Best of Yellowstone

Lower falls in Yellowstone National Park
  • Destination
    Yellowstone
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • Group Size
    Max 8
  • Duration
    10-12 Hours
From $345
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Overview

Explore the highlights of Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first National Park and truly America’s best idea, a place rich in natural history, geothermal wonders and stunning geological landscapes.  Our professional naturalist guides will show off the many wonders of Yellowstone on this full day tour, including geysers, (like Old Faithful), hot springs, waterfalls and other geothermal highlights.  You’ll learn how the unique geology of the area shaped human history and how over a century of conservation has helped preserve a nearly intact ecosystem with diverse wildlife. 

Highlights

  • National Park Tour – Lower Loop
  • Geysers, Waterfalls & Springs
  • Geothermal Landscapes & Photo Opportunities

Your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, and current weather and road conditions.  Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in the field, and will expertly tailor your safari to you and your group. 

Yellowstone National Park is one of a kind on so many fronts – it is the first National Park to ever exist in the world, it is one of the largest National Parks in the lower 48 states, it contains the world’s largest concentration of geothermal features as well as the third largest volcanic caldera on Earth.  Not only is its history and geography captivating, but it is an ongoing example of preservation and the host to many successful, ongoing conservation projects that has resulted in these park boundaries protecting an incredible variety of native wildlife and their habitats.  

This park beckons visitors from all over the world with otherworldly beauty in the form of dynamically gushing geysers, deathly hot, yet vibrant, hot springs and vastly undeveloped, wild terrain.  Yellowstone’s immensity is often not fully recognized until one finds themselves in the thick of it.  There are over 300 miles of roadway to navigate within the park, with the main route taking the form of a northern and southern loop.  A day trip from Jackson, WY will entail a 1.5 hour drive to the South Entrance of Yellowstone, from which destinations like Old Faithful still require another hour of travel.  

To attain the best overview of the highlights accessible from Jackson Hole in a day, the southern loop is typically the focus.  This portion of the park offers some of the best opportunities to view a variety of geothermal features, waterfalls, geological formations and the monumental Yellowstone Lake, which is the largest high alpine freshwater body of water in the contiguous United States.  Be prepared to observe evidence of volcanic activity that occurred 640,000 years ago, smell the sulfur of geothermal features that both captivate us and remind us that there still lies a chamber of magma below that could erupt once more, admire seemingly endless rolling terrain covered in lodgepole pine instead of buildings, witness bison roaming down roads and through parking lots, because no matter how we change the land they will still go where they please.  

The vast and often astonishing Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River can also be found along the southern loop.  Here, the Yellowstone River erodes away at volcanic stone to establish a 1,200 ft deep chasm that is still gradually growing to this day.  The canyon also is host to a duet of massive torrents.  There is the Upper Falls at a height of 109 feet, then there is the largest waterfall in Yellowstone National Park at 308 feet- the Lower Falls.  The views of either are awe-striking, especially when accented by the swirling, cerulean waters of the Yellowstone River flanked by golden, sulfur stained pinnacles and stone walls of the canyon. 

Highlights of the day might include the Continental Divide, Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake and much more. 

Other terrain that can be found along the southern route consists of wide open valleys, distant snowy-capped mountain views and a variety of winding, freshwater rivers and cascades ripe with the native cutthroat trout.  A full day Yellowstone tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris will not only reveal the visually striking features of this region of the park, but also divulge the rich geological, anthropological and biological history of the Yellowstone.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Small group safari: 8 guests per vehicle, maximum
  • Breakfast
  • Locally sourced snacks
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Use of spotting scopes
  • Use of binoculars
  • Guide gratuities
  • National Park entrance fees

Open Safari

$345 per guest, (plus taxes and fees). Two person minimum booking requirement. Maximum per vehicle, 6-8 guests. Minimum age is 8. This is a mixed group safari.
From $345

Private Safari

$1,005 for 1-2 guests, ($1,185 during peak summer season); $245 for each additional guest, (plus taxes and fees). Maximum per vehicle, 6-8 guests. No age minimum. This is a private safari.
From $1,005

Pick-up Times

All guests are picked up and returned to their place of lodging. We pick up at hotels and condos in Jackson and Teton Village.  Your exact pickup time will be determined by your hotel location. Please make note of your pickup time, and save it for your reference. 

Please be ready and waiting in the hotel lobby a few minutes before your pickup.  Your guide may be handling more than one pickup, so please allow an additional 5-10 minutes for your guide to arrive just in case they are delayed for any reason.

Seasonal changes to trip timing may be made to accommodate daylight and/or optimum wildlife viewing.

All private safari guests are picked up at 6:30 AM (7:00 AM in September/October).

