The west is still very much wild in the national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Both are the ultimate destinations for wildlife enthusiasts and budding photographers and the addition of a wildlife and wolf tracker and geology guides helps bring the parks to life. During the day, explore geysers, bubbling pools of mud, spectacular Old Faithful and magnificent views from the Teton Mountain range. At night, retire to the comfort of your lodge. This in-depth tour is Wyoming at its very best!
Welcome to Wyoming and the Western town of Jackson. This is absolutely cowboy country; once a home to trappers and a hideout for outlaws and rustlers, Jackson is now the base for hikers to take on some spectacular trails as well as being renowned for its Western style saloons. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 tonight to meet your fellow travellers and tour leader over a welcome dinner. Featured Hotel: Lexington at Jackson Hole (or similar)Conveniently located in the heart of Jackson, WY, The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites is a family-owned hotel with deep roots in Jackson’s historic Western community. Courtyard rooms, completely renovated in 2012, offer a traditional space with added amenities like heated tile flooring and swimming pool area.
Meals Included: Welcome dinner included
Arrive in Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park and home to a large variety of wildlife including Grizzly Bear, wolves, bison and elk. This park is so large that its boundaries cross into three states. Most of the park sits in Wyoming, but parts of the reserve extend into Idaho and Montana. Yellowstone has one of the highest concentrations of geothermal activity on the planet. Herds of bison roam amongst the erupting geysers and steam rises from the various rivers running through the park. A fire in the 1980s destroyed much of the park, but it has recovered to the extent that it is now considered a living monument to nature's power of regeneration.Today is about exploring Yellowstone by vehicle and on foot. Hit the boardwalks at Mammoth Hot Springs to explore the various geothermal pools and features and gaze upon the ‘Grand Canyon of Yellowstone’. You'll also visit Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the most spectacular of all the springs and is known for its colourful features caused by bacteria. Grand Prismatic Spring should be one of the seven natural wonders of the world, especially with a view from higher up the mountain. Featured Hotel: Chico Hot Springs (or similar)Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park North Entrance, Chico Hot Springs Resort is the perfect location for your included activities. Enjoy being surrounded by the great outdoors with picture perfect mountain views in the comfort of this historic property. Here televisions and phones are absent from the guest rooms to encourage viistors to switch off and enjoy nature. A truly relaxing experience!
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch included
Often referred to as 'America's Serengeti', this is one of the best places to spot wildlife in Yellowstone, so you can rest assured that Lamar Valley will do nothing but amaze. Home to an incredible array of wildlife such as wolves, elk, bison and Bighorn Sheep, you won't even have time to put your camera down. To reach Lamar Valley you must travel down Lamar Road and even on this stretch you're likely to encounter all kinds of wildlife – 'Bison jams' are a regular occurrence. For the first time in more than 70 years wolves have recently been reintroduced to the park and their return to Yellowstone has had a surprising and positive effect. Now the wolves are back the park has seen a decrease in elk, which in turn has stopped the over grazing of the parks grasslands. Today you'll be accompanied by a professional wildlife tracker who has dedicated their lives to working with the parks wildlife (including wolves), so you'll be safe in the knowledge that these guides really know what they are doing. As with most wildlife we can never guarantee sightings, but you can rest assured that you are in good hands when it comes to trying to spot wolves. You will travel around Yellowstone tracking wildlife, but commonly they can be found around the Lamar Valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Today, you depart Jackson and make your way to Grand Teton National Park. A geology guide will bring the park to life and uncover the secrets which lie hidden beneath the surface. Hear about the science of the physical structure and substance of the earth and how it is pertinent to the Teton’s rising from the earth’s surface. Finish the day back at Spring Creek Ranch where you can unwind with a cool drink.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Today you’ll head out on the Snake River for an included wild and scenic rafting trip, followed by a memorable dining experience on the river bank (outside the summer season, the dinner will be held indoors). You’ll raft a stunning 10 mile section of the river inside Grand Teton National Park offering a different perspective of this incredible park. Wildlife sightings are common on this adventure.
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner included
Today is the last tour day and we have left this morning free to explore the town of Jackson. The tour ends at hotel check out time, when you are free to depart. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
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Trip Name: Yellowstone and Teton In-Depth
Duration: 6 Days
From Price: $4,439
Supplier Tour ID: IYS/208608
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