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Yellowstone / Grand Teton
Explorer, Wyoming

Family Vacations & Adventure Vacations - Yellowstone / Grand Teton Explorer, WY
Four Days, Class II

Departure Dates
June19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11

$1389 adult / $1261 youth
Additional Costs: $12 National Park entrance fee

Five Days, Class II

Departure Dates
June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12 (Photography Trip), 19, 26; September 2, 9

$1539 adult / $1385
Additional Costs: $12 National Park entrance fee

Although no experience is required, it is helpful that you be in good physical condition. This trip involves extensive paddling in a wilderness environment. The camaraderie of participating on par with your fellow adventurers, along with the unscheduled and exploratory nature of the "itinerary," provides a unique experience in the tradition of the West.

The rafting component of this trip is Class I (gentle), and the hikes are rated moderate.

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Why the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Multi-Sport?

•  Something for everyone! Increasingly popular with our repeat adventurers, our multi-sport tours are an easygoing way to explore. The combination of rafting and hiking with other fun-filled activities are the best way to take advantage of the best this region has to offer. Activities on the Yellowstone/Grand Teton Multi-Sport include: rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, and plenty of time for relaxing on your own agenda.

•  The sea kayak is a low-impact, unobtrusive, non-technical and self-propelled craft designed by the Inuit peoples of the Arctic Ocean. It has evolved into a stable, efficient and extremely sea-worthy vehicle, however due to the fact that original design was created for surprise attacks on the Inuits prey, the crafts are ideal for wildlife observation easily accessible and totally unobtrusive on Yellowstone and Jackson Lakes.

O.A.R.S. Yellowstone-Grand Teton Multi-Sport allows people of all ages and abilities to participate. The sea kayak is a welcome reprieve for the weary backs and joints of hikers and opens up a new world of paddling for canoeists, who will find sea kayaking a much less technical sport. Paddle strokes are relatively simple and easy to learn and all of our trips offer expert instruction from professional guides.

•  Though beautiful even through the window of a traveling car, the Tetons beg to be explored up close. There is a trail fit hikers of every fitness and experience level—from flat and winding along the valley floor to steep and exposed nearer to the high mountain peaks. There will be ample time for hiking during your trip, but avid hikers may wish to spend a few extra days exploring on their own. Trails through Cascade Canyon near Jenny Lake and Death Canyon are not to be missed, rising high into the very midst of the towering peaks. For the adventurous spirit, backcountry camping permits are available on a first come, first-served basis. You would be remiss not to spend a few nights on your own before or after joining us to explore the park in ways not possible from the highway.

•  Our Yellowstone/Grand Teton Multi-Sport trip is ideal for families who wish to spend some time away from the hustle of everyday life. Our trips are a great forum for sharing favorite pastimes with your child, providing plenty of time to enjoy each others company.

•  The Tetons are among some of the youngest mountain ranges in the world, their jagged mountain peaks reach heights of 12,000+ ft. The Grand Teton stands 13,770 feet above sea level, rising almost vertically over a mile from the Jackson Hole valley floor. This range is a rare example of block-faulted mountains and displays an extraordinary array of glaciated formations.

•  Grand Teton National Park was photographed first in 1872 by William H. Jackson and continues to delight even the most amateur of photographers today. The mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and wildlife leave rarely a view unworthy of a picture. Bring plenty of film—you'll need it!

•  The fish of Grand Teton National Park are rich in numbers and include brook, brown, cutthroat, Mackinaw and rainbow trout. A Wyoming fishing license is required before you cast your line in the abundant streams, creeks, rivers and lakes. You can purchase a Wyoming fishing license in Jackson or at the Signal Mountain Lodge store for approximately $6.00 per day. We recommend that you have your own fishing gear. For local fishing information call Orvis Jackson Hole (307) 733-5407 or Jack Dennis' Outdoor Shop (307) 733-3270.

•  Grand Teton National Park and the adjoining wilderness areas in Yellowstone and beyond compose the largest intact ecosystem in the continental United States. Wild animals—including bear, moose, dear, elk, bison and bighorn sheep—roam free over the hundreds of miles of natural, unaltered habitat.

Sample Itinerary
O.A.R.S. takes pride in running an always relaxed and flexible schedule. Each trip is different depending on the group, other trips on the water or perhaps the weather. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like.

