Expedition Details

 

Explore two of America’s greatest natural treasures: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. On daily excursions, discover Yellowstone’s wilderness and geothermal wonders, and venture into magnificent valleys to spot bison, bears, elk, eagles, and coyotes. Peer into the yawning abyss of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness Old Faithful’s thrilling eruptions. Then head south to the awesomely jagged peaks of the Teton Range. Go on a ranger-led hike in a glacial valley, raft down the wildlife-rich Snake River, and cruise the emerald waters of Jenny Lake.

Trip Highlights

    • From vast canyons to alpine lakes, explore Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons with a naturalist on the lookout for grizzlies, bison, bighorn sheep, and elusive gray wolves.
    • Discover Yellowstone’s thermal landscape of bubbling mud pots, brilliantly colored hot springs, and erupting geysers—including legendary Old Faithful.
    • Hike among glacial valleys below towering peaks, and learn about the geology and history of Grand Teton National Park.
    • Float on the Snake River beneath the jagged peaks of the Teton Range.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Bozeman, Montana/Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

Arrive in Bozeman and travel to Yellowstone National Park—the world's first national park. At the historic village of Mammoth Hot Springs, stroll along travertine terraces sculpted by hot springs. Later, gather for a welcome reception and dinner.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (D)

Day 2 — Lamar Valley

Rise early to drive to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, where gray wolves were first restored to Yellowstone in 1995. Be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk, eagles, and the elusive wolf in this sweeping glacial valley. Return to Mammoth and enjoy an afternoon hike to see beaver ponds, or explore what remains of the original Fort Yellowstone.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a spectacular, 20-mile chasm. Walk along the rim to view cascading waterfalls set against a dazzling red and gold palette. In Hayden Valley, look for bison, coyotes, elk, and perhaps even a grizzly. Then trace the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake, and continue up and over the Continental Divide to the Upper Geyser Basin, home to Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins

Greet the day with the clockwork eruption of Old Faithful. With more than 300 geysers, Yellowstone's geysers make up two thirds of all those found in the world. Explore this stunning geothermal landscape with our expert, and marvel at steaming fumaroles, belching mud pots, and gem-colored mineral pools.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Grand Teton National Park/Jackson

Journey south to the Teton Range, where saw-toothed, snowy peaks rise from the valley floor. Take a scenic cruise on the emerald waters of Jenny Lake. Then continue to Jackson, a lively mountain town with Old West flair, and learn about its history on a guided walk.
The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L)

Day 6 — Grand Teton National Park

Head back into Grand Teton National Park and to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. Enjoy a hike in a glacially carved valley to Phelps Lake, framed dramatically by the towering Tetons. Later, visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, or explore Jackson’s quaint streets. Then gather for a farewell dinner at one of Jackson’s fine restaurants.
The Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Snake River/Jackson

Enjoy a float trip on the Snake River this morning, and search for bald eagles, moose, and other wildlife. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
(B,L)

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National Geographic Expert

Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy  SchmidtFew people know Yellowstone country better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. Jeremy has spent more than 30 years in the area, working as a winter keeper, park ranger, naturalist, photographer, and author. His writing includes several books for National Geographic and articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His knowledge of Yellowstone and the Tetons will enrich your experience in these magnificent parks.

Jeremy will join the following departures:

Aug 17 - 23, 2014
Aug 31 - Sep 06, 2014
Sep 07 - 13, 2014
Sep 14 - 20, 2014
Jun 13 - 20, 2015
Aug 22 - 29, 2015
Sep 19 - 26, 2015

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Dates

2014
  • Aug 17 - 23, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Aug 31 - Sep 06, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Sep 07 - 13, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Sep 14 - 20, 2014 (waitlist only)
2015
  • Jun 13 - 20, 2015 ALT
  • Aug 01 - 08, 2015 ALT
  • Aug 15 - 22, 2015 ALT
  • Aug 22 - 29, 2015 ALT
  • Sep 12 - 19, 2015 ALT
  • Sep 19 - 26, 2015 ALT
  • Sep 26 - Oct 03, 2015 ALT

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Expedition Cost

2014

$3,995

2015

$4,250

Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,000 in 2014 and $1,100 in 2015.

Airfare to Bozeman and return from Jackson is not included in the expedition cost.

What To Expect

This expedition is designed to accommodate guests at different activity levels. Choose hiking options ranging from easy one-to-three-mile walks to moderate hikes of four miles or more.