By Melanie Hoefle /

Doublet Pool in Upper Geyser Basin Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Family Adventure Vacation

 

There is a reason Yellowstone National Park is our most popular adventure. It’s one of the grand marquees of national parks.

Did you know? Yellowstone was the world’s very first national park, originally created to protect its geothermal areas. It wasn’t until development started spreading throughout the West that the park began to protect its animal inhabitants as well. So why is it important now? Yellowstone National Park is the very heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Now, with the greatest concentration of geothermal features on the planet mixed with the wildlife and beautiful landscapes, there’s nowhere else like it!

It’s no surprise that Yellowstone is a rapidly growing attraction (with over 4 million tourists in 2017!). Staples like Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Mammoth Hot Springs are all must-sees. You just might need to throw some elbows to get a good view. Fortunately, we know the best ways to experience old favorites with a new twist!

We take on a unique excursion to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Our Lower Falls hike features much more than a famous parking lot picture. It starts with a walk through tall forests of lodge pole pines to a geothermal lake in the back country. Kids really tend to love this sensational part of the hike. From the smell of sulfur and hisses of the fumaroles, to the white earth beneath your feet, it’s like a walk on the moon. Then make your way along the plunging walls of the Grand Canyon, encountering more pinks, yellows, reds, and oranges around every bend as you walk to the picturesque Artist Point. This grand finale is the most spectacular viewpoint of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.

Storm Point trail is another remarkable trek that we highlight on our Yellowstone Park Adventure. This easygoing 3-mile loop features a variety of beautiful landscapes. You’ll start off by venturing through a heavily wooded area of tall lodgepole pines. Soon, the forest opens up into a lush meadow with gently rolling hills of flowers and green grass. Listen for the curious squeaks and chirps of marmots as you near the shoreline. You can brave the chilly Yellowstone Lake, or just relax on the beach; it’s totally up to you.

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One Austin Advantage of our adventures is no planning and no stress. One of the main objectives of our adventures is for our guests to have fun instead of stressing about trip logistics. Subcontracted activities like zip-ling and white water rafting are already taken care of: you just have to show up, gear up, and you’re ready to go! There’s no pressure in making dinner reservations or booking a hotel room at the peak of a season. You don’t even have to haul around your luggage. It’s all done for you. Another reason is the food alone. From pre-made reservations to unexpected picnics after a long hike, the food is undeniably delicious and is yet another thing you don’t have to worry about!

Our guides are what set us apart from the rest of the tour companies in Yellowstone. They do all the driving. There’s no hassle of parking or trying to navigate your way around! As you enter a packed parking lot, you don’t even have to worry about finding a spot. The guides will drop you off at the trailhead and battle the traffic for you. A few of our hikes in Yellowstone are point-to-point hikes. Rather doubling back, you can hike from point A to point B as one of your guides sneaks around to pick you up at the other end of the trail. There’s nothing better than finding the van waiting for you at the end! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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One of our favorite point-to-point hikes is the Upper Geyser Basin. Not only does it avoid the crowds, but it is also a back way to Old Faithful that you can’t miss! Starting in Biscuit Basin, muse at the geothermal wonders as you look over the edge of backcountry geysers along the trail. Breathe in the sulfuric sharpness of the slumbering volcano under your feet, and listen to the bubbling fountains breaking the surface of Artemisia Geyser. Get lost in the technicolor rings of yellows, and oranges of Morning Glory Pool. Once a vibrant blue, the geyser has faded green due to the amount of trash thrown in by the park’s early visitors, yet it is still as beautiful as ever. Mosey along the petrified tree stumps of Grotto Geyser as you make your way to an unforgettable eruption of Old Faithful.

Our guides know the area. They know the trails, so you won’t get lost, and their knowledge of the land and history will make it a true learning experience for you! Most of them grew up in the area and we proudly consider them to be experts! Our guides go through annual training, and many of them have been with us for years and years. They know what is worth seeing and what is not. They’re dedicated to making your adventure one that you’ll never forget.

Be sure to check out all of our Yellowstone adventures here!

Melanie Hoefle

Written by: Melanie Hoefle

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