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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 those who walk for a morning or afternoon on a regular basis. Footing may be on a variety of surfaces. No extended ascents or descents, but some rewarding climbs.

Why You'll Love This Tour


Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness

The rugged beauty of the Grand Teton Mountains and of Yellowstone, the enduring majesty and epic scale, the endless panoply of brilliant color and the dancing interplay of light and shadow—none of these can be experienced except in person. And when you enter these extraordinary cathedrals of nature, you will understand their profound and uniquely American meaning. Explore the Tetons, raft the Snake River, hike Yellowstone, walk canyon rims, and savor waterfalls, wildlife, and panoramic vistas like none other on Earth. All while delighting in two nights in Jackson and three nights in historic lodges set right inside this never-to-be-forgotten national park.

Cultural Highlights

• Enjoy 2 nights in Jackson and 3 nights in historic, distinctively designed in-park lodges
• Walk along Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls, with an eye out for wildlife in the Grand Tetons
• Ferry across the lake for lunch at a beautiful overlook
• Board a raft for a 13-mile cruise along the Snake River
• Have the opportunity take an optional guided fly-fishing trip
• Admire Lake Yellowstone after hiking through old-growth pine
• Walk along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
• Enjoy lunch while savoring views of the yawning canyon
• Hike over Firehole River to the Midway Geyser basin
• Marvel at the eruption of the magnificent Old Faithful geyser

What To Expect

This tour features fairly easy terrain, with some gradual climbs and spectacular views. You’ll 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 your hotel to the start of the walk.

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

Climate Information

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

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

What’s Included:

• 2 nights in Jackson and 3 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
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Arrive Jackson and Scenic Snake River float / The Lodge at Jackson Hole

Day 1 of WALKING TOUR (LA): Arrive Jackson and Scenic Snake River float / The Lodge at Jackson Hole
VBT Trip Leaders will offer a pick up from the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) at 1:00 pm. Your tour begins at 1:30 pm at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, in Jackson. Please plan to have lunch before you meet and come dressed for walking. 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. After a safety briefing with your Trip Leaders, you will begin your warm up walk near Jackson. Enjoy the expansive views of the Teton Range – mountains of the imagination.

If you are arriving after this shuttle departs or if your flight is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach The Lodge at Jackson Hole. The Lodge at Jackson Hole does provide transportation to/from Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). This service is available daily for arriving and departing flights from 7am to 11pm, and requires 24 hours advanced notice. Please contact the lodge directly for arrangements. 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.

After your walk, you transfer to the Snake River to check-in for your scenic float trip. Your float is guide-powered so you can relax and enjoy the scenery all around you, so cameras and binoculars are welcome. Your late afternoon float takes you approximately 13 miles downriver, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Teton Range all around. This stretch of the braided river is home to an array of wildlife and is especially rich in bird life including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Kingfishers, and Mergansers.

Surrounded by spectacular views, you’ll return to Jackson for dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Afterwards, settle in at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, your hotel for the next two nights. Enjoy the comforts and convenience of lodging in Jackson, Wyoming, located just over a one-mile walk to the town square.

Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Meals: D
Daily Options: 2-3 miles

DAY 2: Grand Teton National Park / Walk Jenny Lake / Explore Jackson

After breakfast at your lodge, you’ll travel by van en route to Grand Teton National Park, and you’ll stop at the famed “Mormon Row” of iconic homesteads, including the Moulton Barn, magnificently framed by the Teton Range in the background. You’ll have time for a short stroll and admire this spectacular scenery. Herds of buffalo and elk are common around the old homesteads.

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.

We continue on 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. You’ll stay close to Jenny Lake, where you can enjoy incredible views of the Teton Range from the trail.

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

Later in the afternoon, you’ll return to the lodge where you may swim in the all season indoor-outdoor heated pool or go for a stroll in town.

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 Snake River Angler 307-733 3699. As the fishing trips fill quickly, we recommend booking as early as possible.

The evening is yours to enjoy in Jackson, where several dining options are available.

Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole
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 hot gourmet breakfast at the lodge. You’ll depart The Lodge at Jackson Hole and Jackson this morning and make your way into Yellowstone.

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

Gather this afternoon with your Trip Leaders and make a short transfer to the Storm Point Trail. This invigorating walk takes you through shaded old-growth lodge pole pine forest, left untouched by the 1988 Yellowstone wildfires, to an overlook offering impressive views of Lake Yellowstone.

You’ll 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 your room and enjoying your surroundings, dine at your 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

You’ll depart Old Faithful Snow Lodge after breakfast and shuttle along the scenic Grand Loop to the Midway Geyser Basin. Your footfalls take you 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, you’ll return to Old Faithful.
Perhaps you’ll arrive just in time for an eruption. Or you might take a stroll around the Geyser Basin before returning to witness one of nature’s grandest spectacles. Choose to take a flat walk through the Geyser Basin or challenge yourself with a hike to the top of Observation Point for a view overlooking the vast Upper Geyser Basin. 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, which occurs every 90 minutes or so.

Afterward, you’ll have time to relax at the 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, which opened in 2010.

Tonight, you’ll toast your discoveries of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone during a farewell dinner at your 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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Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s First National Park Accommodations

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 more than 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.

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.

The Lodge at Jackson Hole

The Lodge at Jackson Hole is located in the heart of Jackson, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It offers the convenience of a downtown lodge in the heart of Jackson. The lodge’s lounge and bar offers light fair for dinner. Amenities include a spa, a bar/lounge, a heated indoor/outdoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a business center. Also included in your stay is hot breakfast, pool towels, fitness center access, Wi-Fi, parking and area shuttle transportation.
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