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YELLOWSTONE 2-DAY TOUR

Mammoth Hot Springs | Todd Gravens

Mammoth Hot Springs | Todd Gravens

Overview

This private tour gives you the opportunity to see the major wildlife, geothermal, and cultural sites of Yellowstone. Day one covers Yellowstone's Lower Loop and features several short hikes to the Mud Volcano, Haden Valley, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Obsidian Cliffs, and Mammoth Hot Springs. We will overnight at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort, subject to availability, located in Paradise Valley, Montana. If lodging at Chico Hot Springs is not available at time of booking, lodging will be arranged in Gardiner, MT.

Day two covers Yellowstone’s Upper Loop and includes visits to the Albright Visitor Center, Tower Falls, Lamar Valley, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, the largest hot spring in the world, and an obligatory stop at the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser before returning to Jackson, Wyoming. Wildlife encountered may include black and grizzly bears, bison, bighorn sheep, eagles, osprey, wolves, pronghorn, and coyotes.

Trip Itinerary

Discover the stark beauty, incredible geology, and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone National Park during this 2-day, 1-night, 400-mile tour that follows Yellowstone’s Grand Loop, a figure-8 shaped road originally designed for horse-drawn wagons and built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1883.

Day 1

After departing Jackson we’ll drive north through Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway while transiting to Yellowstone, making several stops along the way to take photos, admire wildlife, and take advantage of the Flagg Ranch restrooms. (Using bathrooms with running water is simply how we roll).

We’ll then enter Yellowstone through the South Entrance shortly before 9 AM. From there, we’ll continue driving north to West Thumb Geyser Basin then to the famous Lake Yellowstone Hotel for short coffee break. From the Hotel, we’ll continue traveling north to admire the Mud Volcano, Hayden Valley, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, before taking a lunch break at Canyon Village Visitor Center.

Obsidian Cliffs | J Schmidt

Continuing west from Canyon, we’ll explore Norris Geyser Basin (one of the most extreme environments on the face of the Earth), Obsidian Cliffs (the first official wayside exhibit in Yellowstone), the Hoodoos, and Mammoth Geyser Basin.

After exploring Mammoth, we’ll then make our way to Chico Hot Springs Resort, a short 30-minute drive north of the Park, where you will have the chance to relax while eating dinner at a western-themed cowboy saloon. You’ll also enjoy two natural hot springs, a blazing campfire, and a dark starry sky. Wi-Fi is also available.

Day 2

After departing Chico Hot Springs Resort at 7 AM, we’ll enter the Park through the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana and the famed Roosevelt Arch designed by Robert Reamer, the architect who designed Old Faithful Inn.

Chico Hot Springs
Chico Hot Springs Resort

Driving south from the North Entrance, we will keep a keen eye out for bighorn sheep vaulting along the cliffs before making a short stop at the Albright Visitor Center. We will then continue driving east to explore Tower Falls, the Lamar Valley, often called the American Serengeti.

From Lamar Valley, we’ll continue south to Canyon Village, then to Madison Junction for a lunch break, before taking a short walkabout to explore Grand Excelsior Geyser Crater, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, and eventually Old Faithful herself. (All geysers are addressed in the feminine tense).

The drive back to Jackson from Old Faithful is approximately 2.5-3 hours.

Departure Point – Your hotel in Teton Village, the town of Jackson, or a mutually agreeable location.

Departure Time – Tours leave Jackson at 7:00 AM, though pick-up at your hotel may be 30- to 60-minutes earlier.

Return Time – All guests will be returned to their original departure point at approximately 9 PM on Day 2, subject to local to weather, road construction, or wildlife induced traffic jams.

After we pick you up from your hotel, we’ll make a quick stop at our favorite deli to grab breakfast, lunch, and beverages.  From there, we’ll drive through Grand Teton Nation Park as we make our way up to Yellowstone. We’ll make several stops along the way to admire wildlife and take in scenic vistas. Before entering the Park, we’ll stop to let you stretch your legs, buy a few goodies, and hit the restroom at Jackson Lake Lodge or Flagg Ranch. As you enter the Park, you’ll probably want to put your phone in airplane mode since cell service in the park is sporadic, at best. If all goes according to plan, we’ll enter the Park through the South Entrance at approximately 9am.

It can be cool in the morning in Yellowstone, if not downright cold. Daytime temperatures can soar to a high of 80F/26C. Nights are usually cool, and temperatures can drop below freezing at higher elevations. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons. It can snow during any month of the year, so be prepared to dress in layers.

A good sense of adventure and awe, a camera (with charger or extra batteries), sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, appropriate clothing (long pants, both short- and long-sleeved shirts (no cotton), and a waterproof and windproof outer layer), binoculars, athletic walking shoes, any prescription medications, and a day pack with enough capacity to carry all the above. We also encourage our guest to bring reusable water bottles to help reduce our environmental impact in the Park.

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour departure time, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our guides to reconfirm pick-up arrangements with you. 

Inclusions

  • 2-day tour of Yellowstone National Park
  • Transportation (in 6-passenger SUV or 12-passenger, air-conditioned transit van)
  • Light breakfast (breakfast burritos, croissants, muffins, orange juice, and coffee)
  • Lunch (Vegetarian and gluten-free options available)
  • Dinner at Chico Hot Springs Resort
  • Lodging accommodations
  • Use of binoculars
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Bathing suits
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • The minimum age for this tour is 6-years old
  • All tours are spoken in English
  • A moderate amount of walking (2-3 miles each day) is involved (optional).
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Group sizes are small to help facilitate a personalized, intimate experience

For a full refund, cancel at least 72-hours in advance of the start date of the tour.

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