Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Family Yellowstone Adventure tour
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Family Yellowstone Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
12 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Yellowstone NP - Explore the spectacular scenery, mud volcanoes and geysers
  • Grand Teton NP - Soaring peaks and glacial lakes
  • Cody - Experience the Wild West with cowboy music and the Buffalo Bill Center
  • Dinosaur National Monument - Uncovering America's Jurassic past
  • Salt Lake City - Mormon Capital of Utah

Short Description

This adventure discovers some of the most beautiful National Parks in America as we follow scenic park trails through spectacular scenery from waterfalls and rivers, to hot springs and canyons. Watch geysers spout water hundreds of feet in the air in Yellowstone National Park, meander along the shores of dramatic glacial lakes in Grand Teton, explore the old western towns of Cody and Jackson and glimpse dinosaur fossils and petroglyphs in Dinosaur National Monument.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Salt Lake City

Travel Theme

Family Friendly

Destinations

United States

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Age Requirement

11

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Salt Lake City

Description

Join trip in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City, Utah's capital, is bordered by the Great Salt Lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Range. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormon) followers have their headquarters in the city and we visit various sites on our return.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Drive to Yellowstone National Park via Idaho Falls

Description

We journey north towards the Rockies, aiming to reach Yellowstone National Park by mid-afternoon. The scenery as we travel north is on a par with Yellowstone itself and we plan to stop off at the town of Idaho Falls for lunch which is often featured in various publications' as one of the best places to live in America. We drive by the skyline of the Teton Range, which at 2,135 metres is a very dramatic mountain range that rises from the plains with the impressive Big Bend Ridge, a volcano that erupted 1.3 million years ago, being most prominent. We reach West Yellowstone later in the day.

Included Meals : Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Exploring Yellowstone with its geysers, hot springs and mud volcanos

Description

We have a few days to thoroughly explore the wonderland of Yellowstone National Park by vehicle and on foot. Sitting on an average altitude of 2,400 metres (which can make the nights cold) and surrounded by five different mountain ranges of the Middle Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone is a gigantic park covering almost 9,000 square kilometres. Although the scenery is the primary draw of this area, the park is also known for its wildlife and as it is protected from hunters, bear, moose and elk are frequently seen. One of the main attractions is visiting the geysers, hot springs and mud volcanoes within the Firehole basin. An amazing 60% of the world's geysers are in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin and today we watch some of the most famous; Old Faithful which spouts water over 30 metres in the air every 2-5 minutes, Castle Geyser and Norris Geyser as well as gurgling hot springs including the Grand Prismatic which is the largest hot springs in the park and the third largest in the world. The volcanic activity frightened the natives who believed this to be the land of evil spirits, and so the wilderness remained unexplored until it was declared the first National Park in 1872. We walk along beautiful trails passing by alpine meadows and explore areas where wildlife roam (total walking is between 6-10km). There are two half day walks in the park over the next few days although the itinerary is flexible depending on local conditions and the ability of the group.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Discover the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and walk up Mount Washburn

Description

Today we continue exploring more of Yellowstone National Park with an easy walk for around 3 hours including the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone which is 32 km long and in places 400 metres deep with its beautiful waterfalls that plunge water over 100 metres into the river below. We also have the possibilitiy of hiking for around 4 hours up to the summit of Mount Washburn which at 3,116 metres, is a prominent mountain peak in the Washburn Range within the park (10 Km roundtrip). The walk is well worth the effort with great views over Yellowstone from the summit.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Explore Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley before driving to Cody

Description

Today we enjoy walks of around 6km in length around Mammoth Hot Springs which is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine. The most well-known is the Minerva Terrace which boasts a wide range of bright colours and ornate travertine formations (light-coloured calcareous rock deposited). We also drive to the Lamar Valley which is home to wolves, elk, bison and eagles before continuing on to Cody where we check into our cabins for the next two nights. The cabins are located a few miles from downtown Cody, set in a beautiful location with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The bathrooms are shared and are in a communal block.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Exploring Cody including a cowboy show and Buffalo Bill museum

Description

We spend a full day exploring Cody which was founded in 1896 by the legendary Colonel William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody. The town is the place to experience the Wild West with attractions that include a nightly gun fight re-enactment, listening to cowboy music and visiting the world-class Buffalo Bill Center. Cody's downtown area boasts a range of restaurants, art galleries and the historic Irma Hotel which was built by Buffalo Bill. We visit the Buffalo Bill Center which is a complex of five museums and a research library featuring art and artefacts of the American West. The museums show how Buffalo Bill rose to fame, how artists interpreted and defined this time, gives stories from the Plains Indians on how they were affected by the settlers and identifies how firearms shaped the culture and image of the American West plus there is a museum dedicated to the natural beauty and amazing animals of the Greater Yellowstone region.

