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With 40+ years of experience exploring the Park, I have gained the knowledge and know the secret tricks to help you make the most of your vacation. This area has a lot to offer, and whether you're here for one day or one week, I'll make it my goal to share with you the very best that this place continues to show me.
My grandfather built a cabin in nearby Island Park, Idaho, long before I was born, and I spent a lot of time exploring Yellowstone and the surrounding wilderness with my family during our yearly visits to Grandpa's cabin. I have a lifetime of memories and experiences with the area and its wildlife. I've watched the landscapes change and adapt, from before and after the fires of 1988, the birth of new hot pools and geysers, the sudden dormancy or extinction of others, the reintroduction of the wolves and their impact on the ecosystem....even now, I regularly see things I haven't witnessed on any other visit. There's always something new or different. I became fascinated with, and continue to study, the history, legends, and lore of the Park and its explorers and early inhabitants. I have learned about and become very familiar with the geothermal features, mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers that make up the land. Now that I live a stone's throw from Yellowstone's boundary, I visit its roads, boardwalks, and backcountry trails on an almost daily basis. There is a very special and undeniably magical feeling here, and I share it with my own kids as much as I can. I love seeing the wonder and amazement in others' eyes when they encounter these animals and features for the first time. It reawakens the kid in me who would sit and marvel at Old Faithful's eruption and first drove alongside a herd of bison on our way through Hayden Valley. There's no place like this!
We'll travel the Park in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle (or heated, on those cold days). Snacks and cold drinks are provided on all tours, and you're also welcome to bring your own to fit your taste/diet. There will be at least some walking involved, so wear comfortable footwear. Even during the summer months, cold weather, and even snow, has been known to occur, so bring along a jacket, hoodie, or coat, just in case. I carry bear spray and can lend you extra canisters for yourself and other responsible members of your party during your time with me, if you would like. I will have on hand a couple pairs of binoculars and a spotting scope for wildlife viewing. Again, feel free to bring yours, if you have them. There are a few options for lunch: you can prepare and bring your own, we can stop to eat at one of the handful of "villages", or I can prepare a sack lunch for your party, for a small additional cost. I can meet and pick up your party in Island Park, the gateway towns of either West Yellowstone or Gardiner, or at any in-Park hotel or campground where you'll be staying.
There's so much to see and do in Yellowstone, and it would be impossible to do it all in one day. I can adjust and cater to specific desires/expectations for your visit. Whether it's geared more toward geysers, wildlife viewing, history and stories as we explore, waterfalls (both drive-up and short hikes), or a selection of short day hikes and hidden gems in the backcountry, I am more than happy to give you the exact adventure you're coming out here to have. Safety is my number one priority, and giving you the Yellowstone you have been dreaming about and expecting in your mind is a very close second. You can even book a multi-day tour so we can take more time at each stop, making additional not-so-common stops, and eliminating the thought of having to finish the loop at the end of the day. Note: the multi-days are not overnight. I will drop you off at your accommodation at the end of the day and resume our adventure the next morning.
Visit the geyser basins and walk among the world's largest concentration of geysers, which also make up approximately half of the number of geysers in the world. Spot herds of bison and elk gathered along the rivers and in the grasslands. Watch bears and wolves prowling nearby.
Wildlife abound in this part of the Park. More mountainous than the lower loop, there are plenty of pulloff areas to get a bird's-eye view. It is also home of the "Bear-muda Triangle", an area around Tower-Roosevelt and Tower Falls, which has the highest concentration of both grizzly and black bears in the Park.
A full day of exploring the majority of the Park. It includes all the highlights of both the Upper and Lower Loops, and it only bypasses the 12-mile section of road between Norris and Canyon Village. We'll possibly be out from sunup to sundown, but you'll get a full experience of Yellowstone's different habitats and sights.
Best for those who want to take more time to enjoy wildlife viewing or take in the scenery and activity in the Park, without watching the clock. We can do one or both loops and see the things most tourists skip over or don't know about. We can afford the time to watch a pack of wolves hunt and play for an hour or two, bison or elk battling during the rut, or a mama bear taking her cubs out for a walk. There are off-the-beaten path sights and experiences that 98% of people who visit won't see.
This is the only Park road that is open to automobiles during the winter months. Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley will be the highlights of this tour, and you'll get to see how Yellowstone changes in the winter. It will be quieter and much less crowded, and don't forget to bring a heavy coat. Wolves thrive in winter, and they'll be easier to glimpse against a backdrop of snow.