Yellowstone National Park Journals

Yellowstone Family Adventure

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A July 1999 trip to Yellowstone National Park by SteveJ

Kayaking in Lewis Lake Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: Go wild with your family in Yellowstone Park and Jackson Hole! Sponsored by "Backroads", this multi-sport trip allows you to explore the wilderness and beauty of Yellowstone Park and Grand Teton National Park by bike,kayak,foot,and raft. You will see natural treasures like geysers,paint pots, elk and buffalo.

Yellowstone Family Adventure

Overview

Approaching the Mountain Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Highlights are: 1. A road bike trip through Yellowstone Park, which ends in time for refreshments at the Old Faithful Geyser. 2. A ten mile (but Easy) hike around the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, with its beautiful, multi-colored canyons and huge waterfalls. 3. Kayaking on Lake Lewis in Yellowstone. 4. Watching the ospreys fish au-natural as you cast your fly fishing rod on a tributary of the Snake River. 5. Hike the Grand Tetons which seem to burst upward out of the incredible alpine meadows. Quick Tips: 'Backroads' handles all the planning and provides all the equipment, so all you need to do is have FUN!!! The families and staff we met were great,...Read More

Snake River Grill

Restaurant

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The Snake River Grill was the culinary highlight of the trip, in fact we ate there twice. It features what I'd call funky or contemporary American and local cuisine. Local trout, venison, or buffalo with a contemporary/sophisticated presentation are great. You can also get a great steak or other grilled specialties. With Jackson Hole becoming such a celebrity hangout, you may well see a movie star at the snake river grill.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Snake River Grill
On the Town Square
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
(307) 733-0557

Yellowstone National Park

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Attraction | "Day 1: Biking in Yellowstone Park"

Yellowstone National Park Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This day of road biking starts outside the NW entrance to Yellowstone Park and winds along the Yellowstone River, past the fields of small geysers and brightly colored 'paint pots', past some beautiful small waterfalls, and ends at the Old Faithful Inn. A paint pot is a geological wonder which looks like a boiling/percolating pond of paint. You get to see the Beauty of Yellowstone much better by bike, because you can set your bike by the road rather than just driving by or stopping in the limited areas where you could park a car. Backroads will patrol the route constantly, allowing you to stop after your personal mileage limit or to skip the one or two steep hills (they put you in the van and your...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Yellowstone National Park
Headwaters of the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Hiking in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Attraction | "Day 2: Hiking in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone"

Hiking in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Like the 'real' Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone has steep walls created over the centuries by a river. The walls of the Canyon are beautiful, with yellow, gold, green, and blue hues. There are two large waterfalls and beautiful, shady sitting areas where rapids run through the river. The hike can range from easy to hard, depending on how hard you want to push yourself. Backroads will drive you around the steeper portions of the trail if you wish. There are a few great swinmming holes just off the trail where you can take a dip with your kids. At night, we stayed at the Lake Yellowstone Inn which has a great front porch with a scenic view of the lake and mount...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Hiking in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Kayaking in Lewis Lake

Attraction | "Day 3: Kayaking in Lake Lewis"

Kayaking in Lewis Lake Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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An easy, family kayaking adventure on a very pretty lake, with beautiful views of the mountains. Ospreys can be seen nesting in the trees. Be prepared to get wet because it takes about 5 minutes for one of your kids to start the first of many water fights via splashing paddles. If you fish, bring your equipment today and sneak away to where the lake feeds a river on the south side. Licenses are available in hotel/shops near hotels.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Kayaking in Lewis Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole

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Attraction | "Day 5: Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole"

Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This is a mountain bike ride on public and private land, on a course which starts just south of the park and finishes in Jackson Hole. It is mostly downhill along the foothills which lead into town. Backroads will always give you a bail-out option if you want to skip the steeper inclines...or take you on a little side trip if you want a longer/harder route. The trail passes through a great meadow with the most incredible wild flowers I've ever seen. we also passed by a herd of buffalo. throughout the entire ride, there is an incredible panoramic view of the Grand Tetons (so bring a wide angle lense if you have one). At lunch, we stopped near a natural hot spring, so make sure you wear your swimsuit, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Mountain Biking in Jackson Hole
Foothills of Jackson Hole, WY
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

White Water Rafting in Snake River

Attraction | "Day 6: White Water Rafting in Snake River"

White Water Rafting in Snake River Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This is a two-hour/8 mile white water rafting trip on the snake river. This section of the river is mostly class 2/3 rapids so its fun (and Wet), but anyone over 10 years old should have no problem. The sights from the river are beautiful, and this type of trip has a 'Lewis and Clark' feel to it (in fact, early explorers did indeed raft some of the rivers in this area). If your kids are brave, they may want to try riding 'bronco-style' on the front of the raft. Great family fun...and a chance for the family to really have to work as a team.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

White Water Rafting in Snake River
Snake River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park

Attraction | "Day 4: Hiking in Grand Teton National Park"

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The Grand Teton Mountains are unique because they seem to burst upward right out of the alpine meadows. The park has multiple trail heads, but we went to the main entrance where you actually take a short boat ride over to the base of the trail. The views from above and below are magnificent. The trails range from very easy to very dangerous/expert only.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Grand Teton National Park
Po Drawer 170
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming 83012
(307) 739-3300

Fly Fishing in Wyoming

Attraction | "Day 4: Fly Fishing in Wyoming"

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My guide dropped us into a tributary of the Snake River between Jackson Lake and Jackson Hole. He provided an aluminum drift boat and a lot of local knowledge about the river and flies. While I caught 6 large Cutthroat Trout (so named because they have 5 or 6 red/orange spots on their chins which look like shaving cuts), the best fisherman on the river was a large osprey who would swoop down and pull fish out of the water right near us. It felt like I was trapped inside the Discovery Channel or an ESPN fishing program.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Fly Fishing in Wyoming
Tributary of Snake River
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

About 'Backroads'

Story/Tip

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Backroads is a specialty tour/vacation company which specializes in 'active and adventurous travel.' They are most noted for their bike trips throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. They also offer a limited number of multi-sport trips like the one I've chronicled here. This is the only backroads trip I've been on, but it was wonderfully run. They booked all the accommodations and reservations. They provided all the equipment and guides. The backroads staff were fun, energetic, young kids who went out of their way to make sure you had a good time. My family was ready to take on any challenge, but the staff recognized that others were not so adventurous and tailored the level of difficulty ...Read More