Yellowstone Wildlife Trails - Camping departure

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Trip code: 
AAZC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–13

Track wolves in Yellowstone National Park amidst geysers and hot springs

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 of course the towering sentinel peaks and broad valleys of Glacier. Specialist local guides will accompany you to spot and track wildlife including bison, bear, wolves, coyotes and eagles. From colourful meadows with wildflowers and mighty canyons to geothermal volcanic pools and glaciated rocky spires, this is a full-on walking trip with some seriously dramatic views.

Highlights

  • Track wolves in Yellowstone N.P.
  • Glacier and Grand Teton N.P.
  • Specialist wildlife guides

Key information

  • 9 nights participatory camping and 2 nights hotel
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Group normally 5 to 13, plus leader. Min age 18yrs

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 7 dinners
  • 9 nights participatory camping and 2 nights hotel
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Optional activities
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Trip Notes

Download the detailed trip notes for everything you could possibly want to know about this trip, including detailed itinerary and full kit list.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Salt Lake City.

    Welcome to Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah and the gateway to five incredible national parks. Set in a beautiful location at the foot of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake is the home of the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons. A welcome meeting will be conducted at 6.00pm in your hotel.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Jackson Hole; short walk.

    Leave Salt Lake City behind, cross Idaho and pass through the beautiful Targhee National Forest en route to the valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This mountain resort is popular during the winter months as skiers flock to the area, whilst summer sees walkers and other thrill seekers enjoying the area and its proximity to Grand Teton National Park. Why not take an optional aerial tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Mountain for 360 degree views of the Snake River Valley and Grand Teton National Park, or simply explore the town of Jackson Hole which maintains an authentic 'Wild West' feel.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk amid the Grand Teton Range.

    Famed for its iconic soaring peaks, the 64 km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged fang-like mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000 ft. Rich in fauna, inhabitants of the area include bison, elk, Black and Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, moose and Mule Deer, all of which have been seen on our trips. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking amidst dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. Perhaps choose to take the ferry across Jenny Lake and hike up to Inspiration Point and beyond, following the stream. It is commonplace to see moose and bear whilst hiking this trail.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    To Yellowstone N.P.

    It's a beautiful drive to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone, and your home for the next four nights. Part of the highway clings to the side of the 24 km long Jackson Lake, and the expansive ice-blue water reflects the Teton Range on a clear day. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. See how the regular lava flows have flattened the largest geological features in the south of the park. This afternoon, take a walk amidst this fascinating volcanic environment before returning to set up camp. Yellowstone is home to an incredible variety of wildlife so always keep your camera at the ready!
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Full day in Yellowstone N.P. with a local geology guide.

    Yellowstone overflows with geothermal features - geysers, bubbling mud pools, multi-coloured hot springs and fumaroles! The park is famous for its volcanic history and there are estimated to be around 10,000 thermal features - nowhere else on earth (not even Iceland or New Zealand) can boast this concentration of geysers, which are scattered amongst several distinct geyser basins. Spend half a day with a local geology guide to explore the many effects of volcanism and enjoy walks around some of the parks most interesting features. The brightly coloured springs, caused by the hot, nutrient-rich waters full of different species of coloured bacteria are a particular photographic highlight.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Full day with specialist wildlife and wolf tracking guide.

    When Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves (a subspecies of the Grey Wolf) were native to the area. In the years after, predator control saw the decline of this remarkable species but following a reintroduction programme there are now thought to be more than 1,000 wolves in the Greater Yellowstone area. You spend a full day with a specialist wolf tracking guide, venturing into the park's wilderness by foot and by vehicle 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, however this is our goal and at the same time you're likely to see numerous other wildlife species as you explore the park.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Wilderness day walk in Yellowstone N.P.

    Today you'll take your new-found knowledge of Yellowstone's wildlife and geology on a wilderness day walk in the park, leaving some of the well-known geysers and crowds behind to explore the wilds together. Your route will depend on the group's general ability and fitness but it's likely to involve a walk to view the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. More strenuous options are available if you're feeling more energetic - simply ask your leader for different options. You'll also visit the Mammoth Hot Springs which literally feels like being on another planet.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    To Bozeman

    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 to Bozeman, where you'll enjoy a comfortable bed and some luxury for the night.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    To Glacier National Park.

