Discover Jackson Hole, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Crow Indian Nation on an amazing 8-day guided tour.
The Yellowstone Plateau was created approximately 2 million years by several violent volcanic eruptions. True to its history, the Yellowstone Plateau continues to be an active geothermal and hydrothermal landscape as it lies over the top of the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the North American Continent. During your tour of this magnificent landscape, you will be treated to an in-depth tour of the Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone, declared a National Park in March 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant, is home to endangered animal species, spectacular geological formations, and of course the world famous Old Faithful Geyser.
The Yellowstone National Park Tour is based on availability.
Tours canceled within 7 days of departure will be charged in full.
Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual leather captains’ seats, and groups range from 8-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout North America. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotels will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds or one daypack less than or equal to 40 litres. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
Temperatures in the American West vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Yellowstone National Park Tour
After an early breakfast, the tour will take a short drive along the base of the Teton Range taking us into the Grand Teton National Park. There are several walks available in the Jenny Lake area to help the group adjust to the average elevation on tour of 7,000 feet. Hike the diverse Jenny Lake Trail around the lake, hike Cascade Canyon to Lost Lake, or stroll the waterfall trail accessible by boat. Grand Teton National Park has the perfect trail for everyone. After a group dinner you can sample the Western nightlife at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, or just wander Jackson at night.
Overnight in Jackson, WY
An early morning start today will be perfect for wildlife viewing along the upper stretch of the Snake River and into the Grand Targhee/Caribou National Forest. Mesa Falls Scenic Byway along the western edge of Yellowstone provides a demonstration of the conflicts between the ranching and farming communities and the wildlife conservation groups. As the day progresses, we will visit a lodge built as a stage stop in 1912 for visitors much like ourselves to Yellowstone National Park. We will arrive in West Yellowstone, Montana, and prepare for the next three days in Yellowstone National Park.
Overnight in West Yellowstone, MT
It’s a ‘crack of dawn’ wake up to start our three days in Yellowstone. Photography stops, short hikes, geothermal sites, wildlife, National Park activities, and sunsets will fill the days and nights. Our first destination in the park is Yellowstone’s version of the Grand Canyon where we will spend several hours exploring viewpoints and trails along the Canyon rim. Places of interest may be Artists Point, Inspiration Point, and Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. A beautiful drive along Yellowstone Lake will lead us to Craig Pass where we cross the Continental Divide twice in a few miles! Snow Lodge, surrounded by a massive thermal basin, is our base for the next two nights.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
This morning is free to explore the many trails and viewpoints around the lodge. Witness the hourly eruption of Old Faithful from several angles, and experience the wonders of this unique geothermal basin. After lunch we will tour adjoining geyser basins and continuing to explore several short trails through the colorful landscapes. Wildlife sighting is common along this stretch of the appropriately named Firehole River. As an encore for the evening, we will tour the Geyser Basin at sunset offering spectacular views like no other.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
Today we head to the northern region of Yellowstone, a much drier and open landscape, and pass through Hayden Valley which possesses some of the largest herds of bison and elk in the park. After checking into Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge, we will explore the magnificent multi-colored terraces of Mammoth Springs, hike the incredible Beaver Lakes Trail, and perhaps soak in the natural hot springs of the Boiling River, which happens to be right on the 45th Parallel. The vistas in this area of the park are vast and incomparable.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
After a short walk at Tower Falls we enter northeast Yellowstone, the Absaroka and Beartooth Ranges, along the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Scenic Byways. This is one of the most diverse drives on the tour, ranging from 5,000 to 9,000 feet elevation, ending in Buffalo Bill’s legendary Cody, Wyoming. There will be time to wander Main Street; however, you will not want to miss spending a few hours in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Historical Center presents the history of the Plains and Mountain Indian Tribes as well as Natural and Western History.
Overnight in Cody, WY
Today we will reunite with the Yellowstone River as it flows north into Montana. Our journey heads into the Crow Indian Reservation where we are joined by a Native Guide to explain the Tribe’s relationship to the Yellowstone Plateau and surrounding ecosystem. Be sure to keep a sharp look out for some of the wild horses that inhabit the Pryor Mountains as we make our way to Billings, Montana by way of Chief Plenty Coup State Park. There will also be time to visit the Western Heritage Center which focuses on America’s expansion into Indian Country during the tour.
Overnight in Billings, MT
As the tour concludes, the day will be a relaxing end to an awe-inspiring tour. You may choose to travel home or continue the touring spirit to another fascinating part of the States with only a map and compass to guide your way. For those travelers wanting an extra day of relaxation, post tour accommodation packages are available in the Billings area.
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel/lodge throughout the tour
Meals: Two breakfasts and farewell dinner
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced, professional tour guide and driver and local step on guide services when required
Third party tours: Native American guide
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in Grand Canyon and Sedona.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.