Yellowstone National Park encompasses over 2 million acres of one of the most unique ecosystems in North America. This full day safari shows off each fascinating corner of the National Park so that our guests can have a taste of this richly volcanic and biodiverse landscape.
Each Best of Yellowstone Safari will start and end from guest accommodations and will be tailored to their specific desires and needs. Every itinerary will be unique. Our guides’ flexibility and adaptability allow them to plan the day perfectly for optimal sight-seeing. Along the way we will include what we consider to be “must-see” attractions of the National Park; hydrothermals as famous as Old Faithful Geyser or others less-known, impressive canyons and waterfalls, and of course, our expertise; the megafauna who call Yellowstone home such as bison, elk, bears and wolves. This safari will entail a day of exploration, during which we provide fuel for the journey in snacks and fresh picnic lunches, optics for distance viewing, and the expertise of our naturalists who will meet your curiosities with their knowledge and passions after years of experience in the field.
Your exact route and itinerary will be determined by your interests, current wildlife sightings, and current weather and road conditions. Our guides are all highly experienced, with thousands of hours in the field, and will expertly tailor your safari to you and your group.
Yellowstone is the world’s first National Park, and for good reason. Not only does this land sit atop one of the largest Super Volcanoes in the world, showing off half of Planet Earth’s hydrothermal features like geysers and hot springs, but also the environment itself is nothing short of awe-inspiring; with mountains that touch the sky, grizzly bears that scour the earth and the sound of more than 250 waterfalls roaring as our wilderness ambience.
Yellowstone is really several different Parks in one. The Southern half of the Park is known as the Yellowstone Plateau, a level expanse of sprightly lodgepole pine forest which has grown over the crater formed by the last eruption of the Yellowstone Volcano. It is a high-elevation landscape between 7000 and 8500 ft above sea level. Here was focus on Yellowstone Lake, the largest alpine body of water in the United States, the rolling wildlife-filled hills of Hayden Valley, the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with several waterfalls as tall as sky-scrapers, and as many geysers, hot springs, mud-pots and fumaroles as our guests want to see.
The Northern half of Yellowstone lies outside of the volcano’s reaches and has not be marred by such activity for around 50 million years. The environment is notable Basin and Range topography characteristic of the Rocky Mountains. Big mountains and big valleys. Here we highlight wildlife such as grizzlies, wolves, sheep, goats and moose, along with seasonal wildflowers, old-growth forests, stories of our Native history and if time permits, the incredible travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs.
Yellowstone’s roads cover about 300 miles of the Park in a unique figure-eight design meant to bring visitors as close as possible to the highlights. Our tours focus on all the best known and unknown attractions on this path. Our guides will make the most of your time and in a single day show you as much as they can to paint the picture of why Yellowstone deserves its status not only as the first, but as best-loved National Park in the country.
Hotel pickup (private tours only)
Professional naturalist guide
Private or small group safari
Souvenir water bottle
Use of spotting scopes and binoculars
National Park entrance fees
This is a private safari.
For all open tours, you will meet your guide at a designated central meeting location in Bozeman, Livingston, Emigrant/Paradise Valley, Gardiner or Mammoth. When you reserve, we’ll confirm your exact pickup time, based on the season. Please check your confirmation email for the full list of meeting locations for open tours.
For private tours, all our guests are picked up (and dropped off) at their lodging location. We pick up in Bozeman, Livingston, Big Sky, Emigrant/Paradise Valley, Gardiner, Mammoth and West Yellowstone*. When you reserve, we’ll confirm your exact pickup time, based on the season, as well as your exact pickup location.
(*For private tours requesting a West Yellowstone pickup, you will need to meet your guide at the chamber of commerce parking area. There will be no individual pickups offered in West Yellowstone for private tours.)
Please allow your guide an additional 5-10 minutes before and after the scheduled pickup time in case of weather delays or traffic conditions.
Approximate pickup times include:
- 6:00AM Bozeman
- 6:30AM Livingston
- 6:45AM Big Sky (Private Tours only)
- 7:00AM Emigrant / Paradise Valley
- 7:30AM Gardiner
- 7:30AM Mammoth
- 7:45AM West Yellowstone (Private Tours only)
Thank you Yellowstone Safari Company! My guide was top notch. He shared quite a bit of historical, geological, and biological information about Yellowstone. I saw bald eagles, a moose, elk, bison, and a grizzly bear, among other animals. If you're looking for a tour of Yellowstone, this is the tour company to choose.
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When is the best time to visit Yellowstone?
Each season provides a different experience in Yellowstone National Park. Summer days are warm and long and many different kinds of animals can be seen on the move, tending their young or foraging for food. Grizzly bears might be the main summer attraction, but plenty of other wildlife can be seen and observed. Winter, in contrast, is the season of the wolf. While grizzly bears hibernate and other wildlife migrate to lower elevations or warmer climates, the wolf has adapted to thrive in the harsh winter conditions of Yellowstone and is much more visible on the landscape than in the summer months. There’s no best time to visit the park, but if you know where to look, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing experience in any season. Our Best of Yellowstone Tour is a summer tour, designed to show off the highlights of Yellowstone National Park.
How do I take the best photos at Yellowstone?
In a place like Yellowstone National Park, it’s hard to snap a bad photo. With dramatic alpine landscapes and colorful geological wonders, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a frame worthy photo. Our Best of Yellowstone Tour offers the best opportunities to photograph the landscape and the geology that is unique to Yellowstone National Park. Be sure to let your guide know that photography is a goal for the day, so they can be on the lookout for photo opportunities. If wildlife photography is more your style, the Yellowstone Wildlife Safari offers the best opportunities to see the wildlife of the Lamar Valley in northern Yellowstone. We will always be sure to keep our distance from wildlife, so come prepared with the proper camera equipment. Let your guide know in advance if you would like to capture a certain area or species in particular and they can be on the lookout for photo opportunities for you. For the best opportunities to photograph both wildlife and landscapes, we recommend booking the tours back to back – booking a Yellowstone Wildlife Safari first, then a Best of Yellowstone Tour for the next day, so that you can make the most of your time in the area.
What do others say about this tour?
I can’t recommend this group enough. Our guide was informative and entertaining. We saw a lot of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Best of all he was able to keep a six year and a two year old interested and engaged for hours. The company was well organized and easy to work with.
Hands down kudos to our tour guide!! Bless his heart, he was so knowledgeable of the park and knew where all the wildlife hung around. He was so helpful with our children, helping them with his scopes to get a closer look at the animals. He drove through an early spring snow to see the higher elevation at old faithful. Also, provided us with tips on the bears, which we used in Glacier as well. Offered to take family pictures for us too, which was a huge plus! He made the trip very fun, we were happy with our experience and he is such a great guy! We highly recommend this tour for a pleasant trip to Yellowstone!
Our tour was in depth, our guide is very knowledgeable, history, park, places for best photo ops. Food and drink were tasty, we observed many buffalo, cougar, long horn sheep, hot springs… No wolves, many deer, elk, eagle, and more… Well worth your time and money, provided us very fine memories of our Montana trip. Thank God for Teddy Roosevelt; without his foresight the country would be deprived of our geographical monuments.
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