Yellowstone: Geysers, Mountains, Lakes, and Wildlife

Join us to explore the majestic landscapes and natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park, the centerpiece of the largest remaining intact ecosystem in the Earth's northern temperate zone. Sitting on top of a "super volcano," Yellowstone sports half of the worlds geothermal features that have awed generations of visitors. Early explorers were considered liars or lunatics because their descriptions of the region seemed so fantastic. Come see for yourself on one of Wilderness Inquiry's unique Yellowstone tours. You will visit memorable places such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and Yellowstone Lake--the largest alpine lake in North America. In addition to these famous places, we go to many other locations most visitors never see. Bring your camera as bison, elk, wolves, and other wildlife abound. 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
  • Hike and paddle to locations most visitors never see
  • Paddle our 24-foot canoes on Yellowstone and Lewis Lakes
  • Highly accessible for families, elderly, and people with disabilities
  • Stay a comfortable base camp complete with showers and modern facilities

Yellowstone has always been one of our most popular destinations – a land of extraordinary wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Our two six-day itineraries are highly accessible for all ages and abilities. We stay at a campground with modern facilities and venture to the park's most picturesque sights on day hikes and paddles. The sight of massive herds of bison, elk, and even wolves is common as we explore all corners of the massive park straddling three states. As the only operator in the park with a large canoe fleet, we also offer a backcountry canoeing itinerary available by request.

See dates and details for our scheduled Yellowstone National Park trips:

  • Immerse yourself in Yellowstone’s rich environment on this family-centered, six-day adventure. In addition to experiencing the wonders of Old Faithful and admiring the beauty of the famous thermal pools, participants also paddle Yellowstone Lake in our sturdy Voyageur canoes. Bathroom and shower facilities at base camp make this trip universally accessible and a popular option for adventure-seeking families. 6 Days: Trip Fee $745 Youth Fee $375
  • This trip takes participants to the most sought after Yellowstone destinations. Prepare to feast your eyes on the wonders of Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and vast herds of elk and bison. The trip features an even schedule of paddling and hiking, both of which offer unique opportunities for sight-seeing and hands-on exploration. Nights are spent at our comfortable base camp with modern facilities. 6 Days: Trip Fee $795

Call us to arrange one of these Yellowstone National Park trips for your group:

  • Venture into Yellowstone’s beautiful lakes aboard our 24-foot Voyageur canoes. While taking in Yellowstone’s breathtaking scenery, you can also enjoy fishing for trout, searching for wildlife, or simply relaxing along the lakeshore. This life-changing trip will take you to parts of Yellowstone that most visitors never see.

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 2016 Dates Fee Registration
Yellowstone Family Adventure more» 6/21-6/26/16 $745
($375 Youth)
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Yellowstone Family Adventure  more» 7/4-7/9/16 $745
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Discover Yellowstone more» 7/13-7/18/16 $795
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Yellowstone Family Adventure more» 7/23-7/28/16 $745
($375 Youth)
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Discover Yellowstone more» 8/1-8/6/16 $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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  • (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • (photo: Schweitzer, J)
  • 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)
  • Fishing is an optional activity on our Yellowstone trips
    Fishing is an optional activity on our Yellowstone trips (photo: Youngberg, Rich)
  • 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)