OK you do not need to get there a full hour before you leave but you will miss a charming storyteller if you get there late. We were told to arrive at 3:45 - just pushed back an hour to adjust for shorter August days. Family of four with two young kids - we are from the Northeast so this was a unique experience for us and we loved it. Worried that it might be overly cheesy but it wasn't. Food was good - steak, roosevelt beans (delicious), apple crisp, potato salad, corn muffins, corn and cowboy coffee (which I did not love). Our guide for the wagon ride was Justin and he was so likable and funny - the staff all around was a great fit. We really enjoyed our evening. You eat dinner in Pleasant Valley and get to see more of Yellowstone - saw Pronghorn Sheep and Bison on the way to the dinner. Not cheap $216. for a family of four still a great evening and a good meal.