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One Day Yellowstone Tour from Big Sky
Starting with an early pickup at your Big Sky hotel, we make our way south to the town of West Yellowstone, passing through a small portion of Yellowstone Park often frequented by moose and other animals. From West Yellowstone we take the west entrance into the park and navigate the lower loop. The lower loop is home to most of the geothermal areas of the park, but still provides great wildlife viewing opportunities. The tour follows first the Madison and then the Firehole Rivers to the Lower, Midway, and Upper Geyser Basins. It then continues around to West Thumb Geyser Basin on Yellowstone Lake, up through Hayden Valley and on to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The tour continues to follow the Gibbon River south and back along the Madison River to West Yellowstone. A skilled driver/guide accompanies you all the way, offering insights on the latest park updates and ecological studies. A sack lunch is provided today.
The first major stop on our adventure is 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.
We will then 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 best 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.
Moving along we will cross the Continental Divide twice to reach beautiful Yellowstone Lake and explore the boardwalk at West Thumb Geyser Basin. 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 Yellowstone, from both the south and north rims.
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 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 and north to Big Sky. You will be dropped off at your in-town lodging.
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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 Big Sky hotel.
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 fee to Yellowstone is not included.
A sack lunch is the only meal included.
Certain minimums may be needed for this tour to operate.