Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first National Park, and was established in 1872.

Guided or unguided, Yellowstone National Park is a unique and amazing place, with adventure waiting around every corner. You will be amazed by the handiwork of Mother Nature. The best wildlife viewing can be found in the early mornings and evenings. One can anticipate seeing elk, moose, bear, eagles, big horn sheep, buffalo, coyotes, swans and pronghorn antelope.

The park is suitable for day tripping from the Jackson area, just be prepared for a long day. There is much to see and do. It is suggested that you bring along a cooler loaded with some ice, snacks and beverages. Be sure to have the camera charged and ready to go. Binoculars or some type of spotting scope will assist in wildlife viewing.

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Guided Tours

Having a guide take care of the driving will allow you the time to take in the sights and gain insight into the Yellowstone ecosystem. Guides can provide valuable information about the flora, fauna and geology of the park. Guided tours that provide a picnic lunch, snacks and beverages tend to provide the most flexibility within the tour. At the end of the day when you are tired, you can grab a quick nap on the return trip while your guide takes care of the driving.

*Information regarding winter exploration via Snowmobile or Snowcoach*

Earth Tours, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, Grand Teton Adventure Company

Unguided Exploration

You can obviously experience Yellowstone on your own, thousands of people do it each day. There are excellent maps available and plenty of rangers, locals and park employees that can provide information about the park. Getting a Gaper Guide can be a great asset while exploring the parks. This dash mounted device works off of GPS waypoints to provide a virtual tour guide. Gaper Guide has convenient locations for pick up and drop off throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

creekside market jackson hole wyCreekside Market & Deli is an easy stop, conveniently located at 545 N. Cache St. when heading North out of Jackson towards the parks. I suggest bringing along food and beverages so that a destination does not need to be reached  to obtain them. You never know what sort of wildlife etc. you may come across when traveling in the parks.

General Information

Maps and information regarding the park will be distributed at the entrance station. Summer is a busy time of year in the park, so an early start is always suggested. This will also increase your chances of viewing some wildlife. Be prepared for some crowds, July daily visitation averages around 26,000 people. Yellowstone is quite large, to tour the upper and lower loops of the park and truly have time to see it all, two days would be most ideal.

Yellowstone is closed to automobile traffic from early November to early May.  Touring the park during the Winter can be done via snowmobile, snowcoach or skis and snowshoes. 

Be prepared and check the weather before you go, Mountain Weather.

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Old Faithful Geyser as the eruption wanes.

Admission Fees

A vehicle pass to the park costs $25 for 7 days, which also includes Grand Teton National Park. An annual pass valid for both parks is also available for $50.

Motorcycles are $20 each for 7 days.

Pedestrians and cyclist fees are $12 per individual.

One may also use an Interagency Pass, an annual pass which is good for most federal recreation areas and costs $80.


For more information on exploring Yellowstone National Park or other activities in Jackson Hole, please contact us.

Yellowstone National Park

old faithful winter

Yellowstone Winter Season is a remarkable time to tour the park. There are far fewer visitors in the park making it a magical experience. Embark on a snowcoach adventure.

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Wildlife Tours

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Expert guides will lead you on the adventure of a lifetime. Their local knowledge is key to finding the wildlife and understanding how these animals move throughout and relate to this vast and varied ecosystem. These tours will also touch on Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks….

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Solar Eclipse 2017

ranch cow picture jackson hole

The solar eclipse of August 2017 looks to be quite an event here in Jackson, WY. With people booking rooms two years or more in advance of the event. The eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017 passing directly over the Jackson Hole valley. The phase of total eclipse will begin around 11:30am. The duration of the full eclipse will be for less than two and a half minutes. With the event’s totality lasting from 10:15am to 1pm.

