Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour
Generally our first major stop will be at Upper Geyser Basin, or the Old Faithful area. The old faithful geyser will erupt every ninety minutes and we will make a point of witnessing the eruption. Given the timing of our arrival we may have time for a short boardwalk stroll to view some of the other thermal features in the basin. In addition to Old Faithful there are numerous other fantastic geysers that will erupt with less certainty and frequency, which we may also have the good fortune to witness, including: Beehive, Castle, The Lion Group, Sawmill, Grand, Daisy,and more.
In addition to the numerous thermal features the history buffs will also enjoy a visit to the Old Faithful Inn, (in season) arguably one of the most magnificent National Park Lodges in existence. We will venture north and most tours we will have the time to spot at least two more times for short and exciting boardwalks excursions. Everyone enjoys stopping at both the Midway Geyser Basin, and Fountain Paint pots-both truly fantastic thermal collections unto themselves. I will not ruin the surprise but such features as the Grand Prismatic Spring, Clepsydra Geyser, Excelsior Geyser crater, and the Fountain Paint Pots are just a few of the features we will visit while walking on the boardwalks.
Early afternoon we are arriving at lunch stop, usually Fountain Flats, or beyond.. A great, fresh picnic spread provided by us including Boars Head turkey, ham, lettuce, onion, tomato, avocado (freshly prepped on site) chips and salsa, fruit, cookies for dessert, condiments, etc.
After lunch we will spend some time in the vehicle as we make our way north around the loop with our next real major stop being the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Some points of interest along the way will include: Firehole Canyon drive, Madison River, Gibbon River Falls, Elk Park, Virginia Cascades, etc. We will spend some time at the Canyon Area with the main draw being the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, 109ft, and 308 feet tall respectively. Also the beauty of the Canyon itself is not to be missed.
We try to be heading south by about 3:30pm with still some ground to cover. Heading south from the Canyon Area we will pass through Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Yellowstone Lake, and West Thumb. This will complete our lower loop as we head back towards Jackson from there, usually arriving back in Jackson between 6:30 and 7:30 pm.
- Includes hotel pickup,dropoff, lunch, snacks, bottled water, guide, vehicle, use of optics.
- Does not include breakfast, dinner, park entrance fees, guide gratuity, or any other incidentals.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Our guide Eddie was outstanding. He was passionate about making sure our tour of Yellowstone was great. His knowledge of the park was incredible. We were in an SUV, not a large bus which made the experience so much more enjoyable. Again, great job Eddie.
I've been places and tried to self tour the location with much frustration and weariness. This Viator offering was the opposite of my past self made tours. Bryan was our guide and he truly took control, drove to best spots, explained historical info and gave factual, interesting tidbits all along the way. He ensured our safety in the wilds of Yellowstone. Thank you, great trip.
Our tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable on the area. He took us to points that aren’t familiar to most visitors. The trip was wonderful. It was definitely the way to see Yellowstone.
Eddie our tour guide was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and able to answer any and all questions. Really enjoyed the day! Would love to go back and do the upper loop at Yellowstone.
Our guide was awesome, great trip,he was very knowledge, very polite, would deffintly do sgain.saw lots of animals,we stoped a lot to see features, just the right amount of walking, the van was nice lots of Windows and lunch was very good
This was a wonderful tour. Thank you to Jack for driving our family around. He was very knowledgeable about the park and provided us with great viewpoints to take pictures and see wildlife. We were very lucky to have seen both Old Faithful and Beehive Geyser erupt at the same time. Jack was an amazing tour guide. We wouldn't have been able to see so many places in one day if we were on our own.
Amazing Trip! We were at the end of a week-long vacation that included almost a thousand miles of driving. My husband was tired of driving and my kids were cranky, but I wanted to see Yellowstone before we left. I compromised and booked this trip so no one would need to drive and we would have a larger vehicle. What an amazing day! Amy, our tour guide was great. She immediately connected with my two teenage daughters, so they were happy from the beginning. We could have never seen so much in such a short time if we did not take this trip. Amy knew all the great places to see and she was a wealth of information. She was happy to make any accommodations we needed, but we let her guide the way. The booking was extremely easy. They were on time and the vehicle was clean and comfortable. The lunch and snacks were also perfect. I do not believe I could have picked out a better selection there was something for everyone. I would definitely take this tour again well worth the money!