Approximate pickup times for Jackson Hole include:

May – September

  • 6:15 AM – Teton Village locations
  • 6:30 AM – Aspens, Amangani, Spring Creek locations
  • 6:45 AM – Town of Jackson locations

September/October

  • 7:00 AM – Teton Village locations
  • 7:15 AM – Aspens, Amangani, Spring Creek locations
  • 7:30 AM – Town of Jackson locations
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Having been on many tours in many countries, this ranks as one of the best. The tour itself was fantastic and in one day we hit all the major spots on the lower loop. We saw many off the beaten path sights and our guide was fantastic. He was super knowledgeable, accommodating, flexible, and always available and fun.
Carol, New York

FAQs

Should I take a guided tour of Yellowstone?

A professional guide can provide education and connection for everything you see and experience in the National Parks.  They are knowledgeable about the wildlife, the landscape, the history and the geology and they can provide context and understanding that you wouldn’t have by driving through the area yourself.  We recommend booking a guided tour for the first few days of your vacation so that what you learn from your guide will enhance the rest of your time in the area.

How many days should I book a tour for in Yellowstone?

This all depends on your availability, your goals for your Yellowstone National Park adventure and the amount of time you’ve set aside to explore the park.  Yellowstone is a huge place!  It’s 2.2 million acres of wilderness to explore and most people don’t venture too far from the boardwalk.  If your time is short, you can make the most of it on a full day Yellowstone Wildlife Safari.  This tour will cover the highlights of the Lower Loop in the southern region of Yellowstone.  If you’d like more time to explore the area, we recommend a 3-Day tour of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.  This will provide more time to explore more of both parks.

What do others say about this tour?

5 Stars
To be honest, at first we were a bit hesitant to spend the money for a guided Yellowstone tour when we could just drive through the park ourselves. But from the moment our guide picked us up at hotel on October 4th, any lingering concern evaporated. Wildlife Safari is undoubtedly the BEST way to truly experience and totally immerse into the great Yellowstone Park. Our ~10-hour guided tour was truly unforgettable! I cannot say enough about the professionalism, humor, knowledge, and skill of our “Interpretive Naturalist”. Without his superb timing, informative commentary, and delightful engagement, we would have merely driven past, not seen, or completely missed 90% of everything Yellowstone has to offer. Not only did we see all the natural beauty of the Yellowstone lower loop’s famous and obscure sites, but we saw-up close-every animal (except moose and wolf) and foul that the park proudly hosts. From morning juices with muffins to our noon picnic lunch, and convenient, clean bathroom stops, every detail was seamlessly executed. Our guide delivered a spectacular day focused on our utmost comfort, safety, and enjoyment! Thank you, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris and especially, thank you to our guide!
Kevin H.

5 Stars
Hands down, best decision we made to go with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris for our 1 day allocated to Yellowstone. Our guide was no less than AMAZING. He was knowledgeable, provided a relaxed atmosphere, great with my 8 and 10 year old and kept the 12 hour day moving a long. If you have children, or if you want details about the park or area, or if you want a very relaxed, comfortable guided tour….request JHWS! I attribute most of the experience at Yellowstone to our experienced guide.
KP P.

5 Stars
For my birthday trip to Wyoming, my husband and I booked a full-day, private tour of Yellowstone with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. Our tour guide did a fantastic job of being informative and entertaining. He picked us up from our hotel at 6:30 am on the dot and we headed off into the Grand Tetons. He had muffins from the don’t-miss Persephone’s Bakery along with juice and water to keep us satisfied until lunch. I mentioned that I really wanted to see a moose, and he immediately took us to an area where moose were known to hang out. We saw a female moose and her calf.  I can’t begin to describe the incredible beauty of Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and our guide knew all the best spots for awe-inspiring views and animal sightings. We also made it to Old Faithful in time for its 9:36 am eruption, and, again, he knew exactly where we should stand to get the best photos. Spending almost 12 hours in a vehicle with a stranger can sometimes be a bit awkward, but our guide was so pleasant. We immediately liked him and felt comfortable enough to chat and ask any questions we had. He wore a mask at all times around us, and the company policy during covid mandates that all customers wear masks when not eating or drinking. I would highly recommend a private tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris because not only are you in for an amazing day, but you’ll also learn about things that will inform the rest of your stay in the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area.
Courtney B.

5 Stars
The very best way to see Yellowstone Park! An expeditious use of your time, especially if you only have one day, to view the main geological features and various animals. We were treated to a wolf pack/elk showdown, dozens of bison and a mother moose and cub. Our guide, our knowledgeable and attentive driver, was always on the lookout for animals. We had plenty of photo ops and good food for a family/nature experience of a lifetime. What a memory!
Kelly S.

Further Reading

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The Lamar Valley gets a lot of credit for being the ideal area to find and observe wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.  In reality, it is an expansive valley of about 29 miles, and it has been the site of many important wildlife conservation and restoration projects

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Our best recommendation is to schedule a wildlife tour for the first day of your vacation.  This way, the knowledge you gain from a Yellowstone day tour, a day in the field with a professional naturalist guide, is a great foundation for a Yellowstone excursion on your own.

 

 

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