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Yellowstone & Tetons Walking & Hiking Tour

Geological Wonderland of Majestic Wildlife & Soaring Peaks

  • Observe the famous bubbling and churning geological features of Yellowstone—including Old Faithful, of course
  • Hike through gorgeous green landscapes while gazing up to catch sight of the spectacular Teton peaks
  • Photograph the wondrous Yellowstone wildlife you're bound to encounter—from elk to eagles and bison to otters
  • Float down the Snake River with expert river runners, enjoying the views and abundant wildlife 

Deep beneath soaring sawtooth peaks, a geologic story unfolds. The temperature rises, revealing itself in spectacular ways. Geysers launch to unreal heights. Hot springs shimmer in radiant colors. Bison, elk and even gray wolves are as attracted to these places as we are. Yellowstone and the Tetons draw us all in.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Discover bubbling mud pots, spouting geysers and steaming fumaroles in Yellowstone | Learn about the fascinating geothermal features of Lower and Upper Geyser Basins | Just about two square miles in area, this spot is home to nearly one-quarter of the world's geysers! | Walk to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where waterfalls plunge over pastel-colored cliffs.

Day 3 Stroll along the shore of Yellowstone Lake to windswept Storm Point before heading to Grand Teton National Park | Hike through lush forests and verdant meadows below the spectacular Teton peaks | From Two Ocean Lake, our trail leads through groves of aspen and pine to higher ground, revealing jaw-dropping views of craggy mountains, open pastures and sparkling lakes | In the mood to rest your hiking boots? How about horseback riding or just relaxing by the pool?

Days 4-5 Keep an eye out for moose, mule deer, eagles and otters | Enjoy a boat ride across Jenny Lake before hiking to Inspiration Point for sweeping vistas of Jackson Hole | Savor the solitude of this high-alpine landscape at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve | Explore the trails of the preserve on the way to Phelps Lake.

Day 6 A scenic float trip on the meandering Snake River is the grand finale to our week | As you cruise down the winding river, scan the shore for wildlife and incredible views.

Got back yesterday from week hiking in Yellowstone/Tetons. We went for scenery and wildlife and were not disappointed. Two things made the trip so great for us. One was hiking flexibility. We found we liked long and fast hikes, so we always went out on our own and were not forced to hike with the one who wanted to saunter a couple of miles taking lots of pictures. The second thing was the service approach of the leaders. On the first day I talked about how I liked craft beer - thereafter when we got back from a hike my favorite cold beer awaited me.
Roger - Fort Worth

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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 Standards

Jackson 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 provide unparalleled access to the best hiking in the region. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with televisions or air-conditioning.

Generally speaking, service in the national parks can seem laid-back when compared with the high standards of service found on other Backroads trips.

Interpretive Guides & Hiking Without Your Leaders

The 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 in small groups with Backroads leaders. In Grand Teton National Park your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions so you can explore on your own. We appreciate your cooperation with the parks' regulations.
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Jackson, Wyoming, or West Yellowstone, Montana/Jackson, Wyoming

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All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

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Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful (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.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Yellowstone Lake (1 night)

On the National Register of Historic Places, this classic park hotel, completed in 1891, sits along the lakeshore.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake (1 night)

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)

Hotel Terra

Hotel Terra

* Premiere Hotel
Teton Village (2 nights)

"Jackson Hole's most design-conscious hotel, and the most eco-conscious too," according to National Geographic Traveler. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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First Backroads Hiking Trip - Fantastic

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from Fort Worth

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Got back yesterday from week hiking in Yellowstone/Tetons. We went for scenery and wildlife and were not disappointed. Two things made the trip so great for us. One was hiking flexibility. We found we liked long and fast hikes, so we always went out on our own and were not forced to hike with the one who wanted to saunter a couple of miles taking lots of pictures. The second thing was the service approach of the leaders. On the first day I talked about how I liked craft beer - thereafter when we got back from a hike my favorite cold beer awaited me.

 
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Amazing trip with stunning views.

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from Buffalo, NY

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We loved hiking in Yellowstone and the Tetons. Push yourself to do the longer options if you are able the views are special.

 
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Absolutely the BEST way to see the West

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from Orcas Island, WA

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This Backroads trip absolutely captures the highlights of these two magnificent National Parks. I cannot think of a better way to immerse oneself in Yellowstone and the Tetons. This is a MUST for anyone who has ever wanted to visit these national treasures.

 
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Spectacular Nature

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from San Francisco, CA

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Prior to taking this trip I had traveled a decent amount in Europe, but hadn't really explored my own "back yard." This was my first real immersive experience in our own national parks, and I was awestruck by the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife. Now I can't wait to explore more of our national treasures on foot!

 
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Amazing hikes, scenic views, well-organized trip

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from DC metro area

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This was an exceptional trip on so many counts--the hikes/landscape, the leaders, the group dynamic, the local guide, the food, and accommodations. It exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Allowing various hiking options worked perfectly to accommodate everyone in the group. The well-organized nature of the trip, as well as the flexibility created by the leaders made for a perfect experience.

 
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Just spectacular!

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from New Jersey

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This was certainly a trip to remember for my mother and me.....thank you for such a wonderful experience. The trip was a great mix of activities, places, meals, scenery, but most of all I will remember the great people I met and the superb leaders, in particular Gabe.

 
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Best trip we've ever taken.

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from North Chelmsford, MA

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Backroads far exceeded our expectations. We couldn't have asked for better service than we got. Our guides were fantastic and catered to our every need - they were also extremely friendly and funny! We enjoyed them and our fellow travelers immensely. It was definitely the best trip we have ever been on and can't wait to the day we can travel with Backroads again.

 
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Best trip ever!

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from Woodbury, MN

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Everything was perfect. The guides, the food, the accommodations, the activities, the scenery, the weather and the comradery were all perfect. A trip that provided lifelong memories!

 
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Beautiful location

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from Los Angeles, California

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Attentive and friendly guides.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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
1 4 300 6 700
7 900
2 4* 400 5* 400 7 600 10 1200
3 4 200 5 500 7 800
Optional Horseback Riding, Canoeing, Fishing or Boat Cruise in Grand Teton National Park
4 1 500 7 300 9 1200 14 2300
5 3 200 5 200 7 800 9 1100
6 Rafting on the Snake River (2 Hours)
 

Note: The terrain on this trips includes a mix of paved valley walkways, well-maintained dirt paths and rugged mountain trails. 

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Yellowstone and Tetons

Take a Walk through Our Backyard

After exploring these two extraordinary national parks for 37 years, we know quite a lot about how the mountain ranges were created, where the wildlife wanders and when Old Faithful and other, lesser-known geysers are likely to erupt. Linda Cassell, our Regional Manager, has spent nearly three decades designing and managing trips here. She uses her deep knowledge and vast network of local connections to create a walking and hiking experience you'll never forget.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Yellowstone and Tetons trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Yellowstone and Tetons trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Yellowstone and Tetons you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Yellowstone and Tetons live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

We Were Born Here (in 1979)

Backroads has been inviting active travelers to explore our own backyard since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. We offer more trips than anyone else in Yellowstone and Tetons, and we've spent more years finding the best ones. What keeps it real is having a consistent vision and the same passionately committed leadership for nearly four decades.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Yellowstone and Tetons—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ

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