Yellowstone Wildlife Trails

009390- W20

Track wolves in Yellowstone National Park amidst geysers and hot springs. Famed for its iconic soaring peaks, marvel at the jagged Teton Range. Keep your eyes peeled for Grizzly Bears, wolverine and lynx in Glacier National Park. These three top American National Parks offer incredible walking trails, spectacular scenery and exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

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Highlights
  • Dedicated wolf and wildlife tracking guide in Yellowstone and endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Specialist wildlife, geology and wilderness guides
  • Specialist hiking guide in Glacier National Park
  • Visit the geysers of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful
  • Stay right in Yellowstone, Jackson/Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks
Details

Group Size: max. 13

2020 Departures:
May: 31
August: 28
September: 12

2020 Prices:
From CA$3,579 – twin
From CA$3,936 – single

Prices are “starting from” rates, shown in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room or one person in a single room. Single rooms are limited so early booking is recommended.

Tour Code:
009390- W20

Itinerary
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Day 1: Salt Lake City, Utah

Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and the gateway to incredible national parks. Set in a beautiful location at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake is also the home of the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – better known as Mormons. An optional, free tour of the Mormon History Museum is offered today. A welcome meeting will be conducted at 18:00 hrs in your hotel. Accommodation: Standard hotel, Meals: (none)

 

Day 2: Jackson Hole - Snake River Valley - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Leave Salt Lake City behind, cross Idaho and pass through the beautiful Targhee National Forest en route to the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This mountain resort is popular during the winter months as skiers flock to the area, whilst summer sees walkers and other thrill seekers enjoying the area and its proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Why not take an optional aerial tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for 360-degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park, or simply explore the town of Jackson Hole which maintains an authentic ‘Wild West’ feel. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Optional Activities:
• Jenny Lake Ferry US$15
• Western Rodeo in Jackson US$20-$25
• Bar J Chuckwagon Dinner in Jackson US$25-$35
• Aerial Tram US$42

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park Famed for its iconic soaring peaks, the 64 km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged fang-like mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000 ft. Rich in fauna, inhabitants of the area include bison, elk, Black and Grizzly Bears, Bighorn Sheep, moose and Mule Deer, all of which have been seen on this trip. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking through dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. You may choose to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and beyond, following the stream. It is commonplace to see moose and bears whilst hiking this trail. Please note: Grand Teton National Park regulations limit group size and do not allow guided hikes. Your tour leaders will provide briefings, directions, and maps, but are not permitted by the National Park Service to walk with you on the trails. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

It’s a beautiful drive to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone, and your home for the next four nights. Part of the highway clings to the side of the 24 km long Jackson Lake, and the expansive ice-blue water reflects the Teton Range on a clear day. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. See how the regular lava flows have flattened the largest geological features in the south of the park. This afternoon, take a walk amidst this fascinating volcanic environment before returning to set up camp. Yellowstone is home to an incredible variety of wildlife so always keep your camera at the ready! Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone overflows with geothermal features – geysers, bubbling mud pools, multi-coloured hot springs and fumaroles! The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features – nowhere else on earth (not even Iceland or New Zealand) can boast this concentration of geysers, which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Spend half a day with a local geology guide to explore the many effects of volcanism and enjoy walks around some of the parks most interesting features. The brightly coloured springs, caused by the hot, nutrient-rich waters full of different species of coloured bacteria are a particular photographic highlight. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 6: Yellowstone National Park - wolf tracking

When Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves (a subspecies of the Grey Wolf) were native to the area. In the years after, predator control saw the decline of this remarkable species, but following a reintroduction programme there are now thought to be more than 1,000 wolves in the Greater Yellowstone area. You spend a full day with a specialist wolf and wildlife tracking guide, venturing into the park’s wilderness by foot and by vehicle to learn about these extraordinary animals. Your guide will explain how wolves live and hunt together in Yellowstone and how the pack hierarchy works. It’s important to note that you may not always be lucky enough to see wolves, however this is our goal and at the same time you’re likely to see numerous other wildlife species as you explore the park. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 7: Yellowstone National Park

Today, you’ll take your new-found knowledge of Yellowstone’s wildlife and geology on a wilderness day walk in the park, leaving some of the well-known geysers and crowds behind to explore the wilds together. Your route will depend on the group’s general ability and fitness however, it’s likely to involve a walk to view the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. You’ll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 8: Glacier National Park, Montana

Today’s drive reveals the wide open ‘Big Sky’ scenery that Montana is so famous for. Journey through the ever-changing landscape of forest and mountain backdrops, all the way to Glacier National Park. Whilst this is essentially a long drive day to ensure you have two full days in Glacier for hiking and exploration, it is a great way to experience the different faces of Montana as you cruise through the countryside. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 9: Glacier National Park

With two full days to hike in Glacier National Park, you are in for a treat. The park puts on a shuttle bus for you to make the most of the trails, and hopefully spot wildlife. Commonly sighted in Glacier are bears, moose, elk and deer. There are some truly beautiful trails on offer above the treeline, with the chance to see wildflowers common to the area. Highly recommended is the Hidden Lake Trail, a five mile trail located near East Glacier Park, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Please note: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes within Glacier National Park. Tomorrow you will be led by a national park guide but today your tour leader is not permitted to walk with you on trails but will provide detailed briefings, directions, maps and transportation. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 10: Glacier National Park

Spend the day exploring the heart of the park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide along the famous Going to-the-Sun Road. Stopping en route for regular walks your guide will help you try to spot some of the huge variety of animal species for which this park is renowned, including Grizzly Bears, wolverines and lynx. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, coyote and wolves are also common, so make sure you keep your camera at the ready! If conditions are right your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake for more striking mountain scenes and wildflowers. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 11: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

You leave Glacier National Park behind and make your way towards Coeur d’Alene in the state of Idaho. You’ll pass through small historic towns in Idaho’s ‘Silver Valley’, which was once the `silver capital of the world’. After reaching Coeur d’Alene, there may be time to walk the trail through forested areas which hugs the watery edge of the lake. If it’s a hot day you can head in for a swim, but be careful, the water can be bracing! A good option for the afternoon is to enjoy a drink down by the marina and then watch the sunset over the sparkling lake. Accommodation:Basic Camping; Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 12: Seattle, Washington

Crossing into the state of Washington, you make your way towards Seattle, your final destination. Today’s journey takes you past the border of Mount Rainier National Park where the imposing Mount Rainier stands at 14,000 ft. This is Washington’s highest volcano and on a clear day you may be able to see it from Seattle. Upon arrival to Seattle your tour ends at approximately 5:00pm. We recommend you book one night of post-tour accommodation or, if you are planning to fly home this evening, please do not book a flight that departs earlier than 9:00pm. Meals: (B, L)

Please note: This tour also operates in the reverse direction on alternating dates, starting from Seattle and finishing in Salt Lake City. It can also be booked with hotel accommodation. Please ask   (code PYX). We also have a hotel version of this trip which operates in both directions (tour code PYH departing for Salt Lake City, and tour code PYV departing from Seattle).

Included
  • 10 nights of participatory camping and 1 night of hotel accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D)
  • Transportation as outlined
  • Listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout, local guides
Not Included
  • Flight to starting point (Salt Lake City or Seattle) and from end point (Seattle or Salt Lake City)
  • Single accommodation, limited, on request
  • Gratuities to Tour Leader and local guides
  • Optional activities
  • Passport and visa fees, vaccinations as required
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
Tour Notes

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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