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


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


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.