Grand Teton-Yellowstone Bike, Hike, Rock Climb and Raft
The pristine wilderness and rugged beauty of America's most beloved national parks--Grand Teton and Yellowstone--set the stage for our action-packed adventure. In six extraordinary days, we discover waterfalls, buffalo herds, and thundering geysers in Yellowstone, a premier geological treasure. In the Tetons, we rock climb, bike backroads and raft the Snake River's fun-filled rapids.
Imagine the thrill of a variety-packed adventure among two of America's treasured natural wonders, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. Experience hiking amid thundering geysers, biking beneath snow-capped peaks, soaring above the crowds on one the most spectacular rock climbs in the Teton Range, and rafting a nearby roaring river ... all in a land where elk, deer, buffalo and antelope play.
Tracing tranquil footpaths, we explore Yellowstone's mighty canyons and waterfalls, rugged peaks, and remarkable thermal features. We discover steaming fumaroles, spewing geysers and bubbling mud pots while experiencing one of the world's premier wildlife sanctuaries. In the neighboring Teton Mountains, we climb, bike and paddle beneath the shadows of one of the world's most dramatic mountain ranges
The following describes our inn-based trips. The activities on the inn & camping and camping departures are identical; the only differences are the choice of accommodations and settings for meals.
Day 1 Biking Bridger-Teton and Hiking Upper Geyser Basin, Old Faithful Inn (private bath) or Old Faithful Lodge Frontier Cabins (June 22 only / private baths)
Our guides meet your group in Jackson at 8:00 a.m. After introductions, we're off for a scenic shuttle to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Our cycling route is through the forest and meadows of the Buffalo Valley with superb views of the Tetons. The ride is downhill for the first few miles and rolling for the last part.
This afternoon we walk through Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin that contains the world's largest concentration of active geysers. The names of the natural wonders are as intriguing as they are fascinating to watch erupt--Beehive, Fireside, Sponge, Castle, Daisy and Morning Glory. As we walk, our guides will interpret the history and inner workings of the geyser basin.
Our home for the night is the Old Faithful Inn. Originally built in 1903, the inn is a National Historic Landmark and known as the world's largest log structure. From the inn's porch one can relax and watch the eruptions of Old Faithful.
Biking Buffalo Valley in Bridger-Teton National Forest [approximately 14 miles with quite a bit of downhill]
Hiking Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park [up to 2 miles, negligible elevation change]
Option: Observation Point walk [1 mile; 250 feet of elevation gain/loss]
Day 2. Hiking Avalanche Peak / Elephant Back Mountain, Lake Yellowstone Hotel Frontier Cabins (private bath)
For those looking for a challenging alpine hike, join us for a climb up Avalanche Peak. From the summit, we are rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the
rugged snow-capped Absaroka peaks and serene waters of Yellowstone Lake. The lake's expansive 135 square mile surface makes it the largest lake for its elevation in North America.
If Avalanche Peak is still snowed in during early summer, we will opt for another guide favorite. Our options include a hike to Elephant Back Mountain for another unique view of Yellowstone Lake; or one through Pelican Valley which provides views of the broad open valley and forest and is some of the best grizzly habitat in the lower 48 states, although we'll be lucky to see one.
Our hotel is set close to the shores of Yellowstone Lake, offering magnificent sweeping views. In the afternoon alpenglow, the views of the Absaroka Mountains across the lake's reflective waters are breathtaking. With time permitting, enjoy a short walk along the lake's sandy shores.
Avalanche Peak hike [4 miles, 2000' of elevation gain/loss]
Elephant Back Mt. Hike option [4.5 miles, 800 feet of elevation gain/loss]
Pelican Valley hike option [6 miles, rolling with minimal elevation change]
Day 3. Hiking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lake Yellowstone Hotel Frontier Cabins
Today's exploration of Yellowstone begins in Hayden Valley, one of the park's premier viewing areas for bison, elk, geese, trumpeter swans and pelicans.
From the valley's pastoral setting we head towards the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and lace up the hiking boots, don a daypack, and hit the trails. We walk through meadows and forests of lodgepole pine, past little-known mud pools and steam vents and on to Artist's Point on the brink of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a stunning colorful chasm of echoing waterfalls. The 20-mile canyon is one of the world's most colorful wonders. With time permitting, we will also hike to another viewpoint of the Lower Falls (twice the height of Niagara) and marvel at the ever-changing perspectives of the golden-hued canyon walls.