Day 1
After we meet at the Signal Mountain boat ramp at 8:00 am, we transport you to Yellowstone National Park. A 3-hour sea kayaking trip clues up at about 12:30 or 1:00 pm with a deli-style lunch. We then move on to Grant Village to Flagg Ranch where we launch our rafts onto the Snake River and paddle the upper 7-mile section of. Once we reach the head of Jackson Lake, we transfer back to sea kayaks for a brief paddle to our overnight site at Colter Camp on the western shore of Jackson Lake. Here we'll enjoy dinner and the sunset beneath the Grand Teton.

Day 2
Following a hearty breakfast we kayak along the western shore of Jackson Lake, to Grassy Island in Moran Bay. This secluded place will be our camp for the following two nights. There are several short hiking options available during the day. Keep aware for moose, elk, pronghorn antelope, fox, beaver, black bear, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and coyote sightings!

Day 3
Our flat water paddle continues along the southern shore of Jackson Lake. Here we enjoy beautiful views of the Teton, and hikes to Bearpaw or Leigh lakes. We return to Grassy Island for another night of fantastic wilderness cuisine and camping beneath the endless starry sky.

Day 4
At your own pace, a big day of paddling to our next camp provides unparalleled views of the southern shores of Jackson Lake before arriving at our camp in Spalding Bay. From here we encounter even more spectacular sweeping views of the Teton.

After a short paddle from our Spalding camp to Signal Mountain, we leave the sea kayaks behind and transfer via vans to the Snake River near Pacific Creek. Here our rafts are waiting for the 10-mile peaceful meander that follows the base of the Grand Teton along the Snake River. We may spot moose browsing on willow, or a yellow-bellied marmot sunning itself on the rocks. Take-out is near Deadman's Bar, with a late afternoon return to Signal Mountain Boat Ramp.

What's Included with the Yellowstone-Grand Teton Multi-Sport?
•  All meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on last day
•  All transportation from Signal Mountain boat ramp in Yellowstone and return from the river
•  Expedition equipment including tent, sleeping bag and pad, life jacket, dry bags
•  Skilled professional guides

What's Not Included?
•  Transportation to and from Grand Teton National Park
•  Pre- and post- accommodations and meals
•  Personal items, a complete packing list will be included

Why Wyoming?
Wyoming's list of first rate destinations makes for an adventure traveler's dream. The sights are both numerous and diverse— guaranteed to entertain and fascinate. Here are a few we recommend you check out in conjunction with your O.A.R.S. trip:

•  The town of Jackson comes alive during the summer months, offering a gamut of outdoor activities in the mountains and forests that surround the town. An assortment of restaurants and accommodations are also available in Jackson, ranging from the luxurious to the quaint. After-hours entertainment is also plentiful with several playhouses and movie theaters and enough bars, pubs and saloons to suit any taste.

•  Devils Tower National Monument, located in northeastern Wyoming, is a volcanic plug that reaches 865 vertical feet and became the first national monument in 1906. Rising abruptly out of rolling hills, this geologic oddity is otherworldly, and immortalized as so in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

•  Wind River Canyon, just south of Thermopolis along highway 20, is an powerfully scenic drive between Owl Creek and Bridger Mountains. The canyon walls reach up to 2000 feet above the river—geologic revealed by the cross-section of intriguing rock formations.

•  Fort Laramie National Historic Site is a monument that speaks to the historical importance of Fort Laramie. A command post and staging area along the Oregon, Mormon and Pony Express trails, the fort was instrumental in the exploration and settlement of frontier America.

•  Each year during the last full week in July, Wyoming's Frontier Days are staged in Cheyenne, the state capitol. This is an annual event that's been held every year since 1897 to commemorate the many cultural and historical perspectives in Wyoming's storied past. For those that can't make it that week, a museum of the same name is open year round.

•  The town of Cody supplies additional opportunities to experience Wyoming's history. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center has been called the “Smithsonian of the Old West,” displaying an impressive collection of art, artifacts, crafts and exhibits. Be sure to visit the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, a notable assortment of paintings, sculptures and prints from such famous artists as Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin and Thomas Moran.

•  Millions of acres of national forests provide visitors with plenty of prospects for great camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Shoshone National Forest was our nation's first, covering two and a half million acres in northwestern Wyoming.

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