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Our Yellowstone Tour Packages

History, wildlife. geology and ecology come alive when we design your Yellowstone vacation together.  No matter which of our Yellowstone tour packages you choose, your time here will be made more rich by layering in the captivating knowledge of your own private Naturalist Guide. We can combine or customize any of our Yellowstone day tours to suit your group's interests and activity levels. 

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone


This is one of our most popular Yellowstone tour packages. We bring powerful optics, intimate knowledge of the landscape, and engaging games and stories. You bring curiosity and a sense of wonder as we explore North America's premier wildlife habitat, searching for Yellowstone's bears, wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife. 

  • Observe and learn about behavior, habitat, predator-prey relationships and more, all while sighting the most Yellowstone wildlife we can find on our journey.

  • Typically we will be in the northern part of Yellowstone, including Lamar Valley.

  • Learn how to read the landscape by the signs our wildlife leave behind.

  • Yellowstone Wildlife tours depart from Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs. We can meet at Tower Junction or Canyon Village for an additional fee.



Students studying a bison skull


Our Naturalist Guides are master architects at curriculum and itinerary building. We can design your program from the ground up, or complement an existing educational program as part of one of our Yellowstone tour packages.

  • We love to work with students of all ages, educators seeking to take Yellowstone back into their classrooms, and other groups like Scouts, retreats, youth groups, and more.

  • Host an expert talk (from an hour to a half day) on any Yellowstone science- or ecology-related topic tailored to your group. 

  • Spend one or more days guided by leaders in outdoor education. You will be rooted in an understanding of how a place-based education changes your perspective on the natural world.



Bison in a snow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone


The hushed, frozen winter wonderland might be our very favorite time of year to observe Yellowstone's wildlife - and this might be our favorite Yellowstone tour package! Visit Yellowstone in winter and travel along the only stretch of road open year-round. You’ll encounter a brilliant white canvas on which to observe animals and birds surviving in a harsh climate.

  • Learn about the unique adaptations our wildlife has evolved to endure a long winter.

  • While the bears may be hibernating, wolves are at their strongest and most visible.

  • Experience a dazzling version of Yellowstone few have the opportunity to enjoy!



Hiking in wildflowers on Yellowstone's Specimen Ridge



An immersive experience in one of the most intact ecosystems in the world.  Choose a shorter meander combined with other Yellowstone tour packages, OR a more active, full-day Yellowstone backcountry hiking experience.

  • We know the best Yellowstone hikes! Out of the nearly one thousand miles of Yellowstone hiking trails, we will find the right match for your group's day trip.

  • Our Naturalist Guides are well versed in Yellowstone bear safety, Leave No Trace principles and trained in Wilderness First Aid.  

  • We know how to navigate away from the crowds to find connection with a dynamic landscape, leaving you with something deeper than just memories and photographs.



Kid friendly guided hike in Yellowstone Park


We love offering kid-friendly Yellowstone tour packages for families. We can translate science in a fun, meaningful way for people of all ages. There are endless things to do in Yellowstone with kids, and any of our offerings can be scaled for any age. Of course, the grown-ups in the group will still learn something new!

  • Our youngest participants will walk away from their experience with a deeper connection to our natural world. They may even become a Junior Ranger!

  • After a day with us, your family or group will be knowledgeable in Leave No Trace principles, and how to be better stewards of the Earth.

  • With games, stories, and hands-on learning, science comes alive with the leadership of our highly skilled Naturalist Guides.



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Want to do it all? Join us on a small group Grand Loop tour from Gardiner, MT, Yellowstone's North Entrance!  Experience a full day of wildlife, canyons, waterfalls and thermal features on Yellowstone's Grand Loop, including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon and more. We share our intimate knowledge of the landscape, informed by our lives, playing and learning in Yellowstone.

  • Minimum of 2 seats to run a tour,  Max: 6.  Ages 5+. If Min is not met, tour will cancel 3pm the afternoon before.

