A Great Grey Owl rests on a branch in the middle of this picture. Can you see him?

Hiding in Plain Sight

When I walk the trails in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I often come across wildlife. Squirrels running up and down the trees storing pinecones for the winter, a chipmunk sounding the alarm to his forest friends as I walk by, hawks and ravens call and soar above me, and sometimes I even come across larger animals – black…

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Landscape Ecology and Unearthing the Past

Although this TED talk is about the development and underlying ecology of Manhattan, it made me think of Yellowstone and Grand Teton and how lucky we are that some of our most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Eric Sanderson, a landscape ecologist, used a “relationship web” and marvelously accurate illustrations to depict what once…

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Lone Star and Rainbow

Yellowstone’s Geyser Display

Much like a firework display with its explosions of colorful sparks, geysers capture our attention with their spectacular showers of water and steam. Old Faithful, Grand, Grotto, Lone Star and many others are featured in our YouTube Yellowstone Geyser Show playlist.  Be mesmerized by the Yellowstone geysers in their glory!

The northeast corner of Yellowstone leads right up to the Beartooth Mountains, where you can ride off into the sunset!

Nature’s Palette

There are rainbows everywhere you look here! Whether it’s a rainbow after a summer shower in Jackson Hole, a magical sunset in Grand Teton National Park, or the beautiful colors in a hot spring pool in Yellowstone, color seems to be a continuous theme on our tours. Which colors do you love to see in nature?

The Teton Range contains Wilderness which is unusually accessible, such as the Teton Crest Trail and many alpine hikes which can be reached in a day's hike.

The Value of a View

We don’t often remember federal documents for the beauty of their words. However, the Wilderness Act of 1964 stands out with its poetic and lyrical vision of what an expanse of protected land can be: “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”     Both Grand…

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Lower Falls Credit: William Henry Jackson; Bradley Boner

Photos of Yellowstone: Then and Now

In 1871, photographer William Henry Jackson travelled with the Hayden Geological Survey to what would soon become Yellowstone. He captured many iconic images of this wild and beautiful place. Recently, photographer Bradley Boner set out to recreate these historic photos and create a photo time capsule. “While Boner encountered obstacles — washed away locations and crumbled rocks — he was more…

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This mama bison looks both ways before crossing with her new calf.

Protecting Our Wildlife

One of the most thrilling things about visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks is that often the wildlife can be seen right from our tour vehicles. Herds of bison meander across the road as we drive through Hayden Valley. Pronghorn antelope graze in the meadows of Elk Ranch Flats. Moose browse the bushes along the Moose-Wilson Road. Even after…

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Bison graze in front of Mount Moran at sunset

Mountains & Men Part 1: Mount Moran

Although slightly less famous than it’s taller brother, the Grand Teton, Mount Moran is often cited as people’s favorite mountain of the Teton Range.       The large, solitary mass of granite is recognizable by two features. The mountain is bisected by a vertical, black seam of basalt rock, called a basaltic dike – volcanic magma that seeped through a…

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Simulated Volcanic Eruption

Super Mega Volcano!

The cataclysmic scenarios of the Yellowstone Super Volcano erupting have reached mythic proportions. It will consume the whole world! Humans will go extinct! It will burn up the western hemisphere! Lava will cover San Fransisco AND New York!  In reality, the likelihood of an eruption in our lifetime is low, and although the destruction would be devastating for much of…

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The three amigos focus in on a school of fish

Fishing Buddies – The American White Pelican

Whenever I turn the tour van alongside the Snake River and the guests get their first glimpse of that iconic waterway, I am always waiting to hear someone exclaim, “Is that a swan? Wait, no. What is that?” Nope, it’s not swan (although we see those, too), it’s actually an American White Pelican. Visitors to this area are often surprised…

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