Until you’ve visited Yellowstone, it’s hard to decide what are the must-sees and what can fall lower down on your itinerary. And because the park is larger than the state of Rhode Island, you can’t do a whirlwind drive and see it all in a day.
Avoid wasting precious time by hiring Yellowstone Hiking Guides to give you the insider’s look into Yellowstone. Based in West Yellowstone, Mont., Yellowstone Hiking Guides caters to a variety of ages and abilities. You can choose from a day-hiking excursion, an active van tour, a backpacking tour or sea kayaking tours on Yellowstone Lake.
On a day hike, you can choose from several outings, including the Upper Geyser Basin Hike that covers 6 miles and 500 feet total of elevation gain. You’ll avoid all of the Old Faithful area’s traffic by meeting at Biscuit Basin. From there, you’ll hike through a fascinating landscape, discovering some of Yellowstone’s most interesting geysers, including Old Faithful. All you need to bring is your fleece layer, rain jacket, 2 liters of water and your curiosity since your guide will provide a morning snack, hearty picnic lunch, bear spray, backpacks, optical gear and trekking poles.
Yellowstone Hiking Guides is most famous for their Lamar Valley Safari Hike. A hike with one of their expert guides will get you to the perfect vantage point for an opportunity to observe the famous wolf packs that roam the area, along with other incredible wildlife like bison and bears. You might feel like a VIP watching the wolves from a secluded knoll while the rest of the human pack is crowded together on the shoulder of the road.
Or, opt for the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Hike. Centrally located in the heart of the park, this excursion is convenient whether you’re staying in Bozeman, Jackson or Cody. You’ll experience classic Yellowstone scenery with a little bit of everything from waterfalls to wildlife.
On an active van tour, you can leave the driving to your guide as you spend eight hours seeing the best of Yellowstone. On the Lower Loop Tour departing from West Yellowstone, Mont., you’ll experience everything from Yellowstone Lake to the iconic Old Faithful and the stunning Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Along the way, your guide will be on the lookout for wildlife and will share cultural and natural histories of the park. You can also work with the company to arrange a custom itinerary. On the Upper Loop Tour, you’ll have the best chances of seeing wildlife in the Lamar Valley, visit the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs and see the world’s tallest geyser in Norris Geyser Basin.
For the sea kayak adventure, you’ll paddle five miles along Yellowstone Lake, the largest body of water in the park at 136 square miles. Filled with beautiful but bone-chilling water, the lake offers you a totally different view of Yellowstone. Your guide will have all the equipment ready for you, plus snacks, a morning hot drink and a hearty picnic lunch. As you travel, your guide will help you spot wildlife and hot springs.
Yellowstone Hiking Guides also offers guided backpacking tours. In 2022 you can book a 30-plus-mile backpack through the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone in June. In July, book a 35-plus-mile tour of the incredible Sky Rim Trail featuring incredible views. In August, backpack to the stunning Shoshone Lake, which is only accessible by paddle or a hike along the Belcher River Trail, where you’ll see a backcountry geyser basin.
The company also offers private, custom trips, so you can call or email to learn more.
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1212 Chokecherry Ln., West Yellowstone, Mont. 59758