Yellowstone: Geysers, Mountains, Lakes, and Wildlife

The natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park have awed generations of explorers, visitors, scientists, and tourists for generations. Explorers from the earliest expeditions were considered liars or lunatics, because their descriptions of the region seemed so fantastic. Join us to explore this majestic landscape.

We lead unique Yellowstone tours. You will visit memorable places such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and Lewis Lake. We visit many other locations that most visitors never see! Bring your camera as bison, elk, wolves, and other wildlife abound. You will enjoy all of this from a comfortable base camp, complete with showers and modern facilities.
  • Visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and other famous features
  • Travel from site to site in Wilderness Inquiry vans
  • Hike and paddle to locations that most visitors never see
  • Paddle our 24-foot canoes on Yellowstone and Lewis Lakes
  • Highly accessible for youth, elderly, and people with disabilities
  • Sleep in tents at a comfortable base camp complete with showers and modern facilities

See dates and details for our scheduled trips:

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Here are all current Yellowstone National Park trip offerings sorted by date. You can register for them right from this page or click on the trip name to see a detailed itinerary, photo gallery, and more.

Trip Name 2015 Dates Fee Registration
Yellowstone Family Adventure more» 6/23-6/28/15 $745
($375 Youth)
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Yellowstone Family Adventure  more» 7/6-7/11/15 $745
($375 Youth)
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Discover Yellowstone more» 7/15-7/20/15 $795
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Yellowstone Family Adventure more» 7/25-7/30/15 $745
($375 Youth)
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Discover Yellowstone more» 8/3-8/8/15 $795
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Yellowstone National Park is a land of superlatives. Old Faithful geyser and other thermal features. Grizzly bears, bison, and wolves; bighorn sheep, elk, and antelope. Mountains. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. And the magnificent Yellowstone Lake.

The natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park have awed generations of explorers, visitors, scientists, and tourists since the 19th century. Explorers from the earliest expeditions were considered liars or lunatics, their descriptions of the region seemed so fantastic. A national land preservation movement began with the Yellowstone National Park Act of 1872, which created the park to preserve the watershed of the Yellowstone River “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Yellowstone became the world’s first designated national park.

The geologic features of Yellowstone have attracted visitors from all over the world. Mountain-building processes, including volcanic eruptions, uplift, and faulting, have created mountains, basins, and calderas. Melting glaciers created fast-flowing rivers that carved deep canyons. Yellowstone receives great acclaim for its 10,000 thermal features, including geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. In addition to the geology and breathtaking scenery of the region, Yellowstone visitors experience an abundance of wildlife.

Yellowstone National Park shelters the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. Herds of bison migrate into the valleys to graze. Powerful and elusive grizzly bears prowl the backcountry. The park provides habitat for over 50 other mammals including: wolves, black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, elk, and pronghorn antelope. Nearly 300 species of birds breed or migrate through Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park encompasses over 2.2 million acres, a huge region larger than both Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Unlike those states, Yellowstone has relatively few developed areas. Most visitors tend to stay near these developed areas. Few people venture from the roads. This is the reason an experience with Wilderness Inquiry will be unique. Although our groups take in some of the more popular attractions, they will also venture away from the roads and trails as we paddle on Yellowstone Lake.

Formed in a volcanic caldera, Yellowstone Lake plunges 390 feet in depth and encompasses 110 miles of shoreline. At about 87,000 acres in size, it ranks as the largest lake in North America above 7,000 feet in elevation. Lake trout and cutthroat trout have the run of the lake, as they’re at the top of the food chain that originates near hot vents on the lake bottom. The warm water from the vents supports bacteria that feed on the released sulfur and forms the base of the food chain. You don’t have to tote a rod and reel to appreciate the world-renowned trout fishing in Yellowstone. Thousands of people every year flock to bridges that pass over crystal clear waters just to view the colorful trout. Fishing Bridge, near the outlet of Yellowstone Lake, provides one popular spot to watch fish.

Yellowstone offers a truly unique wilderness environment. Exploring its backcountry and solitude is just the ticket for fully appreciating its diversity of wildlife and geologic drama.

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  • Take your family to America's first National Park
    Families gather at Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park (photo: McDonald, D)
  • Visit geysers, lakes and mountains on our most popular itinerary
    Participant poses in front of the Grand Prismatic Spring (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • Request a quote for a guided backcountry canoe trip
    Paddle deep into the Yellowstone wilderness (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • Bison sightings are common in Yellowstone National Park
    Bison sightings are common in Yellowstone National Park (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • Yellowstone falls cuts through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone falls cuts through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • Enjoying the view of Yellowstone Falls
    Enjoying the view of Yellowstone Falls (photo: Woodage, A)
  • Fishing is an optional activity on our Yellowstone trips
    Fishing is an optional activity on our Yellowstone trips (photo: Youngberg, Rich)
  • Large orange and blue geyser with steam rising from it in Yellowstone National Park
    The Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park (photo: Vandehaar, B)
  • The group points towards the camera and poses for a picture near Mount Washburn.
    Family fun on a hike near Mount Washburn (photo: Garabunda, J)
  • A participant fishes on Yellowstone Lake as the the sun rises.
    Fly fishing at sunrise on Yellowstone Lake (photo: Walz, A)
  • A herd of bison moves through the grasslands of Yellowstone National Park
    A herd of bison moves through the grasslands of Yellowstone National Park (photo: Brandenburg, J)
  • Canoeing with the kids on Lake Yellowstone
    Yellowstone family trip is a really fun vacation for teenagers (photo: Green, S)