Yellowstone & Tetons Family Multisport
- Marvel at Yellowstone's extraordinary geysers, including the granddaddy of them all, Old Faithful
- Pedal beneath the Teton Range, passing weathered barns and grazing horses
- The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with its multicolored walls and thundering waterfalls
- A kayaking excursion across Yellowstone Lake - watch for white pelicans, waterfowl, even a bald eagle
- Breathe in fresh mountain air while kicking back with your family under a vast Wyoming sky
Biking, Walking & Kayaking in the Wyoming Wilderness
Bison, wolves and bears, oh my! You will not believe this trip. Steaming pots of turquoise and copper. Sulfur in the air. A geyser shooting off like clockwork. Tumbling waterfalls. Another Grand Canyon! Golden grassland. Snowcapped peaks. Rushing rivers. Weathered barns. An old Western town - with real-life cowboys! The Continental Divide by bike. Gorges by foot. Glacial lakes by boat. Finding your way through a life-size maze. And camping out every night. These two national parks are unreal.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Interpretive Guides & Hiking Without Your LeadersThe National Park Service doesn't permit guided walks and limits the size of all groups to 12. Accordingly, you'll walk in small groups without Backroads leaders or local guides. Your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions. We appreciate your cooperation with the park's regulations.
On your bike ride through Grand Teton National Park, park-certified local guides will join your Backroads leaders to help navigate the route and provide van support.
Tents & Sleeping EssentialsOur roomy four-person dome tents accommodate two adults and two small children snugly, without luggage. Sleeping bag, sleep sheet and an extra-thick inflatable sleeping pad are all provided to make sleeping on the ground more comfortable. Backroads does not supply pillows, so please bring your own. No lighting is provided in your tent, so a small flashlight is essential.
Restroom FacilitiesRestroom facilities are available at each campground. The restroom floors can be wet, so be sure to bring flip-flops! We also recommend bringing a hanging toiletry bag since space is limited and surfaces are wet. Be advised that outlets and mirrors are few. Backroads does not supply towels, so please be sure to pack your own.
ConnectivityKeeping your cell phone charged while on a camping trip is usually done during the day via a car charger in the Backroads van. Backroads will provide car chargers with USB ports, so please make sure to bring your USB connecter cord with you. You’ll be responsible for plugging your phone in and retrieving it at a later time.
Day 1 Bubbling mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming vents in Yellowstone Pedal through the heart of the park along the Firehole River, taking in the sights, sounds - and smells! - of this strange wonderland Kids love seeing the fumaroles of Biscuit Basin and legendary Old Faithful Geyser up close.
Day 2 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the park's most dramatic feature, where waterfalls cascade over pastel-colored cliffs A leisurely walk through alpine meadows and stands of lodgepole pine along the canyon rim provides breathtaking vistas deep into the gorge.
Day 3 Breathe in fresh mountain air while kicking back with your family under a vast Wyoming sky Local guides take us on a flat-water kayaking trip across Yellowstone Lake, providing insight on the region's history and geology as we paddle.
Day 4 Eagles and bison and bears, oh my! Explore Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of bluebell-strewn meadows, shimmering lakes, thick woodland and sawtooth mountains Hike through conifer forests and aspen groves near the shore of Emma Matilda Lake or giddyup on an optional horseback ride.
Days 5-6 Pedal beneath the Teton Range, passing weathered barns and grazing horses Ride to the old-west town of Jackson Hole Traffic ahead - watch for roaming bison! Our comfortable campground lies in view of the jagged Teton peaks Spin to glacier-carved Jenny Lake and hop aboard a boat for a different perspective on this awe-inspiring landscape.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip was nothing short of fabulous. I had expected the parks, wildlife, and activities to be outstanding...what I didn't anticipate were the phenomenal guides! Each one of them could hold an intellectual conversation about the history of the park, mating habits of a particular species with the adults then switch gears in a heartbeat and organize a game of "Zip-Zap" with 13 kids! They had endless energy, were fun-loving, humorous, considerate, and possessed excellent communication/ organizational skills...not to mention superior intellect. In addition, I didn't realize how much fun we would have getting to know the other families. It was a superb crowd. As a final testament to how much our ENTIRE family enjoyed our Backroads experience...as we departed we were all teary eyed saying good-bye to our fellow travelers and Backroads guides, but our daughters cried for two solid hours after we left because they were so sad it had to end! What an experience...THANK YOU BACKROADS!!- Phoenix, AZ
We have traveled all over the world, and have had many great experiences. However, this Backroads trip topped them all!! This was, without a doubt, the best vacation we have ever had. Our trip leaders were absolutely amazing. They worked endlessly to make sure everything for the guests went off without a hitch. These are truly great people to have in your company. They are not only very competent and intelligent, but they are also just such nice people!! We were just in awe of their amazing work ethic and even more amazed at their patience. They made everyone comfortable and at home. Everything about this trip was fantastic and I think all the guests were disappointed that it had to come to an end. My kids are already asking, "What Backroads trip are we taking next year?" We will definitely do another trip in the near future. Thanks for the great memories!!- San Francisco, CA
Absolutely fantastic. This is our second trip with Backroads and you exceeded our expectations in every way. The opportunity for our family to experience Yellowstone and the Tetons on a family camping trip was something we will never forget. Every aspect of the trip was well planned and beautifully executed. We had a blast. I can't say enough about the Backroads leaders and support people we've met on our trips. The thing that comes across so clearly is that they absolutely love what they're doing and appreciate that no matter how many times they've done this or seen that, for us it's usually a first time experience and your great folks embrace the opportunity to share that wonder with us.- Studio City, CA
Yellowstone National Park (1 night) Camp close to the junction of the Gibbon, Madison and Firehole Rivers.
Grant Village Campground
Yellowstone Lake (2 nights) Your tent is a short walk from the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Colter Bay Village Campground
Grand Teton National Park (2 nights) The stunning Teton range provides the backdrop at our wooded campsite near Jackson Lake.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 16 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|Kayaking||On Yellowstone Lake (3 - 4 hours)|
|Kids||Camp activities (1 - 2 hours)|
|4||Other||Optional hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing or boat cruise (all day)|
|Other||Boat ride on Jenny Lake (30 minutes)|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 5% dirt and 95% paved).
On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle