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Things to do in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Tours:

Yellowstone Tours
Besides seeing the grandeur of the wildlife and geysers of Yellowstone National Park, there are a number of things to do in Yellowstone, both in the summer and winter. From checking out the grizzlies and wolves at the top of the food chain to snowmobiling on park trails in the winter, you’ll be amazed at the diverse tourism activities available to you.

Since grizzly bears living south of the Canadian/U.S. border were listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1975 as a threatened species, their numbers have grown. In 1975 there were 136 grizzlies in the 14 million acres known as the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA), which includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, plus surrounding National Forest lands and neighboring private land and ranches. The most recent grizzly count in 2010 yielded 602 bears. Wolf numbers have seen similar increases, with no breeding wolf pairs known to inhabit Yellowstone in the 1990s to 98 wolves in 10 packs in Yellowstone by 2011. Probably one of the most exciting things to do in Yellowstone Park is to participate on the Two-Day Yellowstone’s Predators Photo Tour.

Departing from Jackson and Teton Village, Wyoming, at 7 a.m., your professional guide takes you through Grand Teton National Park. Wildlife spotted here can include grizzly and black bear, bison, mule deer, moose, elk, antelope, coyote, fox, bald and golden eagles. You’ll then enter Yellowstone Park’s south gate. After traveling north, conditions and the time of the year will dictate exact routes to take through Yellowstone, but one location covered is Lamar Valley, where wolves and grizzlies are known to live. After an overnight just outside of Yellowstone in Montana, you’ll visit more of Yellowstone, including the geyser called Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. One night of lodging, a dinner, one breakfast, two lunches, snacks, transportation and the knowledge of an experienced wildlife guide all come with this wildlife trek that tops the list of things to do in Yellowstone.

If two days is too much time off your schedule, try the Yellowstone National Park Lower Loop Full Day tour. First, you’ll take in some sights in the Grand Teton National Park. Then, you’ll enter Yellowstone Park’s South Entrance and visit the park’s lower loop, which features most of Yellowstone’s thermal structures. Over a half of the world’s hydrothermal features are in Yellowstone. Numbering 300 geysers, the most famous is Old Faithful, named because it spews steam every 91 minutes. You’ll see it, plus the Midway Geyser Basin, the Lower Geyser Basin and the Fountain Paint Pots. Binoculars are provided on this trip, along with a lunch and commentary from your guide. A full 12-hour day is spent on this exciting item of things to do in Yellowstone Park.

On the Eco Tour of Yellowstone National Park, you spend a 12-hour day looking at the natural wonders after a pick-up in Jackson, Wyoming. You’ll see Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the U.S. The Yellowstone Caldera, which lies under Yellowstone Lake, is the largest super-volcano in North America. As a result, water that mixes with hot volcanic material underground produces geysers, hot springs and thermals, such as Old Faithful. Around Yellowstone Lake, you’ll see the fauna and flora that’s part of this beautiful ecosystem. A delicious lunch is included on this great exploration of Yellowstone, along with mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and a knowledgeable guide. You’ll want to take a camera on this exciting feature of things to do in Yellowstone Park.

Yellowstone Snow MobileSummer isn’t the only time to visit Yellowstone. When you partake in the Yellowstone Snowmobiling Adventure, you see a winter wonderland complete with mounds of white snow, tall pine and spruce trees and big bison. Snowmobiles are easy to drive. Only modern machines with four-cycle engines are allowed in Yellowstone, in order to keep down pollution levels. This 12-hour tour gives you a chance to drive 122 miles of snow machine trails. On this wintertime selection of things to do in Yellowstone, you’ll zip along the shores of Yellowstone Lake and into Hayden Valley, where you’ll probably notice wildlife, such as bison. You’re sure to stay warm. A one-piece snow mobile suit, a helmet with a visor, warm winter boots and mittens are all provided to keep you toasty while you travel through Yellowstone in winter. You also receive a breakfast and lunch and a professional snowmobile guide.

At just under 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone National Park is larger than some U.S. states. With the tours available, you’ll love all the things to do in Yellowstone, plus the multiple wildlife and scenery opportunities that this first national park of the U.S. has to offer.

Posted by: Howard Green