Guest Comments

Highlight of Our Trip…

Hello,

We wanted to let you know how much fun (and education) we had on our recent Yellowstone tour with your service and we especially want to mention our guide Mike Bryers.
In a word, Mike was outstanding! There were seven of us Yankees in from New England. We decided to take a break in the middle of our ski trip to Big Sky.
Our tour with you is now a highlight of our vacation.
Mike was a delight. He is whitty, extremely knowledgeable in the geology, flora and fauna of the region and has some great Mountain Man yarns to share.
Riding in “Kitty” the Snowcoach was a blast!
We will absolutley recommend your guide service to everyone we know that are heading out your way.

Thank you so much!
Best,

Bill & Cindi Olmstead
Portland, Maine

One of Our Favorite Experiences…

We have just returned to Denmark after two weeks vacation in Rocky Mountains. A trip into Yellowstone with Swanny driving one of the Bombardiers was one of our favorite experience. Truly fascinating to see geysers, bison, eagles, elks and even a snowrabbit. And Swanny was an excellent guide.

Best regards

Christina and Svend Erik Rolandsen
Copenhagen, Denmark

50th Anniversary Winter Wonderland

Hi YAG,
My husband Ed and I just returned from a week’s YAG trip through the great Yellowstone National Park. We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of dear friends and their family.
It was my second trip with you, the other being an Arizona Highways trip. Both trips were spectacular. The park lodges were exciting and hospitable. We loved the snow coaches
and most of all the guides Joe, David, John and Big Mike. They really made the trip for us with their expertise in excellent driving and guiding. We saw herds of bison moving the snow to eat. We saw wolves and coyote and elk. We saw vivid birds and even river otters. We had an excellent photographer with us who got us in the best positions to photograph the panoramic scenery and beautiful critters. What a winter wonderland!
Thanks for the company’s professionalism in giving us well-maintained vehicles and genuinely warm, enjoyable, ethical-minded guides Joe, David, John and Big Mike. The trip was truly as good as it gets. Hope I get to do a third trip with YAG.
Sincerely,
Dianne Lethcoe

Recommend Wildlife Tour

We just finished a wildlife tour with Brenda. She did a wonderful job. Very knowledgable and took the time to answer all of our questions. Saw a lot of wildlife. Very enjoyable tour. Will recommend your tours to my friends. Thank Brenda for us.

Magnificent Trip!

Dear Alpen Guides,

Where do I start? Our recent trip to the Yellowstone area would not have been more magnificent had it not been for the guided trip that Brenda Holland provided us with. Her expertise, factual information, and at-ease attitude couldn’t have been more perfect. She made us feel as if we were part of the Park, and provided us with insider-tips that I know through my research wouldn’t have received otherwise.

You have the real deal with your company. From the first telephone call to our actual hike, your professionalism was great. In today’s world, I really appreciate your attention to details

Thank you for making our trip, and also please, pass along our letter to Brenda.

Laura and Rick Mendenhall

Dave Was Great!

I’d like to thank Dave again for a wonderful first day in Yellowstone. He is an absolute font of knowledge. Our 8 hour private tour was fun and educational. Dave knew the story of every geyser and hot spring, the geology of the crater, the best hike to see the Canyon, where to get the best view of Yellowstone lake. Where the herd of bison hung out. How the elk behave in different seasons. You name it, he knew about it. And Dave’s tips for what to visit and watch for in our remaining days were spot on. I know we got much more out of our trip because of what we learned from him. Please pass along our thanks and tell him that we saw a grizzly in the Swan Valley the very same day of our tour. He had told us they frequented the area and on our way up to our cabin in Gardiner, sure enough, one was out there in the meadow! And we saw 4 black bears and a moose on our day out in the Lamar valley. Along with the elk and bison and bald eagles and osprey and on and on, during our few days in Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, we saw more wildlife enjoying their natural habitat than we had ever seen before. Our trip was incredible. Maybe we can come back some day in the winter and seek out the wolves! If we do, we’ll be sure to go on a tour with you.

Thanks, Barb!

