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About Obsidian Expeditions

Obsidian Expeditions is a minority and women-owned (MWBE) tour operator based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our mission is to create lifelong memories of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for our valued guests, their families, and their friends.

Our family-oriented tours are designed to help our valued guests see and experience the region’s most iconic wildlife and scenic landscapes and experience the must-do activities from the comfort and safety of one of our luxury vehicles.

For the more adventurous, we offer horseback rides, fly fishing tours, rock climbing, and exhilarating whitewater rafting trips down the wild and scenic Yellowstone or Snake Rivers through our partners.

Seasonal half, full, and multi-day tours are arranged daily from Big Sky, Bozeman, Jackson Hole & West Yellowstone.

The Obsidian Cliffs of Yellowstone National Park
Stacy Noland Managing Partner & Tour Director

Stacy is a managing partner and tour director for Obsidian Expeditions, a professional snowboard instructor, recovering technophile, and 90’s grunge music aficionado.

Born in Alabama, Stacy spent his youth hiking, rappelling, and orienteering in the foothills of Appalachia. After graduating from college, Noland heeded the words of the American author Horace Greeley to “go west, young man,” and moved to Seattle, where he quickly found his passion for youth development and environmental sustainability.

Lisa Heslop Co-Managing Partner & Operations Director

In addition to the titles of Operations Director & Tour Guide, Lisa proudly takes on the role of Chief Vehicle Detailer, and she’s a firm believer in the transformational power of the month-long road trip.

Lisa was born in a small British Columbia Mountain Town at the confluence of the Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers, but her family relocated to Vancouver before she could walk or learn to ski. She spent her youth cycling to nearby seashores, exploring regional parks, and discovered a love for Alpine and Nordic skiing on the North Shore Mountains and at Whistler/Blackcomb.

Ted Jackson Lead Tour Guide & Resident Rock Nerd

Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, Ted Jackson has dedicated his life to studying all things outdoors and helping people. His passion started at a very young age when he regularly attended camps and outdoor adventure programs. His outdoor experiences continued to evolve as he grew up.

Ted attended St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, specializing in Volcanology, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, and Structural Geology. Ted spent most of his class time observing geological features in the Adirondacks.

Brooke Bartleson Tour Guide & Bear Whisperer

Ever since she saw her first bear in the wild at sixteen, it has been hard to separate Brooke from wildlife. Originally from New Jersey, her first bear experience inspired her to endeavor to get closer to the wildest and most inspiring places on the planet.

She moved West to attend college at the University of Colorado Boulder as soon as she could. Each new step in her life has taken her further and further into the wild: from Colorado, where she graduated college and worked for a Ski Resort. To Utah, where she tracked mountain lions for a private remote camera trap study. She worked as a research technician in Idaho and Montana for a USFW wolverine population study.