Field Notes

Yellowstone Tours from Jackson Hole

by Monica RobinsonJun 3, 2024

Stepping into Jackson Hole is like entering a postcard-perfect world where every vista is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or a seeker of serenity, there’s something for everyone in this enchanting corner of the West. Jackson Hole has earned its reputation as a world-class vacation destination, and it is definitely worth the hype! When you visit, you not only get to enjoy excellent access to mountain adventures in Grand Teton National Park, but also close proximity to Yellowstone!

The town of Jackson is located 50 miles south of the boundary of Yellowstone between the Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges in Wyoming. Getting to Yellowstone from here takes you through the lush valley lined with towering mountains and flowing rivers as you move north. Yellowstone is located in the very northwestern corner of Wyoming, inching into Montana and Idaho. 96% of Yellowstone is in Wyoming while 3% dips into Montana, and a mere 1% in Idaho.

While Jackson isn’t right next door to Yellowstone the way it is with Grand Teton, it is a fantastic jumping off point for visiting the park. You can see Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, bubbling mud pots and steaming hot springs, along with amazing wildlife with enough time to make it back to Jackson for dinner!


The summer season is a time of birth, bounty, and warmth. Newborns are entering the world and finding their footing, animals are enjoying the plentiful food after a lean winter, and songbirds provide the soundtrack to the beautiful vistas. Enjoy family picnics, sunbathing, and cooling off in pristine lakes. This is by far the most popular time to visit for these reasons, and taking a tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris is the ideal way to explore!

All tours provide breakfast, water, snacks, and high-quality binoculars for your personal use. Your guide will have a high-powered spotting scope that they can skillfully position for you to get the absolute best view of wildlife that you encounter, even taking photos through it with your phone! Your personal guide will lead you to the best locations and share their expert knowledge with you about the history, geology, and wildlife of the region, answering any question that comes to your mind.

Day Tours

With its proximity to Yellowstone, it is possible to visit and see many of its famous highlights within a day from Jackson. Starting early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel or other place of lodging and strike out for the park. Launching from Jackson means that you travel straight through Grand Teton National Park on your way to Yellowstone, enriching the journey with views of breathtaking sunrise alpenglow on the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountains and morning movements of wildlife like elk, moose, and maybe even bears!

The park’s road system makes a figure-8 with what’s known as the ‘upper loop’ and the ‘lower loop’. Your route consists of the lower loop of Yellowstone with so much to see along the way. Your day will be filled with picture-perfect views, awe-striking natural wonders, and fascinating information that will keep you captivated the whole way along with a delicious picnic lunch in the heart of Yellowstone. Leave the navigation to your guide, sit back, relax, and soak it all in stress-free. Once you’ve completed your sight-seeing, you will travel back through Grand Teton on your return journey to Jackson in time for dinner.

Multi-Day Tours

If your itinerary allows for more than a day trip, we recommend a multi-day tour! Day tours are action packed and see so much, though they need to factor in travel time for their return to town. On multi-day tours, everything slows down. You can spend more time at each natural wonder that you see, venture farther into the park, and enjoy more time outside of the vehicle. You will be in the park for more morning and evening hours- primetime wildlife watching as most animals are more active during dawn and dusk. These tours also dedicate time exploring Grand Teton, so you get the full experience of two national parks. This is an excellent option to maximize your time in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!


Winter is a quieter season- families return home and people retreat to warmer climates or hunker down out of the cold. But the wonders of Yellowstone don’t stop when summer comes to a close.

Covered in a blanket of fresh, white snow, Yellowstone transforms into a winter wonderland straight out of the storybooks. A hush falls over the landscape, creating a serene and dreamy world for those who embrace it. The magic of a Yellowstone winter is a soulful experience, and joining us on a tour opens up this wonderland in a way that you could never imagine!

Winter tours provide the same comforts that summer tours offer: breakfast, snacks, water, high-quality optics for excellent viewing opportunities, and a knowledgeable and passionate guide who will provide first-class customer service throughout the duration of your excursion.

Multi-Day Tour

Winter is when we offer our exciting 3-Day Winter Wolves and Wildlife Safari! Most of the roads in Yellowstone are closed to personal vehicles during the winter, so navigating independently can be difficult and confusing. On our multi-day tour, we take care of everything!

The tour begins from Jackson and scouts Grand Teton for many of our most sought-after wildlife species from elk, moose, bison, eagles and more. Spectacular landscape views are made even more awe-striking in their winter phase. From there, we cross over Teton Pass on the journey to West Yellowstone where you will have your pick of activities. Take a snowcoach to Old Faithful, visit the Bear and Wolf Discovery Center, or snowmobile through the Yellowstone winter wonderland. Continuing on to Gardner puts us in the northern range of Yellowstone where our primary focus will be locating and watching wild wolves. By the time you return to your lodging in Jackson, you’ll be full of awe and wonder at all of the novel, magnificent sights you have witnessed with us!

Snowshoe Tour

Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on a snowshoe tour. Step out of the confines of a vehicle and put yourself right in the middle of it all. Open up all of your senses and smell, feel, and hear the wild world around you.

After a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Jackson to West Yellowstone with potential for wildlife sightings along the way, you will jump right in with snowshoes provided by your guide. As you traverse the landscape on foot, the keen eyes of your expert guide will pick up tracks and signs of wildlife. This can tell you the story of what passed by and what recently happened right where you stand. After your return to the vehicle, you will visit the Bear and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone to view grizzly bears, wolves, otters, birds of prey, and other native species of fish and reptiles. For guests interested in a more active and hands-on adventure, this is the ideal option for you!

A Herd Of Bison Walking In A Sage Brush Field Covered in Snow

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is a vast landscape, so a full day is the minimum that you should plan to dedicate to exploring it. The South Entrance is about 50 miles from the town of Jackson, about a 1.5 hour drive which takes you through scenic Grand Teton. Yellowstone is a vast park covering 2.2 million acres of rugged wilderness and the major highlights are spread throughout. Expect travel time to and from the park, and between sightseeing. Planning and timing is important to make sure you see the things you hope to while returning at the end of your adventure safely at a reasonable time. Booking a tour with us is the ideal way to fit everything in and to leave the stress behind while you are exploring!

Taking a guided tour is one of the top activities that visitors book during their vacations. Be sure to plan ahead and make arrangements for your preferred dates to ensure your spot with us- we’re so excited to explore with you!


Monica Robinson
Our Expert

Monica Robinson

Writer / Naturalist Guide
See Bio