There are few places on Earth that can boast the diversity of landscape and wildlife as can Yellowstone. For adventurous and willing travelers, a walking safari is arguably the best way to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the incredible wildness that is the First National Park.
This tour is your opportunity to experience Yellowstone in a way not many ever do. Though in the course of her 150-year history the Park has seen the creation of over 1000 miles of hiking trails, very few people actually embrace the challenge of venturing out onto them. The goal of this safari is to reach beyond the roads and boardwalks and see the beauty of the Rocky Mountains without distraction. Our guides are extremely well-trained and will offer guests their guidance, knowledge, care and various amenities so that they might have the most comfortable outdoor experience possible. This tour offers a pick-up at guest’s accommodation early in the morning and full service throughout the day. Guests can choose from a compilation of short hikes or one long hike in order to fulfill the urge to see the wild. We utilize trails to thundering waterfalls, pristine river valleys, rugged mountain peaks, and secret thermal areas out of reach to the unsuspecting tourist. Each and every option is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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 a World Biosphere and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park’s history is dramatic, inspiring and hopeful, a continual lesson for our relationship with our planet. The ecosystem is completely intact and thriving, a showcase for conservation. There is no better way to experience the complexity of the land than to walk across it at a slow and steady pace, practicing awareness for all the sights, sounds and smells around you. Moments of solitude are plenty. Engaging conversations are likely. Guides will draw attention to the finer details of wilderness experience; a bison’s winter hair caught on sagebrush, the rusty smell of a fox den, the tracks of a deer fawn escaping the pursuit of a coyote, the sound of a Trumpeter Swan as it calls to its mate from the marsh. They will also help paint the greater picture of the West; this contested, wonderful, inexplicable place.
Hiking and walking are essentially the same thing with a slightly different intention. Walking implies the desire to pay attention to your surroundings and your experience. Yellowstone was created as a National Park if not exactly for this purpose, for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. Life was slower at Park’s creation (in 1872), and this walking safari is an opportunity to get back to that pace. Throughout the tour guests will be provided every convenience so that their energy can be devoted to enjoyment. Guides will offer snacks, beverages, optics, and a full picnic lunch on the trail are provided for your enjoyment. Reconnect to a different way of experiencing nature.
Professional naturalist guide
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
- 7:30AM Canyon
We had a great day with our guide in northern Yellowstone National Park. We learned a lot from her. She is an extremely pleasant person and can bring you close to animals and nature. The Yellowstone Safari Company is highly recommended.
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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?
My husband and I had a day long safari tour and several hikes with the Yellowstone Safari Company. Our guide was very knowledgeable, experienced in his field and very easy to talk to. We saw so much wildlife including bears, elk, wolves, mountain goats and of course tons of bison. He provided us with so much information about Yellowstone including the history, ecology and current issues in the park. He put us at ease right away and was very informative. He let us use his binoculars and tripod so we could see animals, plants and trees in a distance. This was a great way to explore Yellowstone National Park. It was an adventure that we will always remember. The knowledge that he had of the Park was evident and his enthusiasm for his work made for a great outdoor experience and an overall spectacular day in the park. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to get a more in-depth look at Yellowstone.