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From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Experience

1. From Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Experience

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.You'll be equipped with any necessary gear and a safety briefing from your expert rafting guide before you depart to tour down 18 miles of the Yellowstone River. Upon completing the first 10 miles, you can expect to stop for lunch on a small island.Proceed rafting through the famous Yankee Jim Canyon to round out an adventure-packed day. We will equip you with any necessary gear and a safety briefing from your expert rafting guide. The rest of the trip takes place in this canyon where the waves increase in excitement.During the floating sections, relish in the beautiful Absaroka mountains and take in every last bit of Big Sky Country. As your trip comes to an end, you will be picked up at the stopping point.You can relax on the short drive back to the meeting point, where you will have the chance to change and view the photos captured during your adventure.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

2. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: •Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)•Midway Geyser Basin•Firehole Lake Loop•Fountain Paint Pots•Firehole River Canyon•Gibbon Falls •Artist Paint Pots•Norris Geyser Basin•Roaring Mountain•Gardiner's Hole•The Golden Gate•The Hoodoos•Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace•Gardiner River•The Boiling River•Roosevelt Arch•Undine Falls•Blacktail Plateau•Petrified Tree•Roosevelt area•Lamar Valley•Tower Falls•Dunraven Pass•Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)•Hayden Valley•Sulphur Cauldron•Mud Volcano Area•Fishing Bridge•Lake Yellowstone

From Gardiner: 2-Hour Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting

3. From Gardiner: 2-Hour Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

4. Lamar Valley: Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

Meet the guide at the Lamar River Trailhead at 8 am. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink (coffee/tea/cocoa). Hit the trail for a hike in the Serengeti of North America after a brief safety presentation. Spot wildlife like bison, pronghorn, bear, wolf, elk, birds, and more with binoculars from the trail. Hike across the Lamar Valley to the Lamar River for a picnic lunch riverside. Stop to smell the sage along the way. Be immersed in Native American history while taking in the miles and miles of vast scenery. Follow your guide on bison trails in the world's first National Park.

From Gardiner: Yellowstone Wildlife Watching Tour with Meals

5. From Gardiner: Yellowstone Wildlife Watching Tour with Meals

Discover Yellowstone National Park's world-famous abundance of iconic wildlife and historic conservation efforts on this private tour with naturalist guides. Use top-of-the-line optic equipment and enjoy drinks and meals throughout your trip. Whether you want to spot foraging grizzly bears, witness the social and behavioral dynamics of Yellowstone’s wolf packs, or search to identify the numerous wild animal and bird species in the park, let your guide craft a tour that fits your personal interests. Watch as your guide interprets the behaviors you observe and shares stories about the individual bears and wolves that they have gotten to know over the years. Spot animals living their daily lives and discover secret places where animals live and raise their young. Get the best chance to see wildlife with private guides who have an intimate familiarity with the landscape and animals. They’ll use their knowledge, skills, and network of other guides, wildlife watchers, and photographers to do everything they can to make your trip memorable. 

Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin Hike with Lunch

6. Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin Hike with Lunch

Explore an area home to more than half of the world's thermal features such as Old Faithful, Morning Glory Pool, and the Upper Geyser Basin. Learn about the unique geology of Yellowstone's hot spots and experience it firsthand on a guided hiking tour that includes snacks and lunch. Meet your naturalist guide at the Biscuit Basin Trailhead. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink. After a brief safety presentation, hit the trail for a hike among geysers, hot springs, and steam vents. See the iconic Old Faithful Geyser, Morning Glory Pool, and many other thermal features along the boardwalks and trails of the Upper Geyser Basin. Hike alongside your guide to understand the environment around you. Look for some of the rarest animals on earth. Watch for bisons on the trail as you explore a super volcano. You may see some geysers erupt such as Beehive Geyser, Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser, Grotto Geyser, Riverside Geyser, and Daisy Geyser.

From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

7. From Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park Guided Hiking Tour

Venture into the pristine wilderness that makes Yellowstone so special on a guided hike with a naturalist guide. Customize the day to your needs, from conditions to mileage, and difficulty level. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch. Witness up close how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them. Explore a stream bank and look out for bird nests, animal tracks, or even the work of local beavers. Feel safe and comfortable as you enjoy the best that Yellowstone has to offer. Appreciate the wild beauty and landscapes on this tailored hike, specific to your needs and fitness level.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

8. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Loop Hike with Lunch

See the Upper and Lower Falls, Yellowstone's most iconic waterfalls, on this guided hike. Explore Yellowstone's outstanding natural beauty as you see thermals, lakes, and valleys. Meet your guide at the Upper Falls Viewing Area on the South Rim Drive at 8 AM. Gear up with packs, trekking poles, binoculars, and bear spray while enjoying a morning snack and hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Take in a brief safety presentation. Then, hit the trail for a hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Hike to Artist Point for incredible views of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Marvel at Yellowstone's most famous waterfall which plunges for over 300 feet. Continue off the beaten path in to Yellowstone's endless pines. Walk along Native trails past a thermal area with mudpots and steam vents. Stop for a picnic lunch on the trail. Spot wildlife in the nearby Hayden Valley as you take in everything this environment has to offer.

