Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Inn Based

Jackson, WY
5.0 (4 reviews)

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 head north into central and northern 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.

After the Yellowstone portion of our tour, we return to Jackson for two days of discovery in Grand Teton National Park. The first day we enjoy a spectacular lake hike with stunning views of the soaring ramparts of the Tetons (this hike is self-guided.) The second day in the Tetons, and the final day of the tour, we float a whitewater section of the Snake River below the Tetons, one of America’s most famous sections of river.

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

Please Note: Grand Teton National Park does not permit commercially guided day hiking. Therefore this trip includes a self-guided hike in the Tetons. We recommend guests hike together on this day but cannot guarantee that will be the case. If you are uncomfortable hiking alone, or are unsure of your ability to follow moderately well signed trails, we recommend looking at our Best of Yellowstone Tour, which is fully guided.

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

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5 Days
$3510 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: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 24MI / 39KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows well-maintained trails with easy-moderate distances and elevation gains. Our backpacks are light and terrain is generally not very rugged. The one unique factor with this tour is the self-guided hike on Day 4 in the Tetons, which is a moderate hike but due to regulations in the Tetons your guide is not permitted to accompany the group.

Hiking Distances:

4-6 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

1400 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Paddling in a raft off and on for 3.5 hours through flat water, as well as class 3 and 3+ rapids
  • Embarking on a 6-mile self-guided, well-signed hike in the Tetons

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.

This trip begins and ends in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport shuttles (advance reservations are recommended.)

You can also fly into:

  • Idaho Falls – small, more affordable airport; can meet your guide in Driggs, ID instead of Jackson; requires a car rental
  • Salt Lake City – Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily shuttles (4.5 hours). Advance reservations required.

PRIVATE TRIPS

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*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 from Jackson: 3-hour drive
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 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 a mountain that gives us panoramic views of the surrounding meadows, river valleys and distant mountain ranges. 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 potentially 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 several 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 2

  • 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 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5.4 miles
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 90 minutes

Our final hike in Yellowstone takes us through classic Yellowstone meadows and lodgepole pine forests to a 200-foot waterfall plunging off a pine-studded cliff. After we soak up the sights and sounds of the falls we will 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 the Yellowstone portion of our adventure!

After our hike we’ll shuttle back to Jackson Hole, passing through some of North America’s most stunning landscapes en route. We’ll check back into our Jackson lodge, after cleaning up and relaxing for a bit, enjoy dinner out on the town in Jackson.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
  • Elevation Change: 450-760 feet

Today we’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast before setting out for Grand Teton National Park. We have at this point driven by the expansive Teton Range twice, and now we have an opportunity to drive into the Park and explore it on foot. The Tetons are an imposing range with towering granite peaks, glaciers, thundering rivers and more!

Grand Teton National Park does not allow commercially guided day hiking, so today’s hike is a self-guided one. Your guide will provide you with an information packet for the hike and collection of tasty trail snacks. The hike itself features abundant views of the Tetons, which are soaring into the sky above you (be sure and bring your camera/phone for great pics!) You’ll enjoy lakes, creeks, possible wildlife sightings (moose are relatively common!) and more as you make your way on this stunning trail.

After returning to the trailhead, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and then some more time in Grand Teton National Park with a relaxing road-based tour to key viewpoints and highlights of the Park. Your guide explains the natural and cultural history that makes the Tetons America’s most famous mountain range.

Day 5

After an enchanting week, we’ve saved some of the best for last! We’ll enjoy a relaxing breakfast and then head back to the Tetons for a float below the grandeur of the Tetons on the Snake River. 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 class 3 and 3+ rapids. Plan on getting wet!

Following the conclusion of our rafting adventure, we’ll enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch beneath the Tetons and eventually make our way back to Jackson for the conclusion of our tour. What a week it’s been!

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. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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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 communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • 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 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.

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.

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?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Driggs, Idaho; or Victor, Idaho.

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 all tours carry an emergency communication device. 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 maximum group size on this trip is 10 guests. 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

Mountain Modern

3 Nights

This boutique lodge puts you smack dab in the heart of Jackson and close to everything this glorious area has to offer. We’re just 2 blocks from the infamous Town Square, 5 blocks from Snow King Mountain, 10 miles from Grand Teton National Park, 12 miles from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and 55 miles from the south entrance to Yellowstone.
(Heated indoor pool, hot tub)

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.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (4 reviews)
Amanda C
5.0

All Time Favorites

10 months ago

Matt was an amazing Guide on our adventures through the Tetons and Yellowstone. This was one of my all time favorite trips, and we were able to check so many things off the bucket list! Also every meal that Matt prepared was a culinary masterpiece! We hope to do another trip with him in the future.

Vincent K
5.0

Excellent

10 months ago

matt an excellent knowledgeable guide. very personable , interacted fairly well with all. his lunch meals were quite tasty, creative and darn good. excellent knowledge of the parks , wildlife & eco systems. he is an asset for wild land trekking

Whitney S
5.0

Wonderful trip!

11 months ago

As always, another beautifully crafted adventure with Wildland trekking! Despite peak season at the NPs we felt like we had the place to ourselves due to the perfectly crafted itinerary by our fearless leader, Max. Always great food, great people makes for the best time!

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