October 20, 2016
“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm,” said Theodore Roosevelt—welcome to Wyoming! Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park in the U.S. and also widely considered to be the first in the world. Comprised of mountains, lakes, canyons, rivers, and geysers and home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk–this is the epitome of deep wilderness.
Day 1: Arrive Jackson Hole
The mighty Teton Mountains have a wild beauty that captivates you from the moment you touch down at the Jackson Hole Airport. A 15-minute transfer by car brings you to the town of Jackson Hole, and another 20-minutes down the road is the Jackson Hole Ski Resort.
Your hotel, the Amangani, is one of the most exquisite hotels in the U.S., and is perfect for those seeking an alternative to the standard ski resort.
This evening, we recommend dinner at Couloir.
Day 2: Dogsledding + Hot Springs
You will be picked up at the hotel this morning and transferred approximately one-hour to a meeting point for a full day dogsledding experience. After meeting the dogs, you will mush to the nearby hot springs where you will be served lunch and have a chance to swim in the springs. Remember to bring a swimsuit!
For a fine dining experience this evening you will need a reservation at Wild Sage, the 8-table, 32-seat restaurant located at the Rusty Parrot Lodge.
Day 3: Snowshoeing the Snake River
Today’s half-day snowshoe experience will depend on the snow conditions in the area. You’ll get a taste of winter backcountry travel as you journey into Grand Teton National Park with a naturalist guide.
This afternoon, head into town for a bit of shopping. This is the Wild West, where you’ll find cowboy boots, hand-tooled leather and Stetsons.
Table reserved for dinner this evening at Rendezvous Bistro, serving traditional French-American fare.
Day 4: Elk Refuge + Cross Country Skiing
Visit the National Elk Refuge as part of a group tour this morning. Tickets may be purchased one day in advance or onsite ($20 each). The refuge was established in 1912 to protect habitat and provide sanctuary for one of the world’s largest herd of elk. You will depart from the Greater Yellowstone Visitor’s Center, located at 532 N Cache St, Hackson Hole, WY, 83001.
This afternoon, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for a private cross-country skiing lesson, a great way to explore the terrain beneath the Tetons.
For dinner this evening we recommend the Snake River Grill, a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Reservation recommended.
Day 5: Depart Jackson Hole
Before your airport transfer, be sure to stop by Persephone Bakery in town to grab a snack (or two!) for your trip home.