Why is Yellowstone referred to as a geological ‘smoking gun’? Well, some 640,000 years ago an area at the heart of today’s park exploded, devastating the surrounding landscape. Ash flows covered thousands of square miles and at the center of the eruption was a smoldering caldera 45 by 30 miles large. This evidence of the Earth’s awesome power still “smokes” today in many forms within the greater Yellowstone area. More than one-half of the world’s thermal features, including boiling hot springs, fumaroles, mud spots and, of course, geysers are found here. And so is a staggering array of wildlife and birdlife. It’s no wonder that Yellowstone and Grand Teton are often called the ‘America’s Serengeti’, thanks to the many magnificent species found in the parks: bison, elk, moose, wolf, bighorn sheep, grizzly and black bear, coyotes, eagles, ospreys and more. A Greater Yellowstone vacation is like the field trip you wish you’d had the chance to take in school.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your camera and binoculars. The landscape and wildlife are so magnificent, that you’ll want to be able to zoom in on the mountain peaks, canyon floors, roaming wildlife, soaring birdlife, roaring geysers and more. Besides walking, hiking and wildlife viewing, we can get you fly fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting (or scenic floating), hot air ballooning, and mountain biking. And with accommodations ranging from inside-the-park lodges to deluxe boutique hotels and 5-star Rockies-inspired luxury, we’ve got what you need for a fabulous Greater Yellowstone vacation. For couples, for families and for multi-generational gatherings, this corner of the planet is pure magic.