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.
- 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
Madison Campground (1 night): Camp close to the junction of the Gibbon, Madison and Firehole Rivers.
Grant Village Campground (2 nights): Your tent is a short walk from the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Colter Bay Village Campground (2 nights): The stunning Teton range provides the backdrop at our wooded campsite near Jackson Lake.
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
|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).
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/17-22 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/24-29 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/1-6 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/15-20 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/22-27 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/29-8/3 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/5-10 Price: $2098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/12-17 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/19-24 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/26-31 Price: $1998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $100 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 6 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 7 years
- Minimum age restriction to kayak: 6 years
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ amount of cultural appreciation, difficulty of activities, routes
- 9+ difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions, routes
- 6+ several longer dinners, routes are difficult for pulling a Burley and therefore not appropriate for younger children, difficulty of activities/activity age restrictions
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.
Guest Trip Reviews
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
The trip was amazing. Very well organized and executed. But the thing that made it such a spectacular success were our amazing leaders. Each one of them contributed something special and memorable. Even when they were working so hard to make us a great meal, or unloading/loading equipment, they were always willing to stop what they were doing to answer a question, or assist with any request. We took pictures of them so that we can always remember them and I can point to each of them when guiding my kids toward their adulthoods. They were inspiring, fun and attentive.- Ridgewood, NJ
The trip exceeded my expectations. The leaders worked seamlessly together to provide a very active, yet still relaxing, vacation. Not something easily pulled off with a large group that included more kids than adults! Their balance of efficiently and proactively taking care of all the details and extensive chores involved with camping and facilitating the day's activities, yet still being very engaged with their guests on a personal level is to be commended. Could not have asked for a better group of leaders!!- Palo Alto, CA
We saw and did so many wonderful things each day that I'm sure that we experienced more in one vacation than most families do in two or three. I appreciated the structure of the trip: from moderate activity on days 1 and 2, to a more relaxed pace on day 3 (kayaking) to the "day off" on day 4, and the more challenging pace on days 5 and 6. I've always wanted to camp with my family but couldn't face all the planning and work involved. This trip let me share all that I love about the outdoors with my family and allowed me to enjoy it without becoming exhausted! We appreciated the cheerful and patient attention that the leaders gave our girls and the time that gave us to spend together and with the other adults on our trip. It was an awesome trip. We will always remember our 15th anniversary!- Madison, NJ
I have never been to that part of the country before, so I really did not know what to expect. We have traveled many places and by far this was it for us. I believe the team made this trip so inspiring that we have decided to visit again. Without Backroads we would have never seen the area the way we did. Even my 17-year-old wanted to know when can we do it again.- Howell, MI
The best trip we have ever had. Before the trip my kids did not want to go, but they had such a great time that they were sad the trip was ending. The leaders were excellent. They were great with the kids and the adults. They were extremely knowledgeable, personable, and helpful. We had an amazing time.- McDonald, PA
We had a great time on this trip! We are not campers and we don't exercise outdoors much, so we were a little concerned about how we would do. However, the trip planning and our guides did everything to make us extremely comfortable. The campsites were well planned and set up and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the van support on all the activities. It was so nice for each of us (the adults and the kids) to do only the amount of activity we wanted to, and to have the option to stop at any time along the route when we had had enough. We were so grateful to have our kids well taken care of if my husband and I wanted to take a longer route and the kids had a great time staying with the guides and the other kids. And, the food was incredible! I can't believe what the guides could pull out of an outdoor cooksite. On top of the great meals, we looked forward to the wonderful hors d'oeuvres every night, and the snacks that were provided for every outing were superb.- Evanston, IL
The best part about this multisport family trip is that the children learn independence while they are with a group of family and friends that they can depend on while camping. Each member was challenged in an individual way each day and we were supported every step of the way. We had a fun time meeting new families and watching our children play with each other. We became closer as a family and that made me feel that was the best result of the trip.- The Woodlands, TX
I can't imagine a better way to experience our national parks. We've now hiked, biked, swum and/or kayaked in 5 national parks with Backroads, slept under the stars in each and awakened every morning to some of the most magnificent views imaginable. My 12 year old son is conversant about hoodoos, hot pots, geysers, the ice age, tectonic plates, bear boxes, bison populations and more thanks to the immersion a trip like this provides, and to the incredible trip leaders who inform and support us along the way. Thank you, Backroads, for creating lifelong memories.- Marblehead. MA