|Four Days, Class II
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
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.
Why the Yellowstone-Grand Teton
• 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
• 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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
• 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
• Pre- and post- accommodations and meals
• Personal items, a complete packing list will be
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
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