WHY SHOULD I BOOK WITH OLD FAITHFUL TOURS INSTEAD OF ANOTHER OPERATOR?
Old Faithful Tours has been in business for over 30 years and we are a small family operated business. 90% of our business is multi-day tours into Yellowstone National Park and the Continental Divide. We have a very high percentage of returning clients. Our guides represent third and fourth generation Jackson Hole natives. Combined, our 5 guides have over 50 years of experience guiding snowmobile trips to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding national forests.
WILL SNOWMOBILING CONTINUE IN YELLOWSTONE?
Yes, snowmobiling will continue in Yellowstone National Park with the longterm new Winter Use Plan approved for 10 years beginning the winter of 2014-2015.
I HAVE NO PREVIOUS SNOWMOBILING EXPERIENCE; WILL I FIND IT TO BE DIFFICULT?
Most of our guests have no prior experience. A complete safety orientation and instruction is provided prior to starting your tour. Operation of a snowmobile is not difficult and most of our guests become comfortable very quickly with the snowmobile.
I AM CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING COLD.
We provide a warm jacket and pants, boots, full-face helmet and gloves. All of our equipment is specifically designed for snowmobiling and it will keep you warm. The snowmobiles handlebars are heated. If you dress in layers with the outerwear we provide, the cold should not be a concern.
ARE BATHROOMS AVAILABLE?
Bathrooms are available throughout the Park. Some are unheated outhouses but the longest distance between bathrooms is only 27 miles.
HOW LONG DO WE SNOWMOBILE EACH DAY WHILE ON THE EXTENDED TOURS?
The day starts at approximately 7:30 for breakfast and we are on the trail by 9:00. We arrive at your lodge for the evening by 4:00pm. Your guide will make frequent stops and there is ample opportunity for photos and exploring the hydro-thermal areas Yellowstone is famous for. The days are relaxed and not strenuous. We want you to thoroughly experience Yellowstone while on the tour.
HOW LONG IS A YELLOWSTONE DAY TOUR?
It starts with a 6.00 am meet time. After we have you outfitted and have had a breakfast at our office in Jackson we will get in the van to head to the South entrance of the Park and we should be on the trail between 8.30-9.00 am. Your guide will make frequent stops along this 100 mile tour and there is ample opportunity for photos and exploring hydro-thermal areas Yellowstone is famous for. We provide lunch at Old Faithful and watch Old Faithful erupt. We try to have you back to Jackson between 4.30-5.30 pm.
HOW MANY TOTAL MILES WILL WE TRAVEL?
Our Yellowstone multi-day tours travel a total of 250-280 miles. Our Yellowstone one-day tour travels a total of about 90-100 miles.
WHAT IS THE LODGING LIKE?
We have been operating our multi-day tours for 30 years. We have established relationships with the finest lodging facilities available at each stop. Both nights are at nice hotels, and all rooms have private baths. The first night we will be staying at the Stagecoach Inn in West Yellowstone and the second night we will be staying at the Best Western Plus in Gardiner MT.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN A GROUP?
You will never have more than 9 snowmobiles in your group. We try to minimize our group size. Private groups can be booked upon request.
WHAT IS A DOUBLE RIDER?
A double rider is a second person on a snowmobile.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO OPERATE A SNOWMOBILE?
Everyone must have a valid driver’s license to operate a snowmobile in Yellowstone. This is a Park Service requirement.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST?
We supply all outer clothing, lodging and meals while on the tour, transportation to Yellowstone, snowmobiles, gasoline and the guide. We do not provide alcohol but there is alcohol available at each nights lodging.
HOW DO I CARRY MY GEAR WHILE ON THE TOUR?
Pack in a gym style duffel bag, 30 X 12. This will be carried in a rack on your snowmobile. We ask that you limit your gear to about 20 pounds per snowmobile. We are happy to store in our office any extra gear you have while you are on the tour.
HOW DO I RESERVE A TOUR DATE?
A $550 deposit holds your reservation. A confirmation is sent upon receipt of the deposit. The balance of the tour cost is due 30 days prior to the date of the tour.
WILL I HAVE FUN?
Our goal is to provide a memorable experience for all of our guests. We believe we provide the finest multi-day snowmobile tour available. Please call for a list of references if you would like to speak with prior guests.
WILL WE BE GOING TO PAHASKA TEPEE?
In 2006, the Park Service revised their avalanche control policy for Sylvan Pass. Under the new policy, the Pass could be closed for days at a time. The closure of the Pass resulted in lost income for Pahaska Tepee, and in January 2007, they decided to close for the remainder of the season. Sadly, we’ve had to omit Pahaska Tepee from our trip agenda.