We also visit the 'Old Trail Town' which is a collection of historic western buildings and artefacts that date from 1879 when the 'Old West' was in its prime. These include; the original cabins used by Old West outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the saloon frequented by Cassidy's 'Hole-in-the-Wall Gang' and the log cabin of 'Curley' Crow Indian who was the army scout that helped guide Lt Col. George A. Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry in the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. Tonight is another highlight as we experience a cowboy show with live 'foot-stompin' music, dinner and even a gunfight in traditional cowboy fashion.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Visit Lake Yellowstone and Hayden Valley as we drive through Grand Teton NP to Jackson

Description

Today we travel back through Yellowstone National Park via Yellowstone Lake which is the largest freshwater lake above 2,300 metres in all of North America. This large crystalline lake is a hotbed of geothermal activity and also contains underwater hot springs. We also visit Hayden Valley which is centrally located in Yellowstone National Park and is a great place to go to see wildlife. As we drive along this beautiful valley, we are likely to see herds of bison, scattered elk, and the occasional grizzly bear. West Thumb is considered to be one of the most scenic parts of the park and has numerous hot springs, pools, mud pots, fumaroles and lake shore geysers.

Crossing over into neighbouring Wyoming, we head next to the mountain town of Jackson, lying in the heart of the Jackson Hole Valley of Teton County. The drive takes us through Grand Teton National Park and at the foot of these mountains lies several large lakes providing wonderful photo opportunities.

Then we continue to the lively cowboy village of Jackson and after setting up camp where we stay for the next three nights, we will have time to explore this historic mountain town and enjoy a local meal.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 - Hike in the Grand Teton National Park

Description

The Grand Teton area is blessed with some of the most dramatic mountain scenery anywhere in North America - 10 summits carved by glaciation tower three kilometres above the valley floor. At the foot of the mountains lies numerous sparkling lakes. These jagged pinnacles are the inspiring back-drop for our hikes in the park. We begin the day at Jenny Lake, from where we'll take the trailhead from Spring Lake and on towards South Jenny Lake. On reaching the misty cascades at Hidden Falls, we follow the easier eastern path that leads to South Jenny Lake. The hike takes approximately 4 hours. We return by boat, boarding at Inspiration Point and crossing the lake to a pick up on the eastern shore. After a picnic lunch, we will continue to explore the park looking for wildlife and strolling around one of the many glacial lakes such as Taggart and Bradley.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - White water rafting with optional mountain biking

Description

Our last day in Jackson takes in one of the many activities the area has to offer, white water rafting along grade 3 rapids on the Snake River. The afternoon is free for optionals including hiring a bike for some independent sightseeing or walking along the numerous trails.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Drive to the Flaming Gorge Area

Description

We travel through the Gros Ventre range, heading down through the rich red-hued rock of Flaming Gorge. Once a hideout for Butch Cassidy, Flaming Gorge is now home to wildlife such as osprey which are often spotted nesting on craggy rock pinnacles and clifftops and here we explore the Canyon Rim Trail on foot (1.5 hours walk). Tonight we stay near the town of Vernal in rustic cabins.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Dinosaur National Monument and drive to Salt Lake City

Description

We explore the Dinosaur National Monument, where these creates once roamed and their embedded bones are still visible in the rocks as are petroglyphs rock art images carved by ancient man.

We return to Salt Lake City, with time to take a stroll around the centre. Founded by a group of believers of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) in 1847, the city is now their international headquarters and some of their finest buildings are ecclesiastical. The setting, below the Wasatch Mountains and beside the Great Salt Lake, is superb and makes this a pleasant city to explore on foot.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 - Trip ends

Description

The trip ends today with a transfer to Salt Lake City airport.

Included Meals : None

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Optional Excursions

Jackson - Mountain biking - $40pp for ½ day of rental. Guided tours are $70pp, fishing - $30pp/day or guided fishing trip starting at $400 for 2 and hiking

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Accommodation Notes

All equipment is provided except a sleeping bag. Like many adventures of this type, much of the team spirit and camaraderie is developed through mucking in and helping out with basic responsibilities which may include help with meal preparation, washing and clearing up, loading and unloading of trailer. Be prepared for some early starts and some long days - there is an enormous amount to see!

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Tour Staff

Explore Tour Leader / Driver, Explore Tour Leader / Driver

Age Notes

Min. Age: 11

Additional Information:

Additional JIs for FI - Start Tour

Important information about joining your tour: Please note that the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you should call the hotel on + 801 521 0130 (or if you don't have a US phone plan, you can call from a courtesy phone located at the far end of the baggage claim area) to arrange your transfer and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.

Additional JIs for LO - Start Tour

Important information about joining your tour: Please note that the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport. Once you have passed through security and collected your bag, you should call the hotel on + 801 521 0130 (or if you don't have a US phone plan, you can call from a courtesy phone located at the far end of the baggage claim area) to arrange your transfer and proceed directly to the hotel. A welcome note will give you full instructions for meeting the group.

Additional JIs for FI - End Tour

Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Comfort Inn provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

Additional JIs for LO - End Tour

Important information about finishing your tour Please note that the Comfort Inn provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.

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