GUIDED ADVENTURES IN YELLOWSTONE HELP VISITORS MOVE FROM SEEING TO EXPERIENCING THE PARK

Few things in the West are as fascinating as the thermal features in Yellowstone National Park. Unless you’re observing its wildlife. Or learning its history. Or checking out its architecture.

“It is typical for first-time visitors to come to Yellowstone with ‘to-do-and-see’ list,” said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone, operator of lodges, restaurants and activities. “But Yellowstone is so big and multi-faceted that there is always something new to see or do. Our adventure packages help visitors make the big leap from just seeing the park to experiencing it.”

This summer Xanterra in Yellowstone will offer three multi-day vacation packages designed to showcase popular Yellowstone attractions as well as get visitors to experience new places. In addition to well-planned itineraries, the packages offer the convenience of included lodging and services. The programs are enhanced with knowledgeable drivers/guides – certified by the National Association for Interpretation – who provide ongoing insight into the park’s geology, history, wildlife, plant life and more. Guides also help with other logistics to ensure the comfort of all participants.
Rates quoted do not include taxes, utility fee or gratuities.

This year’s “Adventure” packages include:

Yellowstone Couples Adventure
Offered beginning each Saturday June 2 – Oct. 6, the Yellowstone Couples package features five nights of lodging at the iconic Old Faithful Inn, meals, one welcome gift per adult, in-park transportation in a Historic Yellow Bus, baggage handling and guided hikes. The yellow buses have been a classic symbol of Yellowstone for decades.

One thing participants will learn: The Yellow Buses in which participants travel returned to the park after close to a 50-year absence.

This package is not limited to couples, and individuals are welcome to participate. Rates are $1,669 per person based upon double occupancy.

Wild About Yellowstone
This package is offered each Sunday June 10 – Aug. 26 and includes four nights of lodging (one each at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Canyon Lodge, Grant Village and Old Faithful Snow Lodge), meals, one welcome gift per adult, in-park transportation with a driver/guide, a Scenicruise on Yellowstone Lake, an Old West Dinner Cookout at Roosevelt Lodge via guided wagon ride and baggage handling.

One thing participants will learn: Theodore Roosevelt was an early proponent of balancing park conservation with enjoyment of its resources.

Rates are $1,099 per person for double occupancy or $1,428 per person for single occupancy. The minimum age for this package is 12 years old.

Total Yellowstone
The Total Yellowstone package is offered Sundays June 3 – Aug. 28 and emphasizes fun activities in the park. This package features five nights of lodging (three at Old Faithful Snow Lodge, one at Canyon Lodge and one at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel), meals, one welcome gift per adult, in-park transportation with a driver/guide, a Scenicruise on Yellowstone Lake, a horseback ride or tour of the Mammoth Terraces for the June 3 program or a stagecoach ride for all of the other programs, a photo memento CD and baggage handling.

One thing participants will learn: Even with all of its wildlife, one person thought it appropriate to have a zoo in Yellowstone.

Rates are $1,169 per person for double occupancy, $1,627 per person for single occupancy and $459 per child age 8-11. The minimum age for this package is participation is eight years old.

To reserve any of these packages visit www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com or call toll-free (1) 866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375) or (1) 307-344-7311.