Popular Yellowstone Tours

Yellowstone is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Since the mid-1960s, at least 2 million tourists have visited the park almost every year. Find some great ideas for tours in winter and summer. Many of the hiking tours can be done on your own.

Yellowstone Association Institute
Each year, thousands of people join the park’s official educational partner for a closer look at wildlife, plants, geology, and history. Programs are perfect for curious adults and families who want to spend a day or more exploring the park with a local expert. Their goal is to help you understand and enjoy this remarkable place. To find out more, visit www.YellowstoneAssociation.org or call 406-848-2400.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Yellowstone’s lodging concessioner also offers a wide variety of park tours and activities during the summer. Visitors can enjoy photo safaris, partial or full day tours, horseback and stagecoach rides, and boating and fishing adventures. For more detailed information pick up an Experience Planner at any hotel or visit YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.

Other Certified Guides & Outfitters
Many authorized guides and outfitters are ready to show you the wonders of Yellowstone, and each has a unique approach. To learn about these authorized providers, write to Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, call 307-344-7381, or visit www.nps.gov/yell.

Yellowstone Tours

  • Guided Backpack and Day Hike
  • Boat Tours and Rafting
  • Photography Tours
  • Fishing Tours
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Bus Tours
  • Outfitted Tours
  • Horseback Riding Tours
  • More Tours

Top Tour Companies

  • Far and Away Adventures
  • Wooden Boat River Tours
  • Arrick's Fly Shop
  • Yellowstone Adventures
  • Yellowstone Arctiv Yamaha
  • Jackson Hole Llamas
  • Lone Mountain Ranch
  • Triangel X Rach

In The Winter: Snowcoach Tours

Snowcoaches have become a popular mode of transportation for anyone traveling inside Yellowstone Park during the winter. Commercially guided snowcoaches travel over snow covered, groomed roads to popular destinations including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Snowcoach tours stop along their routes for a chance to see winter wildlife, experience the smells and sounds of a rushing, icy river, or grab the perfect photo opportunity. Tours leave each day from cities on the edge of Yellowstone such as West Yellowstone, Montana.

Start your Yellowstone Tours here:

West Yellowstone
A major hub of Yellowston activities. When the roads to the park close in Novemeber, many snowcoach and snomobile tours start here.
Gardiner
Parks' Fly Shop, one of the oldest fly shops and guiding operations in the Yellowstone area, was started by Merton Parks in 1953.
Jackson
Jackson is also in close proximity to several ski resorts. The town is often referred to as "Jackson Hole", the named geographic feature in which the town is located.
Cody, Wyoming
Named after William Frederick Cody, primarily known as Buffalo Bill, from William Cody's part in the creation of the original town.

Featured Tour

Firehole Basin Adventure

This three-hour exploration will take you to where the action is “steamulating.” Your guide will help you leave with a new appreciation and understanding of Yellowstone’s underground plumbing.

Featured Tour

Picture Perfect Photo Safari

Explore the thermal features and scenic
areas from the Firehole to the Madison with a photographer-guide who knows the photo hot spots and prime times. Our specific destinations will vary based on reported wildlife sightings and seasonal conditions. Whether you’re an experienced shutterbug or a point-and-shoot novice, you’ll enjoy this experience. Since tours leave early in the morning, please dress warmly. A muffin, coffee and juice will be provided.

Featured Tour

Cowboy Up

Whoa partner! Take the time to “slow down and smell the sagebrush” as you and your horse mosey along the trail below Bunsen Peak. Hour- long horseback rides are offered throughout the day at the Mammoth Corral, less than a mile from the hotel. (To ride a horse a person must be at least 8 years old, 48 inches tall, and weigh under 240 lbs). Reserve in advance.

Featured Tour

Geyser Gazers

A 1.5-hour adventure in the Fire Hole, a name
bestowed by mountain men of the early 19th century. Enjoy expansive views in the Historic Yellow Bus (top down if the weather’s nice) and take in the sights along Firehole Lake Drive, where Firehole Spring, Surprise Pool, Great Fountain Geyser, and other wonders lie adjacent to the road. From here, this tour plans its major walking stop at Midway Geyser Basin.