Lots of hiking time in three of the wildest parks in America...

Upper Rockies

2013

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Upper Rocky Mountains Overview


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Three major national parks (Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Glacier) are the focus, with plenty of time for hiking in each. Yellowstone is the world’s original national park, famous for its Old Faithful geyser and geothermal features. This tour has the most potential for wildlife spotting and contains scenery found nowhere else. Glacier National Park is the only place in the Lower 48 States that retains all its natural predators. Look out for buffalo, moose, elk, mountain goats, big horned sheep, black bears, and perhaps even a grizzly bear or two! Here, a special overnight hike allows us to reach some of the higher alpine lakes. We stay mostly in small western mountain towns that are vibrant and welcoming. Come along to enjoy hiking and mountains, nature, and the American West.


DAY 1: Salt Lake City.

Arrive any time. HOTEL: Salt Lake City, UT

DAY 2: Grand Tetons National Park.

Tour starts. Drive to Jackson Hole. HOTEL: Jackson, WY

DAY 3: Grand Tetons National Park.

Full day hike in the Grand Tetons. HOTEL: Jackson, WY

DAY 4: Yellowstone National Park.

More of Grand Tetons & Yellowstone's south loop. HOTEL: Gardiner, MT

DAY 5: Yellowstone National Park.

Explore Yellowstone's north loop. HOTEL: Gardiner, MT

DAY 6: Yellowstone National Park.

Scenic drive through Yellowstone & over the Absaroka-Beartooth Pass. HOTEL: Red Lodge, MT

DAY 7: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

All day hike in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. HOTEL: Livingston or Bozeman, MT

DAY 8: Glacier National Park.

Drive to East Glacier, base camp for Glacier National Park. HOTEL/CABINS: East Glacier, MT

DAY 9: Glacier National Park.

Full day hiking in Glacier. HOTEL/CABINS: East Glacier, MT

DAY 10: Glacier National Park.

Full day hiking in Glacier. HOTEL or CAMPING OVERNIGHT: Glacier National Park

DAY 11: Glacier National Park.

Full day hiking in Glacier. HOTEL/CABINS: East Glacier, MT

DAY 12: Missoula.

Drive to Missoula, Montana, with walking or sightseeing along the way. HOTEL: Missoula, MT

DAY 13: Northern Idaho.

Drive down through scenic northeastern Idaho, with time for a small hike. HOTEL: Salmon, ID

DAY 14: Salt Lake City.

Return to Salt Lake City, end of tour. HOTEL: Salt Lake City, UT


Summer 2013:  13 days / 14 nights

DAY 1:

Salt Lake City.

Arrival night in Salt Lake City, Utah! Tucked between the mountains and miles of forbidding desert to the west, its easy to imagine the early pioneers surveying the inhospitable landscape ahead, giving up and founding the city where it sits today.

DAY 2-3:

Grand Tetons National Park.

Head north for Jackson, Wyoming, an upscale mountain town just outside Grand Tetons National Park. A full day to hike one of the many trails here in the park. In the evening, search for moose near one of their many watering holes.

DAY 4-6:

Yellowstone National Park.

Approximately two full days in Yellowstone National Park to view Old Faithful geyser and other amazing geothermal features—bubbling mudpots and the boiling river. See elk and bison and hike high above the Yellowstone River! Leave via the east entrance and wind high over the Absaroka-Beartooth Pass to the cool mountain town of Red Lodge, Montana.

DAY 7:

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

The little known Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is accessed off an unmarked road on one of the most beautiful highway drives in all of Montana. A mountainous area defined by jagged granite peaks, it remains unphased by crowds. Hike here and marvel at the stark landscape.

DAY 8-11:

Glacier National Park.

Cross Montana to East Glacier. This is the remote, wild, and least-visited side of the park, with easy access to all the best hiking trails. Step back in time 50 years to the way all national parks used to be in America: unhurried, remote and lightly travelled. Three full days to hike trails in the Two Medicine and Many Glacier areas. On Day 10, opt for a special overnight backpack to some of the higher alpine lakes unreachable in one day (camping for the night). This will depend on group ability and weather conditions, but whichever the hikes be assured of seeing some of the most stunning mountain scenery anywhere.

DAY 12:

Missoula.

From East Glacier, return south to the pleasant university town of Missoula, Montana, with hiking along the way.

DAY 13:

Northern Idaho.

Enter into Idaho, driving down scenic Highway 28 in the northeastern part of the state. There will be hiking opportunities along here if desired, before a night stop in Salmon, Idaho, a popular staging area for river rafters.

DAY 14:

Salt Lake City.

Return to Salt Lake City. Wealthy and surprisingly cosmopolitan, this is the capital of Utah and the world headquarters of the Mormon religion.

What do I get for my money?


  • Included activities (see sidebar at right).
  • All ground transportation by climate-controlled van (maximum 13 persons).
  • Shared hotel accommodation (2+ stars) and cabins on 13 out of 14 nights. One night special camping overnight.
  • Admission to all included national parks and recreation areas.
  • Services of an experienced tour leader.
  • Sandwich lunches on most days (excluding free days).

$2,600 USD   per person

Departure 1


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  • AUGUST 31, 2013 (saturday night arrival in Salt Lake City) to SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 (trip ends on friday in Salt Lake City.)


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departure #1

  • AUGUST 31, 2013 (saturday night arrival in Salt Lake City) to SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 (trip ends on friday in Salt Lake City.)


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travel style

  • age range: 18+
  • accommodation: 13 nights hotels / cabins, 1 night camping (conditions permitting))
  • group size: maximum 13 persons

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included activities

  • Special overnight backpack in Glacier National Park

major cities

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

cultural heritage

  • Historic western mountain towns (Jackson, Gardiner, Livingston, Missoula)

national parks

  • Grand Tetons National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Glacier National Park

national forests & recreation areas

  • Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana