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I have retired and no longer offering tours. I highly recommend Dr. Nathan Varley and his wife Linda who own and operate The Wild Side LLC out of Gardiner, Montana. They offer and lead excellent, first rate tours into Yellowstone to view wolves, bears, hiking etc.... Please contact them for all of your Yellowstone Tour needs.

 

I also highly recommend Dr.Varleys daily naturalist reports from Yellowstone at www.yellowstonereports.com Find out what wolf packs are active and viewable, bear activity and locations, any active carcasses, and other wildlife sighting reports.

The Wild Side Yellowstone Park Naturalist Guided Tours

 

 

 

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Q: Why were you called "the bearman"?

A: HA! Well......it all started back in the early 90's. At the time, I had a lot of requests from local elementary school teachers to come in and speak with students about the bears in Yellowstone.
   A few days after speaking with a group of 8 year olds at Opher School in Big Sky, I was in the grocery store and overheard a young boy in the next isle exclaim, "Mom, that was the bearman!" His mom replied, "No, that's Mr. Sanders", and the little boy responded with "No mom! He's the bearman!"

  The mom thought this was funny and told her friends and with Big Sky being such a small community it wasn't long before everyone was calling me the "bearman" and it stuck.

 

 

Q: What is the best airport to fly into?

A: Most guests and visitors fly into (BZN) Bozeman, Montana but a few fly into Salt Lake City, Utah or Jackson, Wyoming. and then drive north.
   During winter months, Bozeman, Mt is the closest airport (access to the northern and western range of the park).

 

 

 

Booking a Tour:

I have retired and no longer offering tours. I highly recommend Dr. Nathan Varley and his wife Linda who own and operate The Wild Side LLC out of Gardiner, Montana. They offer and lead excellent, first rate tours into Yellowstone to view wolves, bears, hiking etc.... Please contact them for all of your Yellowstone Tour needs.

 

http://www.wolftracker.com/TheWildSide/TheWildSide.htm

 

 

 

Q: Do we have to rent a car once we arrive or is there public transportation to Yellowstone?

A: You would be better off having your own car while you are here visiting. The only other transportation available is a private taxi company which will pick you up at the airport and drive you to any location you want to go but it's very expensive, and, after they drop you off you'll be stranded with no way to get around.

 

Q: During winter can we take a bus or vehicle into the main part of the park and see geysers or other areas?

A: The park is closed to wheeled vehicles from November till mid-April, but you can climb on a snowcoach tour or rent a snowmobile to see the major attractions. As of the 2002-03 winter season you are required to hire a snowmobile guide if you choose to ride snowmobiles. Snowcoach tours are led by the guide/driver.

 

Q: Will we need to rent a 4X4 during the winter months?

A: No, a standard car will do just fine. The highway dept. does a good job keeping the roads clear. The snow plows outside of the park operate 24 hours a day during winter months. An all wheel drive vehicle is safer, and the best choice.

 

Q: What trails can we ride our bikes on?

A: There are only a few available. You would need to stop in at the nearest Visitor Center once you arrive for maps, and regulations. There are so few available that I'm not sure it would be worth the effort to transport the bikes and the few that are legal to ride on are only a mile or two in length. Bikes can be rented at Old Faithful.
    You can ride on any road surface in the park, but I'm not sure I would recommend doing it. Several large bike tours lead groups along the parks twisting and winding roads during the summer season and I have seen many near misses between bicyclist and RV or car.

 

Q: Can we go anywhere we want in the park?

A: Yes, you can park your car and just take off cross country if that is what you would like to do. There are some exceptions to that rule. In geyser basins you must stay on the board walks. In the past, visitors have wandered off of boardwalks and been burned by the hot thermal waters. If you are hiking on a trail and find yourself in a geyser basin or thermal area, be very cautious. Stay on the trail. Remember, your safety cannot be guaranteed. Most burn victims were injured off trail. The other exception to the "open" rule would be a seasonal closed trail or area, which sometimes happens due to some danger like grizzly bears feeding on a carcass, rock slides, hot unstable ground, etc..

  Closed areas are generally well marked, so the chance of accidentally wandering into a closed area is low but it's always a good idea to check with a backcountry office. Each visitor center will have a backcountry office within the same building........or at very least check out the nearest trailhead and read over the information board located at each trailhead and look for any danger or warning posters or notices.   If you decide to park and take off cross country always leave some identification where it can be easily found. I generally leave a note up on the dash where a ranger could read it, explaining where I was headed and the time and date. You never know when some accident might happen and leaving a note on the dash might just save your life.

 

Q: Are there TV's and telephones in the hotel rooms within the park?
A: In the new Old Faithful Snow Lodge I was told that there are phones in each room. In all other hotels within the park there are no phones in the rooms (as far as I know), however there are pay telephones available in the hallways. There are only a few rooms with Televisions. I know that there are a couple of rooms at Mammoth Hotel with TV's, but as far as I know that is the only hotel with that service.

 

Q: Is there train service to Yellowstone?
A: Yes, and no. The nearest AMTRAC station is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. There is also a station near the west entrance to Glacier National Park, 6-8 hours north of Yellowstone. Idaho Falls is about 2 hours south of West Yellowstone, Montana.

 

Q: Can we camp anywhere we want inside the park?

A: No. You will have to camp in a designated campground. In the backcountry you will have to camp and use established campsites. You will need to sign up for a back country campsite in advance, and sign some paperwork. Read over the info. I have on my camping safe with bears page for more detailed information on back country camping fee's and regulations.

 

Q: What is the busiest month in the park?
A: Historically August has been the most crowded month. However, the last week of June has been the busiest period the past few years. Fourth of July week and Mothers Day can be a bit busy too.

 

Q: Where can we feed bears?

A: Not in Yellowstone! It is illegal to feed any wildlife in Yellowstone park...... including birds.

 

Q: Can we howl at the wolves?
A: No. Howling, hooting, or other attempts to get wolves or other wildlife to respond is illegal and you could receive a citation if caught. Do not howl at the wolves. These activities can disrupt the natural flow of wildlife habits as well as annoying to other visitors. Please respect the wolves and other nearby visitors.

 

Q: What is "bug dope" and where do we buy it?

A: Bug dope is just slang for bug spray for your arms, legs, etc.......You can buy bug spray at any outdoor store including Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc............Just look in Sporting Goods, there are generally several to choose from. The brands with a higher percentage of Deet work best, but are also more harmful. Choose carefully and use sparingly.

 

 

Visitors Since January 1, 2000

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