Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northern Rockies on this wonderful and diverse adventure throughout the Jackson Hole Valley and southcentral Idaho. From the esteemed trails of the Tetons and the best sites of Yellowstone, to the rock spires of the City of Rocks, the lava fields of Craters of the Moon National Monument, and the big water rapids of the Salmon River, this adventure has it all. Sea kayak on Yellowstone Lake, rock climb at the Idaho/Utah border, overnight raft on the Salmon River, and explore Sun Valley, Idaho and the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Take on the best of Wyoming and Idaho on this incredible three-week adventure.

28 Days

$5,395

  • July 13th - August 2nd
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Days 1-2

Meeting for the first time together in Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park will be an exciting, memorable and welcoming experience. You’ll be greeted by expansive views of the Tetons right off the bat. Once everyone has arrived, you will drive a short 10 minutes to your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. You’ll take time to get to know each other, play some welcoming games and learn to set up your tents and familiarize with your gear for the next three weeks. As dusk settles, you’ll likely have the chance to see herds of bison roaming and grazing in the surrounding sagebrush. You’ll watch the sun set over the Tetons and enjoy the first of many relaxing evening campfires before crawling into bed.

The next morning, you’ll wake with excitement, enjoy a fortifying breakfast, and spend the day acclimatizing and stretching your legs on the beautiful mountain trails of Grand Teton National Park. You’ll check out the visitor center to learn about this incredible mountain range and head out on your first group hike.

Days 3-7

After experiencing a taste of the Tetons, you’ll head north to our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone. You’ll see the best sites of the park, including Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many other geysers and geothermal wonders. As generations of visitors before you can attest, your time in the park will certainly build your appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands. Following our site seeing, it will be time to prepare for our next adventure: backcountry sea kayaking through Yellowstone.

You will stretch your arms and give your legs a rest on a four-day, three-night sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with your Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, you’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and sea kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. You and a partner will work together to navigate your two-person sea kayak, packing your gear into the hatches of your boat and working together in sync. Each night, you’ll camp at secluded lakeside sites, cook amazing backcountry meals and gaze up at the wondrous, uninterrupted starlit sky. You’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that you can experience as many wildlife sightings as possible, including bald eagles, moose, elk, beaver, and many other amazing creatures of the west.

Days 8-10

After your backcountry sea kayaking adventure, you’ll take a day to de-prep, take showers, and do laundry. From there, you’ll venture over Teton Pass into Idaho, and make your way to southern Idaho to the City of Rocks on the Idaho-Utah border. The granite rock spires and rock formations of “the City” make this a world-class rock climbing area with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes. The Shoshone and Bannock tribes hunted bison here before settlers along the California trail populated the area. Ruts from wagon wheels can still be seen on some of the rocks.

For the next two days, you’ll engage in a substantive, nurturing and fun rock climbing school with the world-famous Exum School of Mountaineering. You’ll learn climbing techniques, knots, belaying skills and take on the the knobs, walls, and slabs of some of the oldest exposed rock in North America.

Days 11-17

After rock climbing, you and your group will travel from southern Idaho up to the put in of the world-class Salmon River. For the next six days and five nights, you’ll settle into life on the river over on this extended overnight rafting expedition. The main section of the Salmon River is known for its steep canyon walls, large sandy beaches, and splashy class III rapids. With the help of professional river guides, you’ll learn how to read the river’s current, navigate rapids and lines with oars and paddles, and the proper way to rig and de-rig your raft and its gear each day as you paddle your way through the Salmon River canyon, camping on it’s white sandy beaches each night. While on the Salmon, you’ll experience the green trees and pristine clear waters of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. There are hikes from each of the campsites that traverse side creeks along the river’s canyon. You’ll play river games, and enjoy spectacular views along the way.

Days 18-19

Following your iconic river adventure, you and your group will emerge on shore to de-rig one last time. You’ll bid your river guides farewell and enjoy the beauty of the frontcountry with showers and laundry. From there, you will head south once more towards Sun Valley, Idaho. Sun Valley is nestled between five mountain ranges and is far from urban city centers. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring Sun Valley’s stores, hiking trails, and magnificent views. That evening, you’ll head to the incredible namesake of your trip, the Craters of the Moon National Monument.

The unique scenery of the Craters of the Moon is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It is comprised of a vast historic ocean of lava with islands of cinder cones and sage brush scattered throughout. It formed with an eruption that occurred somewhere between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago along the Great Rift. You and your group will spend the day exploring the lava tubes and volcanic fissures of the Craters of the Moon on foot, hiking your way to the best sites including Devil’s Orchard and the North Crater Flow.

Days 20-21

The next morning, you and your group will come full circle on your incredible adventure and make your way back over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole. You’ll get the chance to bop around the town, shop for souvenirs, and hit the high aerial ropes course at Snow King. You and your group will put your teamwork to the test as you work together to navigate the course.

That night, you’ll celebrate the entire adventure over the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. Waking up early that next morning to depart from the airport, you certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, you’ll be comforted to know that you’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.

