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 and river raft this incredible piece of Wyoming. But don't think for a second you'll be able to figure out 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.
Accommodations & Service StandardsJackson Lake Lodge, Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Old Faithful Inn are fairly rustic national park lodges that reflect the natural surroundings of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. While these historic hotels offer simpler accommodations than the typical Backroads property, they are the only game in town - and have been selected because of their access to the best riding and hiking in the region. Although clean and comfortable, the guest rooms are basic and are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning.
Generally speaking, service can seem slow and brusque in the national parks when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.
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.
Day 1 Welcome to Jackson, once the crossroads of American Indian trade and travel routes Raft thrilling Class II and III rapids on the Snake River with expert river runners Enjoy a signature Backroads spread in the scenic town of Wilson, founded in 1889 by author and Pony Express rider Elijah Nicholas Wilson.
Days 2-3 Bike beneath the Teton Range's jagged peaks There's gorgeous hiking - whether you're up for 4 miles or 14 - and a scenic boat ride to show off Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of flower-strewn meadows, shimmering lakes, thick forests and sawtooth 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 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.
Day 6 Bubbling mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming vents at Yellowstone As you ride along the Madison and Firehole Rivers, take in the sights, sounds and smells of this strange wonderland.
- 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
- White-water raft the Snake River with expert river runners
- Wondrous wildlife, from elk to eagles, osprey to otters and bison to bears
Snake River Lodge & Spa (1 night): An upscale western-style lodge with plentiful amenities and a scenic location at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain. (pool, spa)
Jackson Lake Lodge (2 nights): Situated in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, with 60-foot picture windows for savoring views of the Teton peaks and the roaming moose, elk and bison. (pool)
Lake Yellowstone Hotel (1 night): On the National Register of Historic Places, this classic park hotel, completed in 1891, sits along the shore of the lake.
Old Faithful Inn (1 night): Built in 1904 with a grand lobby seven stories high, "a spectacular log-and-shingle château that captures the moment the West went from wild to Baroque," reports Travel + Leisure.
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|
|Rafting||On the Snake River (2 hours)|
|3||Other||Hiking in Grand Teton National Park (4 - 14 miles)|
|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. 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*
- 6/15-20 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/4 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/6-11 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/20-25 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/1 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/3-8 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/10-15 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-22 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/24-29 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/31-9/5 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-12 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/10-15 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/31-9/5 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $740 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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 Monday departure date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
- 8 - 9 guests $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
- 10 - 11 guests $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
- 12 or more guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
Guest Trip Reviews
Beautiful location matched with the right itinerary to see it all, from geothermal springs to mountain peaks. The combination of activities complemented the trip's location well. And our leaders were always energetic, knowledgeable and helpful (it's those "Backroads vitamins," right?).- Chicago, IL
I will keep the sights and sounds of Yellowstone in my heart forever! We were the stop and look group...not the breeze/fly-by folks and your itinerary made this a comfortable vacation for both. You're certainly "getting it right"!!!- Mount Pleasant, SC
This trip to Wyoming blew my brains out!!! It was epic riding, unforgettable hiking, super fun rafting, nature that kept on surprising me at every corner, and amazing wildlife plus two excellent trip leaders. From now on, I know I can make blind choices from your catalog for future trips.- Caracas, Venezuela
Outstanding! Beyond my expectations! This was my fourth Backroads trip and my expectations were low because I was staying in the states for the first time. I should have known that you all would bring to life a part of the country that I have never seen and that I now I appreciate. It was a FABULOUS trip!- Arlington, VA
This was by far the best vacation I have ever been on. Seeing the region for the first time through biking, hiking, and kayaking was unbelievable. As cars passed me by on the bike, I couldn't help but think of all they were missing. Backroads picked the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton for us to see in a reasonable amount of time. The accommodations were great and quite frankly, I don't know if you could have picked two more compatible leaders. They were truly a great team. They made the vacation so fun - the whole group really worked well together. I will most definitely be recommending Backroads to friends. I'm looking forward to my next vacation - the only problem will be deciding which one to do next!!!- Greenville, SC
The Yellowstone/Grand Teton trip was awesome! Perfect blend of activity and sightseeing, with absolutely none of the normal vacation stress! Our leaders took care of everything, and made sure that everyone had fun. It feels like I have 22 new friends, as everyone in the group hit it off. It was sad to say good-bye at the end of the week.- Suffolk, VA
What a fabulous family trip. We laughed and competitively encouraged each other to finish an activity. The five of us spent more time together on this trip than we do when we are at home. We also met other wonderful families that we are going to keep in touch with from around the world. We all amazed ourselves in our sense of what we had accomplished at the end of each day. We now all have our own cherished memories of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. These are great times to laugh about and share.- Carmel, IN
We're now hooked on Backroads! It would be hard to imagine a more balanced, better planned, or executed trip. The scenery is of course, spectacular under any circumstances, but the energizing and accommodating nature of our trip leaders made the experience truly enjoyable. Our three leaders are truly outstanding representatives of your company.- Laurel, MD
This trip was beyond my best of times. For family time and excellence of experience from all of us --Thank you Backroads for making it possible. Our special guides were wonderful. The new friends that we made, children and adults, were awesome. I am 61 years old and have looked at Backroads brochures for 25-30 years. Our guides made this trip so enjoyable. I will praise your company to all the people I meet. My grand daughters will have the best possible memories of our time together in Yellowstone and The Tetons. Way to go Backroads. Thank you.- Troutman, NC
A fabulous trip - best vacation weve had in years! We really enjoyed the group of people we were traveling with, and enjoyed getting to know them over the course of the week. We were all different, yet had the important commonality of wanting a fun, active and adventuresome vacation, and that was a great bond.- Columbus, OH
This was my first Backroads experience. I had heard and read some wonderful stories, and so my expectations were rather high. I can honestly say that this trip exceeded every expectation I had and raised the bar to unbelievable heights. I have never experienced a more prepared and pleasurable trip. Every facet of the week was excellent - from the first meeting to the final wrap up. It was an awesome experience!!
This was a perfect vacation for us. It allowed us to really see and enjoy a beautiful part of our country all the while getting some exercise!- East Haddam, CT
This was a great trip - I felt I saw a lot of what Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons have to offer while at the same time staying away from the crowds.- Brookline, MA
Once again, Backroads has given us a fantastic vacation experience. Loved the variety of activities. The chance to see so much wildlife overwhelmed me. If you want to see spectacular views and wildlife in our own National Parks, this is the way to do it!- Noblesville, IN