Welcome to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks


Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is the wild, free-flowing, beating heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Its real showstoppers are the geysers and hot springs – nature’s crowd-pleasers – but at every turn this land of fire and brimstone breathes, belches and bubbles like a giant kettle on the boil. The park’s highways traverse these geysers, through meadows and forests, past roadside herds of bison and campsites aromatic with pine needles and family campfires. In between lies the country’s largest collection of elk, the continent’s oldest, largest wild bison herds and a pristine wilderness roamed by wolves, grizzlies, moose and antelope. Yep, it's awesome.

Grand Teton & Beyond

South of Yellowstone is Grand Teton National Park, home to probably the most iconic mountain range in the United States. These showy peaks, reflected in a string of easily accessed glacial lakes, are the picture-postcard image of alpine splendor. Since the first summiting of the Grand in 1898, they have sent a shiver of excitement down the spine of even the least vertically inclined. Get in on the thrill by climbing a Teton peak or backpacking the Teton Crest, then recover under the spell of sophisticated Jackson Hole. Rarely are the delights of the front- and backcountry so close together.

Beyond the Parks

The natural wonders don’t stop at the parks' boundaries. The two parks and their surrounding protected areas form a large, interconnected area six times the size of Yellowstone and with a fraction of the crowds. Here you’ll find blue-ribbon trout streams, fabulous hiking trails (without pesky permits) and a scattering of charming Wild West towns with their gaze set firmly on the great outdoors. Budget some time to get a taste of the West in Cody, try Montana's biggest skiing in Big Sky and drive America's most scenic highway across the Beartooth Plateau.

The Essential Outdoor Vacation

Mountain bikers, skiiers, hard-core backpackers, boaters, kayakers and winter enthusiasts will all find a million adventures in Greater Yellowstone. Inside the parks, you'll have to share space with three million visitors a year, but even in summer it's not hard to shake the crowds if you're prepared to get active.Some experiences are destined to become indelible memories – the taste of s’mores over a campfire, wrinkled noses at the smell of sulfurous steam and the electrifying thrill of hearing wolves howl. Beyond a great vacation, it's a modern pilgrimage to two of the country's most admirable and enduring national landmarks.


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$550 Outdoor Activities

Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Tour with Binoculars, Lunch

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.

$260 Outdoor Activities

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.

$269 Outdoor Activities

Yellowstone National Park Full-Day Guided Tour

Start your full-day tour with convenient pickup at your JACKSON HOLE, WY 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 Grand Prismatic Spring 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 trumpeter swans 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. Your day-trip concludes with drop-off back at your Jackson Hole accommodation. Guide gratuity is Not included.

$47 Water Sports

Yellowstone River Rafting 2-Hour Family-Friendly Guided Tour

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.

$175 Water Sports

Yellowstone Lake Kayak Day Paddle History and Geology Tour

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.

$250 Outdoor Activities

Yellowstone Lower Loop Guided Tour from Cody, Wyoming

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Cody, Wyoming, by your guide, who leads you on an exploration of Yellowstone National Park with a focus on natural history and nature photography. Spend a full day immersed in the grandeur of Yellowstone's diverse environment, learning about its ecosystem and wildlife. Observe native animals such as elk, bison, bighorn sheep, coyote, and deer, and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of elusive predators like grizzly and black bears, wolves, and mountain lions.  You tour along the Lower Loop allows you to visit the park's geothermal sites, including the Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful, which erupts on a fairly regular schedule.