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Old Faithful Excursion

Quick Details

Per Guest Please select the number of guests in your party

Leave the driving to us!

Join a guided group to visit Old Faithful and surrounding geyser basins including the rainbow-hued Grand Prismatic Spring and the mud pots, hot springs, and geysers of Fountain Paint Pots. As we travel toward the world-class geyser basins along the Firehole River in Yellowstone we’ll enjoy opportunistic wildlife viewing opportunities and Yellowstone’s world-class scenery. In the geyser basins, you’ll stand in the shadows of geysers large and small, listen to the gentle bubbling of colorful mud pots, peer into the deep blue depths of colorful hot springs, and enjoy stories of the Native people, European explorers, and early tourists who explored these areas long ago.

What’s included in your tour:

  • A full day (approximately 10 hours) with an expert naturalist guide
  • Transportation in our comfortable fully-equipped touring vehicle
  • High-quality binoculars and spotting scopes to enjoy wildlife sightings
  • An engaging, educational experience for all ages! (Minimum age for this tour is 5 years old)
  • A cooler will be available to store guest 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 opportunistic wildlife sightings may require short walks over varied terrain to reach a better viewing location. To fully enjoy the tour, guests should be comfortable walking 2-4 miles total over the course of the day on geyser basin boardwalks and well-groomed dirt/gravel trails, with a potential elevation gain of up to 100 feet.

Minimum registration for this tour is 4 guests. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if at least 4 guests are not registered by 4 p.m. the day prior to the tour. We will notify guests immediately if any tour must be canceled due to low registration.

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

Best Decision Ever!

We booked our trip to Gardiner with a VRBO a year ago. The flood closed the north entrance and we actually considered canceling our trip. They eventually let commercial tour companies use the Old Gardiner Road to access the north entrance, so we decided to not cancel. Our VRBO host recommended Yellowstone Wild for tour guides, we were a bit disappointed to not be able to drive ourselves but we booked two days and decided to make the best of it. Turned out to be the best decision ever! The first day we booked the Northern Loop Wildlife Tour. Our guide for the day was Emil (spelling?) he was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. He ensured we saw as much as possible with what happens to be out that day. We were able to see a bear, 4 wolves and a herd of bison up close. The trip began at 5am and lasted til noon. The second day we booked the southern loop to see the mostly the geological features including Old Faithful. Our guide was Matt and again the knowledge of the area and it’s features was amazing, he’s also quite funny. We realized after the second day, that with only two days to spend in the park a guided tour was the only way to go. There is no way we could have seen the amazing things that we saw without the guide services and the knowledge they shared with us made it all the better. Worth every penny and highly recon!

– Mark R., TripAdvisor
Northern Loop down to Old Faithful

My wife and I have been to Yellowstone Park many times (as we grew up and lived near) We found out that we missed most of the really good things. We got information that without the tour guide we would never have gotten. It made the trip alive and super interesting. The tour company delt with the access problems (due to the recent flood and damage) very effectively. Wish we would have done this tour years ago. Then when we went on our own, we would know what to look for. Our guide Travis was interested in thermal effects so his information was super. To get the most out of Yellowstone Park I would definitely recommend Yellowstone Wild.

– Dennis L, TripAdvisor
Aleksa Was Incredible!

We went on the Old Faithful tour because the wildlife was booked- but I told her I wanted to see anything and everything. She went out of her way to make sure our group saw as much as possible! She also was extremely knowledgeable about anything we asked and encouraged us to ask any questions. I would recommend her along with Yellowstone Wild Tours to everyone! Booking was extremely easy, everything was timely, the vehicle was clean, and they provided warm drinks for a chilly day. 110% would book with them again!

– Gina Tramel, Google Reviews
Wonderful for beginners!

We were privileged to take 2 separate tours with this wonderful company. One that focused on the the incredible wildlife that the park has to offer, the other highlighting the amazing geysers and other natural wonders. Our guides, Rob and Matt, were experts in finding the best viewing locations, and ensured that our groups were able to see as much of the park as possible within our allotted time. The vans used were clean, comfortable, and equipped with binoculars, telescopes, water, coffee and cocoa. This company was very easy to work with, and provided us first time visitors with experiences we shall never forget.

– Ian C., TripAdvisor
Old Faithful Excursion

Such an awesome experience! Our guide, Travis, took us to many of Yellowstone’s best places, including Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prismatic, Old Faithful, several geothermal features, and much more. He was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the park, everything from history to geology to wildlife. We saw 17 different types of animals — including a grizzly and her cubs — which was amazing! Shoutout to Travis for a fun day and to Yellowstone Wild for this great experience!!

– Georgia Lee-Smith, TripAdviser