8-Day Yellowstone to Las Vegas Tour Itinerary

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Day 1: Yellowstone – Word’s First National Park – A “Mega” Volcano

Included sites:

  • Grizzly Overlooks
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Upper & Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Optional hike to top of Lower Falls
  • Views from Lookout, Grandview, Inspiration and Artist Points

Optional sites: Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs: An intricately tiered wedding cake etched in sedimentary rock and bathed in amber cascades, Mammoth Hot Springs is a vibrantly colorful feast for the eyes.

Things to Do & Places to Visit

Look for bears and wolves, elk and buffalo in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys. Discover Fort Yellowstone and learn about the park’s history. Hiking, camping, fishing, enjoying exhibits and films, and attending Ranger-led programs are among the many ways you can enjoy Yellowstone National Park. Activities in or just outside the park includes hiking, ATV rides, horseback riding, fishing, photography, visits to history and animal museums, and air flights.

Day 2: Iconic Yellowstone – Old Faithful Geyser

Included sites:

  • Yellowstone Lake
  • Continental Divide Crossings
  • Old Faithful Geyser
  • Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins
  • Grand Prismatic Spring

Optional sites:

  • Yellowstone River
  • Firehole Lake Drive
  • Firehole Canyon
  • Great Fountain Geyser
  • Fountain Paint Pot

Yellowstone National Park

As the world’s oldest and one of its most famous National Parks, Yellowstone is anexperience like none other. Featuring more geysers and thermal features than any other location on the planet, Yellowstone also lays claim to 3,468 square miles (8,980 km2) of pristine mountain-range wilderness with over 290 waterfalls, the largest high-altitude lake in North America, the largest super volcano on the continent, and a delightful collection of American wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and free ranging herds of elk, moose, pronghorn, and bison. When visiting Yellowstone National Park, you will have the opportunity to experience sites and activities such as these:

Old Faithful: Possibly the world’s most famous geyser, Old Faithful is legendary for itsspectacular and regular eruptions, thrusting 3,700 to 8,400 U.S. gallons (14–32 liters) of scalding water to a dizzying height of 106 to185 feet (30–56 m).

Yellowstone River: The north-flowing Yellowstone River takes two major plunges within a quarter mile (400 m) of each other, first in leaving the picturesque Hayden Valley, and then secondly when plummeting an awesome 308 feet (33 m) into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone Lake: At an elevation of 7,732 feet (2,376 m), Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America. Its 136 square miles (352 km2) of pristine waters lay peacefully atop the Yellowstone Caldera, the biggest “super volcano” on the continent.

Day 3: Jackson “Hole” & Grand Teton National Park

Included sites:

  • Lewis Lake
  • Lewis Falls
  • Lewis River Canyon
  • Moose Falls
  • Rockefeller Parkway Drive
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Jackson Lake and Lookout
  • Grand Teton Mountain Range
    • Mt. Moran
    • Mt. Owen
    • The 3 Tetons
  • Colter Bay

Grand Teton, Wyoming

Formed and filled by glacial ice, picturesque Jenny Lake lies in the very heart of Grand Teton National Park at the base of the Cathedral Group, the Tetons foremost peaks.Jenny’s sapphire waters beckon kayakers and canoeists, while her numerous hiking trails offer subtly changing vistas of her glorious surroundings to all who traverse them. The jaw-dropping grandeur of Grand Teton National Park’s stunning landscape is enthralling, with jagged, snowcapped peaks jutting abruptly from the sage-covered valley floor below, where surging rivers and babbling brooks course through dense forests and wetlands into pristine glacial lakes. Extending across northwestern Wyoming in a majestic 484 square mile (1,250 km2) swath, this geographical mosaic radiates the breathtaking splendor of nature, attracting nearly four million admirers every year.

The reflection of Grand Teton Range and Mount Moran, Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park
The reflection of Grand Teton Range and Mount Moran, Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park

Day 4: Jackson, Wyoming

Fabulous Scenery & Wildlife in the “Hole”

Included sites:

  • Logan Canyon
  • Bear Lake
  • Snake River
  • Cattleman’s Bridge Site
  • Oxbow Bend
  • Jackson Lake Dam
  • Signal Mountain
  • Jenny Lake including a scenic boat ride
  • Jackson Hole
  • Moose Junction
  • Antelope Flats
  • National Elk Refuge

Optional sites:

  • Teton Glacier Turnout
  • Snake River
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Teton Raptor Center
  • Scenic “back-country” drives

A verdant alpine glen encircled by towering mountain ranges, Jackson Hole became the crossroads of the fur trade in the northern Rockies. It was given its name by the mountain men who trekked and trapped their way across the West in the early 1800’s. The name “Hole” is a local term referring to the feeling of sinking deep into the groundone gets when looking up at the encompassing peaks. Not only does Jackson Hole sit at the very base of the soaring Teton Range on the west, it is supplemented by the Gros Ventres Range to the east, the Wyoming Mountains to the south, and Yellowstone National Park to the north. This 48-mile-long (77 km) valley forms a large portion of Grand Teton National Park, and also contains the National Elk Refuge, home of the largest elk herd in the world.