Hi, Just wanted to say the tour with Barb as our tour guide was awesome! She was very intuitive to all that was on the tour and really wanted us to enjoy our time on Yellowstone Park. Barb really went above and beyond what we expected and really appreicate her for it! To explain she stopped when any of us ask to take pictures and my husband drinks Mt. Dew she actually bought him one while we were at Old Faithfull, that he would have one in the cooler, just in case he did not find one. That made us feel so at home and really appreicated the attention she paid to listening to the group. She rates a 10 and thanks for the awesome tour. Barb was really knowledgible on the land of Yellowstone, which was really interesting to learn about! Thanks again for an awesome job!!!!!

I just wanted to let you know what a amazing day we had with your terrific tour guide mike last week on July 13th. Mike showed up for our private all day tour early and spent the entire day with us, never making us feel rushed. He took us “off the beaten path” showing us things we never would have seen on our own. Mike took the time to explain all kinds of interesting things to us about the animals and natural sites we were seeing. Mike also paid extra special attention to my kids, Julie and Steven and made sure that drank plenty of water and kept the pace of our hikes at level that was comfortable for them. Lunch on the shore of Yellowstone Lake was extra special and truly a once in a lifetime experience of us. Thanks again for a great day and please know you have a great asset in Mike, we feel lucky to have spent the day with him !
Eddie Straub
Susan, Julie and Steven

February 2, 2012

Hello! We (a group of 6) had the pleasure of touring Yellowstone in your snowcoach guided by Jake on Monday, January 30, 2012. Between the commraderie and great banter we had with Jake and the beautiful scenery, the snowcoach tour was our favorite part of the 4 day trip!

We saw a black wolf, a coyote, a bobcat, 7 elk, lots of buffalo, birds, beautiful scenery, Old Faithful (of course), etc. Jake went out of his way to ensure we had a great tour and saw as much wildlife as possible. Each of us walked away from our tour very happy and so very impressed with Jake, his knowledge of the park, geology and biology! We’ll recommend Yellowstone Alpen Guides (and getting Jake as the Guide) to everyone we know!

Thanks again and we hope to come back next year!

Stephanie in Dayton, Tennessee

Amazing Winter Snowcoach Tour!

March 2, 2012

I had the best time on the Old Faithful snow coach tour last week. Our guide was very knowledgeable and great fun and the trip was not only breathtaking with lots of animal sightings, but also very educational. We got the chance to walk around the geyser basin, which was absolutely amazing.

Thank you so much for a memorable trip! I wish I was still there.

Beyond Our Expectations…

I have been meaning to send you a note for two weeks! I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our tour of Yellowstone. It was beyond our expectations. Our guide was Sarah. She was awesome! She made us feel like we were all friends, out for a ride in Yellowstone together. She was so personable, professional, and a wealth of information about Yellowstone and the surrounding area. We could tell that she really loves what she does. It shows in how she interacts with the people on the tour. We actually missed her the following days when we were still in MT. All week, we kept saying “Sarah said this” and “Sarah said that”. You have an awesome associate working for you!

Dawn Surles
Wilmington, NC

Thanks for Two Great Tours!

Hi, We took two tours last month (July 2011). Lee was our guide for the Lower Loop tour, and John for the Evening Wildlife tour. We had the most wonderful time on both tours. The fellas were so very knowledgeable and personable. We learned soooo many things about the Park, the whys, whats, wherefores and all sorts of interesting tidbits of info.

Because of the tours, we felt that we had a much better understanding of the park. We headed out on our own to the places we liked the best and wanted to visit again. We were rewarded with more Bison, Elk, Deer and a couple of Rabbits!

We have referred several friends and today my cousin called for the address and phone number. They will be in West Yellowstone later this week. We will take more tours with this group when we return in the near future.

Thanks again to Lee and John.

Sincerely,
Rosemary and JR Heier
Cameron Park, CA 95682

Learning & Fun!

