YGT is and always has been an authorized National Park Service licensed permit holder.
This year we are offering a 10% Senior Discount on all Park Tours. We are also beginning to accept a three person minimum fee for any Park Tours starting June 1st, 2013. Therefore for one to three guests, booking from June 1st on, there will be a minimum charge of $575 for three guests or fewer in Yellowstone, and $400 for three guests or fewer for the Grand Tetons. Additional guests after the first three will be $75 ea. for Yellowstone, and $50 ea. for Grand Teton.
Early and Late Season Specials
During the months of May, and also from Mid October through Early November, we will be offering special discounts for our tour guests. The discount will amount to $100 off a Yellowstone National Park tour per day and $75 off a Grand Teton National Park Tour per day. All our other tours, as listed on our Tour Pricing page, will be discounted 15% during the periods mentioned above. If Park Entry Fees are required they will still be the responsibility of the guests. Anyone possessing a National Park Pass will forego these charges. Park passes will be $12 per person 16 and older are good for a period of seven (7) consecutive days from the date of purchase, and are honored in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Any U.S. citizen 62 years of age or older is eligible to purchase a Golden Age Park Pass for $10 which will be good for life in all National Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, and Sea Shores, as well as offering discounts at U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds.
The reflection of Mount Moran in what's known as the Oxbow Bend region of the Snake River.
With YGT Custom Park Tours our goal is to provide both the first time visitors, as well as returning guests, with an informative and comprehensive, interpretive/photographic tour of the National Parks here in northwestern Wyoming, and the Jackson Hole Valley. We offer information on the geological makeup of the Jackson Hole Valley, and the National Parks, as well as background information on the Valley's History, Park history, the microbiology, the Wildlife, the Native Americans, the Mountain Men, and some of the controversial topics relevant to the Parks (Wolf reintroduction, snowmobiles, brucellosis, air quality, etc.). It's sometimes enlightening to get the Paul Harvey, "Now you know the rest of the story" version of some of these topics.
Our tours can be offered with Photography as the primary goal. These will be Interpretive/Photographic tours in which we will do our utmost to provide you with opportunities to view and photograph the various scenic vistas and wildlife to be found in Jackson Hole and as well as in neighboring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
A denizen of both Parks - the American Bison
Of course no tour is complete without a little "local color", so stories of the Indians, the mountain men, the "dudes", animal confrontations, etc. will be shared with our guests. And above all remember, the more questions you ask the better your understanding of this region's cultural and historical significance will become. We won't "make up" the answers to your questions, they'll be factual, enlightening, and sometimes humorous. We try not to overwhelm our guests with a multitude of facts and figures relative to the Parks. We would rather answer your questions, and discuss in an objective manner, some of the ongoing controversies affecting the Parks. We will also cover some of the questions commonly asked, and yes, some of the Not So Commonly Asked Questions. A little humor goes a long way towards creating a memorable experience.
If there is some way in which we can customize one of our tours to give you an even more in-depth, and enjoyable visit, designed around your preferences, it would be our distinct pleasure to do so. We endeavor to offer an experience you will long remember, and one which will very possibly kindle an interest to learn more about the millions of acres of National Forests, Wilderness, and Parks here in northwestern Wyoming. Who knows, this could well be just the first of many more "adventures" you undertake into the Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and/or Grand Teton National Parks region.
A majestic Bald Eagle along the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park
There are obviously several advantages to doing Private Park and Valley tours in an SUV, rather than in a tour or charter bus. First of all you are able to converse one on one with your guide as you travel through the Park region. Often it is virtually impossible to have your questions answered as you are traveling through the Park in a large tour bus. It is a much more personal type of experience, generally including only people you know, and enjoy spending time with. You are able to make stops for wildlife, and the numerous photographic opportunities, that are often times impossible with the larger vehicles.
In addition the parking in developed areas such as Old Faithful, Fountain Paint Pots, Canyon Village, or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, can sometimes be rather chaotic or even impossible at times. Subsequently parking is more readily available to the smaller vehicles than the larger buses. On occasion we do use larger vehicles, but only at the request of the person booking the tour. Normally the largest vehicle utilized by our company would be a passenger van, and then only if requested. Our primary tour vehicles are Yukon XLs, unless larger vehicles are required for special tours. If requested we can however provide a step-on guide service for the larger vehicles.
Beehive Geyser located on Geyser Hill in the Upper Geyser Basin. One of the most dramatic of all the Geysers in the Upper Basin.
We Specialize in Private Tours
See our specific Park tour pages listed above for the different tours we offer.
After a private tour has been booked (There is a minimum price for 1-4 people) The minimum fee we charge is not a per person fee. After the minimum has been met the price is reduced considerably for any additional guests in the same vehicle. Please check our pricing link for information concerning these charges.
