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Discover Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks, and the Crow Indian Nation on an amazing 8-day, 7-night tour. The Yellowstone Plateau Tour is based on availability.
The Yellowstone Plateau was created approximately 2 million years by violent volcanic eruptions. True to its history, the Yellowstone Plateau continues to be an active geothermal landscape as it lies over the top of the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the North American Continent. During your tour of this magnificent landscape, you will be treated to an extensive tour of the Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone, declared a National Park in March 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant, is home to endangered animal species, spectacular geological formations, and of course the world famous Old Faithful Geyser.
After an early breakfast, the tour will depart from Jackson and take a short drive along the base of the Teton Range taking us into the Grand Teton National Park. There are several walks available in the Jenny Lake area to help the group adjust to the average elevation on tour of 7,000 feet. Hike the diverse Jenny Lake Trail around the lake, hike Cascade Canyon to Lost Lake, or stroll the waterfall trail accessible by boat. Grand Teton National Park has the perfect trail for everyone. After a hosted dinner you can sample the Western nightlife at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, or just wander Jackson at night.
Overnight in Jackson, WY
An early morning start today will be perfect for wildlife viewing along the upper stretch of the Snake River and into the Grand Targhee/Caribou National Forest. Mesa Falls Scenic Byway along the western edge of Yellowstone provides a demonstration of the conflicts between the ranching and farming communities and the wildlife conservation groups. As the day progresses, we will visit a lodge built as a stage stop in 1912 for visitors much like ourselves to Yellowstone National Park. We will arrive in West Yellowstone, Montana, and prepare for the next three days in Yellowstone National Park.
Overnight in West Yellowstone, MT
It’s a ‘Crack of Dawn’ start to start our 3 days in Yellowstone. Photography stops, short hikes, geothermal sites, wildlife, National Park activities, and sunsets will fill the days and nights. Our first destination in the park is Yellowstone’s version of the Grand Canyon where we will spend several hours exploring viewpoints and trails along the Canyon rim. Places of interest may be Artists Point, Inspiration Point, and Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. A beautiful drive along Yellowstone Lake will lead us to Craig Pass where we cross the Continental Divide twice in a few miles! Snow Lodge, surrounded by a massive thermal basin, is our base for the next two nights.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
This morning is free to explore the many trails and viewpoints around the lodge. Witness the hourly eruption of Old Faithful from several angles, and experience the wonders of this unique geothermal basin. After lunch we will tour adjoining geyser basins and continuing to explore several short trails through the colorful landscapes. Wildlife sighting is common along this stretch of the appropriately named Firehole River. As an encore for the evening, we will tour the Geyser Basin at sunset offering spectacular views like no other.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
Today we head to the northern region of Yellowstone, a much drier and open landscape, and pass through Hayden Valley which possesses some of the largest herds of bison and elk in the park. After checking into Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge, we will explore the magnificent multi-colored terraces of Mammoth Springs, hike the incredible Beaver Lakes Trail, and perhaps soak in the natural hot springs of the Boiling River, which happens to be right on the 45th Parallel. The vistas in this area of the park are vast and incomparable.
Overnight in Yellowstone National Park
After a short walk at Tower Falls we enter northeast Yellowstone, the Absaroka and Beartooth Ranges, along the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Scenic Byways. This is one of the most diverse drives on the tour, ranging from 5000 to 9000 feet elevation, ending in Buffalo Bill’s legendary Cody, Wyoming. There will be time to wander Main Street; however, you will not want to miss spending a few hours in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Historical Center presents the history of the Plains and Mountain Indian Tribes as well as Natural and Western History.
Overnight in Cody, WY
Today we will reunite with the Yellowstone River as it flows north into Montana. Our journey heads into the Crow Indian Reservation where we are joined by a Native Guide to explain the Tribe’s relationship to the Yellowstone Plateau and surrounding ecosystem. Be sure to keep a sharp look out for some of the wild horses that inhabit the Pryor Mountains as we make our way to Billings, Montana by way of Chief Plenty Coup State Park. There will also be time to visit the Western Heritage Center which focuses on America’s expansion into Indian Country during the tour.
Overnight in Billings, MT
As the tour concludes, the day will be a relaxing end to an awe-inspiring tour. You may choose to travel home or continue the touring spirit to another fascinating part of the States with only a map and compass to guide your way. For those travelers wanting an extra day of relaxation, post tour accommodation packages are available in the Billings area.
Pre Tour Lodging package included at Best Western Lodge at Jackson Hole.
Post Tour Lodging packages are available upon request.
DETOURS offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities not available to large Coach Tours or Fly Drive Holidays.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers on individual leather captains’ seats, and groups range from 8-13 passengers. This tour can also be operated as a private charter for groups from 2-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
All hotels and lodges on tour are 3-4 stars. The accommodations have been chosen to give passengers the best access to the destinations we visit. For those traveling alone there is a per night supplement charge.
This tour offers a wide range of walking and hiking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness mostly due to elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Health and Vaccinations
It is imperative that you have both a dental and medical check-up and we recommend that you ensure your Tetanus inoculations are up to date. Our drivers and guides are first aid qualified and a medical kit is carried at all times.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one main piece of luggage less than 50 pounds and one daypack less than or equal to 30 litres. It is recommended to travel with a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, outer-layer clothing and food for lunch while hiking or walking etc. It is recommended to plan ahead and arrange to store bulky items pre-tour. This daypack should be suitable for carrying additional. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
It is a good idea to bring broken in hiking/walking shoes. It is wise to have a light but waterproof rain jacket and a fleece or good sweater for nights and mornings. A hat and a good daypack are important. Overall the tour is very casual but there will be the opportunity for smart, casual dress at dinner on a few nights.
June temperatures during the tour may range from a high of 75-80°F in the day to a low of 40-50°F at night. September temperatures for this area are a bit more temperate. The temperature during the day average to a high of 70°F but then may drop to 32-40°F at night.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.