8 Fantastic Guided Tours In Yellowstone National Park, USA - Updated 2021

best guided tours in yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the United States. The park stretches out over three states - Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Established by Congress in 1921, bighorn sheep, bison, black bears, Canada lynx, grizzly bears, wolves, and mountain lions roam the park. Over 67 different species of mammals call the park home. Known for its famous geyser, Old Faithful, the park is full of hydrothermal wonders. Some people go for the backcountry peace, others like their vacations a bit more civilized. You’ll have plenty of options in this well-organized outdoor national treasure. Enjoy exploring this Rocky Mountain gem and try out one of these guided-tours while you’re in the neighborhood.

1. Guided Fly Fishing Trips In Yellowstone National Park

Learn the fundamentals of fly-fishing on this family-friendly full-day tour. Brush up on your casting and catching skills with the helpful instruction of a professional angler guide. Spend an afternoon fishing for trout on Slough Creek and the Madison River. Lunch and all of the necessary fishing gear are included in the tour.

Guided Fly Fishing Trips In Yellowstone National Park


2. Yellowstone Old Faithful & Wildlife Public Day Tour (from USD 269.0)

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Breeze through the highlights of Yellowstone in this convenient full-day tour. Listen as your guide provides educational and entertaining information about the history of the park, the area’s geological features, and Yellowstone’s wildlife. As a bonus, the excursion takes you through parts of Grand Teton National Park. See Old Faithful, the lower falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, fountain paint pots, and a number of active geysers. Frequent stops are made to allow for walks. Lunch is included in this 12-hour tour.

Jackson: Yellowstone Old Faithful, Lower Loop & Wildlife

Duration: 12 hour

92 reviews

3. Yellowstone National Park and Wildlife Small-group Tour (from USD 269.0)

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Spend the day with a professional naturalist with this small-group tour of Yellowstone. Learn about the geology and ecology of the park. Rely on your guide’s experience while trying to spot wolves, grizzly bears, bison and many other of the park’s inhabitants. Tour sizes range between two and eleven participants, making this a truly individualized experience. See parts of Grand Teton National Park before heading to Yellowstone for visits to Old Faithful, the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley.

Yellowstone Old Faithful, Waterfalls and Wildlife Day Tour

Duration: 12 hours

10 reviews

4. Old Faithful Geyser Basin Hike

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Enjoy a full-day guided hiking tour of the Yellowstone Geyser Basin. After being picked up at your hotel, relax as you’re driven to Old Faithful in a special van with extra-large viewing windows. You won’t miss any wildlife on your way through the park. The tour provides binoculars, scopes, and plenty of reading material about the wildlife and history of the park. After seeing Old Faithful, the tour embarks on an extended geyser basin hike. No promises, but you might just get to see Moose Falls, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Kepler Cascades, or Lewis Falls during your hike. Hiking destinations depend on the weather.

Old Faithful Geyser Basin Hike


5. Yellowstone Lake: Full-Day Kayak Tour

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Paddle through the pristine beauty of Yellowstone Lake during this full-day kayaking tour. Spend the morning learning how to kayak and then head off to the quiet West Thumb section of the lake to test out your new skills. Learn about the lake’s history and geology from your guide. Underwater geothermal activity spotting and eagle watching are highlights of this excursion. Lunch and all kayaking equipment is included in the tour.

Yellowstone Lake: Full-Day Kayak Tour


6. Private Wolf and Wildlife Winter Tours in Yellowstone

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Spend a day searching for wolves with the assistance of an expert private guide. You’ll have plenty of time to stop and take photos on this completely individualized, winter tour. Even if you don’t catch a glimpse of Yellowstone’s newest predator, you’ll probably see plenty of moose, bison, antelope, and coyotes along the way. Binoculars and scopes are provided.

Private Wolf and Wildlife Winter Tours in Yellowstone


7. Scenic Float on the Yellowstone River (from USD 62.0)

Yellowstone River, flowing through Paradise Valley
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Float down the Yellowstone River and leave your cares behind. Spend two delightful hours drifting along in an inflatable raft as your guide gently rows you along. This journey sticks to calm waters making it perfect for families with small children. Bring a bathing suit, jump in the water, and cool down for a bit along the way. Bring a waterproof camera if you have one, the views of the Gallatin Mountains during this tour are breathtaking.

Yellowstone River Scenic Rafting Trip, All-Ages 2-Hour Float

Duration: 2 hours

7 reviews

8. Half Day White-Water Raft Trip on the Yellowstone River

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Rip down the Yellowstone River in this exhilarating three-hour rafting trip. Your adventure starts in Gardiner, Montana where the Yellowstone and Gardiner Rivers come together. Rocket over the rapids as your professional guide navigates you through Man-Eater Hole, Boonie’s Revenge, and the Sleeping Giant. Get an amazing look at Devil’s Slide as you pass by on the river. Between rapids, jump in the water and cool off with a quick swim. This family-friendly excursion is appropriate for children over the age of 5.

Half Day White-Water Raft Trip on the Yellowstone River

Float, hike, or drive away from them, but leave your cares behind in Yellowstone

How do you plan to escape? Does white water rafting, backcountry hiking, kayaking, or fly-fishing sound like heaven to you? Or do you just want to see a wolf, Old Faithful, a couple of bisons, maybe a coyote or two, and go home? It’s your vacation, the decision is up to you. Yellowstone National Park is a great place to discover, we hope these tours help you find your vacation bliss. Enjoy Yellowstone National Park.

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Lorre Luther is a writer who lives in the Netherlands.

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