Welcome to Yellowstone Tour!
This is the most popular tour offered by the Teton Touring Company, probably because we not only visit the favorite areas of Yellowstone, but we also introduce our guests to some of the most beautiful parts of the park that are seldom visited.
We begin your day in Jackson, Wyoming. I pick you up at 8:30 AM. Let’s begin with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot chocolate, then get comfortable in the Teton Touring SUV and begin our day.
We’ll drive through town. Ask me anything, I know Jackson very well.
Let’s head due north, climb out of town and into Jackson Hole. If you have never seen the view, as we crest the rim around the Elk refuge, take a deep breath. It is incredible!
Jackson Hole offers not only unbelievable natural beauty but it is filled with wildlife, all across the valley.
We will travel up Highway 191, the John D. Rockefeller Memorial highway, through the Hole until we reach Moran Junction. You probably have already noticed the breathtaking view of the mountain, across Jackson Lake. This is Mt. Moran, named after the painter Thomas Moran.
Winding our way to Yellowstone, through forests intersected by rivers and streams, we climb the Continental Divide; up and over and into this super volcano, reaching Old Faithful and the Visitor Center.
Of course we’ll spend time walking and enjoying the sights and sounds you have always dreamed of visiting. In this basin are some of the most incredible natural wonders of nature.
Then it’s lunchtime and I pack a great lunch!
All the while, enjoying the beauty of the day, the natural surroundings; maybe some wildlife decides to make their presence known. (It’s up to them!)
Now, this is where Teton Touring Company is different from the other guys…………
We return to our SUV and head up the road to Firehole Lake Drive. Most visitors never take this road —they just aren’t aware of it. It’s lined with astonishing natural formations: the Pink Cone Geyser, Black Warrior Lake, Steady Geyser, and Firehole Lake…… a lot less people on this road!
Our journey continues and we follow Firehole Lake Drive and come to the Fountain Paint Pot trail head. Another short, but incredibly interesting trail to the Paint Pots, a unique geological feature. We’ll walk past the Fountain Geyser, timing it just so we aren’t sprayed too much! Then past the Celestine Pool, on the way back to our SUV.
Next, my favorite destination on the tour, to Fairy Falls. An easy trail and while on the way, we will have a choice view of the Grand Prismatic Spring, probably all by ourselves, because this trail is rarely taken.
We walk through Fairy Meadows —it’s a lovely hike —and then come to Fairy Falls itself! The waterfall is 200 feet high and falls from the rim of an extinct volcano. It has created a beautiful crevasse in the rock as it cascades down into a pristine pool, at the base of the rock. If we approach quietly, we will often see wildlife refreshing themselves in the coolness of the waterfall’s spray. This is such a beautiful and peaceful part of Yellowstone.
It’s a leisurely drive back and of course, we can stop at any time to take in the natural beauty, the wildlife or just to stretch our legs.
The Tetons are on our right and the Hole stretches before us as we cross the Snake River in the middle of Jackson Hole, heading onto the highway making our return trip to Jackson and your hotel.
It has been a full day, one you will never forget.
Oxbow Bend: Ansel Adams