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2009 Yellowstone Three Days Two Nights Air and Ground Tour
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Day 1 - Salt Lake City to Salt Lake City Airport to West Yellowstone
| ||If you do not already have a place to stay in Salt Lake, we can book your hotel for you, as we get very good rates at the downtown Crystal Inn. |
We pick up at most Salt Lake City downtown and airport hotels, and will take you out to the Salt Lake City airport. There you will hop onto your plane for the 80 minute flight up to West Yellowstone. You can either take a morning or afternoon flight up to Yellowstone. If it is the morning flight, you can go horseback riding over the Continental Divide that afternoon, at an additional charge.
If you choose not to go horseback riding, or arrive later in the day, you are on your own to explore West Yellowstone. You can go hiking in the park, shopping, stroll around town, visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, or check out the Yellowstone story in the IMAX theatre.
You will spend the night at Al's Westward Ho. Dinner is included and is served at our little restaurant/Internet Cafe next door to Al's.
Day 2 - Yellowstone National Park - All day
|It's now time to get into the park!|
The roads running through Yellowstone make up a massive figure of eight (see the map to the left). The lower loop of the figure of eight comprises most of the thermal features that are to be seen in Yellowstone, including, of course, Old Faithful!
From West Yellowstone we'll follow the Madison River to Madison Junction, where we'll turn right, or south. Depending on the time of the year, this area is often teeming with wildlife. With any luck you will see bison, elk, deer, Trumpeter Swans and other animals and birds. A special treat in the spring is the baby bison calves.
|After Madison Junction the tour turns down Firehole Canyon Drive, a side road that follows the Firehole River. The Firehole River runs through the thermal areas of Yellowstone northward, to join the Gibbon River and form the Madison River. The Firehole is world famous amongst anglers for its pristine beauty and selection of brown, brook and rainbow trout. The road takes guests past 800 foot thick lava flows. Firehole Falls is a 40 foot waterfall. There is an unstaffed swimming hole here.|
The first main thermal area we will be visiting is the Lower Geyser Basin, and Fountain Paint Pots. There is a boardwalk system running around and through the Fountain Paint Pots area, and it is a great place to go for a stroll, if the bison haven't got there first! Apart from the paint pots, there is also a selection of other thermal features in the area, including a number of geysers, one or other of which almost always seems to be erupting.
| ||The next stop is the Midway Geyser Basin, home to two of the largest hot springs to be found anywhere in the world, as well as Excelsior Geyser, now dormant, but discharging thousands of gallons of water every minute.|
|It is a short drive to the Upper Geyser Basin, home of Old Faithful, the world's best known and most reliable gusher. There is also so much more to the area than just Old Faithful. Old Faithful Inn, a wonderful old building - recently renovated - is located there, and a system of boardwalks will take you around the various other geysers in the area. We provide a sack lunch today, and you may like to enjoy it at Old Faithful.|
|The road from Old Faithful passes over the Continental Divide twice, on its way to West Thumb, a geyser basin right on the shores of the incredibly blue Yellowstone Lake.|
Yellowstone Lake is off to the east as we make the trip up to Fishing Bridge. From there we head through the Hayden Valley, following the Yellowstone River, up to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
|The Hayden Valley is known for its wildlife, particularly large herds of bison at certain times of the year. It is also an excellent location to look for grizzly bears, especially in the spring and early summer when they may be preying on newborn bison and elk cubs. There will also be the opportunity to view the Mud Volcano and Sulphur Caldron areas.|
|The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is an unexpected treat amongst the thermal wonders. 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!|
|It is now time to go back to West Yellowstone.|
Day 2 - West Yellowstone
| ||The night is once again spent at Al's Westward Ho.|
Day 3 - Yellowstone - All day
|The tour of the upper loop of the park goes around the circle that makes up the top half of the figure of eight. |
There is going to be a lot to see and do. We'll head out of West Yellowstone at about 8 a.m., towards Madison Junction, where the Madison, Gibbon and Firehole Rivers meet. 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. You will have the opportunity to stroll around both, enjoying the pristine beauty. Back Basin is home to Steamboat Geyser, the highest geyser in the world.|
|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 down the ever changing terraces at Mammoth, admiring the travertine creations and hot springs. Your guide will be waiting at the bottom with a sack lunch.
|The Lamar Valley is to be found adjacent to the road that runs from Tower Junction to the north east entrance of the park. It is known for its lush vegetation and abundant wildlife. This is one of the locations in which wolves may be found, as well as bears, pronghorn deer and a host of other species.|
|Everyone wants to see a bear in the wild at Yellowstone, and the trip from Mammoth 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.|
|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 towards Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which was visited yesterday. |
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, from where you will be taken to the airport.
Day 3 - West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City - About 80 minutes
| ||You will fly back to the Salt Lake City airport, where we will meet you and take you back to your downtown or airport hotel. Thanks for joining us.|
|Tour ID ||1076|
Please note the following...
- This tour is subject to a $1.00 per person fuel surcharge.
- Available every day from 1st June through 30th September
- Entry fee to Yellowstone is included.
- Horseback riding is an optional extra (excluding Sundays).
- Bundu Bashers offers this tour every day in the summer.
- Two nights' lodging is included at Al's Westward Ho (http://www.yellowstonelodging.biz/west_yellowstone_motel.htm). Luxury lodging is available at a surcharge.
- The price includes the services of a guide/driver and transportation.
- A minimum of two people may be required for a tour to depart.
- The following meals are included: One dinner, two sack lunches.
- We are in no way responsible if the air carrier delays your arrival into or departure from West Yellowstone. Our liability will only extend as far as refunding to you any portion of the tour that you miss.
- The tour itinerary may change at our discretion without notice. Factors that may cause a change include, but are not limited to, the weather, vendors and road conditions.
- Prices are based on double occupancy. A single surcharge of $88 is applicable, or we can try and match singles. Please contact us if you want three or four people to a room. A lower price may be available.
- The air part of this tour refers to the fact that you fly to the Yellowstone area. Any flight over the park is incidental.
- On some days it may be necessary to take the free hotel shuttle between your Salt Lake hotel and the Salt Lake airport.
- Portions of this tour may, at our discretion, be sub contracted to other reputable vendors. This will in no way affect your safety, comfort or enjoyment, and there is no additional cost if this happens
- Payment Details: While we would rather you not make a booking until you are sure you want to go, you are welcome to cancel the booking any time up until 31 days prior to the start of the tour, and you will get a full refund. After that time, we will not accept a cancellation and you will have to pay for the tour in full. Trip insurance is available. Half the cost of the tour will be charged to your card any time from 31 days prior to the start of the tour, and the balance will be charged any time from 7 days prior to the start of the tour.
Please call us at 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227, or mail us for additional information.