Our group of 8 had a private tour given by Sarah Beer on 7/31/11. We cannot express how much we all learned and the fun we had doing so with such a great guide as Sarah! Please pass on our thanks to her , we also thank your company for all it did for us!
Wonderful experience!

Kenner Amos
Wilmington, NC

Great Summer Private Tour!

Dear Yellowstone Alpen Guides,

I just wanted to say thank you for the great trip we had last week to Yellowstone. Our guide, Denise was superb! She was patient, knowledgeable and really knew the history, natural treasures and the geology of Yellowstone. We were very glad we chose to take the tour with her because we learned so much. My children were given a gift that will last them a lifetime. When we come back, we would very much like to have Denise take us on another tour. We have already recommended you to our family and friends. Thanks again!

Ted

Thank You

Good aft.

Would like to just say an official “thanks” to your organization–and especially to our driver, Dave who was our tour guide on Monday, March 7th to Old Faithful. He was very knowledgeable about the area, often stopping to give us some local Park history information at various spots around the Park. Photography being one of my semi-retired hobbies, he was especially accommodating in stopping at some sites in order for me to take some fun pictures of various scenes or wildlife.

Thanks again for the great experience. My son set the trip up-knowing how beautiful the area was from his snowmobile trips a dozen years or more ago.

mike tweeton
Apple Valley, MN

Fun With the Grandkids

My family spent the day in Yellowstone on Sunday, March 13 with John. I wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had. John did an amazing job! He was extremely knowledgeable and very patient with my four granddaughters (ages 9, 10, 11 & 12). They were actually taking notes and planning the extra credit reports they wanted to do for school. At one point Savannah, 9, whispered & said “Grandma, I thought this was going to be BORING, but it really isn’t!” We were thrilled at the variety & numbers of animals we saw – including two coyotes. So, thank you and please also tell John “thank you” again from all of us!

Allena Sutton
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Most Memorable Visit…

Last week my wife Sandra and I took the snow coach tour to Old Faithful area. The trip was exciting. We have been to Yellowstone many times during Spring, Summer and Fall. I think this trip will be the most memorable. We enjoyed the winter tour the most. Your guide Alice made the trip. She gave us facts even I didn’t know about the park and the geology. She offered us a walking tour around Old Faithful. We enjoyed our time with her. Please thank her for such a memorable time in Yellowstone.

Stephen and Sandra Bench.

Great Day in Yellowstone

Our snowcoach tour started on 2/16/11…destination Old Faithful. We arrived at the office to meet our tour guide. As myself, my girlfriend and another couple were standing in the office anxiously awaiting our tour a small man bolted into the room with his hand extended stating his name was Lee and he would be our tour guide. He then shook hands with all participants in his coach…”the Griz.” We all entered our coach and took our places and the tour begins. As we entered the park our guide Lee was very informational about the history of the park and the history of the snow coaches we were in. The weather was beautiful on our way to Old Faithful, sun was shining temp was great. We were able to see a large eagle nest, several cow elk, coyotes, bald eagle, golden eagle, several bison and the natural beauty of the landscape with in the park. We reached Old Faithful and the snow began…..full fledge blizzard. We did however see Old Faithful blow, had lunch at the firehole lounge wich was very good and roamed the gift shops. On the way out of the park we again seen the bison, elk, a coyote standing in the river and several other small animals. We had an opportunity to get out of the coach and take walk through the mud pots and geo-thermal ponds. During the walk through this area Lee was very good about explaining everything to us not just in present but the diffrences that have evolved over the years and what is expected in the years to come. I would have to say that our snow coach experience was very relaxing, informative and made for a very good day. I think our guide Lee was a man that was knowledgeable about his job, the park and the area in general, he was very interesting person and seemed very passionate about all issues involving the park and the animals that reside within. He had a very good sense of humor which made the experience all that more enjoyable. Overall…..great day. Would do again. The Griz was great very comfortable. Would suggest a speaker for tour guide to talk into so all passengers could easily hear him. Thanks again for a great day. Nice to see the park with the sun shining on the way in and a blizzard on the way out. Chad, kea, dan and tara

Better Than We Expected…

We were a group of 4 adults, one child. We reserved a private coach for the old faithful tour in January. We had an absolutely amazing time. I knew it would be fun, but this exceeded my expectations. The Bombadires was so much fun to ride in. I am so glad I chose this company as opposed to the “run-of-the mill” kind. Our guide John was very informative and friendly. We can’t thank him enough.

