Yellowstone Vacation Tours at Yellowstone

Yellowstone Summer Bus Tours

Gardiner Summer Bus Tours will not be running during the Summer 2021 season. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to returning to regular operations next year.

Make your vacation in Yellowstone National Park a summer to remember by taking a summer bus tour with Yellowstone Vacation Tours. Each tour is divided into Yellowstone Lower Loop and Yellowstone Upper Loop.

Yellowstone Vacation Tour bus from Gardiner, MT by the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance

Experience comfortable coaches and knowledgeable, interpretive guides, all of whom are Certified Interpretive Guides (CIGs). Tours begin at 8:00 AM and include free pickup at local campgrounds and Gardiner hotels. Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our various tours. Prices do not include tax (4%), Yellowstone Park entrance fees, gratuity or lunch. Prices may be subject to fuel surcharge.

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Yellowstone Vacation Tours is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service

Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

Here are some of the famous Yellowstone sights you may see on your day touring the Park. Scroll down for details or click the links below to jump to a particular highlight:

Old Faithful Geyser

Yellowstone's star attraction, and the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful is the most regular predictable geyser in the Park, with eruptions occurring approximately every 91 minutes. Shooting 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water into the air, Old Faithful reaches an average height of about 145 feet in just 15-20 seconds. Park Rangers can predict Old Faithful's eruptions with an extremely high level of accuracy, making this one of the most convenient thermal features to see in Yellowstone. You can practically set your watch by it!

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Isa Lake

Located along the drive from Upper Geyser Basin to West Thumb, Isa Lake is a "uniquely confusing" phenomenon. During spring runoff, Isa Lake drains into both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans at the same time... backward! The west side of the lake drains into the Firehole River drainage and ultimately makes is way to the Atlantic, while the east side flows into the Snake River drainage and eventually flows to the Pacific!

Yellowstone Lake

Covering 136 square miles, with 110 miles of shoreline, Yellowstone Lake is absolutely massive. This is the largest natural freshwater lake in the United States above 7,000 feet, and one of the largest such lakes in the world. The small West Thumb Geyser Basin is found here, where you can experience a striking contrast between barren thin-crusted thermal areas and the deep blue majesty of the lake just steps away.

Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

Hayden Valley

Perhaps the most picturesque drive in Yellowstone National Park can be found along the stretch of road that runs through Hayden Valley. Rolling hills, lush green meadows, and the wide stretch of the Yellowstone River will hold your gaze captive as you make your way through this truly beautiful valley. This is also prime grizzly bear country, so keep your eyes open for one of Yellowstone's most sought-after animal sightings!

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

There are no words to adequately describe the power and majesty of this painted canyon where the Yellowstone River tumbles over two high waterfalls. The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is simply one of the most breathtaking sights in the Park. The result of a huge volcanic eruption that occurred about 600,000 years ago, this 24-mile-long canyon is up to 1,200 feet deep and nearly a mile across.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Upper Loop Tour

Here are some of the famous Yellowstone sights you may see on your day touring the Park. Scroll down for details or click on the links below to jump to a particular highlight:

Norris Geyser Basin

Located at the junction of several disturbances in the earth's crust, Norris is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone's thermal areas. Most waters in Norris are acidic, including rare acid geysers, and features here mysteriously undergo dramatic behavioral changes, literally overnight. A pool that appears calm and clear one day may turn muddy and boil violently the next, or even temporarily become a geyser. Norris is the only thermal area in Yellowstone that exhibits this phenomenon, and nobody quite understands why this happens.

Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

One of the most impressive sights you will see on your tour of Yellowstone is the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. At 24 miles long, 1,200 feet deep, and nearly a full mile across, many say that it rivals that "other" grand canyon. First shaped by volcanic activity and then carved by subsequent glacial periods, the canyon continues to be sculpted by three majestic waterfalls; the Upper Falls, Lower Falls, and Crystal Falls.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs is very aptly named; this large complex of hot springs is located on a massive hillside of travertine (a form of limestone). The terrace-like formations, the locations of the springs, and the rate of water flow all change DAILY, and over time the entire area can show dramatic changes in appearance and thermal activity. Mammoth's Palette Springs is often cited as one of Yellowstone's most dramatic photo ops.

A Yellowstone visitor photographing Mammoth Hot Springs

Tower Fall

Located in Yellowstone's northeast corner, this majestic waterfall can be found in the Tower-Roosevelt area. The impressive 132-foot tall Tower Fall is one of the most recognizable features in this area, and has been documented by visitors dating back to the earliest trips into the Park.

Tower Fall in Yellowstone National Park