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Yellowstone Tours

Due to Yellowstone National Park's vastness, one of the best ways to cover a great deal of territory is with the help of a tour guide—whether it is a park ranger, a guide from one of the area outfitters, or an audio tape designed for a specific route.

You can choose to follow the many hiking or horseback riding trails, go snowmobiling, bicycling, or take a self-guided tour by vehicle. There is no “bad” time to tour the park. During the spring and summer the park is resplendent in wildflowers and the greenery of the awakening trees, in the fall you will be enchanted by the bold reds and golds of the changing leaves and during the winter months the park becomes a wonderland of snow and ice.

Yellowstone Tour by Vehicle

Before beginning a Yellowstone vehicle tour, stop by one of the par’s gift shops to pick up one of the 90 minute cassettes which will tell you about the park’s history, geology, points of interest, the plants and wildlife. If you don’t have a cassette player, you can choose a CD unit that plugs into the cigarette lighter and will broadcast a signal to its radio. The unit’s screen displays menu options of chapter and topics to guide you through the Park.

Scenic Yellowstone Drives

For viewing the geysers, travel on the Firehole Lake Drive about 8 miles north of Old Faithful Village. The road passes the Great Fountain Geyser ,which sends out water as high as 200 feet. During the winter, watch out for bison along the route
The South Entrance Road offers an incredible view of the Lewis River Falls and passes by the black lava walls of Lewis River Canyon.
Along the Upper Terrace Loop Drive near Mammoth Hot Springs you will see 500 year old pines and find a wide variety of mosses growing through white travertine.

Yellowstone Bicycle Tours

In spite of heavy traffic, large vehicles and the difficult shoulder-less roads, bicycling has become a popular way to see Yellowstone. It is recommended that you always wear a helmet and reflective clothing. Bikers are not allowed on most hiking trails or in the backcountry.

Fountain Freight Road Trail - The Fountain Flats Drive leaves the Grand Loop Road and follows the Firehole River to a trail 1 ½ miles away. Continue on along the old roadbed to the Sentinel Meadows Trail and the Fairy Falls Trail. Total trail length is 5 ½ miles.
Old Faithful to Morning Glory Pool -Beginning at Hamilton Store at Old Faithful Village, this 2 mile paved trail loop near the Old Faithful Geyser ends at Morning Glory Pool. The route passes through a geyser basin—do not leave the trail. Be alert, as you may see elk and buffalo.

Yellowstone Snowmobiling Tours

Yellowstone National Park has over 2,000 miles of trails that can be explored by snowmobile; however, it is required that you have a guide.

As you traverse the snow covered trails (both groomed and ungroomed), you can see steamy waterfalls and rivers passing through frozen vistas, watch its geysers and even see a coyote or wolf as you whisk past on snowmobile. The stories you tell of your wintertime Yellowstone visit will be unlike anything experienced by visitors to the park at any other time of year. For more information visit our snowmobiling Wyoming page for a list with some of the best places to ride and tour.

Area Snowmobile Guides/Outfitters:
Turpin Meadow Ranch-800-743-9496
Buffalo Bills-800-393-2639
Wind River, Dubois, Wy-888-518-0502
Pahaska Tepee-800-628-7791

Photo Credits: Snowmobile photos by G Geter; Touring Car by TF Duesing; Yellowstone Marmot by Direct Dish