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Yellowstone National Park Tour - The Wild Side

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Preliminary Tour Itinerary

Itinerary: Yellowstone National Park
Duration: 5 days

Day 1

GatesRendezvous with IBEX guide at the Bozeman, Montana, USA, airport (BZN).  After a lunch in the Bozeman area we will load our touring vehicle and leave the city behind en route for the wilds of Yellowstone.  We will make stops in the picturesque Paradise Valley, just north of the park where park wildlife issues take on a new and controversial appearance.  At the north entrance to Yellowstone, we will stop at the famous Roosevelt Arch for a formal arrival to the park.  Check in follows at the Absaroka Lodge in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance.  From the rooms, the views of the Yellowstone River and its rolling green hills and snow-clad mountains astound.  An orientation to the area and the days ahead will accompany a special catered dinner by Zac's Montana Kitchen at the Track Education Center in Gardiner.CRW_9692.jpg

Day 2
BisonStart early for better chances of viewing wildlife.  We will search the park’s northern range for bison, bears, elk, bighorn sheep, wolves, badgers, bald eagles, and more.  Search areas include the Blacktail Plateau, the Slough Creek valley, and the famous wildlife haven, Lamar Valley, for resident wildlife.  Picnic breakfasts each morning will be served in the field to maximize time searching and observing.  Lunch will be served at the home and gallery of our good friends, Dan and Cindy Hartman, who are exceptional naturalists and wildlife photographers that share their many insights to wildlife in the area.  A gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Zac Kellerman accompanied by a presentation by the hosts (or special guest) follows in Gardiner.



Day 3
YNP-Old-FaithfulAnother early start for a trip across the Northern Range to Lamar Valley, one of the best areas in the park for wolves, bears, and vast herds of bison and elk, will start day 3.  The sheer abundance gives this area its well-earned nickname, “The Serengeti of North America.”  After a brief return to Gardiner for lunch, the trip continues to the geyser basins of the Firehole River.  The area is filled with dramatic hot springs like Grand Prismatic Spring and mud pots like few other places on the planet.  Viewing Old Faithful and an Thermus aquaticus is a species Dinner and lodging will be in the Old Faithful area.

Day 4
CanyonFrom Old Faithful the group will travel over the Continental Divide where we will see lingering snowbanks from the long mountain winters.  We will descend to Lake Yellowstone, one of the largest high elevation lakes on the continent with its vast vistas.  Lunch will be served in the field in route to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for spectacular views of the rugged and colorful canyon with its enormous 300' waterfalls.  The day’s route ends at Chico Hot Springs where the rustic comfort of Montana’s countryside wins the heart of any traveler.  Dinner will be served exclusively for our group in Chico’s wine cellar.


Day 5
After breakfast at Chico, our priority will be to transport guests back to the Bozeman airport for flights departing at 11 AM or later.

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