Under a vast Western sky, the Yellowstone River curves languidly through the Hayden Valley’s wide-open grasslands. Shaggy bison cows graze alongside their golden-brown calves, and a massive bull bellows and flops down comically in his wallow for a dust bath. In America’s original national park, wolves, grizzlies, and elk still roam freely, and age-old natural rhythms persist. This Yellowstone hiking tour brings you face to face with a wilderness unchanged for millennia. Steam billowing off rainbow-colored thermal waters at Grand Prismatic Spring; the thunderous roar of Yellowstone Falls; Old Faithful’s punctual eruptions, and the jagged teeth of the Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake: all scenes of wild nature like nothing else on Earth. Sometimes paradise is closer than you think.
Canyon Lodge offers guests a comfortable stay right in the heart of Yellowstone National Park. Located on the park’s east side, it is only a half-mile to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The largest of the properties in Yellowstone, there are over 500 non air-conditioned rooms and cabins spread around the wooded property. The newly constructed superior lodge rooms offer modern Western themed furnishings including an activity table with chairs, coffee maker, and minifridge.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Old Faithful Snow Lodge is an award-winning facility with an appeal that is both rustic and contemporary. Located within Yellowstone National Park, this luxurious retreat of classic log architecture was constructed recently and is one of the only lodging facilities open year-round. The main building is made of wooden log columns with a cedar shingle roof. Comfortable, well-appointed rooms are un-air conditioned. Some of the lodge’s wood was recycled from the same mill that provided lumber for the famous Old Faithful Inn in 1904. Old Faithful Geyser and the boardwalks of Geyser Hill are located just across the parking lot.
The Lodge at Jackson Hole
The Lodge at Jackson Hole is located in the heart of Jackson, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It offers the ambiance of a lodge close to the heart of Jackson. The lodge’s lounge and bar feature light fare for dinner. Amenities include a spa, bar/lounge, heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, business center, and air conditioning. The resort fee covers a hot breakfast, pool towels, fitness center access, WiFi, parking, and area shuttle transportation.
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|11 on-tour meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
A travel and adventure enthusiast from an early age, Joyce (Joy) Binnie was brought up on the U.S. National Parks and continues to seek out nature at every opportunity. Splitting her time between northern Arizona (near Grand Canyon National Park) and West Yellowstone, Montana, she enjoys hiking, baking, stimulating conversation and all forms of travel, having visited countries on five continents! As a self-described “Yellowstone Geek”, Joy is often found poking around the bookstores of Yellowstone looking for her next read or attending classes to further her knowledge of her favorite place on earth. Joy’s favorite thing about guiding is sharing a “bucket-list” experience with guests and seeing their faces as they experience this wonderland!
Doug Cousineau studied biology and petroleum science in Oregon and Alaska with other more interesting semesters spent building log cabins and wooden boats before working in aviation with an Alaskan bush flight company as well as United Airlines. He also operated an antebellum B&B located along the Mississippi River and has traveled, lived, and guided around the world while racing competitively and coaching various sports, including road and mountain biking, skiing, running, and adventure racing. Doug “loves the edges of a day outside” (ie, the sunrises and sunsets!) and would prefer to be on a trail to just about anything else so he can enjoy the spectacular flora and fauna that surrounds him.
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