Winter Private Tours
6-14 participants: $880
15-28 participants: $1,760
Offered November - March
Gardiner, Montana, Lamar Buffalo Ranch, Mammoth Hot Springs
Adult, Families, Groups, School, Youth
Conservation, Cultural History, Geology, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife
Perfect for all ages and ability levels, Private Tours provide a truly customized experience. Registering is easy: simply choose from the options below, and your Yellowstone Forever Institute instructor will provide an adventure designed around your needs and interests. If you’re bringing children along on your tour, we’ll connect them to the stories behind the fascinating sights and sounds of Yellowstone and help them earn their Yellowstone National Park Junior Ranger patch. Meals and lodging are not included. Consider staying with us at our Yellowstone Overlook Field Campus and save 25% on your tuition (October 31, 2019, through March 31, 2020).
Step 1: What are your primary interests? (You can choose multiple options)
- General Wildlife
- Natural History & Ecology
- Snow tracking
Step 2. How active do you want your experience to be?
Want to hop on skis or snowshoes and explore Yellowstone’s backcountry? Or do you prefer leisurely roadside stops? Choose one of the activity levels listed at the top of this page (click on "Activity Level"). We’ll make sure everything matches your desired activity level.
Daily rates include instructor guide services, transportation for the day, high-power spotting scopes, binoculars, bear spray, and teaching aids. Hot beverages are provided if you choose an early morning start time. Book multiple days for a more in-depth experience. Park admission, meals, and lodging are not included.
Tour length is approximately 8 hours per day. Early start times are strongly recommended to have the best chance of seeing wildlife.
Rates effective through March 31, 2020, and do not include taxes.
SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE
- Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
- Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
- Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
- Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
- Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.
WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE
- Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
- Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
- Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
- Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
- Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.