  • We provide transportation, spotting scopes, binoculars, snacks, drinks, and lively, interpretation.

  • Please bring: Park entrance pass, reusable water bottle, lunch, camera, clothing layers, sunscreen, hat, face mask, and other personal items.



The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone




Stopping at Yellowstone's thermal features along the way, we'll journey to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to feel the throb of erosion in action, and understand how geology and art were the tenets that created the park. This is one of the best Yellowstone tour packages to learn more about the science behind Yellowstone.

  • This is an excellent trip to get a broad understanding of how "Geology is now"!

  • Interpret today's landscape within the context of its cataclysmic past.

  • Come away with a deep appreciation for being on a moving planet, one that shapes and shifts both itself and those who pause to wonder.  



Rainbow over Old Faithful Geyser



This is one of our favorite Yellowstone tour packages! Explore Yellowstone’s geology and geothermal features with a Naturalist Guide who can share the latest research while being enchanted by this other-worldly landscape on your Yellowstone day trip.

  • Feel the pulse of the earth atop an active volcano. 

  • Gain an understanding of how our flora and fauna survive and thrive on an active volcano.

  • Discover how the colorful pools, playful mudpots, roaring fumaroles and active geysers are the surface expression of the inner workings of Planet Earth.



Obsidian arrowhead found in Yellowstone Park
Child discovering wildflowers in Yellowstone
River otter and pup resting on a log in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Tour Package Information

  • Our home base is Gardiner, MT and tours typically begin from the North Yellowstone Gardiner entrance or Mammoth Hot Springs. Summer tours start from several locations throughout the park for an additional fee.

  • Yellowstone Wildlife Watch and Discover tours depart from Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs. We can meet at Tower/Roosevelt or Canyon Village for an additional fee (see below). 

  • If you don't find the right date for your group, please reach out. We may be able to accommodate you.

  • All trips run approximately 6-8 hours and include hot and cold beverages, with ample edibles for the day.

  • All bookings will list an early start time as this is recommended for the best chance to spot wildlife, however you and your Naturalist Guide will decide on the actual meeting time based on your primary interests.

  • Winter tours will have later start times, and will only travel to areas open to wheeled vehicles in the northern parts of Yellowstone Park.

  • If you don't see exactly what you have in mind, get in touch and we will design your customized Yellowstone day trip together.

  • See a full fare schedule below. All rates include taxes and fees.

  • Rates do not include Park entrance fees.

  • Rates do not include guide gratuity.


Private Yellowstone Tour Packages

We want to create the safest experience for you, for our Naturalist Guides and for the public.
With the aid of our National Park Service Covid operating plan to minimize exposure and transmission, Walking Shadow Ecology has chosen the most responsible way to still share our love for Yellowstone.
  • We run two 3-layer HEPA air filters inside the vehicle.
  • As always, we seek to minimize in-vehicle time while still taking advantage of Yellowstone's wonders. Please read more about our COVID safety protocols here. We thank you for your flexibility while we all do our part in preventing the spread of disease.
All rates include taxes and fees.
Rates do not include park entrance fees.
Rates do not include a guide gratuity.

**For all tours meeting outside our base area of Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs, WY:
Add-on $100 for Norris Junction, Tower Junction or Canyon Village meet-ups.
Add-on $150 for Lake Area or Madison Junction meet-ups.

  • Yellowstone Wildlife Tours only depart from Gardiner, Mammoth Hot Springs, or for an additional fee, from Tower Junction or Canyon Village.

  • Yellowstone Winter tours meet in Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.

Total Yellowstone Experience Grand Loop Small Group Tours, meeting in Gardiner, MT
11 hours
2 seat mini
mum, ages 5+
$250 per person 

Private Yellowstone Tour Packages, meeting in Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs, WY

6-8 hours
1 person  $650 
2 people $700 
3 people $750 
4 people $800
5 people $850
6 people $900

Customized Yellowstone Education Experiences:
Please inquire.

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