At the present time EcoQuest Travel does not have a trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons scheduled. The following itinerary is an example of trips we have conducted in the past and is similar to trips we intend to offer in the future. Please keep in mind that EcoQuest Travel offers many different itineraries to these extraordinary parks – the trip listed below is just one example. If you are interested in Yellowstone and the Tetons as a destination please contact us for further information.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton

National Parks

10-Day Natural History Trip: September 11 – September 20

Itinerary

Day 1) Friday, September 11: Home Cities to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We will depart this morning from our home cities to a gateway city, likely Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul or Detroit. From our gateway city we will continue on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Please arrive at your respective airports no later than two hours prior to your scheduled departure time. Upon arrival in Jackson Hole, we will transfer to our accommodations at the Elk Refuge Inn. Dinner tonight will be at the Gun Barrel Steak and Game Restaurant in Jackson. (D)

Day 2) Saturday, September 12: Grand Teton National Park

Today we will arise early to begin our exploration of Grand Teton NP with the sunrise over Oxbow Bend and hiking in the northern section of the Park. The trails near Oxbow Bend and Swan Lake are prime habitat for moose, beaver and many species of birds including white pelicans. In the mid-morning we will drive to our accommodations at Colter Bay, check-in and have a late breakfast. In the afternoon we will continue to explore the park by hiking some of its best trails. The Cascade Canyon Trail will take us along the shore of Jenny Lake and eventually to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. If anyone needs some lunch, or at least a snack, we will have a picnic at Jenny Lake. If we still have time this afternoon we may also hike the String Lake Trail for great views of the Tetons. We will have dinner tonight at the Trapper Grill at Signal Mountain Lodge and overnight at the Colter Bay Cabins. (B,L,D)

Day 3) Sunday, September 13: Rafting the Snake River and Grand Teton National Park

After breakfast we will transfer to our raft launch for our morning raft trip down the Snake River. Our 10 to 14-mile float trip is one of the best ways to view the abundant wildlife and fantastic scenery of the Grand Tetons. After lunch we will continue to explore Grand Teton NP hiking more trails in search of wildlife. With luck we should see elk, black bear and perhaps pronghorn and sage grouse among the sagebrush of the valley floor. Dinner tonight will be special as we dine in the fabulous Mural Room at Jackson Lake Lodge. The Mural Room is famous for its great food and its incredibly huge windows facing across the lake to the mountains. Once again we will overnight at the Colter Bay Cabins. (B,L,D)

Day 4) Monday, September 14: Yellowstone NP: Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful

After an early breakfast we will depart for Yellowstone NP. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is our first US national park and to this day is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North America. It is also famous for its thermal activity as the land is riddled with craters, geysers, boiling mud pots and hot springs. We will begin our Yellowstone adventure with a visit to one of its most famous landmarks – Old Faithful Geyser. After the eruption we will hike along the Upper Geyser Basin. Crossing the Firehole River several times we will pass dozens of boiling springs, delicate mineral formations, perhaps more geyser eruptions and end up at Morning Glory Pool. Wildlife is also plentiful in this portion of the park especially mule deer, elk and bison. After a picnic lunch we will continue to explore the area perhaps even getting to the Midway and Lower Geyser Basins. Tonight we will have dinner and stay at the venerable Old Faithful Inn. (B,L,D)

Day 5) Tuesday, September 15: Yellowstone: Midway and Lower Geyser Basins, Madison River and north to Mammoth Hot Springs

