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Yellowstone Upper Loop Tour
Tour scheduled to run on blue dates.
Day 1 - Yellowstone upper loop tour - About 8 hours
|The route that the tour takes will depend on possible road closures in the park, as well as the time of year, but it will be something like the following ...|
|There is going to be a lot to see and do. We'll head out of West Yellowstone towards Madison Junction, where the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers meet to form the Madision River. Turning left (north) we'll make for Norris Geyser Basin. Along the way we'll stop briefly at Gibbon Falls.|
Although not as well known as the other geyser basins, Norris is the most thermally active part of Yellowstone. It is divided into two separate areas: Porcelain Basin and Back Basin.
|The next stop is Mammoth Hot Springs, headquarters of the park, and home to a fascinating array of weird rock shapes, bright colors and sizzling hot springs. Elk are generally plentiful in this area, wandering around the old park buildings, and, if you're lucky, you might even see a whole herd.|
You can stroll through the ever changing terraces at Mammoth, admiring the travertine creations and hot springs.
|Leaving Mammoth we will travel towards Tower Roosevelt, which is where the road to the park's north east entrance, through the Lamar Valley, is. There is almost always wildlife to be seen in this area, even bears!|
| ||At Tower Junction we will branch off the main upper loop road, and head through the Lamar Valley, towards the north east entrance to Yellowstone. This is a particularly beautiful part of the park, and where the keen wolf watchers are generally to be found.|
| ||Everyone wants to see a bear in the wild at Yellowstone, and the trip from Tower Junction to Tower Falls is one of the best places to do so. The spring can be a great time to go looking for bears, as you have the opportunity of seeing mothers with their new born cubs. Tower Falls is an impressive water fall.|
|Assuming that it is open, the road from Tower Falls to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone towers up into the sky as it crosses the Dunraven Pass at almost 9000 feet. We then drop down to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.|
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is normally visited on our Lower Yellowstone Loop tour, and not this tour. Depending on the number of people on this tour who have not seen it, and how late it is, we may take the opportunity of checking out the area. The Yellowstone River has carved an impressive canyon through the rocks, over which two falls drop. The Lower Falls is over twice the size of Niagara Falls! It is in this area that you can catch a glimpse of the yellowish tinge to the rocks, from which the Yellowstone River got its name, but at a different location. We'll check out the canyon and falls from a number of different locations. You get so close to the Upper Falls that you almost feel like you can reach out and touch the thundering water. Don't!
If there is time, other areas along the route that we may visit include Obsidian Cliff, Virginia Cascade and Undine Falls.
After a long, fun-filled day, it is time to return to West Yellowstone.
|Tour ID ||1172|
Please note the following...
- The dates this tour runs can be seen in the calendar at the top right of this page.
- This tour includes lunch. Please let us know if you do not want lunch, and you will be refunded $10. Lunch includes a freshly made sandwich with your choice of meats, a bottle of water, cookie, fruit and a bag of chips. There are places on the route where you can buy food if you do not want the lunch.
- Park entry is not included. If you have already paid for the park entry on one of our other Yellowstone tours, you do not need to pay it again. The pass is good for unlimited entries over a seven day period.
- Pick ups take place at all in-town West Yellowstone properties, starting at about 8.15 a.m. You will get back at about 4.30 p.m. On some days, however, this may be an afternoon/evening tour.
- All times are approximate and we are not responsible for the consequences of a late arrival back into West Yellowstone.
- Portions of this tour may, at our discretion, be sub contracted to other reputable vendors.
- Payment and cancellation policy: Your credit card will be charged within 14 days of travel. You may cancel this tour any time up until 14 days prior to travel for a full refund. After that time cancellations will not be accepted and you will be charged in full. Our cancellation policy is strictly enforced and we strongly suggest you consider purchasing trip insurance.
This tour can be ordered online here. Please call us at 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227, or mail us for additional information.