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West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail

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From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

1. From Cody: Full-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour

Discover the natural wonders in Yellowstone on this full-day tour from Cody in an air-conditioned car. See the pristine waters of the largest alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone Lake. Watch Old Faithful, erupt in the Upper Geyser Basin. Enjoy snacks and bottled water on your trip. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Cody. Sit back and relax on the drive in a comfortable and spacious vehicle. Pass by the crystal clear waters of Yellowstone Lake as you take the Grand Loop Road between the Fishing Bridge and Grant Village. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears and bald eagles on your way to your first stop at the Fishing Bridge where hundreds of native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout come to spawn. Take a walk on the bridge and breathe in the fresh air. Continue to your next stop at Dragon's Mouth Springs where you can go for a short stroll on the boardwalk to view the hydrothermal Mud Volcano. Head to Hayden Valley to look for herds of bison, elk, moose, packs of gray wolves. Find out why many of America's famous artists came to Yellowstone's Grand Canyon at Artist Point. Gaze out at the stunning canyon that is 20 miles long and a 1000 feet deep. Make your way to the Canyon Visitor Education Center for a shopping and coffee break. Take in the rich scenery as you ride along the Virginia Cascade Drive and see the pristine waters of the slow moving Gibbon River. Have the option to stop here and eat the packed lunch that you brought. Witness the otherworldly features of Norris Geyser Basin in the hottest, most acidic and most dynamic part of Yellowstone. Observe the roaring waters of Firehole Falls and the stunning natural surroundings of Firehole canyon. Make your way to one of the most trafficked spots in Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring. View the vibrant colors in the worlds largest hot spring. Travel to the largest of the predictable geysers in the world, Old Faithful. Feel the thrill of watching it erupt. Spend 1.5 hours of free time souvenir shopping or getting some food. Get tips on where to go during your free time from your guide. Finish, with a stop at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, the only geyser area located directly on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Return to your accommodation in Cody.

Jackson: Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour to Old Faithful

2. Jackson: Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour to Old Faithful

Explore Yellowstone National Park on a snowmobile winter adventure. Get picked up early in the morning at your lodging in Jackson Hole area and head to the South Entrance of Yellowstone. Enjoy a tasty grab and go breakfast and get outfitted with your snowmobile gear. Along the way to Yellowstone, pass through the Grand Teton National Park, with breathtaking views of Teton Range.  Once in Yellowstone, travel the 45 miles of groomed trail to Old Faithful, making several stops to view wildlife and breathtaking winter panoramas. Discover Moose Falls, Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls, and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Then, head to the largest concentration of geysers and hotspots in the park, where you will experience the super-heated water erupt skywards from the world-famous Old Faithful. Enjoy lunch here before continuing on your adventure. Return to your lodging around 6:00 PM.

Grant Village: Yellowstone Lake Guided Sea Kayak Tour

3. Grant Village: Yellowstone Lake Guided Sea Kayak Tour

Beat the crowds and strong midday heat on a morning kayak tour of Yellowstone Lake starting from Grant Village. Take in breathtaking views of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and the Yellowstone Caldera as you paddle along the lake. Rise early for the best chances to spot wildlife and enjoy the still waters. Meet the guide at the Grant Village Marina and gear up with a kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Dip your blade into the waters above Yellowstone’s supervolcano. Listen to tales of native peoples and wildlife from your guide and admire the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone from the water. After your paddle, sit down at a scenic spot on the shores of Yellowstone Lake for a hot drink and lunch.

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What people are saying about West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

This is an excellent winter/cold weather activity! The activity is well-organized: timely pick-up and easy communication with the driver (he called the day before to confirm pick-up location and texted on the morning when he arrived), tasty hot breakfast buffet (included with ticket), clear communication throughout the process, and they provide all the gear you need (we wore a layer of thermals under regular clothes). You spend most of your time on the snowmobiles, with a few stops to take in the quiet and beauty of the park, and of course, Old Faithful. It's all truly amazing. Our guide, Chris, was awesome! He was sincere in his excitement for the park and wildlife, and shared many interesting facts and stories. He took advantage of how efficient we moved as a group and guided us out to a few extra geyser basins that we could explore. It was an amazing day for our family!

Our guide, Jacob, made this trip even better. Just enough conversation and genuinely likes what he was doing. Very accommodating and made sure we were comfortable even though it was very cold when we started our day.

I highly recommend Covered Ground Tours for the Full Day Yellowstone tour. The guide was very knowledgeable with key stops and fun to spend the day with.

Kris was an incredible guide. He was knowledgeable and helped us to get the most out of our snowmobile trip to Yellowstone. It was perfect!

Excellent Experience. Our guide Joe did a great job and was very knowledgeable of Yellowstone. We would highly recommend this experience.