Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks​ where you'll enjoy an action-packed, family-friendly journey to experience some of America's most dramatic scenery. Plus, enjoy a ranch stay at a historic Montana guest ranch.

Starting at: $5,195 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 One of many fun ranch activities  Horseback riding during the ranch stay  Bear with cubs  The elusive wolf  Curious red fox  Raptor perched on a tree  Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Inger Stewart  Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Heather Simko  Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone   One of many Yellowstone geysers  Teton National Park and the Snake River  Teton Range in Wyoming.  Credit: Patrick Wagner  Herd of bison with Grand Tetons in the background. Credit: Marco Crupi

Yellowstone and the Tetons: A Family Journey

Featuring a Montana Ranch Stay

7 days from $5,195

Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks​ where you'll enjoy an action-packed, family-friendly journey to experience some of America's most dramatic scenery. Plus, enjoy a ranch stay at a historic Montana guest ranch.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This summer adventure in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons provided a spectacular opportunity to marvel at the amazing landscapes and incredible wildlife offered in both parks. I became lost in the beauty of every moment. A wondrous trip! 

- Dawn C.

Can't say enough about what a wonderful experience this was for myself and my daughter. The sights, expected and unexpected. We tend to forget what a treasure our National Parks provide for us. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. 

- Mary B.

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Accommodations

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320 Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana, United States

The 320 Ranch sits nestled at the foot of the Gallatin Mountains with the Gallatin River flowing by, just five miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. The ranch was homesteaded in 1898, and has been a working ranch since 1905, where cattle and horses were raised. In 1936, Dr. Caroline McGill, Montana’s first female physician and founder of Bozeman’s excellent Museum of the Rockies, purchased the ranch. Dr. McGill owned the ranch until 1959, when she passed away in her Christmas Cabin. The option to purchase the ranch was willed to her friends the Goodrich Family, who took the opportunity, managing it until 1987, when it was sold to the current owner, Dave Brask.

The ranch offers a variety of cabin accommodations, each decorated in western style with a television, telephone, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, and ironing board. Onsite, you’ll find a dining facility, bar, gift shop, small game room, outdoor hot tub, and coin-operated laundry. There is complimentary WiFi available throughout the property. Cell service is not available.

Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and barbecues are available on the ranch during the summer months, and in winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and more is available on the ranch with downhill skiing available nearby. 

Number of nights: 2

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Yellowstone National Park, United States

Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins' heavy timber construction, log columns and cedar shingle roofs enable it to effortlessly blend in to its magnificent natural surroundings. Like all Yellowstone properties, television, radio and air-conditioning are not provided in order to protect and enhance the tranquillity of the natural environment. WiFi is available and is free of charge for guests. Accommodations range from rooms in the main lodge, complete with Western-style furnishings and wildlife adornments to the spacious and modern, two-bedroom Western Cabins and the simple yet comfortable duplex Frontier Cabins. The lodge features a cozy bar and meals are served in the Obsidian dining room.

Number of nights: 2

Rustic Inn

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States

The Rustic Inn sits on seven pristine acres and just a short walk from the heart of downtown Jackson with views to the National Elk Refuge, where thousands of elk congregate each winter. The inn has 152 sumptuously appointed guest rooms each offering cable television, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and complimentary WiFi. There is an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and landscaped trails that follow Flat Creek. There is the Rustic Inn Bistro for dining, a casual bar for refreshments, and a patio with a fire pit (weather permitting) on site for taking in the views.

Number of nights: 2

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active

Expectations: This trip features a ranch stay and two lodge stays featuring active days and some full-day excursions in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The tour will be at a faster pace and cover longer distances to see this expansive area. Some activities will have a higher intensity and there will also be some choices for less active options. Excursions in to the parks will require standing, walking and hiking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain with pathways and hiking trails that can be dusty or slippery and muddy if it has recently rained. There will be an option for horseback riding for those interested. Most of Yellowstone National Park sits on a plateau at an elevation of about 8,000 feet, The final day of the trip will feature white water rafting and a tram trip to the top of Rendezvous Peak which is just south of Grand Teton National Park near Jackson and has an elevation 10,449 feet. Participants should be prepared for strong sun and a variety of temperatures and conditions.

Appropriate for: Adults and children ages 8 and older who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of travel and activities with a fair amount of physical exertion. We recommend checking with your physician prior to registering for this trip if you or your child or grandchild have any concerns about your ability to participate. You should also inquire with your physician about traveling to higher altitudes if there are any concerns.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

This summer adventure in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons provided a spectacular opportunity to marvel at the amazing landscapes and incredible wildlife offered in both parks. I became lost in the beauty of every moment. A wondrous trip! 

- Dawn C.

Can't say enough about what a wonderful experience this was for myself and my daughter. The sights, expected and unexpected. We tend to forget what a treasure our National Parks provide for us. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. 

- Mary B.
Reading List

Learn more about the lost history of Yellowstone in Smithsonian Magazine.

Highly Recommended

A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park
By: Erin Peabody
The summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day’s most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region’s breathtaking wonders—from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. They returned with “stories of wonder hardly short of fairy tales,” to quote the New York Times. With the support of conservationists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Law Olmsted, and John Muir, the importance of a national park was secured. On March 1, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Bill into law. It set aside over two million acres of one-of-a-kind wilderness as “a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.” This important and fascinating book will introduce young adults to the astonishing adventure that led to “the best idea America ever had.” Today over 130 countries have copied the Yellowstone model, and billions of acres of critical habitat and spectacular scenery are being preserved for all of us to enjoy. This book has a wonderful ecological and historical message for readers ages 12 and up. No book about Yellowstone's founding has been written for this age group before, yet Yellowstone National Park is a major destination for many families, so many readers will likely have heard of Yellowstone or even have visited there. This is a great book for any school library or for history or science classrooms in middle and high school, where information can be used for research projects.
Fodor's Compass American Guides: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Full-color Travel Guide)
By: Fodor's Travel Guides
Yellowstone National Park for Kids, Preteens, and Teenagers: A Grande Guides Series Book for Children
By: Stephanie Del Grande
Are you interested in Yellowstone or planning a trip to the park? If so, you'll love Yellowstone National Park for Kids, Preteens, and Teenagers. Inside this detailed travel guide geared toward children, you'll learn all you need to know about America's first national park. For example, did you know that: Yellowstone was discovered by John Colter in the early 1800s but for over fifty years, most Americans did not believe the reports of steaming hot springs and bubbling mudpots?Yellowstone is one of the world's biggest active volcanoes? The hot underground magma is what causes the geysers to erupt and when you visit Yellowstone you actually go inside the volcanic caldera. Both black bears and grizzly bears can be found in Yellowstone and they are omnivorous which means they eat both plants and animals? Old Faithful erupts about every ninety minutes to heights of over one hundred feet?Early visitors to Yellowstone used to catch fish in Yellowstone Lake then dip them into Fishing Cone Geyser to cook them?Yellowstone National Park for Kids, Preteens, and Teenagers includes easy-to-read descriptions, photographs, and diagrams of the park's wildlife, history, and geology and it highlights some of the best hikes and attractions for children visiting Yellowstone. It also includes several Yellowstone themed word games and puzzles, an animal checklist, and a packing list geared toward children, preteens, and teenagers. Even parents and other adults will benefit from this entertaining and educational book. Please visit us on the web at www.grandeguides.com.
Yellowstone Wildlife: Ecology and Natural History of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
By: Paul A. Johnsgard
Yellowstone Wildlife is a natural history of the wildlife species that call Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem their home. Illustrated with stunning images by renowned wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, Yellowstone Wildlife describes the lives of species in the park, exploring their habitats from the Grand Tetons to Jackson Hole.  From charismatic megafauna like elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, and grizzly bears, to smaller mammals like bats, pikas, beavers, and otters, to some of the 279 species of birds, Johnsgard describes the behavior of animals throughout the seasons, with sections on what summer and autumn mean to the wildlife of the park, especially with the intrusion of millions of tourists each year. Enhanced by Mangelsen’s wildlife photography, Yellowstone Wildlife reveals the beauty and complexity of these species’ intertwined lives and that of Yellowstone’s greater ecosystem.

