FAMILY ADVENTURE TO YELLOWSTONE

TAKE A NORTH AMERICAN SAFARI WITH YOUR FAMILY

[TRIP LENGTH: (STARTING AT $599) 4 DAYS]

Itinerary can be customized to fit within your time frame or budgetary needs.

Appleseed Expeditions’ family adventure to Yellowstone, America’s first National Park, is designed to teach travelers about northern Rocky Mountain ecology while inspiring them to help with global conservation programs. Yellowstone was established in 1872, and is the most awe inspiring 3500 acre region in the U.S. The perfect backdrop for an educational family trip, our focus is on science and conservation.  Travelers will marvel at the many treasures and hidden power of the volcano rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers, the most famous of which is Old Faithful Geyser and the picturesque Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  Our Yellowstone travelers will learn about predator/prey behavior, endemic flora and fauna, geology and forest fires that have shaped this magnificent landscape. (Transportation not included but can be arranged)

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Explore Jackson, WY

We will start your family adventure  to Yellowstone in Jackson, WY.   You will arrive in mid ­afternoon in Jackson, and meet your wildlife biologist who will accompany you on your journey to discover the unique ecosystems of the northern Rockies.  First stop will be the Elk National Preserve which  was created in 1912 to protect habitat and provide sanctuary for one of the largest elk herd on earth.  The elk provide travelers enjoyment and are a lifeline to many of the animals who call Yellowstone home.

 Day 2 – Yellowstone Canyon and Waterfall

We start our morning off with a guided tour to breath­taking views of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, which is 20 miles long and 4000 miles across and approximately 1200 feet deep, with views of the Upper and Lower Crystal Falls.  Next, traverse Hayden Valley with an excellent chance to spot Yellowstone’s Bison herd.  Hayden Valley is considered the heart of Yellowstone and is home to the largest rut of free roaming bison in the world. Then later in the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Dragons Breath mud pots where you will learn about thermal activity and volcanoes. When Ferdinand Hayden discovered the area in 1871 he described the mudpot as “the greatest marvel we have met with”.

Day 3 – Volunteer at the Wolf and Grizzly Preserve and Old Faithful

This afternoon begins with a guided hike along the most active thermal area in Yellowstone, Norris Basin. Here you will see thermal features including geysers, steam vents, mudpots, and mineral pools.  Your family will volunteer at the wolf and grizzly preserve which is dedicated to preserving for the wolf and  grizzly bear, its historic range, as part of our national heritage. The preserve was started as a sanctuary for bears who had been removed from the wild because they became too familiar with people.  This grassroots effort is supported by ordinary citizens who seek to promote positive attitudes about wolves and grizzly bear and  to support wildlife recovery in all areas of its historic range. Along with biologists, travelers will actively get involved in projects that help support this conservation organization.

 Day 4 – Hiking at the Base of the Tetons

Put on your hiking boots for this adventure. You will start your journey with a scenic drive along the Tetons.  With your wildlife biologist you will look for moose and other wildlife as you hike at the base of the Tetons and learn about predator/prey relationships in this region.  Later we head home.

Add a Day – Whitewater Rafting the Snake River

You can add a day and take an amazing adventure down the Snake River.  This river provides world class II-III rapids as it winds through canyons and amazing mountains. You will want to keep an open along the way as you may see bald eagles, elk, moose and variety of Rocky Mountain wildlife.  As a part of this trip you will explore the base of the Tetons and learn about the natural wildlife found along the foothills of the Rockies. Here travelers will learn about continental drift, uplifts, and migration patterns of local wildlife such as elk, moose, and bears.

Add a Day and Experience Horseback Ride at the Base of the Tetons or Take the Aerial Tram to the Summit of the Tetons.

You will ride your horse through the mountain meadows filled with wildflowers and spectacular views and see the towering pines. You will visit mountain lakes and watch for many varieties of wildlife that frequent the area. Explore the top of the Rockies on an aerial tram for an exhilarating view.

Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including availability with vendors, weather conditions and flight schedules.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • View the most famous geyser, Old Faithful
  • Visit the Elk National Preserve
  • Discover the unique ecosystems of the northern Rockies
  • Explore Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon
  • Whitewater raft the Snake River
  • Take a gondola ride to the top of the Tetons
  • Whitewater raft the Snake River
  • Traverse Hayden Valley to spot bison
  • Volunteer at the Wolf and Grizzly Preserve

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Qualified trip leader – Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts from naturalists to regional specialists who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Your guide is with the group 24/7 and also staying with you at the same hotel
Daily reflections lead by your tour leader
Overnight stays are in hotels with private bathrooms rated 4 star or more on Trip Advisor
All Meals are included but please note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
Tour Journal, T-shirt and Luggage tag
Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa.