Yellowstone Wildlife Trails – Reverse
Experience wonders and wildlife in America’s oldest national park
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
Group Size Small Group
In the middle of the Rocky Mountain Range there are three celebrated national parks offering the most varied scenery and wildlife: the spires and azure lakes of Grand Teton, the unique geology and wildlife of Yellowstone, and the towering sentinel peaks and broad valleys of Glacier. Specialist local guides accompany you to spot and track wildlife including bison, bear, wolves, coyotes and eagles. From colourful meadows with wildflowers to mighty canyons, and geothermal volcanic pools to glaciated rocky spires, this is a full-on adventure with some seriously dramatic views.
* All accommodation
* 4 breakfasts
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.
PYV: 1: Seattle
Welcome to the city of Seattle in Washington State. You’re in a city that oozes cool, from sophisticated coffee shops to endless markets, not forgetting the iconic Space Needle. From here you can gaze across the beautiful Puget Sound, and on a clear day view Mount Rainier. A great way to spend your afternoon ahead of your welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs, is to visit Pike Place Market to try local specialities and enjoy a spot of people watching.
PYV: 2: Coeur d'Alene
This morning you venture out across Washington State, to the lakeside city of Coeur d’Alene. Swimming, walking and enjoying the sunset with a glass of fizz are all perfect ways to complete your first day in Idaho. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear, as the lake makes for a great place to cool off. Take a refreshing dip in secluded spots around the lake, but remember, it can be quite cold!
PYV: 3: Glacier National Park
Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you’ll spend the next three nights exploring this immense landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and bears which frequent this area, as well as stunning scenery and glacial lakes.NB: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Glacier. Tomorrow you’ll be led by a national park guide but on other days your tour leader is not permitted to walk with you on trails. They will however provide detailed briefings, directions, maps and transportation.
PYV: 4: Glacier National Park
Spend the day exploring the ins and outs of this superb park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide. 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, coyotes and bears are also commonly sighted here. If conditions are suitable, your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake or Hidden Lake Trail for dramatic mountain scenes, wildflowers and a glaciated lake that will take your breath away.
PYV: 5: Glacier National Park
Today is one to be taken at your own pace – make use of the national park bus and choose the perfect trail to suit your preference. That may be an easy paced meander down to the lake, or a strenuous hike into the backcountry in search of bears. Your leader will provide you with a map, list of trails and any advice you need. You have the whole day at your own leisure, to tailor the park to your liking.
PYV: 6: Yellowstone National Park
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 the Yellowstone area. Although today is very much a driving day, it is ideal for taking in the dramatic and changing scenery ahead of your Yellowstone experience in the world’s first national park.
PYV: 7: Yellowstone National Park
Today you’ll encounter Yellowstone’s amazing array of geothermal features including mud pools, hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features – nowhere else on earth can boast Yellowstone’s concentration of geysers which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Benefit from the enthusiasm and knowledge of a local geologist who will no doubt enable you to learn more as you walk from one seismic hotspot to the next.
PYV: 8: Yellowstone National Park
Last night you may have heard the distant sounds of a howl far away in the mountains and today you’ll get to learn all about the wolf packs that may have sung out such a nocturnal greeting. You’ll spend a full day with a specialist wolf and wildlife tracking guide, venturing into the park’s wilderness 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, but this is our aim and at the same time you’re likely to see numerous other wildlife species.
PYV: 9: Yellowstone National Park
Even though this is your last day in Yellowstone there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the wildlife, landscapes and geothermal activity away from the usual tourist sites. As you leave the crowds behind you’ll be treated to a hike to the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, the latter of which has the highest volume of water in the American Rockies and is almost twice as high as Niagara. You’ll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet.
PYV: 10: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson
Today, you’ll be leaving the borders of Yellowstone but there’ll be no let-up with the incredible landscapes surrounding you. As you enter the realms of the mighty Tetons you’ll no doubt be aware that you’re in the presence of some quite formidable giants. The drama unfolds almost instantly after crossing the border into the Grand Teton National Park. An optional ferry journey across Jenny Lake takes you to the start of a climb to Inspiration Point, where you’ll be able to catch your breath and take in some absolutely scintillating views. You have the option of following the river and continuing further on your hike in the hopes of spotting moose, commonly noted on this trail.Next stop is Jackson Hole, which is regarded as one of Wyoming’s premier ski resorts as well as being a haven for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. Take a short walk to Rock Springs Overlook and opt for an incredibly scenic aerial tram ride. This completes your first day in the Grand Tetons and as you settle down for the night you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty more adventures left in store for tomorrow.
PYV: 11: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson
Using all the knowledge and hiking expertise that you’ve garnered throughout your time away, you’ll be able to undertake a self-guided hike to numerous scenic spots which your tour leader will explain to you. The park is perfect for seeing those all-important, breathtaking vistas and with excellent views of the Tetons as well as the chance to spot bison, moose, elk and deer, this is one of the best areas to make the most of the great outdoors. As the sun goes down you’ll no doubt be able to look back over the previous 11 days as some of the most worthwhile and fulfilling times that you’ve ever had.
PYV: 12: Jackson - Salt Lake City
Enjoy some free time exploring Jackson this morning before transferring to the base of the Wasatch Mountains and the urban delights of the Mormon capital of Utah, Salt Lake City.The tour will end this afternoon at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.