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A variety of different Yellowstone tours is offered, ranging in length from two to five day tours. The popular Yellowstone tour is our three day trip.  This is the most time efficient and cost effective Yellowstone tour you will find.

Activities offered on our Yellowstone tours include river rafting, horseback riding, cycling, fly fishing and animal spotting.  Complete details on all these Yellowstone tours can be seen here.  Please mail us, or call 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227 for additional information .

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Day Route Distance/Time Comments
Pre tour Not applicable Not applicable This tour starts at about 1 p.m., to give guests the opportunity to fly in from around the country on the day that the tour starts.  Please note, though, that we will probably not be able to wait for you if your plane is late, so allow enough time for flight delays!

If you fly in the day before, consider staying in our home town of Park City.  Park City is a beautiful little ski resort town, high up in the Wasatch Mountains, about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City.  We can use our contacts to get you a much better deal at a Park City hotel than you would get in Salt Lake.  In addition, our shuttle division, Park City Shuttle, will provide you a half price shuttle from the Salt Lake airport. 

If you stay in Park City, after your arrival you can spend the rest of your day exploring historic Main Street, Old Town or the Olympic Park.  Tomorrow you'll get picked up at your Park City hotel, on the way to Salt Lake.

One

Park City or Salt Lake to West Yellowstone

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321 miles

514 kilometres

5 1/2 hours

We'll pick you up at your Park City hotel, downtown Salt Lake hotel or at the Salt Lake airport (only if you are flying in that same day), and head out for West Yellowstone.  The Park City pick up is at about 12.15 p.m., and the other two pick ups at about 1 p.m.

Our route takes us through northern Utah, into Idaho, before entering Montana.  The drive is a picturesque one, and we'll stop occasionally to take pictures and to stretch our legs.   A sack lunch is provided.

One

West Yellowstone to Yellowstone

24 miles

39 kilometres

1 to 2 hours

In the summer months, and if we arrive early enough in the spring and fall, we'll take advantage of the last bit of sunshine and enter the park for a short while.  We'll make for the Lower Geyser Basin, and check out Fountain Paint Pots, amongst other areas of interest.  Along the way, with any luck, we may see elk, bison, deer and Trumpeter Swans.
 

 

One West Yellowstone Not applicable You're on your own for dinner.  That night is spent at either the Brandin' Iron Inn or Stage Coach Motel. 
Two Yellowstone
 

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All day This will be a full and fun day!  There is a lot to see and do.  We'll head out of West Yellowstone towards Madison Junction, where the Madison, Gibbon and Firehole Rivers meet.   Turning left (north) we'll make for Norris Geyser Basin.  
 

Although it is not as well known as some of Yellowstone's other hot spots, it has some fascinating thermal sights.  Norris is the hottest and most changeable geyser basin in Yellowstone,  and it is home to Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest active geyser, which can erupt to more than 300 feet high. The two main areas at Norris are Back Basin and Porcelain Basin.  We'll stroll around and take pictures.

The next stop is Mammoth Hot Springs, headquarters of the park, and home to a fascinating array of weird rock shapes, bright colors and sizzling hot springs.  Elk are generally plentiful in this area, wandering around the old park buildings, and, if you're lucky, you might even see a whole herd.   A sack lunch is provided today.

Everyone wants to see a bear in the wild at Yellowstone, and the trip from Mammoth to Tower Falls is one of the best places to do so.  Tower Falls is an impressive water fall. 

Unfortunately, the road from Tower Falls to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is likely to be closed for construction for most of the 2005 season, as it was in 2004, so for most of the summer, we will have to turn around a little past Tower, and retrace our steps back to West Yellowstone. 

This doesn't work out too badly for us, though.  Assuming that you have enough energy left, we'll go through Mammoth again, but this time we'll head north towards Gardiner, the north entrance to Yellowstone.  On the way there we'll pass the 45th Parallel, and stop for a quick picture at the point that is exactly half way between the equator and the North Pole.  What better way is there to finish the day's activities than with a swim in the Boiling River?

Only a fraction of the many people who visit Yellowstone know that there is one place in the park to sit in the hot waters, and we'll take you there.  About half a mile from the road is a point where the remnants of one of the springs at Mammoth flow into the Gibbon River.  Visitors are permitted to sit and relax in the pools that have been created along the river.  Please be aware that there are times when the Parks Service closes the Boiling River to the public, and this is not something that we can control. 

On the way back - or earlier if you choose - we'll stop at a scenic spot and have a western style cookout.  You'll help your guide set up a barbeque - weather, time and grill space permitting - and enjoy a delicious meal of steak, chicken, potato, corn, salad and all the fixin's!

