Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking – Lodge Based

Trip Length6 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$4,899 for REI Members
$5,389 for non-members
DeparturesJun 2024-Sep 2024

Two national parks mean double the natural beauty on this 6-day hiking adventure.

The first national park and one of the most beloved, Yellowstone is filled with rushing waterfalls, steaming geysers and soaring peaks that tower over the vast surrounding plains. The park’s dramatic landscapes showcase its fascinating geology, at the same time supporting diverse wildlife—from roaming herds of bison to pronghorn, elk and moose. We balance our time at Yellowstone with a day spent exploring the magic of Grand Teton National Park by raft and on foot. Take in the unique wonders of this majestic mountain range just slightly to the south of Yellowstone.

Enjoy daily hikes on some of Yellowstone’s most scenic trails, visit iconic geothermal features like Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring, and summit two 10,000' peaks. When we’re not hiking, enjoy wildlife-viewing drives in search of the park’s many mammal and bird species, or discover the tranquility of the rolling grasslands and blooming wildflower meadows. Each evening is spent in comfortable hotel accommodations, unwinding from the day’s unforgettable adventure.

If you’re looking to explore different ways to enjoy all Yellowstone has to offer, view our full collection of Yellowstone itineraries.

Authorized permittee of Grand Teton National Park.

Set out on a dawn wildlife-viewing drive, arriving at beautiful Lamar Valley when the park's animals are most active.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy daily hikes on some of Yellowstone’s most scenic trails
  • Hike the along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and summit two 10,000' peaks
  • Visit the park’s iconic geothermal features including Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Enjoy wildlife-viewing drives in search of bison, grizzly bear, pronghorn, elk and more
  • Take a scenic float trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel in Yellowstone National Park each night

Activities

This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Daily hikes typically range between 4–9 miles in length with elevation gains/losses of up to 2,100'. Two hikes will take us to the summits of peaks over 10,000 feet. Cycling and rafting are suitable for beginners; all gear will be provided. All activities are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness of each prior to setting out.

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Cycling

What's Included

Lodging in Yellowstone National Park and meals as indicated on the daily itinerary. Professional guide services. Transportation during the course of the trip. Each participant will also receive a canister of bear deterrent spray and best practice instruction for hiking in bear country.

Accommodations

Hotel, 5 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking – Lodge Based
Day 1

Arrive in Yellowstone and visit Mammoth Hot Springs

Our trip begins in Bozeman, Montana. We rendezvous for orientation at 9am, then set off on the two-hour drive to Yellowstone National Park. Our first stop on our adventure is Mammoth Hot Springs. We drop by the visitor center, watch for the resident elk herd and get our initial glimpse of some of the park’s fascinating thermal features. After our guide-prepared picnic lunch, we start our warmup hike directly from the visitor center. After our hike, we transfer to enjoy dinner in Gardiner with new friends before heading to our hotel in the National Park. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 4–5.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,207'; Transfer: 3–4 hours.

Day 2

Visit Grand Prismatic Spring. Hike to Mystic Falls. Explore Upper Geyser Basin and view Old Faithful eruption

No visit to Yellowstone would be complete without exploring the park’s fantastic geothermal features. Still considered an active volcano, reminders of Yellowstone’s violent geological past abound. We start today with a visit to the spectacular Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the nation. The spring's brilliant rings of brown, yellow, blue, green and orange are caused by microbes that live at the edges of the mineral-rich water. Next we hike through Biscuit Basin to 70-ft Mystic Falls for a dramatic view of the geyser basin below. We continue our hike to Upper Geyser Basin to explore the many additional geysers, hot springs and fumaroles there and our afternoon culminates as we witness the iconic eruption of Old Faithful. All meals included.

Hiking: 4.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 350'; Transfer: 2.5–3.5 hours.

Day 3

Enjoy an early morning wildlife-viewing drive. Hike the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone is home to more than 50 species of mammals including black and grizzly bears, bison, elk, pronghorn, moose and wolf. The park draws wildlife lovers from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. We set out on a wildlife-viewing drive at dawn this morning, aiming to reach beautiful and remote Lamar Valley when the animals are most active. Additional dawn or dusk wildlife drives can be scheduled based on participants’ interest. After our wildlife adventure, we spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We hike the canyon rim and enjoy views of the Yellowstone River far below. We also visit one of Yellowstone’s marquee overlooks, Artist Point, and will admire the falls from a number of sublime vantage points. A quintessential day in Yellowstone! Dinner on our own tonight. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 6.2–7.6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1300'; Transfer: 2.5–3.5 hours.

Day 4

Visit Grand Teton National Park and enjoy a scenic float trip on the Snake River

We head south today towards Grand Teton National Park, its immense granite peaks visible for miles above the plains. On the first part of our multisport day, we hop aboard our bikes and cycle to lovely Jenny Lake, carved by glaciers and the second largest lake in the park. We have time to explore the lakeshore before jumping back on our bikes and returning to our waiting vehicle. Later, we take in the spectacular views of the South, Middle, and Grand Teton as well as Mount Moran during a scenic rafting trip down the Snake River. In addition to the awe-inspiring Teton panoramas, we watch for bald eagles, beavers, moose and bear along the riverbanks as we float by. Our time in the Tetons ends with a tasty dinner at Signal Mountain Lodge overlooking Jackson Lake. It's a perfect spot to enjoy final views of one of America’s most beautiful mountain ranges. All meals included.

Cycling: 15–18 miles; terrain: established bike trail, Elevation gain/loss: 482'; Rafting: 2.5 hour scenic float trip (Class I and II). Transfer: 4.5 - 5 hours.

Day 5

Summit Avalanche Peak for views of Yellowstone Lake

Today’s challenging hike to the summit of Avalanche Peak offers outstanding views of southern Yellowstone, stretching to the Tetons 50 miles away. Our trail begins in a lush fir and spruce forest and climbs steadily, passing through wildflower meadows and up talus slopes to the summit at 10,566'. We relish the stunning high country panorama that includes Yellowstone Lake, the rugged Absaroka Mountain Range and Pelican Valley, some of the premier grizzly habitat in the Lower 48. This evening, we enjoy a final delicious celebration dinner with our guides and hiking companions. All meals included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 2,100'; Transfer: 3–3.5 hours.

Day 6

Hike to the top of Mount Washburn

After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our home away from home. On our last day in the park, we hike to the summit of Mount Washburn (10,223 ft) for 360-degree views of Yellowstone National Park spread out at our feet. While we hike, keep an eye out for the chance to see some bighorn sheep, as they like to frequent the area to graze in the meadows. At the summit, we enjoy views of and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and on the clearest of days we even have the chance to see as far as the Teton Range. The wide trail’s gradual ascent to the fire lookout atop the mountain makes it a great hike to top off our week. We head back to Bozeman and plan to arrive by approximately 7pm where we say our goodbyes. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,384'; Transfer: 3.5–4 hours.

Itinerary map for Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking – Lodge Based

Gear List

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