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Canyon Waterfalls & Wildlife Excursion

Quick Details

Minimum registration for this tour is 4 guests. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if at least 4 guests are not registered 7 days prior to the tour. We will notify guests immediately if any tour must be canceled due to low registration and full refunds will be issued. Guests will have the option of purchasing the additional seats at full price to ensure the minimum is met.

Per Guest Please select the number of guests in your party
$159

Leave the driving to us!

Meet your guide at the Gardiner, MT Chamber of Commerce for an exciting day exploring wildlife-rich northern Yellowstone searching for elk, bison, and other wildlife on the way to Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. We’ll enjoy spectacular sunrise views of Yellowstone’s Northern Range, marvel at the geology and natural history of the Yellowstone Volcano, stand in awe of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and its radiant walls, explore the ever-growing travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs,  and learn about Native people, explorers, and foundational conservationists whose efforts protected Yellowstone for future generations. If time allows, your guide may include stops to enjoy additional points of interest including Tower Fall, Norris Geyser Basin, or historic Fort Yellowstone.

What’s included in your tour:

  • An expert local naturalist guide
  • Transportation in our comfortable fully-equipped touring vehicle
  • High-quality binoculars and spotting scopes to enjoy wildlife sightings
  • Hot beverage service (coffee, tea, hot chocolate)
  • An engaging, educational experience for all ages! (Minimum age for this tour is 5 years old)
  • A cooler is provided for storing lunches/snacks

What you need to bring:

  • Your park pass. Please purchase your pass in advance. (Note: While the tour guarantees you entry into the park for the day in our tour vehicle, each party is required to purchase and present a valid park entrance pass.)
  • Water, snacks, and picnic lunch. There will be opportunities to refill reusable water bottles throughout the day.
  • Layered clothing so you can be comfortable in the cooler morning hours and warmer afternoon.
  • Sun protection
  • Bug spray
  • Comfortable, sturdy footwear for walking on boardwalks and dirt/gravel trails
  • Camera and/or binoculars, if desired

How fit do you need to be?

While this tour is primarily road-based, some wildlife sightings may require short walks over varied terrain to reach a better viewing location. Artist Point is a 0.2-mile walk with an elevation change of 50 feet, and Mammoth Hot Springs will entail walking on paved walkways/boardwalks of no more than 1 mile round trip. To fully enjoy the tour, guests should be comfortable walking 1-2 miles total over the course of the tour on dirt trails and potentially uneven terrain with possible elevation gains of 100 feet.

 

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ’s page!

Canyon, Waterfalls, & Wildlife Excursion

Our Naturalist Guide, gave us an excellent and informative tour experience, taking us to beautiful viewing spots of moose, bears, bison, pronghorn, swans and other flora and fauna! His explanations of the natural wonders, both the science and the history, added so much to our Yellowstone tour. Well worth it and we definitely recommend booking with Yellowstone Wild!

– Safari551201, TripAdvisor
Perfectly paced tours our of Gardiner

Our first tour was with Aleksa to the canyons and waterfalls. Despite the animal life being quiet in Summer, she managed to find two wolfs, moose, and a grizzly. We had ample time to observe them with her scopes, and she even sent us footage she recorded. She is so knowledgeable not just about the park but shared so much detail about the wildlife and her honest take on how the park is taken care of. Her passion and knowledge were our highlights of this first 7 hour trip - and the hot beverages and lunch were great too.

– Topher M., TripAdvisor
Canyon Waterfalls and Wildlife Excursion

Our tour was with Aleksa to the canyons and waterfalls. Despite the animal life being quiet in Summer, she managed to find two wolfs, moose, and a grizzly. We had ample time to observe them with her scopes, and she even sent us footage she recorded. She is so knowledgeable not just about the park but shared so much detail about the wildlife and her honest take on how the park is taken care of. Her passion and knowledge were our highlights of this 7 hour trip. Its obvious to us that this outfit really can cater to any group with the style of tour that you'd like. We all appreciated the depth of knowledge our guide offered, their own brands of humor to keep us laughing and engaged, and the stewardship they show and advocate for in Yellowstone.

– Topher Mueller, TripAdvisor
I highly recommend this tour and Yellowstone Wild

Because the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park is (was) closed to cars (due to the June 2022 flood) we decided to book guided tours. Our second day was with Matt for the Old Faithful Excursion. Matt shared his knowledge and experiences which gave us a fantastic day! There's so much more to Yellowstone National Park than the Old Faithful geyser. In fact, Old Faithful was just okay compared to the other thermal activity we experienced. Participating in this tour gave us more insight to this park than what we would have learned on our own. I highly recommend these tours and Yellowstone Wild company. Now, we want to come back for viewing of wolves in Winter.

– Rita, TripAdvisor