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One Day Yellowstone Tour From Idaho Falls
There’s an early start this morning, with a transfer to Rexburg, where you’ll change vehicles for the onward ride to West Yellowstone. You’ll be touring Yellowstone’s lower loop today, which is home to most of the geothermal areas of the park, while still providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. Starting in West Yellowstone the tour follows the Madison and then the Firehole rivers to the Lower, Midway, and Upper Geyser Basins. It then continues around to West Thumb on Yellowstone Lake, up through Hayden Valley and on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone before continuing on to follow the Gibbon River south and back along the Madison River to West Yellowstone. A sack lunch is provided today.
The Hayden Valley and the areas along the rivers are home to some of the park’s most iconic animals. With any luck and depending on the season, you may find yourself within feet of elk, bison, bears, trumpeter swans, osprey and maybe even otters or wolves! Red, bison calves (also referred to as red dogs) and migrating sandhill cranes are a springtime treat not to be missed!
The first major stop on our adventure is the Lower Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots. We will get up close to all four geothermal features in the park, (hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots and geysers) from the safety of an easy to navigate boardwalk.
Moving on we will stop and see Grand Prismatic Spring and the now dormant Excelsior Geyser at the Midway Geyser Basin.
From here we make the short drive to the home of Old Faithful – the Upper Geyser Basin. While Old Faithful is the most well-known feature, this area is a cornucopia of springs, geysers and historical buildings. We will stay long enough to watch Old Faithful erupt, explore the Old Faithful Inn and, time allowing, wander the boardwalks to see some of the other features.
Moving along we will cross the Continental Divide twice to reach beautiful Yellowstone Lake and explore the boardwalk at West Thumb. We will then travel north through Hayden Valley, along the Yellowstone River, and stop to view the Lower and Upper Yellowstone Falls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
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The last leg takes us along the Gibbon River where you will see great examples of volcanic tuff, and then once again along the Madison River, back to West Yellowstone. Depending on conditions in the park, you may have some time to explore the town, before the shuttle takes you back to Rexburg, and then on to Idaho Falls.
Today is a long day! You will be away from your hotel for about 15 hours. We do offer an earlier private departure from West Yellowstone, at a surcharge. Rather than wait for the shuttle to take you back to Idaho Falls, we can give you a private driver. With this option, you will arrive back 1.5 to two hours earlier. You can order this option at checkout.
We regret that cancellations and changes will not be accepted, and refunds will not be given. Half the amount may be charged to your card when you make the booking, and the balance will be charged 45 days from the tour date. An attempted or purported cancellation will result in the entire amount being charged to your card immediately.
The credit/debit card you used must be with you when you travel, and should be in your name. If you are booking for someone else, please let us know as you will need to complete the credit card authorization documentation, which we will send you.
Pickups and drop offs take place at hotels in the northwestern part of Idaho Falls, as well as at airport hotels. Search online for the Idaho Falls Walmart Supercenter, and all hotels within two miles from there are pickup locations.
This is a small group tour.
Parts of this tour may be provided by other vendors we use.
Times are approximate. The itinerary may change without notice, and we cannot be responsible for the consequences of delays. At the beginning and end of the season, road closures and weather conditions may prevent this tour being run as detailed. General road maintenance in the park may affect the way this tour operates.
Please do not make any plans that depend on this tour, until you receive our confirmation email.
The entrance fee to Yellowstone is not included.
A sack lunch is the only meal included.
Certain minimums may be needed for this tour to operate.