Yellowstone is a very large and complex park, and a local guide can make all of the difference on your trip. We do understand that many groups are traveling in one side of the park and out another, and with Yellowstone’s size being larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined, this can cause some complex logistics for step on guides. Rates may vary depending on where your guide begins or ends the trip. It is not unusual for us to have to drive a guide 3 hours, one way, to a pick up or drop off location. Our guides have driven big busses, and are aware where oversized vehicles can and can not go. Our guides will also keep up to date with Old Faithful’s prediction, so large amounts of time is not being wasted waiting for the geyser.
Some important information for large bus groups: Yellowstone is very large and diverse, and impossible to see in a day. For those with 2 days planned in the park we recommend an Upper Loop and Lower Loop. For those with 1 day we recommend a Lower Loop. We recommend starting and finishing in West Yellowstone or Big Sky for the group’s convenience, if possible. The past couple of summers West Yellowstone has been filling and Big Sky is becoming a great option for busses for cheaper lodging and easy dinning options/ evening activities. We can also provide groups who are traveling in one side of the park and out the other.
Also, in 2015 the restaurants have been overwhelmed at times, and we recommend a box lunch. We can help you arrange the best available lunches for your group and schedule in a bus friendly picnic area. Xanterra will not be comping guides and drivers starting in 2016, please make sure your employees know about this extra expense.
Please request our questionnaire, we do ask a lot of questions, but we have found that we have been able to help several outside tour companies re-route their trip to avoid backtracking, roads that are not advisable for buses or are closed in the shoulder seasons. We have been in the Yellowstone area for over 40 years, and we can help you plan your trip some. This also allows us to make the most of your time and to give you some things to visit on the way out.
Locations that are closed to large buses:
- Firehole Canyon Drive
- Firehole Lake Drive
- Fairy Falls trailhead including the road, Black Sand Basin
- Lake Butte Drive
- Inspiration Point
- Chittenden Road
- Roosevelt Lodge (not recommended)
- Blacktail Plateau Drive
- Gardiner Stagecoach Road
- Upper Terrace Drive
- Artist’s Paint Pots
- Virginia Cascades
Vehicles over 40 feet are not advised on the Beartooth Highway, if you would like to be one of the few large bus groups to offer the Beartooth, we can offer a Suburban/ Van trips to the other side, and meet your bus in Red Lodge, MT.
Locations large busses ARE allowed:
- Mammoth Hot Springs
- Norris Geyser Basin
- Gibbon Falls
- Fountain Flat Drive
- Midway Geyser Basin
- Biscuit Basin
- Old Faithful Geyser
- Keppler Cascades (recommend eastbound only)
- Lewis River Falls (recommend southbound only)
- West Thumb Geyser Basin
- The Lake Hotel, Mud Volcano
- Sulphur Caldron
- Artist’s Point
- Uncle Tom’s viewpoint
- Lookout Point
- Grand View Point
- Canyon Village & Tower Falls
Note – *locations that may be too busy at times for large buses.
Rates: Rates are $550 per day for trips starting and ending in West Yellowstone or Big Sky. For a pick up or drop off at any other location than West Yellowstone or Big Sky will be charged a additional fee. Rates do not include the park entrance fees, meals or guide’s gratuities. Trips starting or ending at location other than Big Sky or West Yellowstone will require us to provide a shuttle for the guide. Please keep in mind Yellowstone’s size, and limited road system. It can be an up to 4 hour drive (one way) for us to shuttle a guide to you.