Wildlife-watching, floating, and discovery
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|Trip Length||6 days/5 nights|
|Arrive/Depart||Bozeman, Montana/Jackson, Wyoming|
|Price||From $3,095 to $3,495|
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|*Price varies depending upon departure's group size.|
Day 1 (Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park) Follow in the return-journey footsteps of Lewis and Clark over Bozeman Pass to the Yellowstone River, then leave that historic trail and turn south into the Paradise Valley headed straight for Yellowstone National Park. For our first, easy Yellowstone hike, the guide will choose a favorite trail near Mammoth Hot Springs. We’ll also wander the boardwalks through the fascinating and beautiful travertine mineral terraces, and have a chance to visit the Albright Visitor Center. Rivers are a big part of the Western experience, and you’ll start yours this afternoon on a fun and splashy whitewater ride down the Yellowstone.
Day 2 (Yellowstone National Park) Early this morning we’ll make our way toward the Old Faithful area over the 8,878-foot Dunraven Pass. First stop is the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We’ll find the best vantage points for photographs, and enjoy a short hike. Moving on, we pass through the broad Hayden Valley—one of the best places in the park to view wildlife. Bison, elk, grizzly bears, coyotes, wolves, and a host of other species live here. We’ll arrive at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge in time for dinner. For dessert, catch an eruption of Old Faithful in the soft evening light.
Day 3 (Yellowstone National Park) This whole day is dedicated to discovering, exploring, and learning about the bizarre and fascinating world of geysers, hot pools, and mud pots. Possibilities include a hike to off-the-beaten-path spots like Lone Star geyser as well as other amazing thermal oddities. This famous Upper Geyser Basin holds more active geysers than the rest of the world put together. Be sure to make time this evening to walk around the Inn and check out its rustic architecture and three-story interior balconies.
Day 4 (Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks) Today we make our way out of Yellowstone and into Grand Teton National Park. There will be an opportunity en route to hike or explore on your own a little bit, and visit some of the fantastic visitor centers. The new and impressive Laurance Rockefeller Preserve boasts the first LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the national park system. If time allows, we'll take a boat ride across Jenny Lake this afternoon. You can either return on the boat or stretch your legs on a hike back around the lake. This evening in Jackson, explore the many wonderful restaurants for dinner on your own.
Day 5 (Grand Teton National Park and Snake River float) This morning we float the scenic Snake River through the heart of Grand Teton National Park. This is a calm water float with majestic views, and great wildlife-watching opportunities. Our river guides have a wealth of natural history knowledge and local stories as well. In the afternoon, the guide will gauge interest and energy levels in choosing the best activities to wind out the day. For tonight’s fond-farewell dinner celebration, we savor the innovative cuisine at the Rendezvous Bistro.
Day 6 (Departures home from Jackson) Flights home are out of Jackson this morning. For more flight options, you can shuttle over the dramatic Teton Pass to the airport at Idaho Falls.