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The Top 5 Things to See During Yellowstone Private Tours

by Caitlin Lamb

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Dec 30, 2023

Yellowstone National Park is a bucket-list destination for travelers from around the world. From its beautiful mountain landscapes to the incredible geysers to the wide variety of wildlife, there’s a lot to see in the country’s first national park.

On Yellowstone private tours with Utah Luxury Tours, you’ll get to see the best that the park has to offer. With an experienced guide on hand to lead the way and answer any questions, you’ll hit the highlights and beat the crowds for an unforgettable experience.

If you’re thinking about adding Yellowstone small group tours or private tours to your bucket list in 2024, keep reading. We’re sharing the top five things you’ll get to see during your visit.

1. Old Faithful

The first thing that most people think about when booking Yellowstone private tours or Yellowstone small group tours is the chance to see Old Faithful Geyser in person. While Old Faithful is perhaps Yellowstone’s best-known feature, it’s actually one of more than 500 geysers located in the park. It’s also one of six with an eruption that can be regularly predicted by park rangers.

Watching Old Faithful erupt is truly a sight. The eruption can reach anywhere from 100 to 180 feet in the air, with most eruptions averaging between 130 and 140 feet. Old Faithful’s name comes from the fact that it’s eruptions are incredibly predictable, with the time between eruptions increasing by just 30 minutes over the last 30 years. They often last between a minute and a half and five minutes. Eruptions occur around 20 times a day, which means that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see an eruption during your tour.

The geyser is located in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin, in the southwest section of the park. There is a viewing platform that provides a safe spot for visitors to watch the eruption. There’s even a visitor center on the site.

2. West Thumb

On Day Four of our Yellowstone and Grand Teton packages, guests get to visit another of the park’s most popular features; West Thumb. While Old Faithful might be Yellowstone’s most recognizable feature today, West Thumb was the first to be written about in a publication, when a letter about the geyser basin was published in the Philidelphia Gazette in 1827.

West Thumb is a small geyser basin, or group of geysers, located on the shoreline of Yellowstone Lake. While it has less geyser eruptions than other basins in the park, it’s large size, hot springs, mud pots, and pools are still a sight to see. One of the basin’s most unique features is the Fishing Cone. This geyser cone rises out of the lake and is partially submerged. During the 1920s and 30s, the geyser was known to erupt. But rising lake levels have likely cooled the geyser, bringing an end to the eruptions.

3. Grand Prismatic Mineral Pool

The stunning colors of the Grand Prismatic Mineral Pool are another must-see during your visit to Yellowstone. This mineral pool is more than 120 feet deep and filled with bubbling, hot water that travels to the surface from a crack in the Earth. The third largest spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Mineral Pool covers an area larger than a football field.

Besides its size, it’s the vibrant colors of the pool that make it so famous. Bands of yellow, orange, and green circle the pool, meeting the deep blue water in the middle of the spring. The colors are caused by heat-loving bacteria.

4. Upper and Lower Falls

The Yellowstone River carves a path through the park and creates the park’s three famous waterfalls. The Lower Falls is the largest in the park, towering more than 300 feet—twice the height of Niagra Falls! Depending on the time of year and rainfall and runoff, the falls can see up to 63,500 gallons of water per second flowing over the edge.

While Upper Falls is a lot smaller than Lower Falls, it’s just as breathtaking. A platform allows visitors to get a closer look at this 109-foot waterfall.

5. Hayden Valley

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a bison grazing in a field of yellow grass with blue mountains in the distance, you may well have seen a picture of Hayden Valley. This valley is located close to the center of the park and is the best in the whole park for viewing wildlife.

As you ride through the valley, you may spot herds of bison, elk, or even the occasional grizzly bear. A drive through Hayden Valley is often on the itinerary for the sixth day of our Yellowstone and Grand Teton tours.

Booking Yellowstone Private Tours

If you’re dreaming of visiting Yellowstone and seeing these sights for yourself, make 2024 the year that you book Yellowstone private tours or scheduled departure tours from Utah Luxury Tours. Check out our custom private tour today to learn more.

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