Why I love Yellowstone & Grand Teton
“It is the wildness of Yellowstone that amazes me; the notion that large parts of the park remain unaffected by human interaction. My most profound Yellowstone moment was in this backcountry, transfixed for hours as I watched a pack of wolves try to take down a bull elk. Occasionally the wolves would glance at me as if to suggest that perhaps I would be an easier meal. Only then did I truly realize that I was miles...” Read More
Top experiences in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks activities
Private Yellowstone Wildlife Tour
A private Yellowstone Guidelines tour for a group 1-6 people is the perfect way to see and experience the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Your excursion begins with an early pick-up from your Yellowstone area lodgings. Then, depart for the park with your expert guide for a full-day of wildlife viewing. Set out in search of the park’s resident wildlife, including black and grizzly bears, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive wolves. If you spot them, you can watch their antics from a safe and unobtrusive distance using provided viewing scopes and binoculars. Have your camera ready to capture stunning park and wildlife pics while traveling through Yellowstone’s Northern Range, Lamar and Hayden Valleys, and Lake Area. Your private tour includes lunch along with round-trip transportation from select area lodgings.
Yellowstone National Park Full-Day Guided Tour
Start your full-day tour with convenient pickup at your Jackson Hole hotel. Get to know your local guide and fellow tour participants as you travel toward Yellowstone National Park. Make of the most of your time in America’s first national park by exploring its most iconic features: watch the Old Faithful geyser erupt; marvel at the park’s geothermal wonders, including the sulfuric Dragon’s Mouth and bubbling Mud Pots, and, hear the spectacular waterfalls rumbling in the Garden Canyon of Yellowstone. With luck, you'll also see the park’s resident wildlife such as grizzly bears, grey wolves, bison, elk, and bighorn sheep in their natural habitat. Along the way you’ll learn about the park’s history, geology, and ecology from your expert guide. Carry a camera to capture your own souvenir memories as you go. This all-inclusive tour includes a continental breakfast and picnic lunch, round-trip Jackson Hole transport, park entry fees and the use of binoculars and viewing scopes. Your day-trip concludes with drop-off back at your Jackson Hole accommodation.
Day Paddle on Yellowstone Lake
Your kayaking tour begins at the marina at Grant Village on Yellowstone Lake. After a brief introduction to the area and to the kayaking equipment, your guide leads you around the shoreline to the West Thumb Geyser Basin, where there are many geothermal features on land and underwater to explore from your kayak. Many of these geothermal features on the lake are not accessible by any other means. Continue to the remote Potts Geyser Basin, exploring this primitive section where there are no signs, no boardwalks, and, most importantly, no other people. Stop at a secluded beach for a picnic lunch provided by your guide, and then return to the marina the same way you came. Lunch is deli-style, with sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a cookie; specific dietary restrictions can be accommodated.Throughout your tour, look for animals that live in the park, from elk to eagles to otters.
Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour
Our day begins as we head north from Jackson, WY towards Yellowstone National Park, passing through Grand Teton on the way. A couple of photo ops as we pass through Grand Teton, but mostly heading directly towards Yellowstone’s south entrance, of course stopping for a photo with the Yellowstone sign.Generally our first major stop will be at Upper Geyser Basin, or the Old Faithful area. The old faithful geyser will erupt every ninety minutes and we will make a point of witnessing the eruption. Given the timing of our arrival we may have time for a short boardwalk stroll to view some of the other thermal features in the basin. In addition to Old Faithful there are numerous other fantastic geysers that will erupt with less certainty and frequency, which we may also have the good fortune to witness, including: Beehive, Castle, The Lion Group, Sawmill, Grand, Daisy,and more.In addition to the numerous thermal features the history buffs will also enjoy a visit to the Old Faithful Inn, (in season) arguably one of the most magnificent National Park Lodges in existence. We will venture north and most tours we will have the time to spot at least two more times for short and exciting boardwalks excursions. Everyone enjoys stopping at both the Midway Geyser Basin, and Fountain Paint pots-both truly fantastic thermal collections unto themselves. I will not ruin the surprise but such features as the Grand Prismatic Spring, Clepsydra Geyser, Excelsior Geyser crater, and the Fountain Paint Pots are just a few of the features we will visit while walking on the boardwalks.Early afternoon we are arriving at lunch stop, usually Fountain Flats, or beyond.. A great, fresh picnic spread provided by us including Boars Head turkey, ham, lettuce, onion, tomato, avocado (freshly prepped on site) chips and salsa, fruit, cookies for dessert, condiments, etc.After lunch we will spend some time in the vehicle as we make our way north around the loop with our next real major stop being the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Some points of interest along the way will include: Firehole Canyon drive, Madison River, Gibbon River Falls, Elk Park, Virginia Cascades, etc. We will spend some time at the Canyon Area with the main draw being the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, 109ft, and 308 feet tall respectively. Also the beauty of the Canyon itself is not to be missed.We try to be heading south by about 3:30pm with still some ground to cover. Heading south from the Canyon Area we will pass through Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake, and West Thumb. This will complete our lower loop as we head back towards Jackson from there, usually arriving back in Jackson between 6:30 and 7:30 pm.
Half-Day Rafting on the Yellowstone River
The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana, thirty minutes prior to departure. Once everyone is changed into wetsuits or other provided water gear, guides will shuttle you to the river where you will learn about water safety. From there, you board your raft and paddle off! You will see 18 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest boarders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer.Halfway through the excursion, your party will take a break and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch. Once lunch is finished, it's off through Yankee Jim Canyon for the last leg of the adventure.As your trip draws to a close, guides pick you up and drive 20 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.
2 Hour Rafting on the Yellowstone River
The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana a half-hour before the scheduled rafting trip. After you get checked in, you will be offered facilities to change into wetsuits or other appropriate water gear provided. Once everyone is ready, your guides will shuttle you to the river where they will provide safety instruction. From there, you board your raft and paddle off, with your guide giving constant instruction. You will see 8 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest borders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer. As your trip draws to a close, your guides will pick you up and drive 10 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.