Lower Loop Tour

Lower Loop Tour

Lower Loop Tour

6am to 6pm Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and park fees

All tours are guided by Dale Robert Franz, owner and operator of Experience Yellowstone Tours. With 2023 being his 33rd year of guiding photography, ecology and geology tours in the park he offers a wealth of knowledge and experience that no other Cody tours offer.

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Yellowstone National Park's most captivating wonders with our signature tour! Get ready to delve deep into the park's mesmerizing geology and experience the awe-inspiring thermal features that make Yellowstone truly unparalleled. Prepare to be spellbound as we take you to the renowned "Upper Geyser Basin," an ethereal realm boasting the planet's highest concentration of geysers, including the legendary Old Faithful.

But that's just the beginning! Picture yourself at the serene Sylvan Lake, basking in the tranquil beauty of Yellowstone Lake, and being captivated by the untamed majesty of Hayden Valley. Feel the Earth's pulse at Mud Volcano and Sulfur Cauldron, where nature's forces are on full display. Stand in awe at the precipice of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, gazing at the breathtaking Upper and Lower Falls, a testament to the Earth's geological artistry.

Prepare for more revelations as we journey to Gibbon Falls, where cascading waters create a symphony of nature's melody. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of Fountain Paint Pots and the iconic Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, a kaleidoscope of colors that defy belief. Feel the serenity emanating from Emerald Pool, a hidden oasis of calm amidst the geothermal wonders.

And of course, the pinnacle of this adventure awaits at Old Faithful, a true marvel of predictability and power. Watch in wonder as this iconic geyser performs its natural spectacle, reminding us of the Earth's awe-inspiring capabilities.

But there's even more to cherish on this journey – the possibility of encountering Yellowstone's incredible wildlife in the picturesque Hayden Valley. As we traverse this captivating landscape, keep your camera ready to capture the magic of bison roaming freely, elk gracefully grazing, and maybe even the elusive wolf making a rare appearance.

Join us for a voyage through time, where geology and nature's artistry converge to create an experience that will forever imprint itself upon your memory. This is not just a tour; it's an invitation to witness the remarkable tapestry of Yellowstone's treasures. Your adventure of a lifetime awaits – reserve your spot now and let the unparalleled beauty of Yellowstone National Park unfold before you!

Locations Visited on the Lower Loop Tour:

Sylvan Pass

After enterring the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park we’ll travel over the stunning beauty of Sylvan Pass at an elevation of 8530'. This is a rocky alpine environment surrounded by rugged ten thousand foot peaks peaks of the Absaroka Mountains

Sylvan Lake 

This beautiful alpine Lake often makes for a dramatic early morning image with rugged Notch Peak reflected in the lakes mirror smooth surface.                                                                                                                                                       

Lake Butte Overlook

We'll take in a fabulous view of Yellowstone Lake from an elevation of 8248′ nearly 700′ above the lake. From here we can see the extent of the Caldera and marvel at the size of the park. We often find dusky grouse and occasionally grizzly bears, mule deer, elk and other wildlife at this inspirational location.

Pelican Creek

A serene valley where Pelican Creek flows into Lake Yellowstone.  This area is known for its wildlife. We’ll often see elk, grizzly bears abundant waterfowl sandhill cranes and of course pelicans.

Fishing Bridge

Here the Yellowstone River exits Yellowstone Lake and free flows 674 miles before emptying into the Missouri River in North Dakota. It's a great place to watch the cutthroat trout in the clear waters of the Yellowstone River from the bridge.  We often see white pelicans, osprey, waterfowl, river otters and other wildlife at this location.

Hayden Valley

We’ll drive through the beautiful Hayden Valley with wildlife stops when necessary.  This is prime viewing area for grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

We stop at a number of viewing areas of both the Upper and Lower Falls. This 24-mile-long canyon is up to 1200' deep. We can also see wildlife in the area including nesting osprey.

Norris Geyser Basin

The hottest geyser basin in the park and is the location of the world’s tallest geyser Steamboat Geyser.

Gibbon Falls

Going south we pass Gibbon Falls a photogenic 84′ waterfall on the Gibbon River

Fountain Paint Pots & Firehole Lake Drive

Erupting geysers, beautiful hot springs, fascinating mud pots are all in abundance here.

Midway Geyser Basin

Home of famous and world's largest hot spring “Grand Prismatic”.  

Old Faithful Area

The Upper Geyser Basin has the world’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features including Old Faithful. We occasionally get to observe other large geysers erupting such as Lion, Beehive and Grand Geysers while we are there. You will have a chance to visit the famous Old Faithful Inn and wonder at its amazing architecture.

Craig Pass

We’ll visit Kepler Cascades, travel over the continental divide at 8262′ Craig Pass and get a view of the remote Shoshone Lake

West Thumb

A unique and picturesque lakeside thermal area, home to the famous fishing cone.

Yellowstone Lake

We’ll travel along the entire western side of Yellowstone Lake searching for wildlife along the way.

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