Frequently Asked Questions / Contact Information
Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures
Email is the best form of communication for me. It is easlier to answer most questions, which have been asked many times by previous visitors, by copying and pasting the info. in an email. It also prevents any possible confusion since you will have a typed copy of your booking information in hand---booking, deposits, cancellation, phone numbers, meeting times and location, etc....
If you feel more comfortable with a phone call though and want to leave me a phone message, please call me at : (406) 763-5117. I will return your call as soon as possible but it may take a few days, or week. I try and respond to all emails daily. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To better serve you, please include the following information:
#1: Tours you are interested in.
#2: Number of guests and ages.
#3: Dates of your visit to Yellowstone, along with your preferred tour date and any possible second choices.
#4: Lodging Locations and dates.
#5: Any other information that you think I might need to help you plan out a memorable visit to Yellowstone !
Q: Do you provide
transportation on your tours?
Q: Where do you meet clients on your tours?
Winter Wolf and Wildlife Viewing Tours @: Mammoth or Gardiner--The North Entrance.
Spring Bear and Wolf Viewing Tours @: Mammoth, Gardiner or Canyon depending on the actual date.
Summer Backcountry Bear Viewing Tours@: We meet at Canyon Visitor Center.
Day Hiking Trips: We meet at Old Faithful, or Canyon. The two main hiking areas are near those two locations.
Full Day Park Tours: We meet at Mammoth or West Yellowstone. If you are lodging at Old Faithful or Canyon, you will need to drive and meet me at Norris or Madison Junction depending on the actual location. As of 2013, licensed guides are no longer allowed to pick clients up at any Yellowstone Park hotel.
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Q: What is the best airport to fly into?
guests and visitors fly into (BZN) Bozeman, Montana but a few
fly into Salt Lake City, Utah or Jackson, Wyoming. and then drive
Q: Can you send us a brochure?
A: As of January 2005 I stopped printing brochure's. 100% of my business is obtained from this web site or repeat clients.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: We accept personal checks, cash, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover credit cards.
Booking a Tour:
A 30% deposit is required at time of reservation. To book any of the tours that I offer just drop me an email and once a date is set and the tours you are interested in are confirmed I will send you an email regarding deposits, cancellation, etc........
Q: Do you offer overnight backpacking tours or just day trips?
A: I am licensed with the park service to lead only day tours. Guided overnight back country camping trips are led by licensed local outfitters. Check with the park service for a listing of licensed overnight camping tour guides.
Q: Are the tours you lead large tours or small, one on one family style tours?
A: Just small custom private charter tours. If you hire me for a tour, you and whoever else you bring along will be the only guests I have for that particular tour. You pay a little more for this one-on-one service, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
would just be you and I, my wife, girlfriend, husband, family on
the tour, correct?
Q: I'm just one person. Can I join in on someone else's tour?
Sorry no. I offer only a private, exclusive service, and I am only
one guide offering 4 different tours. Trying to fit different families
on the same tour on the same day is nearly impossible.
Q: Is one day enough for viewing wolves or would you recommend 2 or 3 days?
A: Its a roll of the dice what type of wolf tour you end up with. How close the wolves get to us, whether we see them hunting, howling, etc.......Each day is different. Some folks get lucky and are rewarded with everything their first day out and some folks have to work a bit harder and spend a few days. Its up to the wolves, god, karma, etc........ The guests that hire me for multiple day tours have all been grateful they did.
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: Can you take care of our flights and make the arraignments for us?
A: Sorry, no. I have no connection with airlines or flights. Please contact your local travel agent or do a search online.
Q: Can you tell us where we can see wolves without hiring you?
A: Doubtfully. Wolf packs move too much to predict where they might be on any given day in advance. Which pack I take my paying clients to see and what location we go to varies each day, sometimes 25+ miles apart day to day. I don't even know where we are going until we get there.
Q: How close do we get to the wolves?
A: It's not how close we get to the wolves, but how close the wolves get to us. It is totally up to them and how comfortable they feel. There is no way to predict in advance how close of a view you might get rewarded with on each and every tour.
Q: Can you tell us where you take people to see bears so we can go on our own without hiring you?
A: No. The danger level for you going on your own would be too great and I would be held responsible should you get mauled or killed. Plus, those locations are very sensitive and if I gave this information out the sites would quickly overcrowd, then have an adverse effect on the bears forcing the bears to move from the area.
Q: I am hoping to get full frame, full faced shots of grizzly bears. Can I expect to get this on your bear tour?
A: Doubtfully. If full framed full faced photographs of grizzly bears is your main goal, then I would have to recommend your local zoo unless you can afford a Nikon 800mm lens. A few guests with Canon XL-2 digital video camera's have been able to "reach out there" and capture those shots. Otherwise, the bear tour is more of "an experience, and unique adventure". Your best chance of capturing these shots are the first, second and third week of May--contact me early as these three weeks fill quickly.
Q: Is Old Faithful Inn open all year?
A: No. The Old Faithful Inn is closed from late Sept. until early May. It would be impossible to heat the interior in winter. The new Old Faithful Snow Lodge is open basically year round, closed only when the park is closed.
Q: What trails can we ride our bikes on?
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.
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.
Are there TV's and telephones in the hotel rooms within the park?
there train service to Yellowstone?
doing a book report for school. Can I send you questions?
we camp anywhere we want inside the park?
is the busiest month in the park?
can we feed bears?
only have about an hour or two to see everything in Yellowstone.
Can you take us?
we howl at the wolves?
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.
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Visitors Since January 1, 2000