An exciting two weeks exploring the world-famous Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Alongside your trip mates and leaders, there’s no better way to spend your summer.
In the Tetons at the start of our trip, we’ll hike with a naturalist who will teach us about the plants and animals found in this beautiful setting before we head north to Yellowstone.
We’ll explore Yellowstone’s backcountry on day hikes, taking frequent breaks to enjoy big views of Yellowstone’s mountains, lakes and rivers. On Yellowstone Lake, we’ll kayak with guides, learning basic paddle strokes as we look for wildlife and glide past thermal features.
During our trip, we’ll see Old Faithful, Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We’ll also raft the Snake River—a perfect choice for beginners.
At the end of the trip, we’ll head back to Jackson for our last night together and celebrate all of our adventures out West, all of our fun as a group and all of the friendships we’ve made.
Yellowstone Adventure offers a variety of activities all appropriate for the abilities and interests of 6th and 7th graders. Two carefully selected Overland leaders will create a wholesome, supportive environment where every camper is an important part of the group. By design, Yellowstone Adventure is a wonderful way to explore these spectacular national parks while enjoying the friendships and fun of an Overland group.
I loved my trip! It was my first time camping, and my leaders and trip mates helped me feel comfortable and happy.
- Christopher Gatty, Stamford, Connecticut
Day 1: Trip Start
We’ll begin our adventure in the Jackson Hole Airport. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll drive to a campground at the base of the Tetons.¹ We’ll spend the day getting to know one another, playing games, checking our gear and getting ready for our two weeks together.
Day 2: Day Hike with a Naturalist
On our first full day together, we’ll go on a guided hike with a naturalist from Teton Science Schools. The naturalist will teach us about the plants and wildlife indigenous to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone ecosystems. Our hike with the naturalist frames the remainder of our trip, allowing us to identify plants and animals as we continue our trip.
Days 3 & 4: Hike in Yellowstone National Park
After our hike with Teton Science Schools, we’ll head into Yellowstone National Park and explore some of the amazing geysers, other thermal features, wide open landscapes and dramatic peaks that make Yellowstone famous. We’ll go on a series of shorter hikes through beautiful landscapes while building our endurance for more challenging hikes. We might hike to a natural bridge or the breathtaking Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, always choosing hikes appropriate for the group.
Day 5: Kayak Yellowstone Lake
We will take a break from the trail to kayak on Yellowstone Lake with professional guides. We’ll meet our guides and learn about kayaking equipment, techniques and water awareness before getting out on the water. Once on the lake, we’ll paddle around the West Thumb, explore thermal features and watch for wildlife in the surrounding scenery.
Days 6-10: Hike in Yellowstone National Park & Avalanche Peak
We’ll return to Yellowstone for more challenging hikes based on the group’s ability. We might hike past Imperial Geyser on our way to Fairy Falls, climb to the top of Bunsen Peak, hike up Mount Washburn or hike to a backcountry lake and go for a swim. We’ll make sure to check out Yellowstone’s most famous feature—the Old Faithful geyser. After building up our endurance, we’ll hike up Avalanche Peak. At the top, we’ll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of peaks and lakes including Yellowstone Lake to the west, the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone national forests to the south and Kuster and Gallatin national forests to the north.
Days 11-13: Raft Snake River & Trip End
We’ll drive south to Jackson to raft on the Snake River with professional guides. We’ll wake up early and enjoy a scenic float down the river with views of the amazing landscape and wildlife, stopping along the way for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll
continue down the Snake while enjoying class II and III whitewater rapids. After rafting, we’ll eat dinner and celebrate two weeks of adventure in Yellowstone.
¹Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service
12 nights of frontcountry camping. Campground facilities will vary and may include flush toilets, showers and/or laundry. Itinerary may vary by group and is subject to change.
Hike, raft and kayak in Yellowstone and the Tetons!
Students going on Yellowstone Adventure should prepare for:
- Full days of active exploration
- Camping and preparing meals outdoors
- A fun, supportive and wholesome Overland experience
We expect you to arrive to your trip fully prepared for all activities.
Preparing for an Overland Experience
Each of our introductory trips is a carefully crafted experience with activities that are finely-tuned for this age group. The day hikes are chosen with care so that our students can enjoy hiking while developing skills and fitness. The group is ably led by two caring Overland leaders who make sure that each student has water, snacks and lunch, a hat, sunscreen and a raincoat before the group sets out for the day. Once on the trail, there are stories and songs, and once at the destination—a viewpoint or mountaintop, there are cheers and hugs.
To be ready for an Overland introductory trip, each of our students should stay active and fit during the school year, and once the trip starts, they should be eager to try new things and make new friends.