Day 5: Unusual Mountains, Rivers & Lakes – Park City, Utah

Included sites:

  • Mountain Passes
  • Spotted Wolf Canyon
  • Park City, Utah
  • Western Park City old town shopping & dining
    • Olympic Park

Park City, Utah

Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The population was 7,558 at the 2010 census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.

After a population decline following the shutdown of the area’s mining industry, the city rebounded during the 1980s and 1990s through an expansion of its tourism business. The city currently brings in a yearly average of $529,800,000 to the Utah Economy as a tourist hot spot, $80,000,000 of which is attributed to the Sundance Film Festival. The ski resorts, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain were the major locations for ski and snowboarding events at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Outdoor-oriented businesses such as backcountry.com, Rossignol USA, and Skullcandy have their headquarters in Park City.

Great Basin

What is the Great Basin? It is defined by the way the water flows or drains when there is something to drain. It is an area roughly 200,000 square miles (518,000 km2 ), or one-fifth of the Western US, where creeks and rivers flow inland to terminal lakes, marshes, salt flats and sinks, rather than to the sea.

Geologically, the Great Basin is part of the larger Basin and Range province, a section of the earth that is inexorably being pulled apart. Reno and Salt Lake City move one human step farther apart each century. Geology more than anything else defines the Great Basin with its characteristic mountain ranges, tilted fault blocks that rise gradually on one sideand drop precipitously off the other. It’s geology determines it’s hydrology. Nevadaoccupies most of this ragged heart-shaped Great Basin territory. The Great Basin also embraces western Utah, southeastern Oregon, and California east of the Sierra.

Morning Glow over Bryce Canyon | Photography by A.E. Heacox
Morning Glow over Bryce Canyon | Photography by A.E. Heacox

Day 6: A Canyon Kaleidoscope, Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks

Included sites at Bryce Canyon:

  • Red Canyon
  • Hoodoos
  • Natural Bridge
  • Sunset Point
  • Inspiration Point
  • Yovimpa Point

Activities:

A short hike is planned within the hoodoos and canyons of Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is a geologic masterpiece considered by many to be the most colorful of all the National Parks. Sometimes referred to as a forest of stone, Bryce is unique due to its thousands of delicately carved spires, called hoodoos, which rise in brilliant color from the canyon floor.

Zion National Park

What You Will Experience:

Enjoy a short drive to & through Zion National Park, with a few stops along the way.

Included sites:

  • Checkerboard Mesa
  • One-Mile Tunnel
  • Zion Canyon Shuttle Tour
  • Riverside Walk
  • Emerald Pools
  • The Virgin River Bridge

Activities:

A short hike is planned within Zion Canyon.

To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, and to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.

Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona
Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

Day 7: Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

Included sites:

  • Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend

A 30-minute walk to Horseshoe Bend reveals the only true “gooseneck” on the Colorado River within the area of the Grand Canyon. A very wide lens (16 mm in 35 mm equivalent) is required to cover the entire bend comfortably. Consider using a polarizer to remove haze and reflection. Any warming filter (or using cloudy WB on digital cameras) can provide dramatically different results. A walk around the area to photo some interesting rock formations is always a must for photographers. The hike to the bend has some ups and downs and is very sandy, making it a little harder than a simple flat trail.

One of the Seven World Wonders, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Considered one of the Seven World Wonders: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Day 8: Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) – The 7th Wonder of the World

Included sites:

  • The Grand Canyon south rim
  • Mather Point
  • Yavapai Point
  • Grand Canyon Village
  • Historic Grand Canyon Buildings
  • Visitor Centers

Your tour will end on the evening of the eighth day in Las Vegas, NV. Called the city that never sleeps, you’ll have the opportunity to walk the strip and take in a show or whatever you choose.

Optional Evening Destinations in Las Vegas, Nevada:

  • The Bellagio Hotel
  • Las Vegas Downtown Walk
  • Shows and entertainment

Ready to tour the Southwest?