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Yellowstone & Tetons Family Walking & Hiking Tour – Older Teens & 20s 

Geological Wonderland of Majestic Wildlife & Peaks

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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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Wyoming

Start Jackson, Wyoming, or West Yellowstone, Montana / End Jackson, Wyoming

Yellowstone and Tetons Tour Map

Highlights

  • Observe the famous bubbling and churning geological features of Yellowstone—including Old Faithful, of course
  • Hike through gorgeous valley 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 moose
  • Float down the Snake River with expert river runners, enjoying the views and abundant wildlife 
Wyoming

Start Jackson, Wyoming, or West Yellowstone, Montana / End Jackson, Wyoming

Yellowstone and Tetons Tour Map

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 meadows and sparkling lakes | In the mood to rest your hiking boots? How about huckleberry margaritas 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 stunning alpine landscape at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve | Explore the trails of the preserve on the way to Phelps Lake and perhaps continue along the valley floor to Teton Village.  

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.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Prices

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful (1 night)

Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Lake Yellowstone Hotel

Yellowstone Lake (1 night)

Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake (1 night)

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Teton Village, Wyoming
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

Teton Village (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Yellowstone and Tetons

More On This Trip

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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)

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Teton Village, Wyoming

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

Teton Village (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

An upscale western-style lodge with plentiful amenities and a scenic location at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. (pool, spa)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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
7 800
2 4* 400 5* 500 7 700 10 1200
3 4 200 5 500 7 800
Optional Canoeing, Fishing or Boat Cruise in Grand Teton National Park
4 2 500 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 level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Yellowstone and Tetons

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.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Yellowstone and Tetons designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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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Straight Talk

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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