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Yellowstone for Families

A Group of Kids Having Fun atYellowstone for Families

At a glance...

Duration: 6-8 hours, year-round; November to April focuses on northern Yellowstone, accessible by wheeled vehicles

Starting Location: Yellowstone Family Tours depart from Gardiner, MT or Mammoth Hot Springs. Meet at Tower Junction, Norris Junction, Canyon Village, Lake Hotel or Madison Junction, seasonally dependent and for an additional fee. Inquire about other locations. 

Best for: all ages, up to 6 in your private group. Inquire about step-ons and educational group options.

The details...

  • Walking Shadow Ecology Tour's Yellowstone family tours are specially designed for all ages of explorers!

  • We will design our day together based on your family's interests, creating a lasting experience and connection to Yellowstone's diversity and wildness. Whether searching for wildlife or signs of their passing, exploring Yellowstone's volcano, or taking a wander off the road to experience true wilderness, we've got you covered (and we bring loads of snacks!)

  • We avoid too much car time, choosing instead to track animals, take short hikes, and play games that help inform the complexities of Yellowstone at age-appropriate levels. 

  • 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 our Yellowstone guides, your family or group will be knowledgeable in Leave No Trace ethics, 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. Of course, the grown-ups in the group will still learn something new!

  • By enhancing your visit with our Yellowstone for Families tour, your family vacation will create enduring memories of connecting with the land, wildlife, and to each other. 


  • Expert interpretation from your personal, private guide

  • Door-to-door transportation 

  • Continental breakfast and hearty snacks 

  • Hot and cold beverages 

  • Quality spotting scopes 

  • Binoculars for everyone

  • A water carafe from which to refill your personal water bottle

  • We always carry a first aid kit and bear spray

  • Junior Ranger pages, kid-friendly activities, opportunities for art, and other enhancements that help bring Yellowstone alive 

What to bring:

  • National Park Service entrance fee or pass

  • Reusable water bottles (we always have extras for you, but love to reduce waste!)

  • A heartier lunch if you prefer more than the continental breakfasts and snacks we offer. We will provide a cooler.

  • Clothing layers. It is not uncommon to see a 50° temperature change over the course of a day here in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Hats: warmth for early mornings, spring or fall; a sun hat for mid-day

  • Camera

  • Anything else to make you comfortable and safe (i.e. sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, personal medications, inhaler)

  • Guide gratuity

Yellowstone For Families Tour Pricing:

Meet in Gardiner, MT or
Mammoth Hot Springs, WY: 
1 person 
2 people $750 
3 people $800 

4 people $850
5 people $900
6 people $950

*Add-on $100 to meet at Tower Junction, Norris Junction or Canyon Village (only after Memorial Day). 

*Add-on $150 to meet at Lake Hotel or Madison Junction.

*Inquire about other meeting locations.

A Group of Kids Hiking with an Adult in Yellowstone
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