest herd of elk on earth. Adventuring through Yellowstone on this tour can begin at any one of the five entrances that follow the Grand Loop, a massive figure-eight path that goes around the entire park. Journey through the stunning West Thumb, one of the park’s largest geyser basins. Peer deep into the Abyss Pool and the many geysers, and hear accounts of how fishermen used to cook their catch in the Fisherman’s Cone. Next on the Yellowstone section, marvel at the world-famous Old Faithful geyser and the spectacular frequently occurring natural eruption. Admire the Grand Prismatic, the shockingly vibrant and largest hot spring in the USA. Stop by the Fountain Paint Pot, an incredibly colorful mud pot, and contemplate the secrets of Yellowstone’s “Zone of Death.” Continue to the tremendous Gibbon Falls and the Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone’s hottest basin. Cross Yellowstone’s very own Golden Gate Bridge to reach the Mammoth Hot Springs, the easiest place in the park to spot a herd of elk. Marvel at a tree so old that it has completely turned to stone over thousands of years. Crest the summit of Dunraven Pass 9,000 ft. above sea level and be rewarded with staggering views of the park, then admire the wildlife in the Lamar Valley. Finally, visit Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and finally relax by the shores of the enormous Yellowstone Lake while watching for moose who come to drink from its waters.

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What people are saying about Yellowstone Lake

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 617 reviews

First our guide James was fantastic! He is a walking text book on Yellowstone Park. He gave us a continuous narrative on what we were seeing and going to see. He was dead on time picking us up and quickly provided us with some outstanding pastries for breakfast. We were barely in the park and came across a herd of Buffalo which provided some excellent opportunities for pictures. We had a wonderful lunch by Yellowstone Lake and those sandwiches were some of the best we have had. They had separated the toppings in a sealed bag so the bread did not get soggy. They had been made fresh that morning. The van was spacious and very comfortable. I would highly recommend anyone to take your tour as your service and tour was well worth the money. But asked for James he was fantastic!

We were super lucky and basically ended up getting a private tour. Guides were knowledgeable with a plethora of facts and stories - and fun! The route chosen was great with a variety of views and terrains.

The best way to see all the highlights in one day. Guide was informative. Drinks, snacks, and lunch was included. Would highly recommend.

It was a well planned trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend the yellowstone hiking tours.

Nice tour with a nice and experienced guide. You can enjoy yourself without having to drive yourself and find a place to park.