Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Inn Based

Jackson, WY

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Views
  • Snake River Rafting
  • Diversity of Hikes
  • Tetons Sight Seeing
  • Lodging in Jackson & Yellowstone
  • Pre-trip Lodging Included
  • Wildlife Habitat

Description

Make the very most of your journey to the Northern Rockies by combining Yellowstone National Park  and Grand Teton National Park in one, iconic 5-day tour. We meet in Jackson, Wyoming (pre-trip lodging included for your convenience). From Jackson we embark on a majestic hike to a pristine mountain creek with abundant wildflowers and potential wildlife; and enjoy a morning of sight seeing and an afternoon of rafting in Grand Teton National Park. In the evenings we return to Jackson for its lively mountain culture and wonderful restaurants.

Following our time in Jackson and the Tetons, we head north into Yellowstone National Park for 3 days of spectacular hiking to mountain viewpoints, waterfalls, geysers, other thermal features, deep canyons and wildlife areas (seeing wildlife is not guaranteed.) Our lodging in Yellowstone puts us right in the action to make the most of America’s first national park.

Join us for an adventure you’ll never forget in two of America’s most famous national parks!

The Wildland Trekking Company is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

5 Days
$3300 Per Person
$875 Single Supplement

$875 Single Supplement

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-6 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 24MI / 39KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-7 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1407 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1407 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained
Additional:
The trails on this trip are varied but overall in very good condition.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with occasional breaks

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this hiking tour a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

All Beyond Yellowstone trips begin and end in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. One can also fly into Salt Lake City and drive to Jackson Hole. It is a 4.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole on good roads.

Shuttle from Jackson Airport to Town

Alltrans (800-443-6133 or 307-733-3135) provides a shuttle from the Jackson Airport for $16 one way or $31 round trip. Advance reservations are recommended.

Shuttle from Salt Lake to Jackson

Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily vans from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. Advance reservations required.

Wyoming does not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

PRIVATE TRIPS

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Pre-trip Lodging

Pre-trip lodging in Jackson is included in this trip. The hotel will be awaiting your arrival and be ready to check you in. Dinner tonight is on your own, and the guide will be happy to make recommendations of excellent restaurants within walking distance of our hotel during the pre-trip contact.

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 50 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 7-12 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800-1286 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 800-1286 feet

We’ll start our first morning with a delicious Rocky Mountain breakfast and orientation meeting before embarking on our day’s adventure. We’ll head south out of Jackson through stunning scenery to our trailhead and enjoy the mix of sagebrush prairies, aspen forests and conifer forests, which is a defining characteristic of the Northern Rockies. Today’s hike takes us up a pristine river valley with vibrant wildflowers and potential wildlife sightings. You’ll learn about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s amazing natural and cultural history, which sets the stage for the next 4 days. If the group is ambitious, we may make it to a stunning double waterfall (12 miles round trip). Regardless, we’ll soak up the tranquility, dip our feet in the ice cold creek and enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch.

After our first day’s hike, we’ll enjoy some down time and then meet for an amazing dinner at a hand-picked Jackson restaurant.

Day 2

Today’s a very special one as we explore Grand Teton National Park from land and water! After an early start and quick continental breakfast we’ll head north. We pass the amazing National Elk Refuge and with any luck will get wonderful views of elk and bison grazing along the valley floor. From there we continue into Grand Teton National Park for a morning of sightseeing and learning about the amazing history and ecology of these famous mountains. We’ll visit multiple viewpoints and highlights as your guide provides interpretative content along the way.

After an enchanting morning and a relaxing picnic lunch, we’ll head to the Snake River for a float below the grandeur of the Tetons. We have hand picked the best white water rafting company in the Tetons to provide this afternoon’s adventure (Dave Hansen Rafting Company), and you’re in for an incredible treat! The 8 mile whitewater stretch that we do through the scenic Snake River Canyon includes a mix of calm sections where we can take in the scenery and watch for wildlife, and exciting rapids. Plan on getting wet!

Please note: if you’d prefer to skip the rafting, you can join the guide for additional sightseeing and photography in and around Grand Teton National Park, and rendezvous with the group at the take-out spot.

After our afternoon adventure, we’ll make our way back to Jackson for showers and another delicious dinner at one of our favorite eateries.

