Upper Loop: Wildlife Safari

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West Yellowstone, United States
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$399.99 per person

groups of 2 and up

Have you always wanted to go on a wildlife safari? If so, this is the tour for you! The Lamar Valley is known as the “American Serengeti.” Make the most of your time in the area by having a guide take you to one of the most famous spots to see wildlife in the country. Your local tour guide knows where to find wildlife and can help you see animals like wolves and bears from a safe distance away using a spotting scope and binoculars. You will also visit several waterfalls throughout the day and see the travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. 


Not only do you get a guide to drive you around the Upper Loop —a lot to cover on your own— kick back and enjoy taking in magnificent landscapes, see wildlife in a protected ecosystem, explore geothermal areas, learn about the history of the region, and enjoy being surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

We will drive about 160 miles and walk 1-2 miles throughout the day on this tour. Your guide will make frequent roadside stops throughout the day to look for wildlife. We take care of the trip planning, driving, and guiding so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy.

We are an authorized permittee of the National Park Service. Sky’s the Limit Tours is permitted to offer tours of Yellowstone’s Upper and Lower Loops. We strongly encourage booking two days with us so you can see as much as possible! 

Naturalist interpretive guide drives and leads tours in a clean and semi-private vehicle (no more than 2 small groups per tour). Your tour will be private if you book more than 4 people. No need to take selfies or ask other groups to take your photo, the guide is there to get shots of you in the best spots!

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What to Expect

Upper Loop

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

This giant canyon is 800-1,200 feet deep and 1,500 to 4,000 feet wide. This is where Yellowstone got its name and is famous be Thomas Moran's painting that helped to get Yellowstone set aside as the nations first National Park.

Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley "the Serengeti of North America" is located in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park and is well known for its incredible landscape, flora, fauna, and abundance of wildlife. Our safari makes several stops here in search of wildlife. Your guide will educate you on its historical or geological significance.

Slough Creek

Slough Creek is a tributary of the Lamar River and originates in the Absaroka Range. The watershed supports a variety of flora and fauna. Our wildlife safari makes multiple stops in the Slough Creek area to track and spot wildlife. Your guide will educate you on its historical or geological significance.

Tower Falls

Located in the northeastern part of the Upper Loop near Tower Junction, this fall features a 132 foot drop. The unusual rock columns north of the fall (columnar basalt) were created by lava cracking as it cooled.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs is a collection of thermal features at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, MT. It is known for the travertine terraces that form from mineral deposits. The algae living in the pools creates the distinct brownish and reddish colors.

Additional Info

Cancellation Policy

Book with confidence, knowing that any tour cancelled more than 24hrs before the start of the tour will receive a 100% refund! 

If cancelled less than 24hours before the scheduled start of the tour, no refund will be issued.

We strongly recommend trip insurance in order to protect you from unforeseen travel interruptions that prevent you from joining us.