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Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s First National Park

National ParksImmerse yourself in the magnificent beauty of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with VBT.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 2 - 6 mi
  • Daily Walking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Walking Activity
  • Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness

We’ll follow some of the nation’s most scenic walking paths, leaving the boardwalks behind so we can gaze upon majestic vistas sure to take your breath away, from the soaring jagged Tetons to the plummeting Yellowstone Falls, from spectacular Old Faithful to the Geyser Basin, the world’s largest geothermal area. We also leave the trails for a boat crossing of Jenny Lake. Along the way, we stay in historic lodges steeped in park history and rustic splendor.

Cultural Highlights

• Walk the trails of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
• Stay in historic park lodges
• Explore the world’s largest geothermal area
• Savor lunch with views of Yellowstone Falls
• Take in the vivid colors of Grand Prismatic Spring
• Raft float on Snake River
• View Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife
• Stroll amidst Yellowstone’s unique vegetation

What To Expect

This tour features fairly easy terrain, with some gradual climbs and spectacular views. We walk on a variety of surfaces, including dirt trails and paved roads. On rainy days the footpaths can be muddy and slippery. Both morning and afternoon walking options are available on most days. This tour is ideal for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced walkers. Our VBT support vehicle is available at specific meeting points for those who need assistance. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk.

Average Daily Mileage: 2 – 6 miles
Average Walking Time: 2 – 4 hours

What’s Included:

• 5 nights at historic in-park lodges
• 11 meals – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
• FREE use of VBT walking poles
• Service of two VBT Trip Leaders
• On-tour vehicle support
• Daily route directions and maps
• Welcome reception
• Sightseeing and cultural activities
• Transfers
• Admission to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
• 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
• Special Good Buy Discount

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Yellowstone
Aug 71°/37°   Sep 61°/30°

Average Precipitation (in.) – Yellowstone
Aug 1.5    Sep 1.5

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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Arrive Grand Teton National Park / Jackson Lake Lodge

VBT Trip Leaders will offer a shuttle to the lodge from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). The shuttle works on a “show and go” basis and will make its only departure from the Jackson Hole Airport to pick up guests at 1:00 pm. Your VBT Trip Leaders will be wearing staff garments and carrying VBT signs and the vehicles will have VBT signage on the doors. If you are arriving after this shuttle departs, or your flight is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach Jackson Lake Lodge. Please plan to have lunch before leaving Jackson or bring a packed lunch with you.

Guests driving to the tour should park their cars at the airport for the week. Parking rates are approximately $12 per day and must be pre-paid at the Jackson Hole Airport.

En route to Grand Teton National Park, we stop at the famed “Mormon Row” of iconic homesteads, including the Moulton Barn, magnificently framed by the Teton Range in the background. After a safety briefing and orientation session with our Trip Leaders, we’ll have time for a short stroll and opportunity to photograph this spectacular scene. Herds of buffalo and elk are common around the old homesteads.

We continue to the Grand Teton National Park Visitor and Discovery Center in Moose, Wyoming before heading into the park. Get acquainted with the park at the Visitor Center, where you can get your National Park Passport stamped and pick up souvenirs.

Surrounded by spectacular views, we continue through the Snake River Valley to the Jackson Lake Lodge, the largest and most famous hotel in the park. It is best known for its cozy fieldstone fireplace and towering 60 foot-tall panoramic windows with views extending to the Teton Range.

After you have settled in and explored the lodge, regroup for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge
Meals: D
Daily Options: 2-3 miles

DAY 2: Walk Jenny Lake / Explore Jackson Lake area

After breakfast at our lodge, we travel by van to Jenny Lake, the main hub in the heart of the Tetons. From here, trails range from flat walks around the lake to expeditions to the heights of the Grand Tetons. We’ll stay close to Jenny Lake, where we can enjoy incredible views of the Teton Range from the trail.

Our walk takes us around Jenny Lake along the 5-mile Jenny Lake Trail, following the perimeter of the lake. Keep an eye out for wildlife in and around the lake. We will finish our walk with a ferry across Jenny Lake back to the trailhead and Visitor Center where we meet our group and Trip Leaders. Stop along the way at one of the many scenic overlooks to enjoy your packed lunch.

After, we return to Jackson Lake Lodge where you can take in some invigorating outdoor activities. Swim in the outdoor pool or go for a stroll on one of several popular trails from the lodge. Later in the afternoon, we drive to the Snake River and board large rafts for a scenic trip down the river. Our early evening float takes us approximately 10 miles downriver with breathtaking panoramic views of the Teton Range all around us. We then return to the lodge.

For those interested in fishing instead of walking, full-day, guided fly fishing trips on the Snake River are also available and can be booked by calling 307-690-4664. As the fishing trips fill early, we recommend booking as early as possible.