From Gardiner: Yellowstone, Old Faithful, & Hot Springs Tour

9. From Gardiner: Yellowstone, Old Faithful, & Hot Springs Tour

Embark on a private guided tour from Gardiner to explore the best of the Yellowstone volcano at Yellowstone National Park, drinks and meals included. Explore some of Yellowstone’s 200 active geysers and over 10,000 thermal features, including the world-famous geyser, Old Faithful. Head down the west side of the park as you explore and unravel the mysteries of the awe-inspiring geological and thermal features that Yellowstone is famous for. See must-see geysers, colorful springs, and bubbling mud pots, and discover some local secrets along the way. Marvel at the highlight of the tour, the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful. This remarkable feature, named in 1871 prior to the establishment of Yellowstone, has remained reliably “faithful” in its eruptions and continues to awe visitors with its raw power and predictable behavior. Hike through a huge concentration of colorful, active pools that are home to their own fascinating ecosystems, and potentially witness eruptions of other spouting geysers with names like Beehive, Castle, Grand, Lion, Grotto, and Riverside.

From Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park Winter 4-Day Tour

10. From Bozeman: Yellowstone National Park Winter 4-Day Tour

Day 1: Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park Get picked up at your hotel in Bozeman by your guide, then head into Yellowstone National Park. On the way, stop for wildlife and winter scenery photo opportunities. Possible wildlife sightings include bald eagles, golden eagles, bison, bighorn sheep, prongh orn antelope, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and coyotes. Afterward, stay the night at a cozy lodge in Gardiner, Montana, and spend your evening exploring the mountain town. Day 2: Gardiner to Cooke City To get the best chance for natural predation, depart early (7 AM) and eat breakfast in the field while looking for wolves. The northern range of Yellowstone has been called the best place on earth to view wolves. Other wildlife you may see are bison, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, red foxes, bald eagles, and golden eagles. Day 3: Wildlife All Day Depart early, as more game drives mean more opportunity for wildlife sightings. Your first pack territory will be the Lamar Canyon pack. Post up, drink warm drinks, and wait for the light to present what the morning has to offer. The guide will be communicating with other guides and wolf researchers to offer you the best sightings possible. By 11 AM, head in for lunch to warm up before embarking on another afternoon of wildlife observation. Day 4: Cooke City to Bozeman Your last morning offers a great opportunity to see wolves in their native state. You may witness wolves interacting with other wolf packs in territorial disputes, or see wolves trailing along the river bank during the morning hunt. Wolves can often be seen in social posturing, howling, eating, or just resting. After the morning wildlife viewing, make your way to Mammoth Hot Springs and out the Yellowstone River corridor to Bozeman, where you'll say your goodbyes.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Eddie was great! We saw bears, bison, eagles, elk, deer, and the physical wonders of the park. He is a great driver and we felt safe. The van was clean and well equiped. I have physical limitations and the rest of the group did not, but he made it work for all of us. He is very informed and helpful. He was flexible with the pace, stops, and timing of the day. Simple lunches with plenty of water. No snacks, however. A morning snack would have been helpful, especially since the first day is started so early and lunches were between 1-2pm. Make sure to make dinner reservations prior to your trip at Chico Resort and bring your swimsuit.

An excellent comprehensive introduction to the animals and geology of the unique Yellowstone ecosystem. Guide Greg Eich was an iexceptionally nformative, engaging, and humorous leader for our tour group, and he took us to many scenic sites and to many locations at which large mammals were viewed. Highly recommend this tour and highly commend our guide. Our September tour dates also allowed us to see some changing foliage.

Eddie was extremely knowledgeable and took us to all the great sites in the park. He was an excellent guide. We also had the good fortune to be joined by a fun group of people. My wife and I greatly enjoyed the experience and do highly recommend the tour. Thanks, Eddie!

Greg was knowledgable, kind, patient, and very accommodating!! Loved his passion!!! We enjoyed our trip, and would certainly book again with Greg!!!!

Amazing experience to see Yellowstone. Ask for Eddie....great tour guide!