Current Operating Status
Yellowstone Tour Guides
Current Operating Status:
On March 17th, we made the difficult decision to close, even though we had two busy weeks ahead of us. Big Sky Resort closed on the 16th, folks were trying to find flights home, lifts were closed, and the hotels encouraged folks to head home. With several thousand people in the Big Sky area, this was the largest evacuation of people in Big Sky history, a scene repeated at ski areas all over the country. Sun Valley, ID wasn’t so lucky.
At this time Yellowstone Tour Guides is open, with limited services…We are also open for advance reservations.
We are now open for sightseeing tours, just Private Tours, no Small Group Tours. We are also open for day hiking and backpacking trips, In fact now is a great time to plan a September Backpacking trip!
Until further notice, we are no longer charging deposits for tours. We not charge you until 7 days prior to the tour date, just in case things close again. Cancellations made within 7 days will be charged the full amount, with NO Refunds for any reason.
We are only running 2 vehicles, with breaks to sanitize them.
Guests will be required to wear a mask while in our vehicles at all times. No exceptions.
We are sanitizing vehicles between every tour, and guides are getting tested when possible.
We are encouraging multi day tours and backpacking trips at this time as well. Day trips only from Big Sky and West Yellowstone.
***Be advised the park may close again without notice at anytime if Yellowstone becomes a virus hotspot.***
We are encouraging our guests to bring their own lunch, and to stay out of the crowded gift shops and food facilities while on tour. Also, our guides are showing folks where to view Old Faithful, away from the crowds.
One note: Yellowstone is now extremely busy, with visitation above normal the past 1 month. It is crowded in the park (not so bad in the backcountry), and we can not guarantee you will not get sick. This is a risk we are sure you took into consideration prior to your trip.
All of this is subject to change without notice.
SUMMER OF 2021
This is the safer choice for planning a trip. We recognize many of you were planning on this summer, but there is a ton of uncertainty and after watching thousands of people’s vacations get ruined, we don’t want that to happen to you.
We want to thank those of you who have already booked your trip for postponing your trip to 2021. These are trying times, and we do not want to see anymore vacations ruined. Those of you booking in the future are helping to keep us alive as we have already lost 3 ½ months.
Large bus groups:
At this time, vehicles in the park can have no more than 10 people, including the driver and the guide. We do not anticipate this to change this summer.
Day trips from Big Sky and West Yellowstone
We will be offering 3 days of small group tours in 2021, the Lower Loop, Upper Loop and the new Central Yellowstone.