Summary of The Day: Upon leaving your hotel in Jackson Hole, we will stop at Big Thumb by Yellowstone Lake. For some of us this will be the first time seeing fumaroles, hot springs, warm springs and the huge lake on an elevation of 8000 feet. The magma underneath Yellowstone park heats rain water and melting snow at about 8 miles below the earth surface. The water finds its way back to the surface of the earth, in the form of mud volcano, fumarole, warm and hot springs. Our tour route will lead us to Hayden Valley, home to wolves, Grizzlies, buffalo, and even baldeagles.
Further up the road is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, home to two must-see water falls, the upper and lower falls. tHe canyon was developed over thousands of years and its here massiveness is awe-inspiring. Its banks are yellow due to large amounts of sulfur in the soil.
A few miles from here we'll visit the Norris Geysers, home to magnificent hot and warm springs. One of them shines with a greenish color due to the influx of sulfur in the water. From here we'll visit the famous mud pots of Yellowstone. Mixed with large doses of chemicals bubbling, the mud here boils like lava from a volcano. We'll also see more warm springs filled with sky blue warm water
Next, we'll see one of the most iconic sites in Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Springs. From a distance we'll witness rainbow tinted steam rising up from the hot springs. The mixture of chemicals, bacteria, and heat give it its unique coloring.
As we drive further south into the park, we'll arrive at the Black Sand Basin. It has an emerald hot spring, where a rare subset of spider lives. We will also find several warm and hot springs spouting water intermittently as if it is staged.
We saved the best for last with a visit to Old Faithful. The warm geyser shoots out water from its vent every 90 minutes, plus or minus 10. Watch the people around it and witness the relief, joy and amazement in their faces when the geyser erupts. Old Faithful draws more people than any other geological feature in Yellowstone National Park.
In the Upper Loop of Yellowstone, our will tour the Obsidian Cliff, Sheepeater Cliff, Huckleberry Cliff, Mammoth Hot Springs, the petrified tree and Tower Falls. If we have enough time, we may also stop at Lamar Valley and Calcite Springs.
Please include your hotel name and address in the "Meeting Point" box during booking.
Our safaris are very suitable for children. In general, all our safaris are great for all family members to share and remember. Our guides are experienced with and facilitating an interactive learning experience for kids. We feel that from about 4 years old and up, kids can very effectively use optics and participate in the safari experience. Playing in a meadow or along a stream and looking at natural curiosities are great activities for small children.
We can accommodate any level of desired activity, from total motorized safari to all day hikes. To be able to see certain features, you may be required to walk. In most cases, an auto tour with short walks will allow us to see all the major features.
We do not guarantee any particular species, though many of the most dramatic (wolf and bear) are seen at a very high success rate, particularly during certain seasons and in certain localities.
Generally the weather doesn't affect us in a negative way. Keep in mind this is a dry climate and the weather is generally excellent. If we simply have rain or snow, you will probably be much better with the day reserved with us, since we are best able and equipped to deal with the vagaries of mountain weather.
Average daytime temperatures mid-winter are about 28'F to 30'F. Winter nighttime temperatures may be less than 10'F. Average summer temperatures may be in the 80's with lows in the 40's. These are averages, so keep in mind the range of temperatures can be quite a bit more dramatic. The best way to deal with this range of temperatures is to have a layered garment system such as: windproof jacket, vest, sweater, heavy shirt and undergarments. One rule of thumb: even in summer, consider bringing one more layer than you expect to need. Of course, in all seasons: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and sturdy walking shoes. Rain gear is also a good idea.
In general, footwear should be sturdy, broken-in walking shoes. In summer, light hiking shoes are good for day hikes and general touring. Heavier boots are better for backpacking. Snowboots ("PAC" style, or "Sorel" style with rubber bottom and leather upper) are best for snowshoeing. Some type of shoe or sandal which you can get wet and swim in is best for river trips.
In order to protect your personal property, please bring any valuable items with you at all times. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any theft or loss at any location.
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