The vast wilderness of Yellowstone National Park is one of the jewels in America’s crown – and can be explored by booking onto a wide choice of organised tours.
Spanning the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the national park’s dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers attract huge numbers of visitors every year. If you like the idea of discovering this magical area in the company of a professional guide, there are a multitude of guided tours on offer. Here are three of the best that depart from the town of West Yellowstone on the borders of Montana.
Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide
Explore one of the world’s best National Parks, home to grizzly bears, elk, bison, wolves, eagles, and foxes, in the company of a local guide on this full-day adventure. After a hotel pick-up in West Yellowstone, you’ll spend the day stopping at famous locations such as Old Faithful, Grand Canyon waterfalls, and Artist Point. Highlights include experiencing the eruption of the famous Old Faithful geyser, marvelling at the power and majesty of the Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon, and spotting amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. The tour concludes late afternoon back in West Yellowstone. From $314 per person.
Yellowstone Explorer Series
Spend more time exploring Yellowstone’s abundance of wildlife and waterfalls on this action-packed tour. A popular choice with active families keen to spend more time out of the car, you’ll split your time between wildlife spotting and admiring waterfalls on foot. You’ll search for a wide range of animal species throughout Hayden Valley, along the Yellowstone River, and around Yellowstone Lake, before embarking on a hike along the Grand Canyon with its myriad of falls. You’ll also get to explore and learn about the famous geyser basins and hot springs of Yellowstone. Your guide, plus binoculars and spotting scopes, as well as snacks, beverages and a sack lunch, are all included in the tour price. From $650 per group (max 2 people).
VIP Private Boutique Tour of Yellowstone’s Lower Loop
To discover Yellowstone in a more intimate and exclusive way, this private boutique tour is just the ticket. Following a hotel pick-up in West Yellowstone by your driver and expert guide, you and your small group of family or friends will be driven to the park’s Lower Loop for a full day of exploration. You’ll see all of the grand highlights of the park, including the beautiful volcanic shaped walls and rushing water of Firehole Canyon Drive, the spectacular Kepler Cascades falls, and the stunning geothermal features of West Thumb Geyser Basin. The tour ends with a drop-off back in West Yellowstone. From $340 per person.