Yellowstone National Park Tours
Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch
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Lamar Valley Safari Hiking Tour with Lunch

By Yellowstone Hiking Guides
Recommended by 91% of travellers
91% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 8-80, max of 14 per group
Duration: 6h
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Sandwich, apple, nuts, snack bar. Turkey/Veg.
  • Bear Spray, Trekking Pole, Binoculars, and Backpack (if necessary).
What's not included
  • Admission to Yellowstone National Park: $35 per vehicle, good for one week
  • Entry/Admission - Lamar Valley


Start:
  • Lamar River Trailhead 3K1, NE Entrance Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
    Meet at 8 AM at the Lamar River Trailhead from May-October.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23667P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 23667P2

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    Paula S
    1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    Jake, our guide, arrived 45 minutes late with only a minimal apology for construction traffic which we were all aware of (and he should have planned for). The entire hike was from 9 to 1:30 and so for the $364 my husband and I paid it was definitely not worth the cost. Jake was a nice guy and knowledgeable about history and nature. We were disappointed that he mentioned tips and we did minimally tip him, but feel that he really just went through the motions with some planned props set up on the trail. This is a hike through a marked trail with only slight deviations and no real extra insight into spotting wildlife. We saw bison, a badger, some proghorns and a lot of ground squirrels. My husband and I actually spotted more wildlife, including a black bear, on the ride to and from the hike meeting spot. This is a nice hike which could easily be done without paying $364 and without a guide.
    Written 27 June 2023
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    Thank you for the review. I am very sorry to hear that your guide asked you for a tip. That is certainly not what we stand for. We know that tips, if offered, are earned through outstanding service. I know the construction on the road has been rough on people, it's usually a 20 minute delay, which the guides account for, but I have heard it can be as long as 45 minutes sometimes. Thank you for your review, this is important information to help us provide a better experience. It is true, that some days you can see more wildlife from the road than from the trail. But I find that being out on the trail is also about being away from the road. Jake is a good, safe backcountry guide with a great program and he's good at spotting wildlife and leading the group around these dangerous animals, but we will ask him to stop asking for tips and to try harder to be on time.
    Written 28 June 2023
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    Nidaa S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Emily Jo was wonderful, knowledgeable, and warm. She paced the hike to accommodate everyone's abilities, had a delicious lunch prepared for everyone, and made the hike a lot of fun! We saw bison, a ground squirrel, and longhorn sheep (what animals you see depends on what month you visit Yellowstone). We saw pronghorns and deer on our way to the trailhead. We felt very safe and appreciated her taking time to talk about safety at the start of the tour. Would 100% recommend!
    Written 2 September 2023
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    Michael K
    Ramsey, NJ3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Family
    Yellowstone Hiking Guides was terrific. They answered all questions prior to the trip promptly and are easy to contact. The tour itself is fantastic, a great opportunity to get out in the valley closer to the bison herds and the pronghorn. Our guide Mark was great. He has a lot of knowledge about the area, plant life as well as wildlife. He was great getting us close to a bison herd taking care to watch their movements so that we could maintain a safe distance. He has a good sense of humor and pleasant way of pointing out things we would have missed on our own. Great lunch in a nice spot.
    Written 20 September 2023
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    Barb B
    maryland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Friends
    We had a wonderful and very educational hike in the valley with our exceptional guide Mark. We were a group of 7 over 60 + friends and Mark was very good at pacing the hike -especially after the hills! We saw bison, prong horn , and a badger up close and personal.
    Mark was professional, very educational, and we felt safe the whole trip. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at a beautiful serene spot by the river. It was almost 7 miles so we felt very accomplished at the end of the day! Thanks Mark hope to see you again!
    Written 11 September 2023
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    Jessie P
    Washington DC, DC7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    Emily Jo took us on the Lamar Valley Safari Hiking tour and it was the highlight of our entire Yellowstone trip. We went off the beaten path, following bison trails to areas we never would have seen otherwise. We were lucky enough to watch a wolf hunting (!!), as well as tons of bison, marmots, ground squirrels, and pronghorn. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch at a secret, peaceful riverside spot. Emily Jo is filled with Yellowstone knowledge and the day just flew by. Most impressively, she saw a potential situation forming where some other hikers were agitating a bison, and calmly led us off the path and out of the way well before the fed-up bison turned and ran by where we had been - she is a total pro reading wildlife and keeping everyone safe. This was a blast and I can't recommend it enough!
    Written 31 May 2023
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    Chrystle M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    This was a fantastic tour and we had a great tour guide, Alex. Alex was well informed, polite, friendly, and fun. The hike was roughly 7.5 miles and we stopped for lunch by the river. Lunch was a simple sandwich but it was quite tasty in the heat of the day! Snacks were also provided which was greatly appreciated. I’d HIGHLY Recommend this tour to anyone looking to get out of the tourist areas and get the real feel of a pioneer.
    Written 13 July 2021
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    vawinelady
    New Orleans, LA91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did our tour early in the season and were lucky to have a small group which made the tour very personal. The guides told us in advance what to bring, but they also provided many backup items in case we forgot anything. I took advantage of the beanie hats they had since it was very windy early that day.

    Our guides did a great job of keeping us safe, anticipating what the animals might do with a variety of factors in play. They also explained what they might do and why they might do it, which was educational.

    Our guides had eagle eyes and spotted two different mammals bears with cubs up in the hills and set up a scope to let us see them well across the long distance. I loved that they were always ready to pull out a book to answer questions about flowers and birds.

    Thanks to Emily Jo, Austin and Marissa for a memorable day (and for the gummy bears 😀)
    Written 6 June 2024
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    Thomas M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Family
    Our family group of 11 ranged in ages from 13 to 68. We all had a great hike in the Lamar Valley. Our guide, Joshua, was outstanding! He paid close attention to all of our needs - from a cup of coffee or hot chocolate on arrival, to his knowledge of the area and animals to the pacing of the hike to keep us all comfortable. Joshua made this hike the highlight of our week in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
    Written 6 June 2024
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    Gerri M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Mark was an amazing guide! On our hike we were able to spot a wolf pup, grizzly bear and a badger in addition to prong horns, bison and ground squirrels. He was eager to share his knowledge of the flora and fauna and patiently answered our many questions, all the while ever mindful of our safety. I would recommend Yellowstone Hiking Guides to anyone who wants an in depth experience of Yellowstone.
    Written 14 August 2023
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    ramona628
    Kailua-Kona, HI16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Family
    Our time with our guide, Jake, was so much fun! We had a smaller group that day and the other couple was fantastic company. It felt like a very intimate family group experience. Jake was calm and easy going, yet very aware of safety and best practices when it came to wildlife encounters. We saw primarily bison, badgers, birds and pronghorns during the tour, but the real treat is walking through the lively Lamar Valley meadows and learning about all the history and plant life shaping the region and maintaining the wildlife. If you’d like to enhance your experience, I highly recommend driving to the trailhead very early as the drive alone is breathtaking and you may hear/see the wolves that tend to come out in the pre-dawn/late-evening hours. I highly recommend this day hike for a less-crowded, more immersive experience than the typical Yellowstone attractions.

    Addressing a previous review: Jake mentioned tips, however, it was minimal and no more than any of the other horseback riding, kayaking and hiking tours we have previously been on. Guides are at a shortage these days and we were more than happy to share our appreciation by tipping our guides.
    Written 1 July 2023
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