Guided Nature and Wildlife Tours
WITH D. ROBERT FRANZ

Experience Yellowstone

About our Tours

EXPERIENCE YELLOWSTONE TOURS offers educational and informative guided natural history van tours of Yellowstone National Park.  We offer daily departures from Cody Wyoming.  After driving the 50 mile Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway claimed by many to be the most scenic ride in Wyoming we’ll be entering the world’s first national park through the scenic east gate.  These exciting tours emphasize nature photography, ecology, geology and wildlife viewing.  Your tour will be guided by D. Robert Franz who was proclaimed by Digital Photography Magazine as one the 100 best wildlife photographers in the world.  During your full day of exploration in  Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres  you will see rugged mountains, clear alpine lakes, lush valleys, stunning wildflower displays and the world’s largest concentration of thermal features.  The parks ten thousand thermal features  include spectacular geysers, colorful hot springs, bubbling cauldrons, mud pots and roaring fumaroles.  Yellowstone may be even more famous for its world class wildlife viewing.  The park is home to grizzly bears,  black bears,  gray wolves, mountain lions, bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and so much more.  Robert has been guiding and photographing in Yellowstone for over 30 years  knows when and where to find the animals.  Individuals, groups, couples, family and friends are all welcome.  Multi-day tours are available, touring both loops provides a more complete Yellowstone Experience!

We offer 2 Yellowstone Itineraries

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Wildlife is the primary attraction of the “Upper Loop Tour”.  During this tour you have a chance to see Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Bison, Elk,  Bighorn Sheep and other  wildlife.  Spectacular scenery abounds as well including the rugged Absaroka Mountains, the wildlife rich Hayden Valley, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,  The Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone, Tower Falls, Undine Falls,  Thermal features will not be missed on this tour with chances to visit  the Mud Volcano thermal area, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin.

Grand Geyser erupting in Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone
Grand Geyser erupting in Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone

The “Lower Loop Tour” has a greater emphasis on the parks geology and amazing thermal features including time spent in the “Upper Geyser Basin” home to worlds greatest concentration of geysers including Old Faithful.  During this tour you can also visit Norris Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots,  Grand Prismatic Spring, and the West Thumb Thermal area.  Wildlife viewing can also be excellent on this loop.

For a the full Yellowstone National Park experience tour both the Upper & Lower Loops on consecutive days

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Experience Yellowstone Tours Van

INCLUDED IN TOUR  $200 per person, Children 6-16 $75, Under 6 Free

  • Door to Door guide service from Cody WY, (From all Cody Hotels)
  • Park entrance fee (bring your national parks pass if you have one)
  • Comfortable travel in a 12 passenger van (7 adults maximum per tour)
    Binoculars for each guest (Nikon Monarch 10×42’s)
    Spotting scope on board
    Snacks, drinks and continental breakfast

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Lunch
    Tips and gratuities for your guide

Private Group Tours will accommodate up to 10 people.  7 adults maximum.  $1100

If you would like the van to yourself and your group we can accommodate that as well.  This option will give you more flexibility in choosing departure times and itineraries.  Vary your departure times by up to 2 hours with this option…

Experience Yellowstone Tours is owned and operated by Franzfoto Nature & Wildlife Photography with Yellowstone National Park CUA permit #13-144  US DOT 2907388

Lower Loop destinations & tour stops

Sylvan Pass:   As we enter the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park we’ll climb steadily  and travel over Sylvan Pass at an elevation of 8530″   This is an alpine environment surrounded by rugged 10’000  foot peaks of the Absaroka Mountains

Lake Butte Overlook.  A fabulous view of Lake Yellowstone from an elevation of 8248′ nearly 700′ above the lake .  We often find dusky grouse and occasionally grizzly bears at this inspirational location.

Pelican Creek:  A serene valley where Pelican Creek flows into Lake Yellowstone.  This area is known for ,it’s wildlife  We’ll often see elk, grizzly bears and abundant waterfowl, sandhill cranes 

Fishing Bridge:   A great place to watch the cutthroat trout in the clear waters of the Yellowstone River from the bridge.  We often see white pelicans, osprey, waterfowl, river otters and other wildlife at this location.

