Situated atop a volcanic hot spot, Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. Located mostly in Wyoming, the park is a popular vacation destination for families because there’s so much to see and do. From exploring natural geysers to taking a guided wildlife tour, there are endless opportunities for epic outdoor adventures. Thanks to the staff at Scenic Safaris, your family vacation is about to get wild. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable Yellowstone family vacation.
Watch Old Faithful Erupt
Yellowstone is home to almost 60% of the world’s geysers. Old Faithful is the most popular to visit because it erupts more frequently than any other natural geyser. Learn more about this natural monument at the Old Faithful Visitor Center or take a full day hiking tour exploring the geyser basins and learning from a knowledgeable guide about the history and geology of the area. Check the National Park Service website for eruption time predictions.
Bison, Coyotes, & Bears, Oh My!
A tour of the Yellowstone Lower Loop is the best way to see wildlife and the vast forests in which they live. Depending on wildlife migration, you might see bison, coyotes, eagles, or bears, especially in Hayden Valley. If you choose to take a guided van tour, your guide will provide binoculars and let you know the best spots to keep your eyes out for wildlife. Don’t worry, the van won’t get too close!
Skip The Hotel For A Night
Feeling adventurous? Sleep outside for a night. Pack or rent your camping equipment and park at one of Yellowstone’s many camping grounds. Drive into Jackson Hole for the day and rent a two-seater ATV or four-seater UTV for some off-roading family fun.
Ride The Bull
It’s not what you think. “Riding the bull” is a term used to describe the experience of sitting on the very front edge down the rapids of a whitewater adventure. While you can’t raft in Yellowstone National Park, you can in neighboring Grand Teton National Park. Take a guided whitewater rafting tour in the Snake River Canyon. With about 8 sets of rapids, ranging from class I and II to class III, there are plenty of opportunities to challenge the kids to “ride the bull.”
There’s no shortage of adventure when you plan a vacation to Yellowstone. If you’re staying in Jackson Hole, let the staff at Scenic Safaris show you the ropes with guided tours and ATV rentals. For more information or to book your tour, call us directly at 888-734-8898.