Frequently Asked Questions

What services are offered? Day trips in northern Yellowstone for wildlife watching, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing; multi-day backpacking trips and custom multi-day trips based on your preferences.

What can I generally expect my day to be like? Please see the Trip Details page of our website.

What do the services cost? All trips are base priced for up to 2 people. Each additional person is a little extra as indicated.

  • Wildlife Watching is $575 for 1-2 people and $60 per extra person. All trips include morning snacks, hot drinks and brunch or lunch; use of Swarovski scopes and binoculars.
  • Full Day Hikes are $400 for 1-2 people and $30 per extra person. Full day hikes include lunch and use of binoculars.
  • Half Day Hikes are $300 for 1-2 people and $20 per extra person). Half day hikes include hiking snacks and use of binoculars.
  • ALL trips that originate somewhere other than Gardiner MT or Mammoth, WY have an ADDITIONAL guide travel fee as follows: $50 for Tower, Lamar or Norris and $100 for Canyon or Madison (hiking only, no wildlife watching from here). We cannot meet clients at Old Faithful, West Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge, Emigrant, Livingston or Bozeman, however, you are welcome to meet us at a central location as listed above.

How long are the trips? Wildlife watching and full day hikes are approximately 8 hours from pick up to drop off but can be shorter or longer depending on client preference and energy, how easily and quickly we reach our wildlife or hiking goals, traffic etc. Half day hikes are approx. 5 hours.

Are these trips suitable for children? Yes children of all ages are welcome. The child will need adult supervision and/or be able to follow verbal instructions and be competent to manage their personal safety or have compensating parental attention. The guide cannot be responsible for supervising children while performing all of their other duties, but parents and the guide can work as a team to ensure the day is safe and enjoyable for everyone. We expect that younger children will need flexibility in the day’s activities. As the trips are private, we can be very adaptable. If there is anything that you think requires preparation before the trip, please include it in the booking form (allergies, sensitivities, activity levels,pertinent medical conditions, phobias etc.). On the trip, feel free to discuss your group’s needs as the day goes.

What is provided? In addition to guiding expertise, we will bring a delicious variety of food (breakfast and late morning snacks for wildlife watching or lunch for hikes); hot and cold beverages, high quality spotting scopes; binoculars and a few field guides. You will be asked to sign a National Park standard Acknowledgement of Risk form on the day of your trip.

What does the client need to bring? Please remember to bring: your own water bottle (to reduce waste); warm layers for cool morning temperatures, including a rain/wind proof jacket and closed footwear with slip-resistant soles; hat and sunscreen; insect repellent; your camera, and whatever other viewing or recording devices you like to use in addition to those provided (high quality spotting scopes (Swarovski) and binoculars). For liability reasons, firearms are not allowed on our tours. Hydration is key to enjoying Yellowstone! It is high and dry all year long. Expect to drink at least 3 LITERS OF WATER per day!  We know it seems like a lot, but using our gross pit toilets is much better than headaches, bloody noses, fatigue and dizziness that most people experience in our high dry altitude. If you are going on a hike, please plan to carry your own water. Your guide can carry the group’s food but cannot carry everyone’s water. Since it is high elevation here, you will also get exposed to more UV. Wear sunscreen.

What is the maximum group size? The maximum group size for a hike is 15 and 6 for a wildlife watching trip, but we can be somewhat flexible especially if you provide your own transportation or you can hire us as multiple guides for larger groups. 

What is the cancellation policy? If you cancel more than 30 days before your trip date, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. If it is 5 to 29 days before your trip date, then you will receive a 50% refund. Refunds are usually not provided within 5 days of your booking, but please contact us if exceptional circumstances are keeping you from your tour. We will worry if you just don’t show up! We may be able to make alternative arrangements. A full refund will apply, less the $50 processing fee, if we are able to re-book your date. 

Can clients join with other groups? While we have no opposition to this, we have never been successful in finding two or more separate groups who are departing from the same area and want to do the same level of activity on the same day. If you can find people who would like to join your trip, you are most welcome to invite them along and sort out the price split among yourselves. Make sure that you tell the guide at least two days in advance if additional people will be coming on the trip so that adequate food and supplies are provided on the day. Please bring the extra person fee in cash on the day of the trip.

What is a good place to stay or eat in Gardiner? What other activities can I do in that area? Here is my suggestions page for eating staying and playing in Gardiner: The chamber of commerce page is also a stellar resource.

What about camping near Gardiner? There are a few RV campsites with hookups in town. They are a great option for those with RVs or those looking to be real close to town. For those looking for a more traditional (and cheap) camping option, this is a good link