Artist's Point hike [7.5 miles, rolling terrain]
Day 4. Free day in Grand Teton National Park, Teton Mountain Lodge (private baths)
After a hearty breakfast, we shuttle to neighboring Grand Teton National Park, a paradise of snow-covered sawtooth mountains, peaceful meadows, shimmering lakes and dense forests. The Teton Range comprises 12 mountains over 12,000 feet, and the tallest, the Grand Teton, looms above at 13,770 feet.
The day is yours to spend as you like in these glorious surroundings. Superb self-guided trails await just a short shuttle away at Jenny Lake, nestled at the foot of the Teton's craggy peaks. Take a scenic ferry across the lake and then hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. For the more enthusiastic, continue up Cascade Canyon for a bit of elevation gain and a chance to spot moose and other wildlife. Or, at an easier pace, circumnavigate the lake along the water's edge and enjoy the stunning scenery or rent a canoe (at an additional cost) for a paddle around this beautiful, clear lake.
Day 5. Rock Climbing in Grand Teton National Park, Teton Mountain Lodge
Get ready for a fun-filled day of introductory rock climbing. No experience necessary-just come with an adventurous spirit and a brimming smile. We begin again with the motor boat ride across Jenny Lake to access our climbing area near Hidden Falls, a 200-foot roaring, turbulent cascade sandwiched between the walls of a deep canyon. Under the care of our expert guides, begin by learning the basics: an introduction to equipment and terminology, knot tying and belaying. After learning easy maneuvers, we progress to some basic rock climbs and possibly have an opportunity to advance to more challenging climbs.
For anyone not wishing to try the climbing, we can arrange for another self-guided hike in the area or for a horseback ride. Advance reservations for horseback riding are strongly recommended so be sure to discuss your decision with your guides early on in the trip.
Rock Climbing [all day]
Optional horseback ride [at no additional cost] or self-guided hike
Day 6. Off-road Biking and Whitewater Rafting
Back to peddle and paddle power for our grand finale! We begin with a ride near the eastern slopes of Grand Teton National Park. We head to Antelope Flats, home to one of the grand bison herds that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home. While pedaling at a relaxing pace, we can marvel at the grandeur of the Tetons.
We then board rafts and enjoy a thrilling afternoon of whitewater fun on the Snake River. Grab a paddle and share the exhilaration as you experience a new challenge around every bend. Feel the river's current beneath you as you help steer your raft downstream. Each rapid is different and they change throughout the season depending on water flows. We return to Jackson at approximately 5:30 p.m. for our trip's conclusion.
Antelope Flats Bike Ride [8-10 miles, flat to rolling terrain]
Whitewater Rafting [8 miles, Class II-III+]
|Grand Teton - Yellowstone Multi-Sport
|Inn & camping
|Single Room Supplement**
|Inn & Camping
* Best suited for ages 8 and older. Ages 8-18 receive a 15% discount. On inn trips, youths getting this discount must share a room with a full paying adult. Solo Traveler trips minimum age is 21.
** Rooms are based on double occupancy. You can opt to have your own room and pay our Single Room Supplement fee. With reservations 90 days or more in advance, you can book just one person and pay the regular rate if you will share a room.
All trips require a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run and the trip maximum is 12.
Bike & Camping Gear Rental fees:
Bicycle Rental Rates are $95. Helmets are required of all riders and are included with a bicycle rental. For those bringing their own bikes, helmet rentals are available for $10. Rental bikes must be reserved more than 60 days prior to trip departure to guarantee availability.
For camping trips, tents are available for $60. Sleeping bags and foam insulating pads are available for $40.
Trip Fees Include:
Whitewater rafting, rock climbing, all meals (lunch Day 1-lunch Day 6), all accommodations (double occupancy), park permits and entrance fees, T-shirt, water bottle, support vehicle, professional guides, and bicycle riding and rock climbing instruction.
Trip Fees Exclude:
Airfare, personal insurance, miscellaneous hotel expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), additional optional tours, services not specified in the tour itinerary, and guide gratuities (An appropriate gratuity to each trip leader is $75-$100 per guest).
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*Kids need to be (8-18) years of age for the kid discount.
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Special Requests + What to Bring:
If you have any special dietary needs or any special request that will make your trip more enjoyable, please be sure to notify your Trip Consultant or travel agent after booking. One of our trip consultants will be contacting you to go over options and the details with you.
