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Yellowstone Alpen Guides

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Address: 555 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
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+1 406-646-9591
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Yellowstone Alpen Guides has operated small group and private tours in...

Yellowstone Alpen Guides has operated small group and private tours in Yellowstone for 29 years. Our naturalist/guides are experts in all things Yellowstone and are fun travel companions. They will help you experience the extraordinary wonders the Park has to offer during both winter and summer. Small group size guarantees you a personalized touch not found on most tours. A company with experienced long-term employees, we pay close attention to detail and quality and strive to be the premier guiding company in Yellowstone and the surrounding area. Join us as we explore this delicate ecosystem that is home to Old Faithful and two-thirds of the world’s geysers; where grizzly bears, wolves and other abundant wildlife roam freely. We cater to individuals, families with children and groups of all sizes. We have lodging and tour packages available; one call will take care of your Yellowstone vacation planning needs. Winter snowcoach tours operate daily to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We offer the option of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on our trips, and customized charters are also available. We provide shuttle services to guests staying at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and offer charter service to the North* (Mammoth/Gardiner) and South* (Jackson Hole) gates of the Park. Our snowcoaches are the classic, historical bombardiers, modernized for comfort and low emissions, made for over-snow travel. Summer tours include Lower Loop, Evening Wildlife Safaris, kayak tours and private customized tours to meet your desires. Whether you are a first time Yellowstone visitor or are returning for your next adventure, we can help plan your itinerary. Your trip can include things like wildlife watching, a day hike to a backcountry geyser basin, a photography safari, swimming in a thermally heated river, and seeing the sites that make Yellowstone America’s grandest Park. Alpen Guides believes it is important to protect and preserve our national treasures. We generously donate to the worthy Yellowstone Park Foundation, the West Yellowstone Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and many other organizations dedicated to protecting the environment.

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Fantastic tour and exceptional caring guide!!

This tour is worth your time! Don Mckiney came to pick us up at Hiday inn at 12:30. A smiling face and so many stories! We loved it. We stopped at all interesting spits and... read more

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64 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour is worth your time! Don Mckiney came to pick us up at Hiday inn at 12:30. A smiling face and so many stories! We loved it. We stopped at all interesting spits and wherever we saw wildlife. Don had no problem pulling into extra rest stops and always had an interesting point to make! Only 12 people in... More 

Thank SchnitzelOrlando
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Our guide Don was very knowledgeable about every aspect of the park we were seeing.We were able to make numerous stops for the animals that presented them selves along the way.These were in addition to the regular stops for the thermal features and of course Old Faithful being the main attraction.The tour made for a long day with the early... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Went to Yellowstone March 15, 2017 and we all had an absolute blast. Took my 3 and 5 year old who are both usually quite fidgety, but with the combination of awesome scenery, the "bomb" vehicle, Old Faithful and all the up close animals, they were enthralled during the whole trip. John is a great guide and really made the... More 

Thank bryan h
West Yellowstone, Montana, United States
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

The best guides in the business. They really know their stuff. A team of guides with a variety of great personalities. Awesome to see them working as a team to get the job done.

Thank Blitzqueen
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Have visited Yellowstone NP nine times with family in winter. Much more interesting with snow cover and fewer people than summer. See more wild life with snow background and geyser steaming in cold. Used Alpen Guides for first time. Will use them again, and request Don McKinsey as guide. The most informative of any of my previous visits using a... More 

Thank BruceFlohr
Rigby, Idaho
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We had a terrific time on Snowmobiles. New machines, experienced guides and 112 mile trip from West Yellowstone to Fishing Bridge and back. A fair price, well organized. No complaints. Be prepared to be amazed. The Park: What a place! We have done winter trips there before, it is my favorite. This should be on your bucket list if it... More 

Thank Robert B
Billings, Montana
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Our tour with Don McKenzie was a wonderful experience. Don knew so many interesting fact about Yellowstone Park, it's wildlife, thermal features that made our tour both informative and a great deal of fun. He told us of wonderful places to eat and stay overnight. We felt very welcomed by the folks at the Three Bear Lodge and Don treated... More 

Thank pabdeb912
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Trip was great. Don McKensie was wonderful. Thank you for the great experience. Thorough stories of the park and a sharp and enjoyable Witt. Took care of his guests.

Thank Barry J
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I took one trip to Old Faithful on a Bombardier Snow coach, and a second tour the following day, this time in one of their snow coaches that drives on huge super wide wheels--which took us up on a Canyon tour. Both were a lot of fun, each for their own reasons. The Bombardier was really old... More 

Thank MiketheArchAngel
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

The Old Faithful Biscuit Basin Snowcoach Tour was the perfect way to take in a winter day in Yellowstone park. Riding in a refurbished 1955 Bombardier, we saw elk, bison, and coyotes galore as well as a baldheaded eagle. Our guide, Chris, was phenomenal--energetic, knowledgeable, accommodating, and quite funny. We chose to do the snowshoe trip, and Chris helped us... More 

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