Hayden Valley:  We’ll drive through the beautiful Hayden Valley with wildlife stops when necessary.  This is prime viewing area for grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone:  Numerous viewing areas of both the Upper and Lower Falls.   This 20 mile long canyon is over a 1000″ deep.  We can also see wildlife in the area including nesting osprey

Norris Geyser Basin:  The hottest geyser basin in the park and is the location of the world’s largest geyser Steamboat Geyser.

Gibbon Falls:  Going south we pass Gibbon Falls a photogenic 84′ waterfall on the Gibbon River

Fountain Paint Pots & Firehole Lake Drive:  Erupting geysers,  beautiful hot springs, fascinating mud pots are all in abundance here.

Midway Geyser Basin:  Home of the worlds largest hot spring “Grand Prismatic”

Old Faithful Area:  World’s largest concentration of geysers and thermal features including the famous Old Faithful Geyser

Craig Pass:   We’ll visit Kepler Cascades,  travel over the continental divide at  8262′ Craig Pass and get a view of the remote Shoshone Lake

West Thumb:  A unique and picturesque lakeside thermal area, home to the famous fishing cone.

Yellowstone Lake:  We’ll travel along the entire western side of Yellowstone Lake searching for wildlife along the way.

 

ITINERARY

Upper Loop Full-Day Tour Destinations & Stops

Sylvan PasS

As we enter the east gate of Yellowstone National Park we''ll climb steadily and travel through Sylvan Pass at an elevation of 8530 feet.  This is an alpine environment surrounded by 10,000 foot peaks of the rugged Absaroka Mountains.

Lake Butte Overlook

LAKE BUTTE OVERLOOK

A fabulous view of Lake Yellowstone from an elevation of 8248' feet nearly 700 feet  above the lake. We often find dusky grouse in this spot and occasionally grizzly bears.

Pelican Creek

A beautiful valley where Pelican Creek flows into Lake Yellowstone.  This area is known for tit's wildlife  We'll often see elk, grizzly bears and abundant waterfowl.

Fishing Bridge

Fishing Bridge

A great place to watch the cutthroat trout in the clear waters of the Yellowstone River.  We often see white pelicans, osprey, waterfowl, river otters and other wildlife at this location.

Hayden Valley

We'll drive through the beautiful Hayden Valley with wildlife stops when necessary.  This is prime viewing area for grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Numerous viewing areas of both the Upper and Lower Falls. This 20 mile long canyon is over a 1000 feet deep. We can also see wildlife in the area including nesting osprey.

Dunraven Pass

Dunraven

We'll drive over Dunraven pass at an elevation of 8,859 feet. This alpine environment can be ablaze in wildflower blooms during the summer. This is also an excellent area to see wildlife such as mule deer, elk, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves and even bison.

Tower FallS

Tower Falls

A rugged waterfall on Tower Creek.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

World's largest hot spring complex.

Swan Lake Flats

Swan Lake Flats

Prime area for viewing grizzly bears and other wildlife including trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, elk, coyote and more.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NATURE & WILDLIFE TOURS

By professional instructional tour guides.

Your Tour Guide

D. Robert Franz has been full time professional wildlife photographer and tour guide for over  twenty five years.  Digital Photography Magazine proclaimed him one the top 100 wildlife photographers in the world.  With undergraduate degrees in wildlife management and geology and graduate work in earth science, Robert has an extensive knowledge of the natural world. Their nature and wildlife images have been extensively published (over ten thousand published images including hundreds of front covers) worldwide with images featured in, Audubon Magazine, National Wildlife, Sierra Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Defenders Magazine, National Geographic and many others. His photographic prints have hung in the Smithsonian and the United States Congress.  Robert is also an accomplished assignment photographer specializing in nature and environmental issues.  Go HERE to visit Franzfoto and view some of his photographs

Robert has been leading photo tours since 1989 in Yellowstone National Park during all seasons  and now conducts informative nature & wildlife day tours through Experience Yellowstone and photography tours to many locations through Franzfoto.  Robert, his wife Lorri and their Great Dane Shelby live in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in  Cody Wyoming.