After another early breakfast we will head north and visit the Midway and Lower Geyser Basins. The delicate terraces of the Grand Prismatic Spring, hopefully the eruption of Great Fountain Geyser and the bubbling, spitting, reddish-pink cauldron of Fountain Paint Pot will be among the highlights. We hope to have lunch along the Madison River, which is famous for trumpeter swans, bald eagles and bison. After lunch we will continue north stopping at the Norris Geyser Basin for the Echinus Geyser eruption, the steaming fumaroles of Roaring Mountain and the Obsidian Cliff. North of the Obsidian Cliff we should keep a look out for bighorn sheep on the cliffs as we head into Mammoth Hot Springs. After viewing the incredible terraces we will check into our overnight accommodations at the Mammoth Hot Springs Frontier Cabins near Park headquarters. We will eat dinner tonight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 6) Wednesday, September 16: Mammoth Hot Springs to Roosevelt/Lamar Valley

Today we head east into the best part of Yellowstone for wildlife, the Tower/Roosevelt area and the Lamar Valley. We will spend the next couple of days in this area searching for Yellowstone’s wolves, grizzly and black bear, moose, elk, mule deer, bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and maybe even mountain goats. We will start by exploring the Blacktail Plateau and Petrified Tree areas which are good for black bear, moose and golden eagles. We will also drive along the Antelope Creek Valley which, on past trips, has produced great sightings of wolves, grizzly bear, moose, long-tailed weasels and blue grouse. In the late afternoon we will head east into the Lamar Valley in search of wolves, bison, pronghorn and perhaps prairie falcon. After a full day of exploring this area we will return to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel for dinner and our cabins for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 7) Thursday, September 17: Yellowstone: The Lamar Valley and the Beartooth Mountains in Montana

We will depart early today as we journey through the Lamar Valley, again in search of wolves and other wildlife. We may hike a bit of the Pebble Creek Trail and will stop below Baronette Peak to look for mountain goats. After a picnic lunch we will continue east and leave Yellowstone to explore the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. The Beartooth Mountains will give us a chance to search for high altitude wildlife such as mountain goats, pika, American pipit and black rosy finch. At the end of the day we will have dinner at the Log Cabin Café in Silver Gate, Montana before we settle into our accommodations at the Alpine Motel in Cooke City. (B,L,D)

Day 8) Friday, September 18: Yellowstone: The Lamar and Hayden Valleys and Mt. Washburn

This morning we will have breakfast at the Log Cabin Café before traveling back into Yellowstone. We will have another opportunity to view the abundant wildlife of the Lamar Valley as we travel through it to the Tower/Roosevelt area. We also will have another opportunity to look over the Antelope Creek Valley as we head south toward Mount Washburn. If time and weather permits we will hike Mount Washburn to look for bighorn sheep and other wildlife before continuing south. We will have a picnic lunch somewhere along the way and the afternoon should see us exploring the Hayden Valley south of Canyon Village. This valley is a great spot for wildlife especially grizzlies, white pelicans, trumpeter swans and bison. Eventually we will end up at the fishing bridge over the Yellowstone River close to where it empties into Yellowstone Lake. This is a great place to look for cutthroat trout. Tonight we will dine at the famous Lake Yellowstone Hotel in their great restaurant overlooking the Lake. We will overnight in the frontier cabins near the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9) Saturday, September 19: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake and on to Jackson Hole

After an early breakfast we will drive north through the Hayden Valley giving us another opportunity to spot wildlife. We will continue north to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for spectacular views of the Yellowstone River’s Upper and Lower Falls. Lower Falls is 308 feet high and is one of the most photographed sites in the park. We will eat lunch near the falls before traveling back south through the Hayden Valley to the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone Lake is the largest high altitude lake in the US and we hug its shoreline looking for white pelicans, common mergansers and Barrow’s goldeneyes as we work our way south. We will leave Yellowstone and travel through the Tetons on our way to Jackson Hole for the night. If we reach Jackson with enough time we will visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art before settling into our accommodations at the Elk Refuge Inn. Our farewell dinner will be at the Blue Lion Restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 10) Sunday, September 20: Jackson Hole to our Gateway City and home

We have an early morning flight, so after an early breakfast we will transfer to the Jackson Hole Airport for our flights back to our gateway cities and on to our home cities. (B)

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel, Inc. will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.