The Yellow Bus
Yellowstone National Park, United States
The Yellow Bus Yellowstone National Park Reviews
Aug 02, 2007
In 1916 Yellowstone National Park opened up to tourists in a brand-new style: small yellow buses carted visitors around the park. For over 50 years, these vehicles faithfully revealed the wonders of our first national park to guests. As more people brought their own cars to the park though, these buses were replaced by larger more modern ones and then sold off around the nation. In 2001, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the company that provides most of the hospitality services within Yellowstone, re-located eight of the buses in the care of a Skagway, Alaska company and refurbished them to offer a more intimate touring experience. With only twelve passengers, the guide is able to answer individual questions and cater to group preferences. For example, on our tour we were able to vote on which of four geyser basins we wanted to walk around. We opted for the Firehole Basin tour which started at Old Faithful and ventured up to Madison with a drive around the Firehole River area and then stops at two geyser basins. Other possible tours include Beartooth Alpine Adventure, Picture-Perfect Photo Safari, and Past Times and Pastimes, and the roster is still evolving.
Our guide was extremely personable (when interviewing for the position of a Yellow Bus driver, candidates are evaluated on their public speaking skills). My dad loves to learn about the places we travel and the guide answered his questions very knowledgeably; part of his wisdom came from the fact that he has worked in the park for multiple summers and even a winter.
Part of the Yellowstone 2007 and 2011 travel blog
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