Links to Lodging in and around Jackson Hole:
Lodging in Jackson Hole
Lodging in Grand Teton National Park
If you prefer you can find information on lodging in and around Yellowstone at the following links:
West Yellowstone, Mt. (West Entrance to Yellowstone)
Cody, Wyoming (East Entrance to Yellowston)Gardiner,
Gardiner, Mt. (Yellowstone North Entrance)
Cooke City, Silver Gate, Colter Pass (N. East Entrance)
Lodging in Yellowstone National Park.
To book one of our Private Tours contact us at 307-730-7327 or 307-730-7323. After hours (business hours 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) leave a message on one of our dispatch phones listed above, and we will return your call as soon as we retrieve the message.
By booking your tour over the phone the possibility of your personal information being compromised is not even an issue. Any questions concerning reservations can be submitted via one of the listed phone numbers above, or by contacting us via our email at either firstname.lastname@example.org
After visiting our tour pages if you have a specific tour in mind please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.
We would be happy to book a tour for you, however we ask that when booking a tour you contact us via our tour office phone. We feel this is the most secure method. We can accept Visa, Master Card, or Amex, however there is a 10% processing fee charged on all reservations using Amex. This unfortunately is due to a number of additional fees charged to vendors by Amex, which are not charged by the other major credit card companies. After normal business hours you can leave a message with our dispatch office and we will contact you promptly after receiving your message. We process a 25% deposit to confirm a reservation (this can be done with a credit card). We will process another 25% of the tour cost two weeks prior to the tour, and the balance one week prior to the tour date, which is consistent with our cancellation policy. That policy can be seen at the bottom of our pricing page. If you wish to change credit cards, or to pay with cash please advise us at least two weeks prior to the scheduled tour. We can also accept checks, but they must have cleared the bank prior to a confirmed reservation being issued. We will be happy to work with you in this regard.
An old Mormon settler's barn in Grand Teton National Park near Blacktail Butte.
Some facts that may be of interest to our guests, and which will help to insure that no surprises arise during a tour that either the guest, or the guide, should have been made cognizant of:
Length of the Tour:
On an average a Yellowstone tour will last somewhere between 10 and 11 hours, unless circumstances change due to weather, road construction, wildlife, etc. A typical Grand Teton Park Tour would normal last between 6 and 7 hours. If necessary these times can be altered to a limited extent to accommodate dinner reservations, etc. Please make such arrangements well in advance so that your tour guide is well aware of the time restrictions. If we do not feel that we can accommodate such requests we will so advise well in advance of the scheduled tour.
Departure and Return Times:
Generally pickups are scheduled for 6:15 AM for Yellowstone, and 8:30 AM for Grand Teton, unless other arrangements have been made. Return times will generally be around 6:00 to 6:30 PM for Yellowstone Park, and 3:00 to 3:30 PM for Grand Teton Park.
This is the responsibility of the guests. Numerous places to eat can be found in Yellowstone, and in Grand Teton National Parks. The choice will be left to the guests. Arrangements for picnic lunches can be made with the concierge staff at your hotel, or through our company, or you can simply make such arrangements with any one of several local delicatessens.
There will be a maximum of seven guests per tour, unless other arrangements have been made prior to the tour. These are custom tours, and no add-ons are allowed without the express consent of the person booking the tour. Larger groups can be accommodated, but enough advanced notice is necessary to enable the enlistment of the necessary vehicle(s). These arrangements can generally be made with the assistance of your resort staff. Once we have reserved a larger vehicle for a tour, if it cannot be cancelled without a penalty, the credit card used to hold the reservation will be billed the cancellation fee.
Recommendations as to age:
It is suggested that no one under the age of six undertake a ten to eleven hour Yellowstone Tour. If this creates an undue hardship for prospective guests we will obviously make special arrangements to hopefully accommodate your needs. Please, if in doubt, contact us, your booking agent, or the concierge staff at your hotel. If infant or toddler seats are required it will be the guest’s responsibility to provide these, however normally this can be accomplished with the assistance of your resort staff.
Fall Extravaganza in Grand Teton Nat'l Park
If you have special visual needs make sure to have included them (sunglasses, prescription lenses, contact solution, prescription and non-prescription medications, and possibly a hat, etc.) when preparing for your tour. Make sure to have sunscreen, a light jacket or coat, and possibly an umbrella or rain parka. Weather can change dramatically during the course of any tour.
If you are a candidate for anaphylactic shock please make sure to have epinephrine, benadryl, or some similar treatment available in the event such a reaction occurs. Also, PLEASE INSURE that your guide is made aware of ANY special needs you might have, or serious medical conditions, or requirements, prior to the tour date (i.e., diabetes and insulin requirements, heart conditions and required heart medication(s), history of epilepsy or seizures, and any required medications, a history of altitude sickness, etc.). This is not designed to pry into your personal life, but rather to allow us to be prepared in the event that some medical emergency, or related problem arises relative to one of these types of conditions.
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