The World Outdoors will provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including your reservation payment receipt and confirmation, travel insurance application, suggestions for preparing for your trip, a packing list, information on pre- and post-trip arrangements, a guest questionnaire and a liability release agreement.
General Information, Questions & Answers
What type of weather should I expect?
You can expect the average daytime temperature to range from 65 to 75 F, with evening temperatures being much cooler. As in other mountainous regions, weather conditions in Yellowstone are extremely variable.
How will the change in altitude affect me?
This is a difficult question to answer as altitude physiologically affects different people in different ways. Yellowstone ranges from 6,000 feet to over 12,000 feet of elevation, and has an extremely dry climate. Thus, to prevent altitude sickness we recommend that you always remain well hydrated, gradually expose yourself to higher elevations, exercise moderately until altitude acclimatized, eat a diet consisting of at least 70% carbohydrates beginning 1 to 2 days prior to ascent, and get plenty of rest. Furthermore, we suggest that you arrive at our gateway city at least 1 to 2 days prior to the first day of your trip.
How difficult is this trip?
This terrain on this trip is more challenging than our Easy tours. It is intended for the average active adult who feels comfortable being active exercising 4-6 hours a day. The hikes are 4-8 miles, with additional miles optional, and include climbs of up to 1200 feet with options of up to 1500 feet. The bike rides are up to 25 miles/day, and climbs up to 1200 feet where some shuttling may be involved.
Special Family Values
Young people, ages eight through 18, receive a 15% discount on this trip. This applies to camping trips when accompanied by one full paying adult and inn trips when sharing a room with one full paying adult. Though children eight years and older are welcome on this tour, please see our itinerary above and make sure your child can handle the level of physical activity on this trip. Call us to discuss the suitability of a particular tour.
Families are welcome on all open departures except solo traveler adventures.
If you're traveling on your own and want to share the experience with other solo travelers, we've set aside special departures for many of our trips. Itineraries are identical to our those of our open trips but, because these departures are composed entirely of independent travelers, there's a unique, fun dimension to the group dynamic. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome on all of our open departures as well, where often half of our guests are traveling alone.
Meeting Place & Time
8:00 a.m. at the 49'er Quality Inn & Suites, Jackson, Wyoming, 800-451-2980 / 307-733-7550. We recommend that you have breakfast prior to our meeting, and arrive ready to bike and hike. We recommend that you wear padded cycling shorts, a T-shirt or cycling jersey, cycling shoes (running or cross-training shoes work well), and that you have a jacket accessible as the weather can be extremely variable in the mountains.
Jackson is located at the intersection of State Highway 22, US Highway 89 and US Highway 191. Follow Broadway to the intersection with Pearl Avenue and turn right through the traffic signal, heading east. The 49'er is two blocks down on the right.
Please see our directions and driving times in the upper right hand corner to get additional directions.
Approximately 5:30 p.m. at select Jackson Lodges.
How do I book airfare for this trip?
Once you have booked your reservation, Sherry will contact you to help arrange your air. You can also call James TravelPoints, a local travel agency, at 800-538-7461 and ask for Georgia (ext 251) or Di (ext 252) or email GeorgiaT@travelpoints.com or DianeJ@travelpoints.com. Be sure to tell her you are traveling with The World Outdoors. Alternatively, you are welcome to book your airfare online, directly with the airline or through your personal travel agent.
Optional activities/excursions for Teton-Yellowstone Multi-Sport Trip
Once you have booked this tour, one of our office staff will contact you regarding these options:
In lieu of rock climbing on Day 5, you can consider the following options to complement your vacation. Please discuss options when our office staff calls your or with your guides on the first day of the trip.
Hiking: The Jenny Lake area offers plenty of spectacular hiking opportunities (at no additional cost!).
Horseback Rides: For a feel of the real West, we can help you arrange guided horseback rides of varying duration through Grand Teton National Park. (at no additional cost)
Fly Fishing: Outfitters can take you along the Snake River to catch the big one, but they must be able to meet you in Jackson. (cost: approximately $300-$350 for up to two people)
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If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. We calculate your refund from the day we receive written notice of your cancellation. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early from a trip.
Number of Days Prior to Trip Departure
|90 days or more
||$100 per person
|89 to 60 days
||50% of total price per person
|59 to 30 days
||75% of total price per person
|29 to 0 days
||100% of total price per person
We highly recommend trip insurance. This is an option we will discuss with you.