Alpine Wonders of Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Jackson Hole, Snow King Mountain
We will begin our tour with a full immersion into the Western heritage of Wyoming’s favorite resort town. Nestled between the Grand Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, the valley of Jackson Hole is home to an authentic cowboy town with options for all ages – featuring art galleries, unique dining, a robust shopping district and iconic cowboy bars. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, known for its leather saddle barstools and the Silver Dollar Saloon, where we’ll be stopping for lunch, are both unique and historic spots to grab a memorable beer or cocktail. Take the time to explore the shops in Jackson Square before we board a chair lift for a scenic ride up Snow King Mountain. Later, we will check in at Spring Creek Ranch where you can indulge in any of the ranches amenities. Enjoy a sunset dinner at the ranches restaurant, The Granary, offering upscale dining and gorgeous panoramic views of the Grand Teton mountain range.
Sunrise Safari, Jenny Lake, Grand Teton Loop, Jackson Lake Lodge
Our day begins before sunrise with a specially prepared breakfast on the Limo Liner. We’ll depart on a 4-hour Sunset Wildlife Safari with EcoTour Adventures, boarding their 4×4 style safari vehicles, along with a knowledgeable experienced guide and make our way into the wildlife hotspots of the Grand Teton National Park. Your guide will be equipped with high quality binoculars and spotting scopes for each guest and are available for your use throughout the morning. Next, we’ll continue to the shores of Jenny Lake for an in-field lunch prepared by our chef by the lakeshore. A scenic drive along the Grand Teton Loop will provide multiple photo opportunities for elk, pronghorn and bison – and of course the Grand Tetons. Venturing to Jackson Lake Lodge, we’ll find breathtaking panoramic views of the alpine mountain range. The wetlands just outside of the lodge provide the perfect setting to spot a moose and are a beautiful destination for a sunset diner. We’ll end the night back at Spring Creek Ranch for an evening beneath a blanket of alpinestars.
River Rafting on the Snake River, Spring Creek Ranch Life
Take the morning to enjoy breakfast on the ranch. For those who want to get on the water, take a scenic float or whitewater raft on the Snake River’s Class II and Class III rapids with views of majestic wildlife and scenery. Wet and wild or dry and relaxing, either is a fun way to experience this beautiful area. We’ll return to the ranch where the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Take advantage of the amenities at the ranch, including a guided hike, a trail ride on horseback or enjoy live jazz entertainment at The Granary. If you want to get out to explore the alpine nightlife, board the Limo Liner for a ride into Jackson Hole.
Scenic Drive through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park Premium Lodging: 320 Guest Ranch:
Take the morning to sleep in and enjoy the amenities on the ranch. After lunch, we’ll board the Limo Liner to drive along the Grand Tetons and through the heart of Yellowstone National Park. We’ll stop at the alpine waters of Lake Yellowstone for panoramic views of the Gros Ventre Mountains before continuing to Hayden Valley, where herds of North American bison feed on the luscious green landscape. Capture the golden hours of the evening as elk, moose, bears and wolves emerge into the valley. Located just outside of West Yellowstone, we’ll check in at the rustic 320 Guest Ranch, with private cabins set directly on the Gallatin River. After you’ve settled in, head to the 320 Saloon for an authentic gourmet cowboy dinner.
Yellowstone Lower Grand Loop
The early morning hours offer the best natural light for photos and the greatest opportunity for viewing animals. We begin our day in the park aboard the Limo Liner, with a specially prepared breakfast from our chef. A Yellowstone wildlife and backcountry photography expert will join us on our day as we explore the Lower Yellowstone Loop, stopping to photograph the geological wonders inside the caldera of the Super Volcano. Driving along the Fire Hole river, we’ll visit key areas such as the Fountain Flats, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and Midway and Lower Geyser Basins, where you’ll find outstanding colors of steamy blue, bright green and rusty orange. We’ll break for lunch at the historical Old Faithful Lodge before continuing around Biscuit Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Continuing along the Yellowstone River, the golden hours of the day bring us back to Hayden Valley. Capture the sunset as elk, moose, bears and wolves emerge into the valley. We’ll board the Limo Liner to begin the drive to West Yellowstone where we’ll dine before returning to the warmth of our riverside cabins at 320 Guest Ranch.
Yellowstone Upper Grand Loop
We’ll rise early, as today is a day for discovering the majestic scenery and vibrant wildlife of this treasured American region. Boarding the Limo Liner, our morning brings us to Artist’s Point where a perfectly timed rainbow appears across the majestic Upper Falls. With multiple hiking opportunities, the canyon offers a variety of perspectives of the Upper and Lower falls. We’ll continue to Canyon Village to learn of the history and geography of the park at the Visitor Education Center. Next, we’ll venture to Dunraven Pass where the landscape showcases key viewpoints of Observation Peak, Mount Washburn, and Calcite Springs. Savor an in-field lunch prepared by our chef during this scenic journey. Continuing east, the landscape uncovers the cascading waters of Tower Fall where guests may take the short hike to the bottom, or simply view it from the top. We’ll continue through Roosevelt Junction to Mammoth Hot Springs. Home to the Historic Fort Yellowstone, this location boasts expansive views of the surrounding valley, Swan Lake, and the vibrant orange and white travertine terraces. As the evening approaches, we’ll carefully dissect the wonders of Lamar Valley behind the lens. Bison, grizzly bears, wolves, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and Roosevelt elk highlight this trek through the heart of Yellowstone’s showcase of wildlife. Take in the sunset as our chef serves a specially prepared dinner that reflects the flavors of the region.
The Journey Home
After a morning spent on the ranch, we’ll depart for the Bozeman Airport. If you have the time to hang around, Bozeman offers a variety of unique flavorful restaurants that we highly recommend trying out. The Limo Liner will escort you to the airport or to your hotel if you have scheduled post-trip accommodations. We hope you enjoy your time traveling with us. Thank you for choosing Experience Park Tours.
Meet Your Trip Host
Susan Rosegrant is a writer and a lecturer at U-M’s Residential College, teaching narrative journalism, memoir writing, and creative non-fiction. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., she attended the Residential College, earning a BA in Chinese and winning a Hopwood Award for fiction. Rosegrant spent her junior year studying in Taiwan, where she also starred in a soap opera. She received an MA in journalism from Stanford, and then lived in the Boston area for 30 years, writing for Business Week and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Rosegrant has been an avid traveler since living in the Philippines at age 11. Favorite destinations have included Scotland, China, Europe, and the Galapagos Islands. Closer to home, she enjoys birding, hiking, reading great books, and helping others to write effective and meaningful prose.
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