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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 Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Experience

2. From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Experience

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.You'll be equipped with any necessary gear and a safety briefing from your expert rafting guide before you depart to tour down 18 miles of the Yellowstone River. Upon completing the first 10 miles, you can expect to stop for lunch on a small island.Proceed rafting through the famous Yankee Jim Canyon to round out an adventure-packed day. We will equip you with any necessary gear and a safety briefing from your expert rafting guide. The rest of the trip takes place in this canyon where the waves increase in excitement.During the floating sections, relish in the beautiful Absaroka mountains and take in every last bit of Big Sky Country. As your trip comes to an end, you will be picked up at the stopping point.You can relax on the short drive back to the meeting point, where you will have the chance to change and view the photos captured during your adventure.

From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

3. 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.

From Gardiner: 2-Hour Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting

4. From Gardiner: 2-Hour Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

Bighorn Canyon: 2-Hour Scenic Boat Tour

6. Bighorn Canyon: 2-Hour Scenic Boat Tour

Upon arriving and checking in at Horseshoe Bend Marina, be immediately welcomed by the stunning red rock formations of the area. Depart promptly at the designated time of 10 AM or 2 PM. Once onboard, travel several miles downriver through America's 3rd largest canyon as you admire the breathtaking views.  Enjoy the beautiful colorations of millions of years of geologic time on cliffs more than 1000 feet high. Get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife including bighorn sheep, the Canyon's namesake. Bring a camera because there will be plenty of perfect moments to take pictures. Discover how this little known area is a national treasure that is home to America's first designated wild horses known at the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustangs that now roam freely within the Park boundaries. The tours are narrated by a professionally licensed Captain who knows the area well. Learn about the diverse and deep history of the prehistoric and Native American peoples that have called this place their home for thousands of years. The canyon walls were once home to Paleo Indians that lived in the caves along the face of the Canyon and these places can only be seen from the boat. Halfway through the tour, the boat turns around and returns at Devil's Canyon almost 16 miles downriver. Upon the return, relax and enjoy a second half of the tour, as it looks completely different upon the return trip. At the end of the 2-hour tour, enjoy some food or refreshments as you sit on the deck of Horseshoe Bend Marina. Take in the views overlooking the water sipping your cold drink at the Rusty Anchor.

From Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton and Yellowstone Winter Tour

7. From Jackson: 4-Day Grand Teton and Yellowstone Winter Tour

• Day 1: Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge Meet your friendly guide and group and head off for an afternoon wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in a heated Suburban or other 10-passenger vehicle. On the tour, you'll have your best chance of seeing moose in the park, along with wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and bison. Settle in for the night at your accommodation in Jackson, Wyoming.  • Day 2: National Elk Refuge sleigh ride and West Yellowstone, Montana Depart in the early morning from your Jackson lodging for a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge, filled with over 5,000 elk. After the ride, the tour will continue through Grand Teton National Park to West Yellowstone. Cross over the Continental Divide and enjoy some free time to shop in the historic town of West Yellowstone upon arrival. Spend the night at an accommodation in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 3: Snowcoach tour into Yellowstone National Park Depart in the morning for a wintery visit to Yellowstone. Hop on the specialized winter vehicle that will take you to see the famous Old Faithful. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and elk, and admire the beautiful scenery as you proceed toward the Madison River. Stops include Fountain Paint Pots and Old Faithful, where you can see geysers erupt and explore the area on foot. After lunch, head back to West Yellowstone, stopping for photos along the way. Spend the night in West Yellowstone, Montana.  • Day 4: West Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Leave West Yellowstone in the morning and set off on a trip to the geological site where the Hebgen Lake Earthquake of 1959 occurred. Sit back, relax, and marvel at the beautiful winter scenery and deep snow on your way back through Island Park and on to Jackson Hole, where the tour will end.

From Gardiner: Yellowstone Wildlife Watching Tour with Meals

8. From Gardiner: Yellowstone Wildlife Watching Tour with Meals

Discover Yellowstone National Park's world-famous abundance of iconic wildlife and historic conservation efforts on this private tour with naturalist guides. Use top-of-the-line optic equipment and enjoy drinks and meals throughout your trip. Whether you want to spot foraging grizzly bears, witness the social and behavioral dynamics of Yellowstone’s wolf packs, or search to identify the numerous wild animal and bird species in the park, let your guide craft a tour that fits your personal interests. Watch as your guide interprets the behaviors you observe and shares stories about the individual bears and wolves that they have gotten to know over the years. Spot animals living their daily lives and discover secret places where animals live and raise their young. Get the best chance to see wildlife with private guides who have an intimate familiarity with the landscape and animals. They’ll use their knowledge, skills, and network of other guides, wildlife watchers, and photographers to do everything they can to make your trip memorable. 

From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

9. From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

Venture into the pristine wilderness that makes Yellowstone so special on a guided hike with a naturalist guide. Customize the day to your needs, from conditions to mileage, and difficulty level. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Witness up close how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them. Explore a stream bank and look out for bird nests, animal tracks, or even the work of local beavers. Feel safe and comfortable as you enjoy the best that Yellowstone has to offer. Appreciate the wild beauty and landscapes on this tailored hike, specific to your needs and fitness level.

From Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park Winter 4-Day Tour

10. 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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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 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.

Excellent experiences with tour and Andrew’s knowledge and other activities explore in Jackson

Best memorable trip ever , our guide was very informative , flexible and nice .

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

Our guide was wonderful…we saw a black wolf and a grizzly!