About our tours

Our Tour Season Opens May 15th

Worry free Booking and Cancellation policy

Experience Yellowstone Tours has been approved by the National Park Service to operate during the 2021 season in Yellowstone National Park following the Covid 19 protocols put in place and approved by Yellowstone National Park.

Please bring personal face masks, and other protective items in order to follow CDC guidelines

Daily tours available from:

 May 15 – October 16,, 2021

Cost:  Adults $225 Children 6-16 $125, Children under 6 $25

All tours begin at 6am with hotel pickups beginning at 5:45am. We start our tours early to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities and enjoy the park before the crowds arrive.

Experience Yellowstone Tours offers educational and informative guided natural history van tours of Yellowstone National Park.  We offer daily departures from Cody Wyoming.  We pick up at all hotels, B&Bs and campgrounds within the Cody city limits.

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 35 years  knows when and where to find the animals.  Individuals, groups, couples, family and friends are all welcome.  Multi-day tours are available, combining both loops provides a more complete Yellowstone Experience!

We offer 3 Yellowstone Guided Van Tours and a Private Tour Option

For a the full Yellowstone National Park experience tour combine  the Lower Loop tour with the  Wildlife & Nature Tour on consecutive days

1. “Lower Loop Tour” Tour cost:  $225 per adult, Children 6-16 $125, Under 6 $25

This is our most popular tour and 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 we may visit Norris Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pots,  Grand Prismatic Spring t the Midway Geyser Basin,  Firehole Lake Drive, and time permitting the West Thumb Thermal area.  We won’t miss the scenic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  Wildlife viewing can also be excellent on this loop as we travel through the Hayden Valley.

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

2:  Custom Yellowstone Photo Tour (Limited Group size) Tour cost:  $300 per person, Children 6-16 $150, Under 6 $25

Yellowstone National Park is and  rightfully so, a can’t miss location for all serious nature photographers.  They flock here from all parts of the globe to photograph the incredible thermal features, stunning landscapes and amazing wildlife. We depart early from Cody to catch early morning bison and elk whose breath condenses on the cool air, to the sun shining through the vapor clouds above thermal streams, ponds reflecting mountain scenery, to the rainbow only visible for a few minutes each day, and only from a single vantage point, in the mist of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,  Your host, Dale Franz  is also a professional nature & wildlife photographer.  He will tailor the tour to the interests, skill levels, and equipment of the group to create a day of memorable photographs for all.  We’ll search of wildlife (as we’re looking for genuinely wild animals, there are no guarantees of course!) We’ll have a chance to photograph a number of birds and animals during the tour.  With 35 years of experience photographing in Yellowstone Dale will use his knowledge to help you capture memorable images of a lifetime during this 12 hour tour.

3: “Wildlife & Nature Tour”  (Upper Loop & Lamar Valley) Tour cost:  $225 per person, Children 6-16 $125, Under 6 $25

Tour departs from Cody only

This tour is designed to maximize wildlife & nature observation, photography and park ecology.  Dale Robert Franz a renown professional wildlife photographer and expert naturalist with undergraduate degrees in Wildlife Biology and Geology  and graduate studies in Earth Science will guide each tour.  The drive along the “Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway” before even reaching the east gate of Yellowstone will give your the chance to observe, grizzly and black bears, moose, mule and whitetail deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bald eagles ospreys and more.   As we enter Yellowstone through the east gate we’ll drive over Sylvan Pass a great location for bighorn sheep and grizzly bears.  In the Hayden Valleys you will see large bison herds, elk and a great chance to see wolves and grizzly bears.  We cross the interior plateau to Norris Junction and then head north to Mammoth Hot Springs.  We will then head for Roosevelt Junction driving through some of the best black bear habitat in the park.  We’ll exit the park through the Northeast Gate.  On our way out we’ll travel through the amazing Lamar Valley perhaps the best area in the world to view wild wolves.  We then enter the rugged Absaroka Mountains where we may be able to spot mountain goats and is home to a good number of moose.  To return to Cody we drive over the spectacular “Dead Indian Pass” on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway with amazing mountain scenery and abundant wildlife visible.

4:  Special Option “Private Group Tours”  This tour can accommodate up to 9 people.  8 adults maximum.  $1400 for the van

If you would like the van to yourself and your  private group we can accommodate that as well.  This option will also give your group more flexibility in choosing departure times and itineraries.  This is a great option for families. You can chose any of the 3 tours we offer for your private tour. Vary your departure times by up to 1 hour with this option…

Experience Yellowstone Tours Van


  • Door to Door guide service from Cody WY, (From all Cody Hotels and guest ranches and lodges to the east gate of Yellowstone)
  • Park entrance fee (please bring your national parks pass if you have one)
  • Comfortable travel in a 15 passenger van (9 adults maximum per tour).  Everyone has a window seat.
  • Binoculars for each guest (Nikon Monarch 10×42’s)
  • Spotting scope (20×60) on board
  • Continental breakfast, juices, snacks and waters
  • Bag Lunch (Sandwich, chips, fruit, desert)


Tips and gratuities for your guide

What to bring on your tour
  • Appropriate clothing for the season (even during summer mornings it can be cold (30 to 40 degrees F)
  • camera and/or video
  • sunscreen and chap stick
  • sturdy comfortable walking shoes
  • charging cord for your cell phone (plug-in chargers available in van)
  • National Parks Pass (if you have one)

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