Be part of a unique wilderness expedition through Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole

Here, in a remote corner of Wyoming, was where it all began. Home to wolves, grizzlies and the densest concentration of geysers on the planet, Yellowstone was not just America’s, but the whole world’s very first national park. Join us on this special expedition as we tour the highlights of the park – Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots and Yellowstone’s own Grand Canyon – before heading deeper into the wilderness for a full day of hiking. Unlike many tours, this trip also takes in the natural wonders of nearby Grand Teton National Park. Camp on secluded Grassy Island, explore Jackson Lake by kayak and float down the Snake River as eagles swoop in the air above. Designed so you have enough time to get under the skin of each place, this adventure is truly a walk (and a paddle) on the wild side.
Warning - this is a new trip for us!
While we have thoroughly researched this area to put together this trip, it still must be remembered that this is a relatively new trip for us. To be frank, we expect some things to go wrong. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If it concerns you then we recommend that you wait for a year until we get any bugs ironed out.

Start
Jackson Hole, United States
Finish
Jackson Hole, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Walking & Trekking
Code
SSXY
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4 Max 12
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Yellowstone is one of the world’s greatest and oldest national parks, but visitors often just drive to its hotspots. This trip gets you out into the middle of the wilderness – explore it up close and on foot on a choice of trails past waterfalls, canyons and geysers
  • Get a truly wild wilderness camping experience – spend two nights at a private campsite on an island in the middle of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park
  • Don’t miss out on the stunning landscape of Grand Teton like the majority of travellers who just pass through. This trip takes you into its remote heart, to kayak around Jackson Lake and hike away from well-trodden trails
  • Challenge yourself with active days hiking and kayaking, then savour the reward of an effortless float down the Snake River, watching the mountains go by and animals graze along the shore

Itinerary

Welcome to the USA. On arrival, join your group for a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. Your evening is then free to do as you wish. Perhaps join the group for an optional dinner or check out the action at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
Special Information
Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Drive to Yellowstone National Park (approx 2-3 hours). Spend the day getting acquainted with the park on a driving tour with a few short hikes as a warm up to the following day's activities. See Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone among many other geological wonders. Short walks on wooden platforms allow us to walk around the geysers, staring into their epicentres of fantastic turquoise colours, all with the familiar scent of sulphur in the air. This park is also home to grizzlies, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes and a host of other creatures. However, the most notable resident is the American bison. These incredible animals roam freely in herds throughout the park and often use the park roads as well (not to mention wandering through the campgrounds). This evening you will set up camp in the park. Your group leader will explain the special precautions that must be taken while camping in this wild area - such as storing food in animal-proof boxes and cleaning the camp of all food items like dishcloths, snacks/food and any other scented items.
Today is about exploring areas of the park more in depth on some longer hikes. Your leader will be able to recommend the best spots as well as shuttle people around the park. If you are feeling very active, perhaps tackle Mt Washburn for great views all the way over the Tetons. If something flatter takes your fancy, then try one of the lake trails such as Clear Lake. Other favourites include the Fairy Falls hike and the Lone Star Geyser trail. In the evening you'll return to the campsite for another night.
After breakfast you will pack up camp and transfer down to Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Here you'll launch your kayaks and head towards Grassy Island, which is where you'll make our camp for the next two nights. If time permits, you can head to the shore of Moran Bay and take a hike up Moran Canyon. This is a great place for wildlife-spotting, especially moose, elk, coyotes, black bears and maybe even a beaver.
Special Information
Notes: Camping on Grassy Island is basic. There are no permanent facilities so you will need to be prepared to rough it and go without a shower for a couple of nights. It is worth it though for the experience of camping in such a beautiful setting away from other groups and travellers.
Wake up to sunrise over Jackson Lake before getting back in the kayaks and paddling to Bearpaw Bay. Here you'll hop out of the kayaks and set off on foot on a hike to Paintbrush Canyon, where you'll find great views of Leigh and Jackson Lakes. In the afternoon, return to the kayaks and paddle back to Grassy Island for another night of camping.
After breakfast and packing up camp, paddle back to the boat ramp where you'll leave the kayaks behind and travel by van to the Snake River, where you'll commence a float trip along the base of the Tetons. This will be a much more relaxing excursion than those of the previous days. No paddling is required. All you need to do is sit back and watch the scenery go past. Keep an eye out for pronghorns and moose grazing along the edge of the river, and for eagles soaring above or nesting in the treetops. Take-out further down river and then return to Jackson in the late afternoon. After checking in to your lodge you'll be able to have a long-awaited shower, before perhaps heading out for dinner with the group to celebrate your achievements over the past few days.
Your trip finishes after breakfast today. There are no more activities planned and you're free to depart at anytime.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Kayak, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Lodge (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • River rafting

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Hike & Kayak Yellowstone , September 2016