Yellowstone Expeditions Summer Tours

COVID-19 Update

Our summer tours are postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 Virus

Yellowstone Expeditions has posponed all summer tours until further notice. We know that this is the responsible path forward to continue to help slow the spread of the disease. Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are beginning to open for the summer season. Currently all Entrances to Yellowstone are open. Facilities within the Park are limited. The NPS will notify the public when they resume full operations and provide updates on their website and social media channels. We will also update this page on our website when the situation changes. We recommend checking the NPS update page at www.nps.gov/coronavirus for information and updates. Here is the NPS news release detailing which facilities are open within the Park and when others will open (Download Press Release) .

We are planning on operating for our Winter Season

Our winter snowcoach and yurt camp tours are scheduled to begin December 20th, 2020. These are unprecedented times with the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of our guests and employees are our top priorities. We have been closely monitoring the guidance and recommendations of public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) as well as federal, state, and local governments. We are working in partnership with the NPS Office of Public Health, the NPS Business Management Office to develop procedures and protocols that will enable us to open for the winter season. However, given the fluid situation, our current plans, dates, and service levels are subject to change based on the situations and circumstances that develop in the future.

Guidelines

We expect that we will be reducing the number of guests at the Yurt Camp to follow social distancing recommendations. We will increase the number of hand washing stations in the yurts and restrooms for proper hygiene. We will be disinfecting all common facilities at a higher frequency. We are working on developing a health monitoring system for our staff and guests. We will be changing our refund policy to allow refunds for anyone who has been exposed to the virus or may be ill. We will post actions and proposed guidelines on this page as we develop COVID-19 mitigation and control procedures in partnership with the NPS.

Illness Prevention

The best way to prevent infection from COVID-19 and any respiratory virus is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If you have traveled to any destination during the past 14 days:
  • Monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • If you get sick with a fever (100.4 F / 38 C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
    • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before going to a doctor's office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
We urge the traveling public to stay informed, seek information from reputable sources, and take preventative measures like washing your hands to protect against COVID-19.

Hand Washing

One of the most important defense measures appears to be proper hand washing. The CDC recommends a minimum of 20 seconds of handwashing should be done often during the day or after touching any surface. Twenty seconds is approximately the time that it takes to sing "Happy Birthday." If you're like us, you are about tired of "Happy Birthday" 15 times a day. Here are a few other options if that is the case:

The chorus to these songs lasts about twenty seconds. Pick one but know when to fold on that one and pick a new one....

Kenny Rogers: The Gambler

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done

Belinda Carlisle: Heaven Is a Place on Earth

Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We'll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth

Dolly Parton: Jolene

Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
I'm begging of you please don't take my man
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
Please don't take him just because you can

Another option for this song is Dolly's God Daughter
Miley Cyrus: The Backyard Sessions

Toto: Africa

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)

Kathy Mattea: Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses

Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses
Ten more miles on his four-day run
A few more songs from the all-night radio
Then he'll spend the rest of his life with the one that he loves

The Bangles: Manic Monday

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my fun day
My I don't have to run day
It's just another manic Monday