Day 3

  • Shuttle from Jackson: 3-hour drive
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,400 feet

The Yellowstone portion of our adventure begins today with one of the most beautiful hikes in the park, a hike to the summit of Mt. Washburn at over 10,000 feet. The trail to the summit travels through picturesque subalpine parkland where wildflowers abound. Bighorn sheep are sometimes seen grazing in nearby meadows. This is one of the only places in the park where hikers can get close up views and photos of the majestic sheep as they are habituated to the presence of hikers. It is a steady climb over 3 miles to the summit where we’ll have a tremendous view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills. Other sites include Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, Electric Peak, and an overall sense that the entire park stretches out below your feet.

Following this beautiful hike we’ll drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for a short stroll out to Artist Point for one of the more phenomenal waterfall views in North America – the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is an amazing feature at 20 miles long, 1,200 feet deep, and a mere 4,000 feet in width on average. It was formed approximately 10,000 years ago when a large glacial ice dam in Hayden Valley burst, flooding the canyon and creating the two thunderous waterfalls and multicolored canyon walls it is known for.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Change: minimal

The glittering expanse of Yellowstone Lake will be the focal point of today’s first hike: Storm Point. This relatively flat 2.3-mile loop leads to a stunning vista of the largest lake above 7,000 feet in North America. In spring, the lakeshore is a corridor for grizzly bears. The hike begins at Indian Pond, a favorite locale for bison, and continues through a lodge pole pine forest to a bluff overlooking the picturesque shore of this hydrothermal fed lake. Before completing our loop, we will walk past enormous boulders, which are home to a colony of yellow-bellied marmots. If we are lucky, we may see one basking in the sun. We’ll then jump back in the van for a drive to Old Faithful where we will explore the Upper Geyser Basin. Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world’s geysers and most of them can be found here, including Old Faithful itself. Walking the boardwalks we’ll experience the basins’ diverse array of geysers from thin fountains to massive eruptions. It is an impressive scene.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 5.4 miles
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet

Our final day’s hike takes us through classic Yellowstone meadows and lodgepole pine forests to Fairy Falls, a 200-foot waterfall plunging off a pine-studded cliff. After we soak up the sights and sounds of Fairy Falls, we will end our tour with a stop at the Grand Prismatic overlook. The Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and one of the most iconic features in the park. It is a great way to close out our Yellowstone adventure. We will conclude our trip with a shuttle back to Jackson and fond farewells.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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REQUEST A RESERVATION

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 5 nights of lodging (3 in Jackson, 2 in Yellowstone)
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast Day 1 through lunch Day 5
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone hiking guide
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting and ending in Jackson, WY
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Rafting tour on the Snake River
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Also recommended are water sandals or footwear for the rafting tour (no flip flops!)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed information about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the Day 1 through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we’ll visit local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy!

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Bear spray cannisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed information about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You’ll check in to the pre-trip lodging the evening before Day 1. Lodging is  included this night; dinner is on your own. You will meet your guide and group the next morning at 7:00 am for breakfast and an orientation meeting.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed information about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

You will rendezvous with your guide and group at the provided pre-trip lodging the morning of Day 1 at 7:00 am. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this trip is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone Area

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in Yellowstone:

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (FAHRENHEIT)

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Month High Low
June 70° 42°
July 80° 47°
August 78° 45°
September 68° 37°

Accommodations

Accommodations

The Antler Inn

3 Nights

The Antler Inn is arguably the best located lodge in Jackson Hole, just one block south of Jackson’s charming, western Town Square, and literally steps from restaurants, shops and nightlife. It also features a large hot tub for relaxing tired muscles at the end of a day of hiking.

Canyon Lodge

0-2 NIGHTS

Canyon Lodge is a large, historic national park hotel, featuring some of the most popular accommodations in Yellowstone. Situated on the east side of the park near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Upper and Lower Falls, it puts us right in the action.

Roosevelt Hotel

0-2 NIGHTS

Some trip dates include two nights at the Roosevelt Hotel in Gardiner, Montana. This hotel is located just outside the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, very close to the famous Yellowstone River and offers fantastic access for us with a quieter feel and more culinary options.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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