Enjoy a one day yellowstone tour by bus.
Highlights / General details Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone The route to Yellowstone goes up Interstate 15, past the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, before entering Idaho. At Idaho Falls you will leave the freeway behind, and start making your way through rural parts of the state. About 10 miles (16 kilometres) from West Yellowstone you go over the Continental Divide and into Montana. When we get to West Yellowstone we will pop into our Cafe - the closest building to the park - for a cup of coffee, and to get your sack lunches. Yellowstone is literally about 30 yards from the Cafe, and we will now make our way into the world's first national park, and possibly the most unique! Yellowstone The roads running through Yellowstone make up a massive figure of eight. The lower loop of the figure of eight comprises most of the thermal features (geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles) that are to be seen in Yellowstone, including, of course, Old Faithful! These are Yellowstone's main attractions, and this, plus wildlife, is what we will be focusing on today. We'll enter the park through the west entrance. Once in the park we'll follow the Madison River to Madison Junction, where we'll turn right, or south. Depending on the time of the year, this area is often teeming with wildlife. With any luck you will see bison, elk, Trumpeter Swans and other animals and birds. A special treat in the spring is the baby bison calves. From Madison Junction we will follow the Firehole River which runs through the thermal areas of Yellowstone northward. The Firehole is famous amongst anglers for its pristine beauty and selection of brown, brook and rainbow trout. The first main thermal area we will be visiting is the Lower Geyser Basin, and Fountain Paint Pot. There is an extensive boardwalk system running around and through the Fountain Paint Pot area, and it is a great place to go for a stroll, if the bison haven't got there first! The next stop is the Midway Geyser Basin, home to Grand Prismatic Spring - one of the largest anywhere in the world - plus Excelsior Geyser, now dormant, but discharging thousands of gallons of water every minute. There is also a boardwalk system through this Basin, and you will be able to explore all of it. Soon you'll be watching Old Faithful erupting - no tour to Yellowstone would be complete without that! This may also be a good time to enjoy the sack lunch we have prepared for you. There is a lot more to the Upper Geyser Basin than Old Faithful. Old Faithful Inn is a wonderful and historic old wooden building, one of the greatest in the National Park system, and well worth a visit. Depending on how long we spend at each location, other areas we may visit include Firehole Drive, Biscuit Basin, Fountain Flats and Black Sand Basin. We will now retrace our steps, traveling through the various geyser basins again, stopping on the way at Firehole Lake Drive, a less visited part of the park that is home to some great springs, hot pools and geysers. Please be aware that a tour of Yellowstone is by nature very fluid. We never know what we may see around the next corner, or when we will run into a buffalo jam! For this reason, this itinerary may change. Soon we will have to go back to West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City The return trip to Salt Lake City goes through Montana and Idaho, and then back into Utah. There will be a couple of comfort stops along the way. The tour ends in the downtown Salt Lake City area.
Inclusion Guide Hotel pickup Entry fee to Yellowstone One sack lunch and one pizza meal, plus drinks
Exclusion Gratuity (minimum $20 per person)
Hours of operation Available Year round. Departs Salt Lake City about 6:15am
Duration 16.5 to 18 hours
Policies A minimum $20 per person driver gratuity is required. After your tour, if you are not happy with the service, this will be refunded. A minimum of four people is required for this tour to operate. This is a total of four, and not four in your group alone. All times are approximate. We are not responsible for the consequences of any delays, and this itinerary may change without notice. Portions of this tour may, at our discretion, be sub-contracted to other reputable vendors. Please do not bring any luggage with you. The vehicle used is almost always a small mini bus, or an executive van, which is a van with individual, high back, reclining seats. On very rare occasions a 24 passenger mini bus, or coach, may be used. If there is really bad weather in the Yellowstone region we reserve the right to cancel the tour at any time, and refund your money. Service Provided by Bundu Bashers LLC
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