Yellowstone Wildlife Trails Tour

Explore three of America's most incredible National Parks; Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier as part of a small group tour. You will have the opportunity to hike or get the ferry over Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park to reach Inspiration Point where you'll find superb views. Explore Yellowstone National Park with a range of specialist guides including a Wolf tracking guide to help you search for some of the amazing wildlife in the area. You may even be lucky enough to spot Grizzly Bears. Gaze at waterfalls and stunning canyon views, wander along the shores of Yellowstone Lake and even go back in time to learn about the history of the 'Old West'. Marvel at volcanic activity through steaming vents and bubbling mud pots and of course, not forgetting the spurting geysers including famed Old Faithful. Journey along the scenic Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park as it winds its way up to an elevation of 6646 feet and then hike lake trails in Coeur D'Alene for beautiful forest trails and a refreshing swim.

2018 Tour Departures 16th June 2018 14th July 2018

2019 Tour Departures 15th June 2019 13th July 2019

Duration
12 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Monument Valley

Trip highlights

  • Visit three of America's top National Parks
  • Incredible walking trails
  • Exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Learn about geothermal activity from a local geology guide

Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and the gateway to incredible national parks. Set in a beautiful location at the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake is also the home of the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons.

A welcome meeting will be conducted at 18:00 hrs in your hotel.

Optional Activities:

Mormon History Museum US$free

Suggested Accommodation

  • Little America Hotel or similar

Leave Salt Lake City behind, cross Idaho and pass through the beautiful Targhee National Forest en route to the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This mountain resort is popular during the winter months as skiers flock to the area, whilst summer sees walkers and other thrill seekers enjoying the area and its proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Why not take an optional aerial tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for 360 degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park, or simply explore the town of Jackson Hole which maintains an authentic 'Wild West' feel.

Optional Activities:

Western saloons US$varies

Jenny Lake Ferry US$15

Western rodeo in Jackson US$20-$25

Bar J Chuckwagon dinner in Jackson US$25-$35

Aerial tram US$23

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jackson Hole Lodge or similar

Famed for its iconic soaring peaks, the 64 km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged fang-like mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000 ft. Rich in fauna, inhabitants of the area include Bison, Elk, Black and Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Moose and Mule Deer, all of which have been seen on our trips. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking amidst dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. Perhaps choose to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and beyond, following the stream. It is commonplace to see Moose and Bear whilst hiking this trail.

NOTE: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Grand Teton National Park so it is not possible for your leaders to accompany you today.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jackson Hole Lodge or similar

It's a beautiful drive to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone, and your home for the next four nights. Part of the highway clings to the side of the 24 km long Jackson Lake, and the expansive ice-blue water reflects the Teton Range on a clear day. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. See how the regular lava flows have flattened the largest geological features in the south of the park. This afternoon, take a walk amidst this fascinating volcanic environment. Yellowstone is home to an incredible variety of wildlife so always keep your camera at the ready!

Suggested Accommodation

  • Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs or similar

Today's drive reveals the wide open 'Big Sky' scenery that Montana is so famous for. Journey through the ever changing landscape of forest and mountain backdrops to Bozeman.

Suggested Accommodation

  • C'mon Inn or similar

Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you'll spend the next two nights, giving you time to explore this immense expanse. Keep your eyes peeled for Deer and Bear which frequent this area, as well as taking in the stunning scenery and glacial lakes. You'll have time on arrival for a short walk to stretch your legs and to admire some of the scenery and prepare for a big day of hiking tomorrow.

NOTE: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes within Glacier. Tomorrow you will be led by a National Park guide but today your tour leader is not permitted to walk with you on trails but will provide detailed briefings, directions, maps and transportation.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Swiftcurrent Motor Inn or similar

Crossing into the state of Washington you make your way towards Seattle, your final destination. Today's journey takes you past the border of Mount Rainier National Park where the imposing Mount Rainier stands at 14,000ft. This is Washington's highest volcano and on a clear day you can see it from Seattle. Upon arrival to Seattle your tour ends back at the hotel.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Days Inn Coeur D'Alene or similar

Included

  • International flights
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • Service of a professional tour guide, specialist guide and ranger guide
  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle transportation with WiFi

Not included

  • Meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and driver