Frequently Asked Questions
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How do we book a tour with you?
What is the cost of a tour with Yellowstone Insight? Any discounts for booking multiple days?
Are Yellowstone Insight tours suitable for children?
What is provided? What should we bring?
Here are some articles you should bring: camera, sunscreen, hat, rain/windproof jacket, gloves, sunglasses and maybe a daypack. Even in summer months, the morning hours can be quite chilly!
What type of footwear is appropriate?
Footwear is typically based on your specific activity. Footwear should be sturdy and already broken-in. All footwear should have a decent slip-resistant tread.
- In summer, light hiking shoes are good for day hikes and general touring. We do not recommend open-toed sandals or flip-flops for our tours. For the Day Hiking Tours, we ask that you have waterproof hiking boots.
- For winter tours, snow boots (“Sorel-style” with rubber bottom and leather upper) are best. Ensure that your winter boots are waterproof and insulated.
How cold does it get and what type of clothing do we need?
Guide Note: Be prepared and a raincoat is always a good thing to have!
What sort of fitness level do I need to be in to go on one of your tours?
Guide Note: Just ask us! We can remain road-based, complete a short hike or hike all day if that is your desire.
What are the restroom situations while on tour time?
What animals do you expect that we will see on an average day in Yellowstone?
Guide Note: If you wish for it, it just might happen!
What if we don't see wildlife during our tour?
What if the weather is bad on our tour with you?
We will not cancel a tour unless it is for safety reasons. As an example, a severe blizzard would make driving unsafe and may necessitate our tour to cancel. This has never happened on our tours. If we were to cancel for this reason, you would receive a full refund of all payments.
Is Yellowstone really crowded?
During peak summer months (June, July and August), Yellowstone can be crowded in the vicinity of major site attractions such as Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. In addition, traffic jams can occur due to the presence of wildlife near roadsides. In Yellowstone Lingo this is referred to as an “animal jam,” e.g., Bear Jam, Wolf Jam, Bison Jam, Badger Jam. For this reason, we start our summer tours early to “beat the crowds”. We spend our tour time away from the masses, and away from the park’s major developed areas.
Few people venture beyond the developed areas. A short hike with an experienced guide can quickly immerse you in a true “wilderness” experience.
Guide Note: Yellowstone Insight offers YEAR ROUND tour opportunities.
We want to be away from people. What can you provide?
However, if you are visiting Yellowstone with a limited amount of time, keep in mind that some of the most notable features, such as Old Faithful Geyser and the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon, are accessible to roads, parking areas, and boardwalk trails to facilitate public access. These areas are, for sure, the most “crowded” locations. While these areas are easy to access and find, visiting them with us can help you understand the natural and cultural history behind them.
What is the best season to visit Yellowstone?
- Spring is the time of newborn creatures and bears emerging from their long winter sleep. Visitors can enjoy the overall wildlife diversity without the crowds of summer.
- Summer is lush and allows us full opportunity for accessing locations throughout the park.
- Autumn is the season of color for aspens and cottonwood trees and the time of breeding for the elk. Bears are considering dens and the cool temperatures make for great hiking!
- Winter is best for sighting the big mammals in large concentrations. Though bears are hibernating, Yellowstone’s wolves are most active and easily seen on a snow-covered landscape.
Can I smoke during a Yellowstone Insight tour?
Can I bring a firearm on a Yellowstone Insight tour?
Your guide will carry bear spray during any hiking we might do.