NATIONAL PARKS

GREATER YELLOWSTONE

Why is Yellowstone referred to as a geological ‘smoking gun’? Well, some 640,000 years ago an area at the heart of today’s park exploded, devastating the surrounding landscape. Ash flows covered thousands of square miles and at the center of the eruption was a smoldering caldera 45 by 30 miles large. This evidence of the Earth’s awesome power still “smokes” today in many forms within the greater Yellowstone area. More than one-half of the world’s thermal features, including boiling hot springs, fumaroles, mud spots and, of course, geysers are found here. And so is a staggering array of wildlife and birdlife. It’s no wonder that Yellowstone and Grand Teton are often called the ‘America’s Serengeti’, thanks to the many magnificent species found in the parks: bison, elk, moose, wolf, bighorn sheep, grizzly and black bear, coyotes, eagles, ospreys and more. A Greater Yellowstone vacation is like the field trip you wish you’d had the chance to take in school.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack your camera and binoculars. The landscape and wildlife are so magnificent, that you’ll want to be able to zoom in on the mountain peaks, canyon floors, roaming wildlife, soaring birdlife, roaring geysers and more. Besides walking, hiking and wildlife viewing, we can get you fly fishing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting (or scenic floating), hot air ballooning, and mountain biking. And with accommodations ranging from inside-the-park lodges to deluxe boutique hotels and 5-star Rockies-inspired luxury, we’ve got what you need for a fabulous Greater Yellowstone vacation. For couples, for families and for multi-generational gatherings, this corner of the planet is pure magic.

HIGHLIGHTS

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK


YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is not only our nation’s first national park, it is also the world’s first national park, so designated in 1872. It is arguably the most famous national park as well. And for good reason. Superlatives abound in trying to describe Yellowstone. Within its 2.2 million acres is an active volcano, one of the largest calderas in the world, 290 waterfalls and the most geothermal features found anywhere with over 500 geysers and 10,000 hydrothermal features. The park is often referred to as ‘America’s Serengeti’, home to 67 species of wildlife including bison, elk, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, mule deep pronghorn and much more. Besides the world famous Old Faithful geyser, the park has many other ‘must see’ attractions including the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lake Yellowstone, the Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, and more.

WHAT WE REVEAL
The best way to start your Yellowstone National Park vacation is with a full-day private tour to some of the iconic attractions—we guarantee you will learn, see and experience more with our guides than you could on your own. We’ll then arrange for special excursions that will suit your interests, be it wildlife viewing and/or birding, photography, fly fishing, river rafting or a hot-air balloon ascent at dawn. Yellowstone is a massive park, so our guides will get you ’out there’ so you can experience a part of the park in solitude. We recommend combining your Yellowstone National Park vacation with a visit to the Grand Teton National Park, and we can put together a customized itinerary to take in both parks.

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> Grand Teton National Park
> Jackson
> Western Montana

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK


GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

The Grand Tetons rise straight up, with no foothills. They are jagged. They preside. Although the oldest rocks at the mountains’ tops are more than half the age of planet Earth, the range itself is geologically young. Its location on an active fault means that the mountains are always pushed skyward, like the eyes of those who behold them. Seven of the range’s peaks top 11,000 feet; Grand Teton itself stands at 13,770 feet.

There is so much to experience during your Grand Teton National Park vacation. In the valley below the Tetons is the lovely Snake River which, in the right seasons, is excellent for fly fishing, river rafting or river-floating. People share the valley with sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, elk, pronghorn, bear and moose, all of which you can see and experience, if you know where to go. And the charming town of Jackson is nearby.

WHAT WE REVEAL
We arrange many Grand Teton National Park vacations – it’s one of the parks we know best – working closely with the best private guides in the area, who accompany you on the journey and take you on the best routes to see wildlife, always tailoring the trip to your needs and preferences. No trip to the Old West is complete without a horseback ride through the park, crossing beautiful meadows and spying on herds of buffalo and antelope as you journey from one spectacular view to the next. Or hit the water and canoe, kayak or paddle board on the Park’s crystal-clear lakes, or shoot the rapids in season down Snake River Canyon. If skiing is up your alley, we’ll put you up at the best lodge, and make sure you have all the time you want to ski to your heart’s contents. And we invite you to discover the charms of the local art and culinary scene in Jackson Hole, as well as its diverse shops and boutiques. With Yellowstone close by, we recommend combining it with your Grand Teton National Park vacation, and we can put together a customized itinerary to take in the best of both parks.

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> Yellowstone National Park
> Jackson
> Western Montana

JACKSON


JACKSON

Step through Jackson’s admired elk antler arches and you will be stepping into a small town previously populated by Native American tribes, famed mountain men and American pioneers, like David Jackson, whom the town is named after. Nestled in a western Wyoming valley, Jackson – also referred to as Jackson Hole – is your ideal destination for any and all outdoor activities you can imagine. From, winter skiing down the slopes of the neighboring Teton Mountains, to white water rafting down the thrilling waters of the Snake River, there is truly nothing you cannot do here.

WHAT WE REVEAL
As your guide to the popular town of Jackson and its surrounding areas, we will fill up your time in the valley with one captivating encounter after the other.

Ascend over 4,000 vertical feet as you ride the tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain to take in the spectacular views from the peak (10,500’). For another remarkable view, overlook the National Elk Refuge on your private tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The 25,000-acre refuge is home to the largest elk herd in the world, with a population of more than 14,000 elk! If time on the water is what you crave, let your guide lead you by paddle board around nearby String Lake. Or rent canoes or kayaks and paddle on Jenny Lake or Jackson Lake. The list is endless. And with us, you will witness the best of Jackson’s sublime scenery in style alongside our experts who love to show you their ‘hood.’

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> Grand Teton National Park
> Yellowstone National Park
> Western Montana

WESTERN MONTANA


WESTERN MONTANA

Outdoor enthusiasts agree: Western Montana is heavenly. A mecca for those seeking soaring mountains, vast clear lakes and untrammeled landscapes, Big Sky Country will inspire you to take a deep breath and slow down. Hike for miles past snow-fed streams and wildflower-strewn meadows, perhaps glimpsing a family of grizzlies munching on berries. Sail the calm waters of Flathead Lake. Hike the rugged terrain of Glacier National Park and drive the dramatic Going-to-the-Sun Road. With mountain-weary legs and a clear head, find your way into the region’s bustling communities, where you might sip a locally made brew as the sun goes down in Whitefish, or catch a Glacier Symphony and Chorale concert in Kalispell.

WHAT WE REVEAL
With all that Big Sky Country to take in, your Western Montana vacation will be most rewarding with a local expert guide. These are the folks who are head-over-heels for their hometowns and relish the opportunity to share all that rugged goodness. At Whitefish Lake, you’ll head out for a private sunset cruise on the Lady of the Lake with a local bottle of wine and snacks. You’ll tour Glacier National Park for the day, where, after rendezvousing with your private guide, you’ll seek resident wildlife, from moose to mountain goats to grizzlies, and drive over the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road past cascading waterfalls and retreating glaciers. Climb aboard the Sinopah, Glacier National Park’s oldest wooden boat and sail beneath Sinopah and Rising Wolf Mountains while learning about the area’s Blackfeet tribal history surrounding the Two Medicine area. And, not to be overlooked, we’ll take to Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Horseback ride along McDonald Creek, with a picnic lunch, before embarking on a whitewater-rafting adventure along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Try your luck fly-fishing with a dedicated guide, for both cutthroat and rainbow trout, all beneath a wide expanse of blue Montana sky.

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> Glacier National Park
> Yellowstone National Park

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