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

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The aroma of pine needles and the windblown mist of geysers await your arrival to the walker’s paradise of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Guided Walking

  • Duration: 6 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 2 - 6|
  • Walking: 2 - 4 hr|
4.8 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
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Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s First National Park

The aroma of pine needles and the windblown mist of geysers await your arrival to the walker’s paradise of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Imagine miles and miles of untouched forest sprinkled with towering mountain peaks and glassy lakes. Home to the country’s largest population of mammals, be prepared to view the wild nature of elk, bison, grizzly bears, moose, antelope and wolves. Float across babbling rivers, experience eruptions of water made renowned across the nation, and learn about the rich history that has made these national wonders thrive for years.

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 wooden boardwalks. 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 would like assistance. Several of the walks require a transfer from your hotel to the start of the walk.

  • Duration: 6 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 2 - 6|
  • Walking: 2 - 4 hr|
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Walking
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Walkers
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Float leisurely down the Snake River with your cameras at the ready for stunning views and bald eagle sightings
  • Keep your eyes peeled for buffalo and elk as you explore the base of the tallest mountains of the Teton range, the Cathedral Group
  • Trail along the shore of the glacial, reflective waters of Jenny Lake
  • Picnic amongst the jaw-dropping views and wildlife of Yellowstone
  • Gaze in awe upon the largest waterfalls the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone have to offer
  • See for yourself why Yellowstone has accolades for being the world's first national park, home to one of the world's largest volcanic calderas, and a habitat to the largest mammal population in the lower 48 states
  • Witness a variety of thermal features including colorful hot springs and hissing steam vents as you hike in West Thumb
  • Watch Mother Nature show off her skills at the geyser at Old Faithful, true to its namesake and erupting every 90 minutes

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jun62º/35º

Jul72º/42º

Aug71º/37º

Sep61º/30º

Average
Precipitation:

Jun2.3 in

Jul1.6 in

Aug1.6 in

Sep1.5 in

What's Included

Walking Vacation Only

2 nights in Jackson and 3 nights at historic in-park lodges Check
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners Check

Walking Packages Include:

Pair of Trekking Poles

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Show Itinerary:

Your tour begins at 1:00 p.m. at The Lodge at Jackson Hole, in Jackson. Please plan to have a snack before you meet. You will start the trip with a float along the scenic Snake River, including a late, picnic lunch. Come dressed for your float! Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet. A rain poncho will be provided. We will depart the lodge at 1:30 p.m.

If you are arriving after 1:00 pm 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 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and requires 24 hours advanced notice. Please contact the lodge directly for arrangements. Please note that our river float excursion departs the hotel at 1:30 pm sharp. If you arrive after this time, plan to meet your leaders at approximately 5:30 pm at the lodge.

Guests driving to the tour should park their cars at The Lodge at Jackson Hole for the week (no charge; leave keys with the hotel front desk).

Your scenic float trip on the Snake River 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. 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.

After you disembark your rafts, you’ll return to The Lodge at Jackson Hole in time to check in. Dinner tonight will be at one of VBT’s favorite local restaurants.

Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Meals: Dinner
Daily Options: River float

After breakfast at your lodge, you’ll travel by van to Grand Teton National Park and Jenny Lake, the main hub in the heart of the Tetons. Board the Jenny Lake Ferry. The Tetons tower above you as you make your way across the pristine waters to start the day. Multiple walking route options await upon disembarking the Ferry. 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. Stop along the way at one of the many scenic overlooks to enjoy your packed lunch. Keep an eye out for wildlife in and around the lake as you make your way to the String Lake.

Next, you will transfer to the Grand Teton National Park Visitor and Discovery Center in Moose, Wyoming. Get acquainted with the park at the Visitor Center, where you can get your National Park Passport stamped and pick up souvenirs. The center offers natural history exhibits, a relief map of the park and an informational 22-minute film on the park.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll return to the lodge where you may swim in the all season indoor-outdoor heated pool, hot tubs and sauna or go for a stroll in town. The lodge is located just over a one-mile walk to the Jackson, Wyoming town square.

The evening dinner is included at a local restaurant.

Hotel: The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Daily Options: 3-7 miles

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 along the way to view wildlife or learn about the park’s fire ecosystem. Our destination is West Thumb Geyser Basin, which offers a short interpretive walk and excellent opportunities to see a variety of thermal features including colorful hot springs and hissing steam vents. You’ll picnic under the canopy of the evergreen forest back in West Thumb.

Gather this afternoon with your Trip Leaders for a loop walk to Lake Overlook through shaded pine forest and hillside meadows to a stunning view of Yellowstone Lake amid back-country thermal features. Extend your walk by adding on the Duck Lake Trail, walking through the young forest regrowth from the 1988 Fires. Arrive at the shore of this small lake before returning on the same path.

You continue your journey via Hayden Valley, home to a variety of wildlife, to 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 on your own at your lodge this evening.

Hotel: Canyon Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Daily Options: 3-4 miles

As the sun rises, enjoy breakfast at your lodge. Then 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, lavafilled caldera. This caldera makes up much of what we now know as Yellowstone National Park. The magnificent landscape you see here today—including the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone—has been sculpted over millennia.

You’ll 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. Stop along the way for a packed lunch with impressive views of the canyon below.

Later, you’ll shuttle to your lodge 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
Alternate Hotel: Grant Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Daily Options: 3 miles

You’ll depart after breakfast and shuttle along the scenic Grand Loop to the Midway Geyser Basin. Your footsteps take you along the trail to view 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 shuttle to Old Faithful. Arrive at Black Sand Basin and traverse an off the beaten path to the main boardwalks. Stroll around the Geyser Basin to learn about and witness some of nature’s grandest spectacles. Yellowstone National Park is home to nearly 50% of the world’s geothermal features.

Break in the afternoon for lunch on your own at one of the variety of restaurants in Old Faithful Village. After lunch, 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. No matter which trail you choose, be sure to pause for an Old Faithful eruption, which occurs every 90 minutes or so.

Afterward, you might peruse the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, which opened in 2010. Or visit Old Faithful Inn, with its heavy timber construction it is a significant example of classic “parkitecture.”

Tonight, you’ll toast your discoveries of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone during a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Alternate Hotel: Grant Village
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Daily Options: 3-8 miles

Shortly after breakfast, say goodbye and depart the lodge by shuttle, arriving at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) at 11:30 a.m. Flights departing before 1:30 p.m. are not recommended. VBT will offer a second drop off at The Lodge at Jackson Hole arriving at 12:00 pm.

Meals: Breakfast

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