Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Sightseeing Tours

Various interpretive sightseeing tours and activities are offered including 14 tours in refurbished Old Yellow Buses. For reservations, contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts at (307) 344-7311 or (866) GEYSERLAND, check at any lodging front desks or activities desks in the park or visit for additional information.

Evening Wildlife Encounters: The combination of early evening hours and a Historic Yellow Bus creates a perfect opportunity for wildlife watching. Even if the animals aren’t out, an evening ride with the top down and a guide who knows the history of the Northern Range is an experience in itself! Offered at Mammoth Hotel and Canyon Lodge.

Firehole Basin Adventure: Embark on a three-hour afternoon exploration of the geyser basin just north of Old Faithful. Knowledgeable guides lead walks through this fascinating area, where you will see all four types of hydrothermal features—geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots—and leave with a new appreciation and understanding of these unique features. Departs from the Old Faithful area.

Fishing Trips: Beneath the surface of the largest alpine lake in North America swim wild aquatic spirits, capable of taking a fishing pole and bending it like a twig. The spirits, known as cutthroat trout, are native to Yellowstone Lake and make for an exciting day of fishing. The guides know all the hot spots and charters are also available for pleasure and sightseeing jaunts on the lake. If you prefer to go on your own, rental boats are available. Offered at Bridge Bay Marina.

Historic Hotel Walking Tours: Join a historian for a free informative stroll through the classic Old Faithful Inn or Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Tours of the Old Faithful Inn are offered several times daily, and there is one tour per day of the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Old Faithful Inn tour times are posted in the lobby of the Inn. For the Yellowstone Hotel tour time, inquire at the front desk.

Horseback Trail Rides: Somehow, the sage-covered valleys and breathtaking canyons seem even more impressive on horseback. Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon Village and Roosevelt Lodge offer one- or two-hour guided trail rides.

Interpretive Motorcoach Excursions: Haven’t you driven enough? These full-day excursions will give you an excellent overview of the many facets of Yellowstone. Knowledgeable guides are happy to share their insights on everything from Yellowstone’s colorful history to its unique hydrothermal features. Choose from two tours: The Circle of Fire tour travels inside the caldera rim to the Upper and Lower Geyser Basin, Gibbon Falls, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake. The Yellowstone in a Day tour introduces you to Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. Ask at any hotel or campground for departure times and locations.

Lake Butte Sunset Tour: Enjoy the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake and breathtaking views from the Lake Butte overlook aboard a historic touring bus. Take a ride through history and nature, as tales from the past are interwoven with sights of the present. Offered at Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Fishing Bridge RV Park.

Lamar Valley Wildlife Excursion: The Lamar Valley is known as the Serengeti of North America. The large grassy meadows surrounded by wooded mountains receive less snowfall than the southern portion of Yellowstone, making the Northern Range the perfect habitat for bears, wolves, elk, bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and mountain lions. Knowledgeable, entertaining guides will enlighten you about what makes this area so different and so popular with animals and people. Departs from Bridge Bay Campground, Lake Hotel, Fishing Bridge RV Park and Canyon Lodge.

Old West Cookouts: Smell the cowboy coffee brewing over a campfire and steaks sizzling on the grill. Feast on famous Roosevelt Baked Beans, potato salad, chuckwagon corn, coleslaw, corn muffins, watermelon and fruit crisp. It’s all served up with music, storytelling, wranglers, horses and wagons. Offered at Roosevelt Lodge.

Picture-Perfect Photo Safaris: Don’t just take pictures, capture unforgettable images with the help of a photographer-guide. This morning trip will take you and your camera to where the wild things are. Whether it’s wildlife, wildflowers or landscapes, we provide you with as much, or as little, help as you need. The safaris are offered at Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Old Faithful Inn.

Scenicruise on Yellowstone Lake: Board the Lake Queen for a one-hour cruise to Stevenson Island. En route, learn about the history of the area while watching for eagles, ospreys, and shoreline wanderers like waterfowl, elk and bison. Departs from Bridge Bay Marina.

Stagecoach Adventures: The rattles and rumbles of the authentic replica stagecoach echo throughout Roosevelt Country, taking you back 100 years to when park visitors made their way to Uncle John Yancey’s Pleasant Valley Hotel. It’s an experience that energizes your pioneer spirit. Offered at Roosevelt Lodge.

Teton Vista Rendezvous: See two national parks in one day! You’ll enjoy spectacular vistas and wildlife viewing as a guide takes you on a full-day interpretive excursion through the southern section of Yellowstone (from Grant Village south on Hwy. 89) and into neighboring Grand Teton National Park along the inner Teton Park Road. There are stops for scenic photos, and at the historic Menor’s Ferry area near the Snake River for lunch at Dorman’s. Departs from Old Faithful Inn and Grant Village.

Washburn Expedition: General Henry Washburn led an expedition to Yellowstone in 1870. This modern-day version of his trek explores the northern portion of the park, known for its majestic mountains, the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and abundant wildlife. The upper loop area, just like the geyser basins in the southern portion of the park, had to be protected as a national treasure for its uniqueness. Departs from Lake Hotel, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Canyon Lodge and Bridge Bay Marina.