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Overnight Yellowstone Tour From Jackson
On this tour you have the opportunity to see all of Yellowstone with just one overnight stay, in West Yellowstone. The first day you will visit the lower loop (home to most of the geothermal areas of the park) and on the second day you will tour the upper loop before returning to Jackson through scenic rural Idaho.
You leave Jackson heading north through the Tetons and into Yellowstone, stopping at West Thumb Geyser Basin, Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and then move on to the Lower, Midway, and Upper Geyser Basins, before heading to West Yellowstone for the night. The next day you are taken back into the park stopping at Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley and, if open, Tower Falls before returning to Jackson through West Yellowstone, rural Idaho and over Teton Pass. A skilled driver/guide accompanies you all the way, offering insights on the latest park updates and ecological studies. A sack lunch is provided on both days.
Starting at your hotel in Jackson, the tour moves north through Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone’s south entrance. Please bear in mind that while we do drive through the Tetons, stopping for great pictures, this is a Yellowstone tour so the only extra stops we will be making there are for pictures of special sights such as bear or moose.
Moving into Yellowstone, we stop at West Thumb Geyser Basin to explore the board walk on the edge of beautiful Yellowstone Lake, before heading north through the Hayden Valley, along the Yellowstone River. The Hayden Valley and the areas along the river 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 Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is just up the road, and we’ll take in the view points from both the south and north rims, including the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls.
The next stop is in the very heart of Yellowstone’s geothermal activity. Making our way west and then south we find the Lower Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pot. 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.
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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, see the Old Faithful Inn and, time allowing, wander the boardwalks to view some of the other features. Today’s touring ends as we make our way to Madison Junction where we turn west, and follow the Madison River out to West Yellowstone where you will spend the night.
You are on your own in West Yellowstone until tomorrow’s tour. There are many restaurants in town, as well as stores to shop for gifts and souvenirs.
The next morning the upper loop tour brings you waterfalls (Gibbon and Tower), the most thermally active area of the park (Norris Geyser Basin), areas of historical significance (Mammoth Hot Springs) and “America’s Serengeti” (Lamar Valley), all with a skilled guide offering insights on the latest park updates and ecological studies.
At the end of the day we’ll return to West Yellowstone, and then head west out of Montana into Idaho, over the Targhee Pass, and down through Island Park and rural Idaho, before crossing over the Teton Pass into Wyoming again, and dropping down into Jackson, where you will be taken to your hotel.
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.
You will be picked up and dropped off at your Jackson hotel.
One night’s lodging is included at West Yellowstone Lodge, or similar, in West Yellowstone.
This is a small group tour.
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 fees to Grand Teton and Yellowstone are not included.
Two sack lunches are the only meals included.
Certain minimums may be needed for this tour to operate.
Parts of this tour may be provided by other vendors we use.