My husband and I were deciding how to tackle visiting Yellowstone when we came across Grizzly Adventures. We were happy with the tripadvisor reviews so we booked our 12 hour trip. The reviews were spot on! Our guide, Kris, arrived on time to our hotel. He was friendly and accommodated my husbands request to ride "shot-gun" instead of in the second row. To our delight, we were going to be the only passengers. Their minimum amt. of riders is 2 and maximum would be about 7 (at least in the SUV we were in). The SUV was big, clean and pretty comfy.
As we left town, we stopped by the local deli to pick up our picnic lunch. As we got close to the park, he started filling us in on some basic plans and our options for the day. Apparently there is a number to call to see "about" when Old Faithful would erupt. The time was close so we hurried to get there. We arrived with about 8 minutes to spare, got a front seat, and enjoyed the show. He dropped us off close and then he parked.
All throughout the trip he filled us in on info about the park, the animals, etc. His driving was safe. He knew exactly where to go and the best route. When you only have 12 hours to visit, this is definitely the route to go!
He worked really hard to make sure we saw the creatures we wanted. The one animal we missed was the grizzly. He tried so hard and visited so many spots, but it wasn't our day. He was really disappointed he couldn't deliver for us. We know that no animal sightings are guaranteed, but we appreciated his extra effort to find one.
Our picnic lunch was by a little creek on a picnic table. He had a table cloth, deli meat, fruit, and drinks all ready for us. He was great about providing RR stops along the way too!
He also brought along a high-powered telescope to observe wildlife more closely. (they had regular binoculars for each of us too!) This really worked out when we saw a moose and when he showed us two Osprey nests. Very cool! We even think we saw the heads of some wolves that were "bedded down". The best encounter was a small group of Bison that decided to surround the SUV on their way across the bridge. He even helped me get some video of it!
All in all we are very pleased we went with Grizzly Adventures. Kris was fun to be with and very accommodating too. If you have limited time and want to see the "best of" Yellowstone, I highly recommend giving them a call. You won't be sorry!
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