Teton Eclipse …

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Wildflowers are Blooming!!!

wildflowers jackson hole grand teton yellowstone

The wildflowers are starting to pop all over the valley. Southern exposures in particular are showing color. Soon the bloom will be working its way North into Yellowstone. Truly amplifying the overall Park experience. The majority of the bloom is currently in the Southern end of the valley.  For optimal viewing I would suggest hiking or biking in the Munger Mountain,  Cache Creek, Game Creek or Snow King Mountain areas. All of these areas are starting to gain good color …

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Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Webcams

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Views from various webcams located throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Grand Teton from Teton Valley Idaho

Jackson Town Square

Grand Tetons from Lost Creek Ranch

Old Faithful

Grand Tetons from Dornan’s in Moose, WY

Jackson Hole Valley from the Summit of Snow King

Togwotee Lodge on Togwotee Pass

Cody, WY

West Yellowstone, MT

Other Informational Sites with Webcams Located throughout the area to assist in Travel Information.

Wyoming Department of Transportation

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Grand Teton & Yellowstone Open

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Spring is an adventurous time of year to visit the area. Weather can be unpredictable, but wildlife is on the move! The snowpack provides a beautiful contrast between the valley floor and the high peaks of the surrounding mountains. This year is the centennial for the National Parks System, come out, celebrate and enjoy these national treasures. Exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone during the Spring months is a great time to be here. Before the Summer crowds hit, there are …

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Spring in Yellowstone & Grand Teton

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Winter’s grip on the National Parks is easing, roads are opening, for Current Road Conditions in Yellowstone.

If you are looking for a leisurely adventure, I would suggest touring Yellowstone and meandering up to Chico Hot Springs for a little R & R.

Grand Teton National Park has completed plowing and most roadways are currently open. Rent a bike if you are visiting the area and take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the park. People from all over the …

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Stargazing Center For the Arts

stargazing at the center for the arts

Every other clear Friday night this winter, Wyoming Stargazing is hosting free public stargazing events at the Center for the Arts just in downtown Jackson.  We’ll be set up on the large lawn right next to the Center.

During the stargazing events we will be using our giant Dobsonian Telescope with a 20″ primary mirror to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, and more! We will also bring several iPads with the Star Walk application installed on them so you can …

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Zipline Adventures

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Zip Yellowstone operates out of two area. Gardner and Big Sky. Combination packages such as the Zip n’ Dip are quite popular.

The Gallatin River ZipLine is located between Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana, right off highway 191, just over an hour drive North from West Yellowstone. The dramatic scenery includes towering limestone cliffs, pine forest and a rushing river. This is the area where the movie A River Runs Through It was filmed. On these tours, you start by …

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone Open

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The South entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which is the nearest to Jackson Hole, is ready to accept visitors. Spring is an adventurous time of year to visit the area. Weather can be unpredictable, but wildlife is on the move! The melting snowpack provides a beautiful contrast to the local mountains.

Most animals in the area will follow the receding snow  line into the high country surrounding the valley. Elk in particular migrate in large number in and out …

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Yellowstone Winter Use Update

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December 18, 2014 thru March 1, 2015

Officials in Yellowstone National Park have determined new winter use limits for the 2014-2015 season. The new plan continues guided snowmobile and snowcoach tours in the park. Winter Season 2014/2015 will run between December 18, 2014 and March 1, 2015. The park is accessible as it has ever been during the Winter months. Book early as these trips are quite popular especially during peak periods of visitation. An experience not to be …

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Boiling River


If you are looking for an interesting side adventure, maybe try a trip to soak in the Boiling River. Located between Mammoth and Gardiner. There is a short hike of about .6 miles from the parking area to where you venture into the soaking area. The Boiling River merges with the Gardiner River creating a comfortable soaking area near the North East entrance to Yellowstone. In the Spring the Gardiner River flows are high with snowmelt, this is more of …

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Yellowstone Winter Season

Yellowstone National Park is due to open for the 2012/2013 on December 15. The park service has determined that 318 commercially guided “Best Available Technology” snowmobiles and 78 commercially guided snowcoaches will be allowed access to the park on a daily basis. The Winter season will close to over snow travel on March 15, 2013.

Experiencing the park during the Winter months provides a thrilling adventure.

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Yellowstone Summer Season Ends

November 5, 2012

All park roads will close to the public at 8 a.m. The exception is from the North Entrance to Mammoth and onto the Northeast Entrance and Cooke City(this section of road remains open year round). Roads will reopen in mid-December to over snow vehicles, ski and snowshoe travel. Take advantage of the remaining time and get into the park and take advantage of the diminished crowds to observe animals getting prepared for the coming Winter.

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