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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Waterfalls and Geysers

Quick Details

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience the magic of Yellowstone’s iconic hydrothermal features, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley
  • Your own local naturalist guide
  • Private and customizable tour – just your group!
  • Activity level based on your interests and abilities
  • High quality optics for all
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style
  • Safe, fun and educational
Summer 2024 Rates Please call regarding pricing for groups larger than 10
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Explore a landscape carved by glaciers, rivers, volcanoes, enormous lakes, and thermal rumblings!

On this full-day private tour, you’ll discover evidence of massive forces of nature while visiting some popular attractions and hidden gems not often seen by the masses. Along the way, it is certainly possible to encounter any wild animals that call Yellowstone home, so plan on a day full of surprises!

Depending on meeting time and location, we may beat the crowds for an early morning walk to explore the fascinating and complex Norris Geyser Basin. Home to Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest erupting geyser, Norris presents a scene reminiscent of another planet. With its weathered rhyolite deposits, hissing steam vents, and porcelain-colored hot pools, this area represents Yellowstone’s hottest, most acidic, continually changing thermal area.

The majority of the day includes short walks—away from the crowds whenever possible— to explore, understand, and connect with the majestic Upper and Lower Falls, deeply carved chasms, and “painted” rocks in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. The canyon, of which an 1871 painting was instrumental in securing the establishment of Yellowstone, is a water-carved masterpiece formed through the incredible forces of heat and ice. The mighty Yellowstone River dominates the eastern side of the park. It remains a powerful symbol of raw, untamed beauty. Beginning just south of the park and flowing freely for 671 miles to its confluence with the Missouri River, it remains the longest undammed river in the Lower 48! Throughout its history, this magnificent waterway has provided a critical lifeline for this region’s animals, flora, and humans.

If time and interest allow, we’ll explore Hayden Valley, where the pristine Yellowstone River winds timelessly through gently rolling meadows. Ancient glacial lakes laid the perfect foundation for dense grasses, sedges, and forbs, making it prime habitat for our grazing animals. While this tour is not primarily wildlife-focused, it is common to spot herds of bison and elk taking advantage of the rich foraging possibilities here. There is also a chance to see wolves, grizzly bears, coyotes, foxes, and birds of prey, and we will always take advantage of any wildlife sightings we may come across. The first human inhabitants to benefit from Yellowstone’s bounty dates back 11,000 years. Unsurprisingly, the otherworldly thermal features inspired a sense of wonder and awe—as they do today—establishing profound cultural lore, such as the fascinating creation story centered around the thermal feature now called Dragon’s Mouth!

Based on your interests and pickup location, your tour experience may include:

  • Norris Geyser Basin – Home of the world’s tallest active geyser and otherworldly landscapes of porcelain pools and hissing steam vents.
  • Wildlife-watching in Hayden Valley – The Yellowstone River winds through this picturesque mountain valley with abundant wildlife, giving the ultimate sense of “big sky” country.
  • Mammoth Hot Springs and its marble-esque travertine terraces are growing (and changing) faster than any other hot spring area in the park!
  • Hiking opportunities in the Grand Canyon and/or Hayden Valley areas.

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


We will certainly be back and using Yellowstone Wild!

We enjoyed our (first) tour so much we scheduled a 2nd private tour with Leysa to The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Waterfalls and Geysers. This included a trip through Hayden Valley where we came across so much wildlife including a Mama Grizzly and her 2 cubs. Leysa made sure we were always safe and following the onsite Rangers directions. We will certainly be back and will definitely be using Yellowstone Wild!

– Michelle L., TripAdvisor
Amazing Time

We had an amazing time on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Waterfalls, & Geysers tour! Our guide, Rob was awesome & very knowledgeable about the area. He was very friendly & accommodating in what we wanted to do! Would definitely recommend this tour!

– Tarina H., TripAdvisor
The Perfect Yellowstone Experience

A tour with Yellowstone Wild is the perfect way to spend a day in Yellowstone. My wife and I have been on three separate tours with Yellowstone Wild, and each has been more spectacular than the last. The guides are friendly, professional and extremely knowledgeable, and they will greatly enhance your experience in the park by sharing their expertise. These tours can also be tailored to your interests and your desired level of activity, so you can be sure that you will be completely satisfied by your time in the park. I give Yellowstone Wild my highest recommendation and strongly encourage anyone interested in exploring Yellowstone to book a tour with them. You will not be disappointed!

– Kyle S., TripAdvisor