The evening is yours to enjoy at the lodge where several dining options are available.

Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 3-7 miles

DAY 3: Transfer to Canyon Lodge / Hike Storm Point Trail

Wake up early this morning for a short, optional walk to Lunch Tree Hill, or linger over breakfast at the lodge. We depart Jackson Lake Lodge—and Grand Teton National Park—this morning and make our way into Yellowstone.

Our transfer takes us north across the park border into Yellowstone. We pause at several sites along the way, including Grant Village Visitor Center and West Thumb Geyser Basin. The West Thumb Geyser Basin offers a short interpretive walk and excellent photo opportunities. We arrive in time for lunch on your own at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel.

This afternoon we gather with our Trip Leaders and make a short transfer to the Storm Point Trail. This invigorating walk takes us through shaded old-growth lodgepole pine forest, left untouched by the 1988 Yellowstone wildfires, to an overlook offering impressive views of Lake Yellowstone.

We arrive at Canyon Lodge located on the east side of the park only half a mile from the famous Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and its Lower Falls. After checking into our rooms and enjoying our surroundings, we dine at our lodge this evening.

Hotel: Canyon Lodge
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 3-4 miles

DAY 4: Walk along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone / Transfer to Old Faithful Snow Lodge

As the sun rises, we enjoy breakfast at our lodge. Then we travel by van to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

When huge volcanic eruptions occurred here around 600,000 years ago, they created a massive, lava-filled caldera. This caldera makes up much of what we now know as Yellowstone National Park. The magnificent landscape we see here today—including the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone—has been sculpted over millennia.

We walk along the rim of the canyon this morning, marveling at spectacular views of the two largest waterfalls in Yellowstone—the Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon. We stop along the way for a packed lunch with impressive views of the canyon below.

Later, we shuttle to Old Faithful Snow Lodge, our hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy time on your own this afternoon to explore or relax. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 4-6 miles

DAY 5: Walk around Grand Prismatic Spring / Explore the Upper Geyser Basin

After breakfast, we depart Old Faithful Snow Lodge and shuttle along the scenic Grand Loop to the Midway Geyser Basin. Our footfalls take us over the Firehole River and around the magnificent Grand Prismatic Spring. The surrounding hillsides are still recovering from the famous forest fires of 1988.

After visiting the Midway Geyser Basin, we return to Old Faithful.

Perhaps we’ll arrive just in time for an eruption. Perhaps we’ll take a stroll around the Geyser Basin before returning to witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles. Choose to either take a flat walk through the Geyser Basin or challenge yourself with a hike to the top of Observation Point for a view over the vast Upper Geyser Basin below. Stop along the way to enjoy your packed lunch while admiring this unique environment, home to nearly 50% of the world’s geothermal features. No matter which trail you choose, be sure to pause for an Old Faithful eruption, occurring every 90 minutes or so.

Afterward, we have time to relax at Old Faithful Snow Lodge with its heavy timber construction, a significant example of classic “parkitecture.”

You might also wish to peruse the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, open since 2010. And every 90 minutes, you can always walk over to view an Old Faithful eruption.

Tonight, we toast our discoveries of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone during a farewell dinner at our lodge.

Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 3-8 miles

DAY 6: Return home

Shortly after breakfast, we say goodbye to Old Faithful and depart the lodge by shuttle at 9:00 am, arriving at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) at 11:30 am. Flights departing before 1:30 pm are not recommended.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s First National Park

Canyon Lodge

Canyon Lodge is located within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park on the park’s east side, only half a mile from the famous Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. It is the largest of the properties in Yellowstone with over 500 rooms and cabins. The Superior Lodge Rooms are equipped with an activity table with chairs, coffee maker and refrigerator, and bathroom with tub/shower combo. WiFi is available in the lobby and your rooms at an additional cost.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is an award-winning facility with an appeal that is both rustic and contemporary. Located within Yellowstone National Park, this luxurious retreat of classic log architecture was constructed recently and is one of the only lodging facilities open during the summer and winter seasons. The main building is made of wooden log columns with a cedar shingle roof. Some of the lodge's wood was recycled from the same mill that provided lumber for the famous Old Faithful Inn in 1904. Old Faithful Geyser and Geyser Basin are nearby. WiFi is available in the lobby and guest rooms at an additional cost.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake Lodge is located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, offering magnificent mountain views. Built in 1950, when the park was formed, the lodge is unique in that it brings together the “luxuriously primitive” design of architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and a sleek 1950’s modernism. Perhaps the most notable feature of the lodge is the 60-foot panoramic windows that frame the Teton Range and Jackson Lake. You can explore on your own along several walking trails that depart directly from the lodge. The lodge also features several restaurants, retail shops, and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
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