Two

West Yellowstone

Not applicable Spend the night. 
Three

Yellowstone National Park

 

West Yellowstone to rafting on Gallatin or Madison Rivers

All day

It's another full day, as we return to Yellowstone, this time heading south from Madison Junction down to the Lower Geyser Basin, the Midway Geyser Basin, and the Upper Geyser Basin.  There are numerous sights to see and small hikes to take, and we'll try to get to as many of them as possible.

Depending on whether or not we got there on the first evening of the trip, we may or may not stop first at Fountain Paint Pot, where you can wander along the boardwalks, through the geysers, hot springs and fumaroles.  Bison are often present in this area. 

The next major area we'll visit is the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful.  There is a lot to see and do here, and you can take a very interesting hike around the various geysers in the basin.  You'll have the opportunity to watch Old Faithful erupting - more than once, if you choose.  Amongst the geysers that are worth seeing is Grand Geyser, the tallest predictable geyser in the world.  Old Faithful Inn, a magnificent old structure, is located in the area, and you can relax there with a cup of coffee, or even have a meal while the others are taking in the action outside.  

Time permitting, other locations we may take in include Midway Geyser Basin, Biscuit Basin and Black Sand Basin.  From Old Faithful we'll head for West Thumb, on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.  We'll cross the Continental Divide twice on the way to West Thumb, where there are a number of hot springs and geysers.  Elk are often also present. 

Our trip continues up past Fishing Bridge and the Hayden Valley, where wolves may occasionally be seen.    A sack lunch is provided today.

The last major stop of the day is Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where the Yellowstone River cascades over a powerful waterfall, and through a deep canyon.

It's time to return to West Yellowstone and we'll take a shortcut across the middle of the figure of eight that makes up the Yellowstone road system.

Three

West Yellowstone

Not applicable Spend the night.
Four

West Yellowstone to Jackson, Wyoming, via Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park

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125 miles

200 kilometres

4 hours

It's a relatively early start today as we retrace our steps past Old Faithful and West Thumb, before heading south along the Rockefeller Parkway and taking a leisurely drive through Grand Teton National Park to Jackson. 
 

Jackson is a small western town a few miles outside Grand Teton National Park, and we'll stop there for a little while.  You'll have a chance to stroll around the town and grab yourself a quick bite to eat.

 

Four

Jackson to Salt Lake City

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302 miles

484 kilometres

5 1/2 hours

That's it - time to go back to Utah!  We can either drop you off at the airport or a Salt Lake hotel, or you can return back to Park City with us, ready to start one of our Salt Lake City/Grand Canyon/Arches/Monument Valley/Bryce Canyon/Zion/Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon tours.  You'll get back to Salt Lake at about 4.30 p.m.
 

That's the end of your Yellowstone tour - thanks for joining us!

Please note the following:

  • Entry fees to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are included.

  • Three nights accommodation is included.  The lodging is in the moderate category - clean and comfortable, but not fancy.  Luxury accommodations are available at a surcharge, and economy accommodations are available at a discount.  Prices vary depending on the month.  Please mail us, or call 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227 for additional information.

  • Prices are based on double occupancy.  A single surcharge of $135 is applicable, or we can try and match singles.

  • Depending on the number of guests, the type of vehicle to be used is likely to be a mini bus, a large SUV, a coach or a van.

  • The price includes the services of a guide/driver and transportation.

  • Meals are excluded unless specifically mentioned above.  The meals that are included are three sack lunches and a barbeque or picnic on the second day.

  • The tour itinerary may change at our discretion without notice.  Factors that may cause a change include, but are not limited to, the weather, vendors and road conditions.

The cost of this tour is $550 per person.  There is also a minimum 5% ($27.50) per person gratuity for your guide, although you are welcome to give more.  A $10 per person fuel surcharge is currently in effect, and is likely to remain through the summer of 2005.   Details on paying for this tour can be found here.  This tour can be ordered online here.

Please mail us, or call 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227 for additional information, or to make a reservation.  Online booking will be available soon.

Please click on the month in which you want to travel, and you will see when each of our tours is available.

2005 Season

 

Payment Details

There are two ways to book this tour.  The first way is to order online.  The second method is for us to email you a contract which will need to be faxed back to us.  The contract will ask for your credit card details.  While we would rather you not make a booking until you are sure you want to go, you are welcome to cancel the booking any time up until 31 days prior to the start of the tour, and you will get a full refund.  After that time, we will not accept a cancellation and you will have to pay for the tour in full.  Trip insurance is available.  Half the cost of the tour will be charged to your card any time from 31 days prior to the start of the tour, and the balance will be charged any time from 7 days prior to the start of the tour.  Back

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Four day regular Yellowstone tour
Please contact us if there are more than 6 in your group, or if there will be more than two people staying in a room.  You will be entitled to a discount. 
 
All prices include a $10 fuel surcharge and a minimum 5% gratuity.

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