Tetons - Yellowstone
July 27 - August 1, 2013
We’re wild about Wyoming! The spirit of the west is alive and well in Jackson, our base for this adventure. Hiking in the Tetons rewards us with inspirational views and maybe a moose or two. We'll see bald eagles while floating down the Snake River before white water rafting the gorge. Sea kayaking on Jackson Lake is pure serenity and our horse ride outside Jackson is an iconic western experience. Yellowstone’s wonderful waterfalls and the spectacular golden canyon are a trip highlight. See all the best geysers and boiling pools while biking around Yellowstone. We are poignantly reminded of the past while watching the gentle buffalo graze. These mountains and thermal areas are surely the jewels of the National Park system.
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Fly into Jackson Hole, WY by 3pm. Your guide will meet you off your flight and drive to our cozy cabin lodging in town. Jackson has 10,000 year-round residents but that swells to 50,000 in summer so it’s a fun place to be! This afternoon we'll take a ski lift up to the top of Snow King Mountain for great views of the Tetons. After dinner, you may want to explore the shops.
Drive to the Snake River Canyon for a two-hour horse ride. You have two choices, both in the Bridger Teton National Forest with views of the Snake River Canyon and the Gros Ventre Wilderness. One is a little more challenging where you will climb 2,000 vertical feet on trails that are steep in parts on both the uphill and downhill. The other is a more leisurely ride that climbs about 1000’. The horses are well trained so a novice can complete either ride. Return to Jackson for lunch then drive north to Yellowstone National Park. Check into Old Faithful accommodations. Sometimes we can get rooms in the Inn and other times we stay in Lodge cabins. Either way you’ll be staying right next to Old Faithful so you can enjoy hourly performances of the geyser at your leisure. Dinner this evening is at the Snow Lodge.
You may like to wander geyser hill at sunrise for great photos. Breakfast today will be at Old Faithful Inn. Today we ride bikes out to Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the US. Yellowstone contains half of the world’s hydrothermal features including over 300 geysers, and often we are lucky enough to see one or two erupt. We’ll see Morning Glory pool and Sapphire spring at Biscuit Basin. On our way back we’ll picnic next to the Firehole River. In the afternoon we’ll make our way north to Mammoth Hot Springs. Most of this area has been dry the last few years but the silica terraces are still a marvel to behold. Spend the night in cute rustic cabins at Roosevelt Lodge. It’s fun to gather at the rocking chairs on the Lodge verandah for a pre-dinner beverage.
It’s a high elevation morning as we drive south to see the splendor of the Yellowstone Falls in their own magnificent grand canyon. Along the way we’ll include stops at Tower Falls and also at Lamar Valley, one of the many places in the area where wolves were reintroduced in 1995. The Yellowstone Falls area is arguably the best scenery in the Park. We’ll walk to Artist’s Point, the Brink of the Lower Falls and to Inspiration Point. There’s plenty of time to drink in the scenery before lunch at Canyon Village. Heading south through Hayden Valley we’re sure to see herds of buffalo and often they are close to the road and sometimes even crossing the river. This afternoon we'll drive into the Grand Teton National Park and sea kayak on the serenity of Jackson Lake with the beautiful Teton mountains as our backdrop. The views are wonderful and this is an especially relaxing time on the water. Check into our cabin lodging next to the lake and dine at the resort restaurant.
It's hiking day so we’ll eat a hearty breakfast! It’s also a busy day on the trail so we’ll get an early start to beat the crowds! Drive to Jenny Lake and catch a boat across to the trailhead. Hike to Hidden Falls then to Inspiration Point for wonderful views. We're hiking back into Cascade Canyon this morning with the Tetons towering all about us. Hopefully we'll see moose near the creek or in amongst the spruce trees. We’ll be back on the boat before the crowd and near Jackson we'll visit the National Wildlife Museum. This is also a perfect place to lunch after you’ve enjoyed the amazing art. Check into our cabins for a two-night stay. We’ll change into our swimsuits and drive south to Granite Hot Springs – the perfect place to soak those tired hiking muscles. Dinner in Jackson.
It’s another early start today to eat a cooked breakfast before meeting the rafting company and our scenic whitewater trip on the Snake River. The first section is a scenic float trip for 8 miles where we see bald eagles (our record is 22!) and sometimes, moose. Soon we'll be dressing for the white water rafting section which is a fun 8 miles through class 2 and 3 rapids. We’ll eat a deli lunch back at the raft base. After showers back at our cabins you’ll have free time in Jackson before our farewell dinner. Tour ends. Accommodation for tonight is included.
Jackson is such a fun town you may want to consider staying an extra day!