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Yellowstone National Park is a must-visit destination for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history, and abundance of hiking trails. From geysers and hot springs to mountains and wildlife viewing, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this iconic park.
As the first National Park ever created, Yellowstone marks the beginning of “America’s best idea.” Not only does this park protect over 10,000 hydrothermal features including famous geysers and hot springs, but it’s also one of the largest in-tact ecosystems in the world, home to 67 species of mammals. Yellowstone hiking tours with MountainBased will have you exploring the renowned Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful geyser, Grand Prismatic hot spring and other treasures. Our expert guides will create a seamless and spectacular experience for you on either camping or lodging itineraries. Check out our five day Yellowstone + Grand Teton tours, perfect for couples, families and solo travelers! Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909
Our Yellowstone tours are designed to accommodate groups of 6 to 12 guests, allowing for a more personalized and authentic experience. This small group size allows us to provide a more tailored and in-depth tour of Yellowstone and offer a unique, immersive experience for each guest. Click here to learn more reasons why to travel with us.
We have you covered with our quality accommodations and all-inclusive camping options just outside of the National Park. We provide top-of-the-line equipment and serve fresh, family style meals. Our goal is to offer the highest quality adventures at an affordable price, so you can focus on immersing yourself in the nature of Wyoming without any added stress.
Let our team of knowledgeable guides take you on an insightful and enjoyable journey through Yellowstone, sharing their extensive understanding of the local flora, fauna, history, and culture you can’t find in National Park pamphlets! Our guides are well-versed in the various sites we visit, such as Grand Prismatic, Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Artist Point, Lamar Valley and many others. They also provide valuable insights about the diverse wildlife that inhabits Yellowstone. And to make your adventure even more seamless, our guides handle all the logistics, including transportation, gear, and meals. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and fully immerse yourself in the experience. Click here to learn more about our team of guides.
MountainBased has consistently been recognized as a top tour operator on TripAdvisor by winning numerous Travelers’ Choice Awards in our destinations, including Yellowstone National Park. We are proud to be regarded as one of the best tour and hiking companies in Yellowstone.
Guided hiking tours in Yellowstone National Park offer a number of advantages for visitors. One of the main benefits of joining a hiking tour is the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from expert guides. Our guides are well-versed in the local Yellowstone flora, fauna, history, and culture of the park, and can provide valuable information. Our team has been guiding in this region for awhile. Additionally, guided tours provide convenience by handling all logistics in a large National Park (3,400 square miles), including transportation, gear, and meals, allowing you to fully enjoy your adventure. This can be especially helpful for those who are unfamiliar with the National Park. Safety is also a top priority, and our guides are trained in outdoor safety practices to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Some trails in the park may have restrictions or permit requirements, but a guided Yellowstone hiking tour with us can help you access these trails and ensure compliance with regulations, making your visit to Yellowstone easy and more enjoyable.
Yellowstone National Park is a United States National Park that is located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It is the oldest and arguably the most famous national park in the country, known for its geothermal features such as geysers and hot springs, as well as its abundant wildlife, including bears, wolves, bison, and elk.
The area now known as Yellowstone was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Crow, the Shoshone, and the Bannock. These tribes used the park’s geothermal features for medicinal and spiritual purposes, and they also hunted and fished in the area. In the early 19th century, Europeans began to explore the region, and the park’s first western visitors were members of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806.
The geology of Yellowstone is unique, with a high concentration of geothermal features that are the result of the park being located on top of a supervolcano. This supervolcano has erupted three times in the past 2.1 million years, with the most recent eruption occurring approximately 630,000 years ago. Despite the potential for future eruptions, the geothermal activity in Yellowstone is what attracts so many visitors to the park. In 1872, Yellowstone was established as the first national park in the world, setting a precedent for the preservation of natural areas for the enjoyment of future generations.
Some of the most iconic features of Yellowstone National Park include Old Faithful, a geyser that erupts every 35-120 minutes and reaches heights of up to 184 feet, the Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the largest hot spring in the United States and has vibrant colors due to the presence of thermophilic bacteria, and the Mammoth Hot Springs, which are a series of hot springs and terraces that have formed over thousands of years. The park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, bison, elk, and moose, which can be viewed by visitors who take part in activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
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This tour is classified as a CASUAL LODGING experience which means it focuses more on proximity over luxurious amenities. Each selected property includes double queen rooms, wi-fi, TV and are both centrally located in town. Both rustic properties are known for their mountainous views, great staff, and close proximity to wildlife exploration. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. This tour has a heavy emphasis on wildlife viewing and sightseeing. The trails on this trip feature flat boardwalks and gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Average hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles per day. All activities are optional, and our guides will brief all guests on the activity level of each prior to hiking. You should be in good physical shape and able to hike on uneven terrain for this tour. Trip members should be capable of hiking and carrying a daypack that weighs 10-15 pounds. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
1 - Easy: These tours will be Easy for anyone who can walk for up to 90 minutes without stopping. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas and maybe some steps but no sustained or steep ascents or descents. Max hiking distance per day is 2-3 miles.
2 – Easy to Moderate: These tours are Easy - Moderate for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Max hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles.
3 - Moderate: These tours are Moderate for fit and active hikers, and will be a little challenging but do-able for less fit hikers. Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents often over rocky terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents. Max hiking distance per day is 5-7 miles.
4 – Moderate to Strenuous: These tours are classified as Moderate to Strenuous for fit hikers who will find them a satisfying and challenging workout; they are not appropriate for unfit hikers. Rolling and often steep terrain with frequent challenging ascents and descents, often over rugged and uneven terrain. Max hiking distance per day is 10 miles.
5 – Strenuous: These tours are for strong hikers in excellent physical condition, this tour is classified as Strenuous, pushes themselves daily, distance and elevation are not an issue. First one to the top! Rolling and often steep terrain. Challenging sustained climbs and descents of up to 4,000 ft. Has no issue with changing altitudes during physical exertion. Max hiking distance per day is 10-15 miles.