Bus Tour to Yellowstone National Park

Did you know Grand Teton National Park is included in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem? Yellowstone National Park is only 40 miles away from Jackson Lake Lodge, and is connected to Grand Teton National Park. The Bus Tour to Yellowstone National Park is the perfect way to see and explore the northern part of Grand Teton National Park and the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park. The tour begins at Jackson Lake Lodge and leaves at 8:30am. (You do not have to worry about lunch, because a boxed lunch is packed and already waiting on the bus.) The tour bus is cozy with large windows so one can easily spot wildlife and see the awesome sights of this unique and awesome terrain. Warren, the tour guide and driver greets all of his guests, and the journey takes off. Be prepared to soak up some great knowledge, because while on the road Warren goes into detail about the landscape, wildlife, and interesting facts about both parks.

The Grand Teton Lodge Company Tour Bus departs for Yellowstone National Park Entrance

The first stop along the way is the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This location offers views of the Snake River, as well as a possible Grizzly Bear sighting. Warren mentioned he had seen the bear twice here before, and you never know when the bear may be back. No bear at this stop, but it did have the iconic Yellowstone sign which is ideal for pictures! After, the entrance and photo shoot it was on to the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Geyser at West Thumb Geyser Basin

Geyser in Yellowstone Lake

West Thumb Geyser Basin is only thirty minutes from the entrance of the Park and offers terrific views of Yellowstone Lake, and a variety of bubbling steaming geysers. These unique water features occur when there is a hot spot of lava near the surface of the earths crust, and Yellowstone National Park is full of these pockets of geysers. The first geyser is a deep sapphire-green color which is caused from bacteria found only in water with constant hot temperatures. Makes for some awesome photo’s! The second geyser pictured formed a cone along the shores of Yellowstone Lake, it was neat to see it bubble under the water. (boardwalks encompass the entire basin to ensure one is safe when walking around.)

Old Faithful Geyser

Grand Prismatic Springs

The second scenic location the tour travels to is known world-wide as Old Faithful. This geyser basin is famous because of the Old Faithful geyser and its predictable time of eruption every 90 minutes. What people do not know is that there are more awesome geysers there to see and discover if one just takes ten minutes to hike the surrounding area. Old Faithful was a great stop to experience an awesome geyser, and eat a delicious lunch! After Old Faithful, another famous stop was next on the list known as Grand Prismatic Springs. This hot spring has been featured on the cover of several magazines due to its amazing colors when seen from above. It was awesome to witness the brilliant colors in this spring, although hard to capture on film from eye level because the geyser was so large!

Lower Falls

Artist Point

It is hard to believe but there is still more scenic views to this tour! The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as pictured above was by far one of the most favorite and picturesque locations of the tour. Yellowstone River flows through this canyon, and tour stopped at the lower falls, and upper falls of this river. It was an excellent way to see the falls up close and from a distance. A fun-fact learned from Warren was that this canyon is the reason Yellowstone National Park received its name, look at the yellow rock along the walls.

Bison in Hayden Valley

Warren in Front of Yellowstone Lake

What about the wildlife? The drive through the beautiful Hayden Valley on the way back to the Tetons held many herds of Bison scattered across green fields. Elk were also seen along the roadside, and as the bus returned to Grand Teton National Park a young adult Grizzly Bear was seen only ten feet from the road! It was so close to the highway it would have been dangerous to leave the bus. It is amazing to think how many  wonders of the world can be experienced in just one day! This tour was a day trip filled with geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife in a remote yet astonishing place known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Looking for inspiration, its only a day tour away!

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    • Hello Bruce,

      Please read the information below regarding our Bus Tours and feel free to contact our Activity desk at 307-543-2811 for more information and to book your tour. Have a great day!

      Back to Narrated Bus Tours

      Grand Teton National Park Tour
      Half-Day Tour:

      The Grand Tetons are one of the most photographed mountain ranges, and we take you to all the best spots. This is a half-day bus tour with stops at the Jenny Lake Overlook, Chapel of Transfiguration, and Oxbow Bend. Grand Teton tours depart at 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

      Adult $38 Child $18 (3-11)
      Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 am

      Yellowstone National Park Tour

      Full-Day Tour:

      Sit back and relax while you see the wonders of West Yellowstone National Park, including the famous Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic. This full-day bus tour includes a box lunch and covers the major highlights of our country’s first National Park. Yellowstone Park tours depart at 8:30am on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

      Adult $68 Child $41 (3-11)
      Departs Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 am

    • Thank you for your interest in our Bus tours!
      Our 2011 bus tour information:

      Grand Teton National Park Tour

      Half-Day Tour:

      The Grand Tetons are one of the most photographed mountain ranges, and we take you to all the best spots. This is a half-day bus tour with stops at the Jenny Lake Overlook, Chapel of Transfiguration, and Oxbow Bend. Grand Teton tours depart at 8:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

      Adult $45 Child $20 (3-11)
      Departs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 am

      Yellowstone National Park Tour

      Full-Day Tour:

      Sit back and relax while you see the wonders of West Yellowstone National Park, including the famous Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic. This full-day bus tour includes a box lunch and covers the major highlights of our country’s first National Park. Yellowstone Park tours depart at 8:30am on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

      Adult $75 Child $43 (3-11)
      Departs Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 am

      Dates and Times are subject to vary.
      Contact our Activity desk at 307-543-2811 for more informaiton.

      http://www.gtlc.com


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