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.
Professional naturalist guide
Private or small group safari
Souvenir water bottle
Use of spotting scopes and binoculars
National Park entrance fees
All of our guests are picked up (and dropped off) at their lodging location. We pick up in Bozeman, Emigrant, Gardiner, Mammoth and Canyon. We’ll confirm your exact pickup time based on the season as well as your exact pickup location. (Open safaris only pick up in Bozeman.)
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
- 6:45AM Emigrant / Paradise Valley
- 7:00AM Gardiner
- 7:00AM Mammoth Hot Springs
- 7:30AM Canyon Village
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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What is your cancellation policy?
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all single day wildlife safaris. Cancellations made before the cancellation policy goes into effect will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 48 hours of departure, and before the day of departure will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations or no-shows on the day of departure will not be refunded. We strongly recommend travel insurance in order to protect you from unforeseen travel interruptions that prevent you from joining us.
What should I bring?
We will step in and out of vehicles during our safari tours so you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk on uneven surfaces, like gravel, or a boardwalk. Stepping in and out allows us to make the best use of our time in Yellowstone National Park and gives us the best wildlife viewing and photo opportunities. Your guide will have binoculars and spotting scopes for you to use, but do not forget to bring your camera! While Yellowstone has some modern facilities, we are going to be traveling through remote areas of a National Park. Please remember to being any personal items, like medication, that you may need during the day.
What should I wear?
The rocky mountain range can see drastic temperature swings during the day, even in the summer months. Please come prepared! For clothing, synthetic layers are best in our mountain environment. Base layers act as a wicking layer against the body, so we recommend anything from a light weight layer to an expedition weight layer, depending on the season. A mid layer provides warmth, so we recommend a mid weight fleece layer or softshell jacket for the upper body and a pair of travel pants or jeans for the legs. The outer layer provides protection from the elements and serves as a wind/water blocking layer. A waterproof shell for your upper body will keep you dry and therefore, warm. For the legs, we recommend either weatherproof rain or snow pants, depending on the season. You may not need an outer layer during the warm summer months with no rain forecasted, but it is still a good idea to bring it with you. Conditions can change quickly. Your footwear should be comfortable and appropriate for the season. For the summertime, walking shoes or hiking boots are a great choice. Please avoid wearing flip-flops. For winter, snow boots with wool socks will keep your feet warm. For winter, you’ll also want to bring a wool, or fleece, hat, as well as mittens/gloves to keep your hands warm. In the summertime, a light hat with a visor is all you’ll need on your head. In any season, do not forget sunscreen or sunglasses. At high altitude, the sun’s rays are intense, even in winter.
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.