 

Days 1-2

Meeting for the first time together in Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park will be an exciting, memorable and welcoming experience. You’ll be greeted by expansive views of the Tetons right off the bat. Once everyone has arrived, you will drive a short 10 minutes to your first campsite in Grand Teton National Park. You’ll take time to get to know each other, play some welcoming games and learn to set up your tents and familiarize with your gear for the next three weeks. As dusk settles, you’ll likely have the chance to see herds of bison roaming and grazing in the surrounding sagebrush. You’ll watch the sun set over the Tetons and enjoy the first of many relaxing evening campfires before crawling into bed.

The next morning, you’ll wake with excitement, enjoy a fortifying breakfast, and spend the day acclimatizing and stretching your legs on the beautiful mountain trails of Grand Teton National Park. You’ll check out the visitor center to learn about this incredible mountain range and head out on your first group hike.

Days 3-7

After experiencing a taste of the Tetons, you’ll head north to our nation’s first national park, Yellowstone. You’ll see the best sites of the park, including Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and many other geysers and geothermal wonders. As generations of visitors before you can attest, your time in the park will certainly build your appreciation for both the local ecosystem, and the great social and environmental good that results from the protection of wild lands. Following our site seeing, it will be time to prepare for our next adventure: backcountry sea kayaking through Yellowstone.

You will stretch your arms and give your legs a rest on a four-day, three-night sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s high altitude lakes. Meeting up with your Wilderness Adventures Sea Kayaking Specialist, you’ll learn the fundamentals of paddling and sea kayak safety before embarking out on the lake as a group. You and a partner will work together to navigate your two-person sea kayak, packing your gear into the hatches of your boat and working together in sync. Each night, you’ll camp at secluded lakeside sites, cook amazing backcountry meals and gaze up at the wondrous, uninterrupted starlit sky. You’ll be paddling joyfully but often quietly along the shoreline so that you can experience as many wildlife sightings as possible, including bald eagles, moose, elk, beaver, and many other amazing creatures of the west.

Days 8-10

After your backcountry sea kayaking adventure, you’ll take a day to de-prep, take showers, and do laundry. From there, you’ll venture over Teton Pass into Idaho, and make your way to southern Idaho to the City of Rocks on the Idaho-Utah border. The granite rock spires and rock formations of “the City” make this a world-class rock climbing area with over 1,000 traditional and bolt-protected routes. The Shoshone and Bannock tribes hunted bison here before settlers along the California trail populated the area. Ruts from wagon wheels can still be seen on some of the rocks.

For the next two days, you’ll engage in a substantive, nurturing and fun rock climbing school with the world-famous Exum School of Mountaineering. You’ll learn climbing techniques, knots, belaying skills and take on the the knobs, walls, and slabs of some of the oldest exposed rock in North America.

Days 11-17

After rock climbing, you and your group will travel from southern Idaho up to the put in of the world-class Salmon River. For the next six days and five nights, you’ll settle into life on the river over on this extended overnight rafting expedition. The main section of the Salmon River is known for its steep canyon walls, large sandy beaches, and splashy class III rapids. With the help of professional river guides, you’ll learn how to read the river’s current, navigate rapids and lines with oars and paddles, and the proper way to rig and de-rig your raft and its gear each day as you paddle your way through the Salmon River canyon, camping on it’s white sandy beaches each night. While on the Salmon, you’ll experience the green trees and pristine clear waters of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. There are hikes from each of the campsites that traverse side creeks along the river’s canyon. You’ll play river games, and enjoy spectacular views along the way.

Days 18-19

Following your iconic river adventure, you and your group will emerge on shore to de-rig one last time. You’ll bid your river guides farewell and enjoy the beauty of the frontcountry with showers and laundry. From there, you will head south once more towards Sun Valley, Idaho. Sun Valley is nestled between five mountain ranges and is far from urban city centers. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring Sun Valley’s stores, hiking trails, and magnificent views. That evening, you’ll head to the incredible namesake of your trip, the Craters of the Moon National Monument.

The unique scenery of the Craters of the Moon is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It is comprised of a vast historic ocean of lava with islands of cinder cones and sage brush scattered throughout. It formed with an eruption that occurred somewhere between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago along the Great Rift. You and your group will spend the day exploring the lava tubes and volcanic fissures of the Craters of the Moon on foot, hiking your way to the best sites including Devil’s Orchard and the North Crater Flow.

Days 20-21

The next morning, you and your group will come full circle on your incredible adventure and make your way back over Teton Pass to Jackson Hole. You’ll get the chance to bop around the town, shop for souvenirs, and hit the high aerial ropes course at Snow King. You and your group will put your teamwork to the test as you work together to navigate the course.

That night, you’ll celebrate the entire adventure over the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. Waking up early that next morning to depart from the airport, you certainly won’t be ready to go home. However, you’ll be comforted to know that you’ve developed a wonderful network of meaningful friendships that are sure to last a lifetime.