Yellowstone Explorer Trip

Yellowstone Explorer

Explorer Adventure - Grades 7-9

This wonderful program, especially designed for students completing the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, is a perfect introduction to backpacking, whitewater rafting, and sea kayaking in the wondrous Yellowstone wilderness.

14 Days

$3,595

  • June 24th - July 7th
  • July 9th - July 22nd
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • Jackson Hole, WY

Day 1

Our group will first meet in the Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Flying over the amazing Teton Range, many of us will get our first breathtaking view of the area we are about to explore! Once everyone has arrived and telephoned home we’ll drive a short ten minutes to our campsite. There we’ll spend time getting acquainted with our new environment, our gear, and of course our new friends. Our first night is always a pretty entertaining one as we enjoy a delectable dinner and play games that will help us get to know one another. Surely the best part about meeting all of your Wilderness Adventures trip mates is looking back in two weeks and marveling at how close you have become to all of them since. Finally, as the sun slowly sinks behind the Tetons, we’ll crawl into our tents with dreams of our adventure ahead.

Day 2-6

After an introductory day hike in Grand Teton National Park and sufficient prep time for our upcoming backcountry adventure, we will head north to what was once called “Wonderland,” Yellowstone National Park. First on our agenda is a sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s mountain lake. Home to the second largest high alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone is an ideal location to take out some kayaks to truly absorb its natural beauty. Once we’re in our sea kayaks we’ll put our arms to use and rest our legs as we glide across this large lake. From our boats we can even see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! On our second morning on the water we’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, we’re likely see elk, mule deer, bison, moose and possibly a wolf! This is an incredibly unique experience to kayak in waters where no motorized boat traffic is allowed.

Day 7

What trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone? We will take a day to relax and explore some of these incredible thermal features, going on short day hikes to stretch our legs and see the world-class sights of the park. We will also be sure to stop into visitor centers and learn as much as we can from knowledgeable and helpful rangers, so we can truly understand the history of this phenomenal place.

Day 8

Next, we’ll head north to Gardiner, Montana to hit the whitewater! Today we’ll hop in some rafts and take to the Yellowstone River. Before we start however, our professional river guides will show us proper paddling techniques so that we’re well prepared when we encounter the big waves. Luckily enough, not only does this section of the river have top notch rafting waters, but it also winds through a steep walled canyon that is sure to impress. As if rafting wasn’t enough fun, we will then zipline high above the Yellowstone River rapids in an exciting conclusion to our day in Montana. Afterwards, we will grab some showers, do some laundry and prepare for our backpacking excursion!

Day 9-12

Our first backpacking adventure takes us into the high alpine wilderness! The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is filled with crystal clear glassy lakes, snowcapped peaks, and flower filled, verdant meadows. Initially, we’ll begin walking low mileage so as to allow our bodies to adjust to carrying our newly acquired backpacks. Each day we’ll learn new skills such as setting up our tents, cooking in the wilderness, and learning to read the map. Each day of hiking will have two team members acting as “Leader of the Day.” These individuals will carry the maps, as well as helping coordinate rest breaks and setting up camp. On one particular afternoon, we’ll take a short day hike leading to the summit of a nearby peak. There are few words that can come close to describing the immense sentiment of accomplishment that we’ll all feel standing tall on top of the world.

Day 13-14

Our final day together is spent celebrating the end of our quest by rafting the wild Snake River in Jackson Hole! By now, we’re truly seasoned whitewater rafters and are sure to conquer rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” Following the rapids we’ll explore the historic town of Jackson before gathering for our end-of-summer banquet. At our banquet, awards will be given and final pictures taken of our summer family. Tonight we’ll sleep out under the stars together and in the morning head to the airport.

Day 1

Our group will first meet in the Jackson Hole Airport in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. Flying over the amazing Teton Range, many of us will get our first breathtaking view of the area we are about to explore! Once everyone has arrived and telephoned home we’ll drive a short ten minutes to our campsite. There we’ll spend time getting acquainted with our new environment, our gear, and of course our new friends. Our first night is always a pretty entertaining one as we enjoy a delectable dinner and play games that will help us get to know one another. Surely the best part about meeting all of your Wilderness Adventures trip mates is looking back in two weeks and marveling at how close you have become to all of them since. Finally, as the sun slowly sinks behind the Tetons, we’ll crawl into our tents with dreams of our adventure ahead.

Day 2-6

After an introductory day hike in Grand Teton National Park and sufficient prep time for our upcoming backcountry adventure, we will head north to what was once called “Wonderland,” Yellowstone National Park. First on our agenda is a sea kayaking voyage through Yellowstone’s mountain lake. Home to the second largest high alpine lake in the world, Yellowstone is an ideal location to take out some kayaks to truly absorb its natural beauty. Once we’re in our sea kayaks we’ll put our arms to use and rest our legs as we glide across this large lake. From our boats we can even see steaming geysers and bubbles coming from the bottom of the lake! On our second morning on the water we’ll paddle for the first hour in silence in hopes to see wildlife having a morning drink from the lake. While out there, we’re likely see elk, mule deer, bison, moose and possibly a wolf! This is an incredibly unique experience to kayak in waters where no motorized boat traffic is allowed.

Day 7

What trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone? We will take a day to relax and explore some of these incredible thermal features, going on short day hikes to stretch our legs and see the world-class sights of the park. We will also be sure to stop into visitor centers and learn as much as we can from knowledgeable and helpful rangers, so we can truly understand the history of this phenomenal place.

Day 8

Next, we’ll head north to Gardiner, Montana to hit the whitewater! Today we’ll hop in some rafts and take to the Yellowstone River. Before we start however, our professional river guides will show us proper paddling techniques so that we’re well prepared when we encounter the big waves. Luckily enough, not only does this section of the river have top notch rafting waters, but it also winds through a steep walled canyon that is sure to impress. As if rafting wasn’t enough fun, we will then zipline high above the Yellowstone River rapids in an exciting conclusion to our day in Montana. Afterwards, we will grab some showers, do some laundry and prepare for our backpacking excursion!

Day 9-12

Our first backpacking adventure takes us into the high alpine wilderness! The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is filled with crystal clear glassy lakes, snowcapped peaks, and flower filled, verdant meadows. Initially, we’ll begin walking low mileage so as to allow our bodies to adjust to carrying our newly acquired backpacks. Each day we’ll learn new skills such as setting up our tents, cooking in the wilderness, and learning to read the map. Each day of hiking will have two team members acting as “Leader of the Day.” These individuals will carry the maps, as well as helping coordinate rest breaks and setting up camp. On one particular afternoon, we’ll take a short day hike leading to the summit of a nearby peak. There are few words that can come close to describing the immense sentiment of accomplishment that we’ll all feel standing tall on top of the world.

Day 13-14

Our final day together is spent celebrating the end of our quest by rafting the wild Snake River in Jackson Hole! By now, we’re truly seasoned whitewater rafters and are sure to conquer rapids such as “Big Kahuna” and “Lunch Counter.” Following the rapids we’ll explore the historic town of Jackson before gathering for our end-of-summer banquet. At our banquet, awards will be given and final pictures taken of our summer family. Tonight we’ll sleep out under the stars together and in the morning head to the airport.

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