Gold Journey: Backpacking Yellowstone & Grand TetonBackpack the Wild West

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About the trip

"The Tetons have loomed up grandly against the sky. From this point it is perhaps the finest pictorial range in the United States or even North America." - Thomas Moran, landscape painter.

While Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park draw visitors from all over the world, very few actually experience the true beauty of their backcountry wilderness. On this journey, you will navigate the rugged peaks of the Tetons, hike through lupine meadows and likely encounter an elk or bison along the way.

THE JOURNEY

Your journey begins upon landing in Jackson Wyoming, a western town nestled in Jackson Hole. You will be picked up from the airport in a 15-passenger van and shuttled to your hotel. This evening, camping gear and food will be distributed and you will have a chance to double-check your packs. Over the next four days, you will explore by foot the trails of two of our most magestic parks. On the final night, you will stay at a hotel and celebrate your journey as a team.

ROUTE PLANNING

True to the spirit of the Adventurous Journey, students will plan the backpacking routes and make decisions on campsites. 

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

DAY 1

Arrive in Jackson, Wyoming. Transfer to your hotel.

DAYS 2 - 5

Backpack Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park

DAY 6

Final day in Wyoming

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Spanning over 3,500 square miles, Yellowstone is one of America's largest national parks. Sitting on top of a dormant volcano, Yellowstone has more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth.

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Located south of Yellowstone National Park and north of the town of Jackson, Grand Teton's 310,000 acres includes lush valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes and the rising peaks of the Teton Range.

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Pricing & Package

PRICE

Up to 7 students: $11,865

8 to 12 students: $17,940*

13 - 20 students: $27,900**

* International Award requires a student-to-guide ration of 7:1.

** Passenger vans accommodate up to 12 students. A second van is required for 13 - 20 students.

SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Trip development, planning coordination and execution
  • Basecamp support
  • Licensed and certified Discover Outdoors guides
  • Hotel accommodations on first and last nights*
  • Backcountry permits
  • Camping permits
  • National Park permits
  • Camp cooking equipment
  • Tents (2-person)
  • Roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas International Airport (airfare not included)
  • Transportation throughout journey
  • Liability insurance
  • 3 day, 2 night practice journey (not including train tickets)

* Hotel budget of $75 per person per night, double occupancy

SEASONED GUIDES

As you explore the national parks, you will be led by professional trail guides dedicated to providing safe and educational experiences. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and are seasoned leaders, demonstrating good judgement, technical expertise, and environmental consciousness. Our guides are ever aware of your needs and work hard to make your trip successful, including regular medical checks and communication with Discover Outdoors basecamp.

CAMPING & LODGING

Backpacking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is a true backcountry experience. On the trail, you will be staying in tents. On the first and last nights, you will have lodging at a nearby hotel.

Pack List

If you are unsure of what to bring, give us a call or send us an email. Our staff is happy to help ensure you are comfortably outfitted for your trip. To prepare yourself for the activities, join Discover Outdoors on any of our local day trips. Our trained guides will coach you and offer helpful tips in preparing for your big adventure. Below is a list of equipment for this trip. The specific gear considerations are designed to prepare you for all possible conditions. For questions about the gear list, please contact our office at 212-579-4568 or [email protected].

CLOTHING

  • Hiking boots (well used)
  • Camp shoes
  • Lightweight wool socks (3 pair)
  • Hiking pants (2 pair)
  • Wicking underwear (2 pair)
  • Long underwear (depending on the forecast)
  • Wicking long-sleeved shirt
  • Wicking short-sleeved shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves

GEAR

  • Backpack (50 L recommended)
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Waterproof backpack liner (garbage bag will suffice)
  • Backpacking tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Lightweight inflatable pillow or stuffable pillow case
  • Lightweight towel
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Lightweight bowl, mug, and utensils
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Journal (optional)
  • Cell phone (optional)
  • Knife or multitool (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof stuffsack (optional)

OPTIONAL GEAR RENTAL

Backpack: $82.50

30-degree Sleeping Bag: $49

Sleeping Pad: $30

Trekking Poles: $34.50

Practice Journey

Test your knowledge and your gear on a local 3-day, 2-night practice journey. Choose from Harriman State Park or Fahnestock State Park to fine tune your teamwork and skills. Transportation to the journey is by train. Train tickets are not included.