Also Recommended

The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fifth Edition
By: T. Scott Bryan
This new edition of The Geysers of Yellowstone is the most up-to-date and comprehensive reference to the geysers of Yellowstone National Park, describing in detail each of the more than five hundred geysers in the park. The entire text has been revised and geyser descriptions have been updated based on activity observed through early 2018. Information about a number of significant new geyser developments has been added, as well as recent knowledge about some of the world’s geyser fields outside Yellowstone.   Both a reference work and a fine introduction to the nature of geyser activity, this popular field guide includes a glossary of key terms, a comprehensive appendix that discusses other geyser areas of the world, detailed maps of each geyser basin, and tables for easy reference. The Geysers of Yellowstone will continue to serve geyser gazers as well as newcomers to geothermal phenomena for years to come.  
Travels in the Greater Yellowstone
By: Jack Turner
Award-winning nature writer Jack Turner directs his attention to one of America's greatest natural treasures: the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In a series of essays, Turner explores this wonderland, venturing on twelve separate trips in all seasons using various modes of travel. He treks down the Teton Range, picks up the Oregon Trail in the Red Desert, and floats the South Fork of the Snake River. Along the way he encounters a variety of wildlife: moose, elk, trout, and wolves. From the treacherous mountains in the dead of winter to lush river valleys in the height of fishing season, his words and steps trace one of the most American of experiences―exploring the West.Turner―who has lived in Grand Teton for three decades―designates the Greater Yellowstone as ground zero for the country's conflict between preservation and development, and his accounts of the area's conflicts with alien species, logging, real estate, oil, and gas development are alarming.A mixture of adventure, nostalgia, and Americana, Turner's rare experiences and evocative writing transform the sights and sounds of Greater Yellowstone into an intimate narrative of travel through America's most beloved lands.
Yellowstone Migrations
By: Joe Riis, Arthur Middleton, Emilene Ostlind, Gretel Ehrlich, Thomas Lovejoy
Winner of 2017 Gold Nautilus Book Award in Animals and Nature and 2018 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in Environment, Ecology, and NatureLarge animal migrations are among the primordial rhythms of life on Earth, and, as scientists have recently discovered, the American West is home to some of the planet’s most magnificent migrations. Yellowstone Migration takes readers into the heart of the vast, wild landscapes found in America’s West, and shows us that it is possible to preserve the natural heritage of this iconic region and protect these last intact natural wildlife corridors―so that these animals can carry out the migrations that are essential to their survival.The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which is a dozen times the size of Yellowstone National Park, harbors the last great populations of migrating elk, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer. Thousands of these grand animals move with the changing seasons to feed and give birth. During their four-month long journey, mule deer navigate not only the natural challenges of rivers, lakes, and sand dunes, but also manmade obstacles such as three major highways and more than 100 fences, many with barbed wire. In Yellowstone Migrations, wildlife photojournalist Joe Riis follows three primary migrations: • The “Path of the Pronghorn” from Grand Teton National Park to southwest Wyoming;• The mule deer migration from Red Desert to Hoback, Wyoming; and• The Cody elk migration on the Absaroka front.People who care about the American West face a choice: we can manage our public and private lands in ways that allow and encourage these migrations, or we can encumber these animals with unchecked development, changing climate, pollution, and barriers. Riis’s stunning imagery and on-the-ground experiences shed light on these amazing animals and how, for them, migration is a matter of life or death.
Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone
By: George Black
"George Black rediscovers the history and lore of one of the planet's most magnificent landscapes. Read Empire of Shadows, and you'll never think of our first―in many ways our greatest―nationalpark in the same way again."―Hampton Sides, author of Blood and ThunderEmpire of Shadows is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, Wyoming, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Black¹s Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of America¹s majestic national landmark.
Yellowstone Has Teeth: A Memoir of Living in Yellowstone
By: Marjane Ambler
Few people have experienced Yellowstone National Park like Marjane Ambler. She and her husband lived in a tiny community near the shores of Yellowstone Lake, deep in the park’s interior. The natural beauty was magnificent, but Ambler and her neighbors discovered that Yellowstone “had teeth.” It could be an unforgiving place where mistakes mattered.In this well-constructed narrative, Ambler reveals a hidden Yellowstone, a place where delight and danger are separated by the slimmest of margins: a degree of pitch on an avalanche slope, a few inches of a buffalo’s horn, a moment during a deadly wildfire. She also tells about:The rangers and maintenance workers who handled everything from thundering avalanches to man-eating grizzly bearsThe mothers who carried their babies inside their snowmobile suits and prayed their machines would not fail on the long ride homeThe old-timers who forged communities despite the odds against them.With insight, love, and humor, Yellowstone Has Teeth paints a never-before-seen portrait of an iconic American landscape and the people who live there."We think of Yellowstone as one of the last vestiges of wilderness. In Marjane Ambler’s capable hands, we learn it is also one of the last places in North America where people live in a real community – isolated, buffeted by nature, and deeply, intimately dependent on one another. Life and death, love and loss – it’s all here, in an extraordinary setting, thanks to an extraordinary storyteller."—Geoffrey O’Gara, author and Emmy-award winning documentary producer"From 1984-1993, Marjane Ambler and her husband lived year-round in Yellowstone National Park. And what a life they led: struggling with recalcitrant snowmobiles in unpredictable winter weather to watching as the fires of 1988 blazed closer and closer to their door. But the stories of how women joined together to counter their extreme isolation are the ones that will stay with you long after you put the book down."—Diane Smith, author of Letters from Yellowstone"Readers with an interest in any of the more rugged national parks, from Maine to Alaska, will find this book a gratifying experience. It conveys cultural history, women's history, natural history, community awareness, survival stories, and humor."—Cassandra Leoncini, Leoncini Book Consulting"Marjane Ambler’s journals of her time spent living in the interior of Yellowstone interweave with the stories of pioneering earlier rangers and their families. With her natural story telling ability, she will pull you into the close-knit communities. By the end of her chronicle you won’t want to say good bye to the hardy souls she has introduced and brought into your life."—Alice Siebecker, retired NPS Ranger, Yellowstone"It wrapped itself around my heart, and I felt like I was going home."—Cindy Mernin, wife of ranger and year-round resident of Yellowstone interior for 25 years (1971-1996)
Letters from Yellowstone
By: Diane Smith
In the spring of 1898, A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram--a spirited young woman with a love for botany--is invited to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. The study's leader, a mild-mannered professor from Montana, assumes she is a man, and is less than pleased to discover the truth. Once the scientists overcome the shock of having a woman on their team, they forge ahead on a summer of adventure, forming an enlightening web of relationships as they move from Mammoth Hot Springs to a camp high in the backcountry. But as they make their way collecting amid Yellowstone's beauty the group is splintered by differing views on science, nature, and economics. In the tradition of A. S. Byatt's Angels and Insects and Andrea Barrett's Ship Fever, this delightful novel captures an ever-fascinating era and one woman's attempt to take charge of her life.
What I Saw in Yellowstone: A Kid's Guide to the National Park
By: Durrae Johanek
What I Saw in Yellowstone makes it fun for young people to find and identify the park’s most frequently seen plants, animals, geothermal features, and more, whether they are driving park roads, resting at pull-offs, or hiking. The book is packed with color photos, lively descriptions, fun “guess what” factoids, and precise “where-to-see-it” directions. Readers can “check off” what they saw and write notes about when, where, and how they saw it, turning the book into a great journal of their Yellowstone trip to share with friends and classmates back home.
My Travel Journal (Lonely Planet Kids)
By: Lonely Planet Kids, Nicola Baxter
Never forget an adventure with this bright and bold journal from Lonely Planet Kids. Packed with writing topic suggestions, lists to complete, ideas for getting the creative juices flowing and lots more fill-in fun, this is the perfect way for young travellers to record their memories from a trip. There's space to write, draw, collage, colour and complete - turning the finished journal into a wonderful scrapbook to treasure forever. With fun illustrations, a super-bright neon cover and a handy, backpack sized format, it's a must-have item for any trip. Part of our Family Activity range. Also available: My Family Travel Map, Boredom Buster About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be. From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is. It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!
The Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet Kids)
By: Lonely Planet Kids
Take a world tour through 200 countries with this brand new edition of the bestselling kids' version of Lonely Planet's popular The Travel Book, loaded with thousands of amazing facts on wildlife, how people live, sports, hideous and mouthwatering food, festivals and a wide range of other quirky insights on every page. Every single country gets its own dedicated page, and a mix of photography and beautiful illustrations brings each land to life. Perfect for keeping explorers aged 8 years and up entertained on the road. Authors: Lonely Planet Kids About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We're kick-starting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet is. Our mission is to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the magnificent place it is. A big adventure awaits! Come explore. Award-winning children's titles from Lonely Planet include The Amazing World Atlas (Independent Publisher Award, Gold for Juvenile Multicultural Non-fiction, 2015), How to Be a Space Explorer (Independent Publisher Award, Silver for Juvenile Non-fiction, 2015), Not For Parents The Travel Book, Not For Parents Paris, Not For Parents London, Not For Parents New York City, and Not For Parents Rome (all Parent Tested Parent Approved winners, 2012). Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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