Great Winter Trip

On Saturday 2/26 my wife Susan Dostal and I had the pleasure of taking a ride into the Park with our guide, Lee. The trip was great. The coach (DeLacy) was an amazing combination of technology and baling wire. Lee was completely gracious and helpful and informative. It was a great time.
Thanks,
Bob Wood
Helena, Mt.

Great Photo Tour

My husband & I were recently on a photography tour in Yellowstone and were extremely impressed with Alpen Guide Joe Moore. We had spent several days in Yellowstone with another company and, being a photographer, I wanted to take as many decent pictures as possible. I understand the limitations of and park rules for some modes of transportation. However, I (and came to learn that others) often felt that they were being used as an excuse, to not have to assist those of us trying to take photographs.

Obviously, the Bombardier design is more photographer friendly. However, that still doesn’t make getting good pictures a no-brainer. The day we left Yellowstone, Dan and I were in the lead Bombardier with Joe Moore, as was another tour member interested in photography. At the first stop that Joe made, my view was blocked despite having my head up through the roof. The other photographer had a straight shot. I asked Joe, one time, if he could move the coach a little so I could get a shot. He did, waiting until the other photographer had gotten her shots. Then, he gladly accommodated me. To my surprise, afterwards, EVERYTIME we stopped for a photo op, Joe always asked if we had good position for taking our pictures and adjusted the Bombardier accordingly. He truly helped us get good shots and made our final day completely enjoyable.

While eating dinner on that final night, Dan & I were speaking with yet another photographer in the group. I commented on how photographer-friendly I found Joe to be and how disappointed I had been previously. This gentleman was in complete agreement. He mentioned that he had noticed how Joe was “making adjustments” for us to take pictures and “…felt like their driver followed suit.” Several other, point & shoot, members of the group came up during the conversation and even they commented on how much better the pictures they took, on that particular day, were.

Our day with Joe was the highlight of our trip. You have a wonderful employee, who takes the time to listen to the clients and help them accomplish their goals. Thank you.

Deana and Dan Cantwell=

Great Winter Trip!

What a great time. Jane and I enjoyed all of the day. Our guide, “Swanny” was an absolute joy. He was informative of the history, wildlife, weather, politics, you name it. He was also humorous and above all patient. Just a great asset to the experience. I feel guilty that I under tipped him. He made the trip.
The lunches were great.
Next time we’re doing the canyon trip.
Thanks again for a life time experience, Yellowstone in Winter!
Jim Perkins

Unforgettable Trip…

Hello –

I’m not sure if you’ll remember me, but I was a volunteer helping Henry Holdsworth back in January 2007 on a “Winter in Yellowstone” Arizona Highways Photography Workshop. I had the great pleasure of having Mike Bryers as my snowcoach driver and guide during that workshop. As a direct result of my memorable experience then, when my family decided to return to Yellowstone this past Christmas, we booked our 12/26/10 private charter through Yellowstone Alpen Guides and specifically requested Mike to be our driver.

Thanks entirely to Mike – his unforgettable humor, unmatched knowledge about the park, and extensive kindness – he gave the Sperry family a trip through Yellowstone we will never forget! My two young nephews can’t stop talking about all the eagles and bison they saw during their trip; the five adults can’t stop laughing about all the funny stories and quips Mike shared along the way.

Rest assured, any time we decide to return to Yellowstone, we will be requesting Mike through the Yellowstone Alpen Guides. A big and warm “thanks” to you and especially Mike for enabling our family to have such a wonderful time!

Happy New Year!
Colleen

Winter in Yellowstone

We just wanted to let you all know how much we enjoyed our trip through Yellowstone today. Our guide John did a fantastic job-he was so knowledgeable, professional, and full of information, not to mention a great wildlife spotter! It was truly a very special day for us!

Many thanks,
Bonnie and Oliver Carr

Great Day with the Edwards Family!

Thank you so much for doing business with our family. Denise was a WONDERFUL guide. She was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our “little people”. We were fortunate to see lots of wildlife and have beautiful weather. We would highly recommend your outfit again to anyone interested.

Bears, Bears, Bears…

We booked a tour on Friday on 9th July.
We were picked up at our hotel by John, and had the most wonderful afternoon and early evening.
He was such a good guide….we were with the 2 enthusiastic American couples and saw one black bear and 10 grizzlies!
John let us watch, didn’t rush us and it was a truly memorable day.

So many thanks for making a time to remember, if we revisit, you will be the first web site we go on.
Thanks to Spring (she was so patient with our booking), and to John (I think even he was amazed by the bears on view that day!).

3 Amazing Tours

I had a trip to Montana for a conference, and added a few days to see Yellowstone. I knew I would see the most with a tour group, and was more than pleased with my tours with Yellowstone Alpen Guides. From Spring on the phone and email to the guides for my tours, I had a great experience. I’m ready to come back for winter tours… just need more time off work!
I took 3 tours in 2 days. My first day, I did the morning mist kayak tour. Somehow, I got extremely lucky and had not only amazing weather but a great guide, Brenda. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they didn’t cancel my tour despite the fact that I ended up being the only one that morning. I loved the views of the mountains, Hebgen lake, and some of the birds in the region. My 2nd tour on my 1st day was the upper loop with Connie. I LOVED Connie, is all I have to say – but then again, I have a soft spot for (science) teachers… We had a great trip despite the rain/drizzle. As a result of the not so nice weather, it was actually spectacular for animal viewing; we saw a grizzly eating on a bison carcass with a silver wolf waiting in the distance.

My 3rd tour was the lower loop with Brenda. It was a very well organized trip; we had just enough time to see all the major sites without feeling rushed. If I had done this myself, I would have never been able to see so much in a day. Even though she’s not a true native to the area, she knew an astounding amount of information about all the sights and stops along the way, as well as the park and region in general. I still don’t understand how she’s biked in Yellowstone with shorts in the snow…

Thank you for an amazing experience. The door-to-door pick up and drop off was an added bonus, as was the discount for booking 3 or more tours. I’ll definitely be taking a snow coach tour or 2 or 3 in the future – again, as soon as I find some more vacation time.

Ann G.

Great Tour!

We had a great time on our tour with Lee. Please pass on to him our thanks and praise for the wonderful day. We so enjoyed our day there touring the park. He was very knowledgeable and gave us interesting info at the geyers, about the Fire of 1988 (interesting to know someone who lived trhough it and could give personal insight into the events of those terrible days), history of the early explorers, etc. The picnic luch was very good and more than we expected. We lucked out with great weather and seeing some wildlife too. Only downside to this trip is that we just got a taste of a place we want to explore more. Lee, thanks for the GREAT DAY. We would refer you to anyone who wants to get a great overview of the park with a knowledgeble guide.

Cutter Family Tour

We took a wildlife evening tour on June 16th with Connie. She was awesome! She had an extensive knowledge of Yellowstone and the surrounding area. It was interesting to learn about the area from her. We saw coyote pups, bison, bison calves, elk, pronghorn, pronghorn calves, bighorn sheep, a bald eagle and more. I don’t think we would have seen all that on our own. We also learned a lot about the animals we saw. The tour was so much fun!
Thank you to Connie for giving us such a great experience!

~Michelle Cutter (Tim, Christie and Anthony)

From the Holyman Family

Just wanted to say a great big thank you to both you and Brenda for a fantastic day last week.

We all had an absolutely incredible day and Brenda was a joy throughout. Her knowledge of the area made the day a great learning experience as well as enabling us to see a lot of wildlife. Please pass on our thanks to Brenda and tell her that the buffalo experience was enjoyed by us all!!!

Thanks once again for a great day.

Regards
Paul