    Continue through the mountains of Montana to the famed Glacier National Park where you'll spend the next two nights, with time to explore this immense expanse. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and bear which frequent this area, as well as taking in the stunning scenery and glacial lakes. You'll have time on arrival for a short walk to stretch your legs and to admire some of the scenery and prepare for a big day of hiking tomorrow.

    NB: The National Park Service regulates guided hikes in Glacier. Tomorrow you will 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.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Daywalk in Glacier National Park.

    Spend the day exploring the heart of the park with a Glacier National Park wilderness guide along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Stopping en route for regular walks your guide will help you try to spot some of the huge variety of animal species for which this park is renowned, including Grizzly Bear, wolverine and lynx. Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goat, coyote and wolves are also common, so make sure you keep your camera at the ready! If conditions are right your guide will take you on the Iceberg Lake or Hidden Lake Trail for more striking mountain scenes and wildflowers.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    To Coeur d'Alene.

    You leave Glacier behind and make your way towards Coeur d'Alene in the state of Idaho. You'll pass through small historic towns in Idaho's 'Silver Valley', which was once the `silver capital of the world'. After reaching Coeur d'Alene, there may be time to walk the trail through forested areas which hugs the watery edge of the lake. If it's a hot day make sure you don't forget your swimsuit, but be careful, the water can be bracing! A good option for the afternoon is to enjoy a drink down by the marina and then watch the sunset over the sparkling lake.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To Seattle via Keechelus Lake; end Seattle.

    Crossing into the state of Washington you make your way towards Seattle, your final destination. Today's journey takes you past the border of Mount Rainier National Park where the imposing Mount Rainier stands at 14,000 ft. This is Washington's highest volcano and on a clear day you may be able to see it from Seattle. Upon arrival to Seattle your tour ends back at the hotel.

    This tour ends at our gateway hotel in Seattle at approximately 5.00pm. We can book your post-tour accommodation if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9.00pm.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch

Essential Info

Visas

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

9 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 7 dinners are included whilst camping.

 

Your tour leader will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-$12, lunches from US$8-$15 and dinners from US$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling.

 

Weather

Summer weather patterns in the Rockies are typically very sunny and dry. Daytime temperatures in the mountains range from 15-30ºC depending on elevation. Afternoon thunderstorms are common and don't usually last long, although can be severe at altitude. Nights can be cool, depending on elevation. However, a storm system might bring cold and rain (even snow at altitude) at any time. Be prepared to adapt to a wide range of temperatures through layered clothing. July and August are the height of the wildflower bloom. Tours scheduled for June and early July might encounter some snow on the higher trails in all three of the national parks that we visit.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate).

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This is a trip for those who are interested in the incredible wildlife and geology of Yellowstone and the Central Rockies. All the hikes are entirely optional and you can often take tougher or lighter walks than those chosen for the group, so this trip's grading is only a guide. We use specialist local guides, in addition to the tour leader, to make the most of our visit to the parks; their skills in tracking and spotting wildlife as well as their unique and intimate knowledge of the surroundings is invaluable.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year. Please do note that in order to reach certain places long drives are required so be prepared for some lengthy journeys.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

Legal Note

All group members joining this tour will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the start of the holiday 'Customer's Acknowledgement of Risk'. This document limits the liability of our main supplier and is standard practice in the United States and on all their tours. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors. A copy of this document is available from Exodus if required.

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Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Camping

Camping Departures:

We use 3-man tents for every two clients. The majority of camp grounds that we use are spacious, with good facilities including flush toilets and hot showers. If staying on wild campsites then we will be more reliant upon nature! Please note that not many campsites in North America allow advance reservations for groups, although this is normally not a problem, there is no guarantee that the group will stay at all of the planned campsites. Most campsites have a quiet time from 10pm to 7am. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

Self-inflating sleeping mats and other communal camping equipment is provided but you'll need to bring your own sleeping bag (2/3 season) and be prepared to get involved with participatory camping!

Participatory camping involves all group members taking responsibility for several campsite duties in order to ensure a smooth-running, quick and easy camp set up. You’ll be expected to erect and dismantle your own tent and help out with taking down/setting up the camp kitchen. Additionally there is shared responsibillity for helping to prepare meals and washing up afterwards. You’ll find that these activities are fun and involving, and create a good opportunity for group bonding. Setting up camp typically takes between 15-30 minutes.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

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