National Park Day Tour FAQs

 

Taking a day tour with us in a National Park? Take a look at the common questions before embarking on your tour.

All Parks

Do I really need to bring a rain jacket?

We would highly recommend you bring a rain jacket if there is a slight chance of rain in the forecast. It’s always best to bring a lightweight rain coat.

What do you mean by appropriate layered clothing?

At a minimum, appropriate clothing is base layers made of a wicking synthetic material or a natural fiber like wool or silk. Avoid cotton in cold weather, especially next to the skin. The mid layer will be an insulated jacket, ideally a “puffy” with synthetic or down fill. Your outermost layer will be a waterproof/resistant jacket (depending on conditions) and pants. The key to comfort is layers that can be easily removed/adjusted to dial in to your activity level.

Do I really need 3 liters of water?

It is best to bring 3L of water for your tour. Three liters is the perfect amount to keep you hydrated all day, depending on the length of your tour.

What is the age limit of your tours?

Hikers must be at least 12 years old to join our scheduled Yosemite hikes, and younger hikers may be accommodated on a private tour.

Are these tours family friendly?

Yes! Because our tours are designed to meet the needs of all levels of skill and experience, our trips can be enjoyed by all.

Yosemite National Park Tours

What will the weather be like on my tour?

Don’t forget to check the weather well in advance, and just before your tour to make sure you’re well equipped for the elements. Be sure to check the weather at your tour’s starting location, as conditions around the park may vary.

How will I recognize my guide at the trailhead?

Your guide will be wearing a baseball hat with an REI logo. If meeting at Badger Pass or Curry Village, your guide will be next to a vehicle with an REI logo on the side.

What if I have to use the restroom during our tour?

Depending on your tour, there may or may not be a restroom at the trailhead or along the trail. Your guide however, will carry supplies for using the outdoor restroom affectionately referred to as the “facili-trees”. We follow Leave No Trace principles when using the restroom on trail by packing out toilet paper. This is a type of rite of passage for outdoor adventurers so embrace it and don’t be afraid to ask your guide for helpful hints.

Is it ok if I’ve never showshoed before?

Yes! We have one trip that requires snowshoes(provided) and many of our guests have never shoeshoed before. Your guide will be sure to make sure you’re fitted properly and confident in their use.

What kind of lunch is provided?

Lunch is a trail lunch spread that includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.

Will our guide carry a first-aid kit?

All guides carry a basic first-aid kit for emergencies. Our guides are also Wilderness First Responder certified.

Will I have cell service during the tour?

There will be little to no cell service at the trailhead and once we’re far enough on the trail, we’ll lose it entirely. If you plan to use your phone as a camera, put it on airplane mode to conserve battery.

Where can we get dinner nearby after the tour?

The Bug Hostel is a cozy spot with a cabin vibe and superb food. For a classy dinner, check out Savourys in Mariposa as they feature the best menu in town.

Is there live music near the park tonight?

There is a good chance! Mariposa is a musical town with live bands at spots like The Groove House, The Hideout Saloon, and Alley Lounge.

Where can I get tire chains nearby?

The Stage Stop Gas station rents and sells tire chains for the best price in town. O’Reilly Auto Parts in Mariposa also sells chains.

Rocky Mountain National Park

When and where do I meet our tour guide?

Each tour can meet at different spots. Please refer to the description on your tour page for specific meeting directions and location.

What if I have to use the restroom while on the tour?

Depending on your tour, there may or may not be a restroom at the trailhead or along the trail. Your guide however, will carry supplies for using the outdoor restroom affectionately referred to as the “facili-trees”. We follow Leave No Trace principles when using the restroom on trail by packing out toilet paper. This is a type of rite of passage for outdoor adventurers so embrace it and don’t be afraid to ask your guide for helpful hints.

What kind of lunch is provided?

Lunch is a trail lunch spread that includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.

Will our guide carry a first-aid kit?

All guides carry a basic first-aid kit for emergencies. Our guides are also Wilderness First Responder certified.

Will I have cell service during the tour?

There will be little to no cell service at the trailhead and once we’re far enough on the trail, we’ll lose it entirely. If you plan to use your phone as a camera, put it on airplane mode to conserve battery.

Yellowstone National Park

When and where do I meet our tour guide?

Each tour can meet at different spots. Please refer to the description on your tour page for specific meeting directions and location.

What if I have to use the restroom during the tour?

Depending on your tour, there may or may not be a restroom at the trailhead or along the trail. Your guide however, will carry supplies for using the outdoor restroom affectionately referred to as the “facili-trees”. We follow Leave No Trace principles when using the restroom on trail by packing out toilet paper. This is a type of rite of passage for outdoor adventurers so embrace it and don’t be afraid to ask your guide for helpful hints.

What kind of lunch is provided?

Lunch is a trail lunch spread that includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.

Will our guide carry a first-aid kit?

All guides carry a basic first-aid kit for emergencies. Our guides are also Wilderness First Responder certified.

Will I have cell service during the tour?

There will be little to no cell service at the trailhead and once we’re far enough on the trail, we’ll lose it entirely. If you plan to use your phone as a camera, put it on airplane mode to conserve battery.