The Tetons. Majestic sawtooth mountains. Snowcaps above, incredible wildflowers and glacial lakes below. Truly spectacular. Yellowstone is different. One-of-a-kind. Geysers that really erupt on the hour. Turquoise hot springs with the pungent smell of sulfur. Waterfalls, wolves and bears. Buffalo and elk as common as tourists. It’s even got its own Grand Canyon—just as dramatic as the original. On this adventure, you’ll hike, explore, bike, camp and kayak this incredible piece of Wyoming. But don’t think for a second you’ll be able to fathom how Mother Nature did it.
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 limits the size of all groups and Grand Teton National Park doesn't permit guided hiking. Accordingly, in Yellowstone National Park you'll hike and bike in small groups with Backroads leaders. In Grand Teton National Park you'll hike 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 spacious dome tents easily accommodate two adults and their gear. 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.
AttireComfortable, casual attire and footwear is strongly recommended—leave those heels or imported Italian leather loafers at home! Also be sure to bring along a few warm layers for the cooler evenings.
Days 1-3 Welcome to the Rockies! Bike beneath the Teton Range’s jagged peaks, pedaling through Jackson into Grand Teton National Park Whether you’re up for 4 miles or 14, there are gorgeous hikes—and a scenic boat ride—to show off this grandest of parks, a paradise of flower-strewn meadows, shimmering lakes, thick forests and awe-inspiring mountains.
Day 4 Wondrous wildlife, from elk to eagles, osprey to otters and bison to bears After kayaking across Yellowstone Lake, pedal along its shore and take in views of the Absaroka Range.
Day 5 Hike to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the park's most dramatic feature, where waterfalls cascade over pastel-colored cliffs Open meadows and stands of lodgepole pine lead to the canyon rim and Inspiration Point, with a breathtaking look deep into the gorge.
Day 6 Bubbling mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming vents in Yellowstone As you bike along the Madison and Firehole Rivers, take in the sights, sounds and smells of this strange wonderland Has it been 91 minutes? Then watch as Old Faithful shoots into action, projecting thousands of gallons of water more than 100 feet into the air.
- Bubbling mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming vents at Yellowstone
- Pedal beneath the Teton Range's jagged peaks
- Hike to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the park's most dramatic feature
- Wondrous wildlife, from elk to eagles, osprey to otters and bison to bears
- Breathe in fresh mountain air while kicking back at camp under a vast Wyoming sky
Colter Bay Campground (2 nights): The stunning Teton range provides the backdrop at our wooded campsite near Jackson Lake.
Grant Village Campground (2 nights): Your tent is a short walk from the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Madison Campground (1 night): Camp near the junction of the Gibbon, Madison and Firehole Rivers.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Other||Jenny Lake Boat Ride (30 Minutes Round-Trip)|
|Kayaking||On Yellowstone Lake (3-4 hours)|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 8/18-23 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $0 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
I recently had the pleasure of joining Backroads on a Yellowstone/Tetons camping trip and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience - particularly the hospitality. I was completely blown away by the quality of your staff, their professionalism, and personable emphasis on pleasant and totally accommodating hospitality. They were also great fun to travel with. The food was terrific. I was EXTREMELY impressed.- Charleston, SC
Excellent trip! The scenery in that part of the country is stunning, and the hiking and biking took us to the best places to view it. On our one rainy day, the leaders provided alternate activities, so the day was a success despite the weather. The tents and sleeping bags were excellent too. My big worry before the trip was that I'd freeze to death at night, but I was cozy and warm all night long!
It was better than I had imagined it to be. The people on the trip were really nice and fun to be around. The nature was beautiful. The food was amazing. The leaders couldn't have been better. And I really enjoyed being pampered on a camping trip! Reisterstown, MD