Western Spectacular

Explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, view amazing wildlife like grizzly and bison, witness the eruption of geysers like Old Faithful, dig for real Jurassic dinosaurs, raft a wild river, horseback ride on a high mountain trail, and discover Western History.

Program Overview

Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Tetons are a sight that every American should experience.  In incomparable Grand Teton National Park, we partner with amazing guides from the Teton Science School, who take us behind the scenes for exploration, including hikes, horseback rides, and canoeing.  Led by the naturalists who know the Tetons best, we see and do things that normal visitors never experience. 

During our stay, we canoe a high mountain lake, view elk and bison, and eat and sleep in amazing Jackson Hole, and enjoy the tremendous Western ambiance!

A truly memorable experience in one of the world’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring places.

Jackson Hole

The modern frontier town of Jackson Hole is our home away from home during our two days at Grand Teton National Park.  Set in a spectacular mountain valley framed by the peaks of the Grand Tetons, there are few more picturesque locations on earth.  

Maintaining its uniquely Western character, there is lots of see and do here, including checking out the world famous elk antler arches that frame the town’s main square, shopping for Western jewelry and souvenirs, and of course enjoying refreshments at a cowboy saloon!

Horseback Ride and Canoeing

While we’re in Grand Teton National Park we have the truly rare opportunity to take a trail ride in the shadow of 13 thousand foot peaks.  Guided by experts we enjoy views of 13,776 foot high Grand Teton as we keep a watch out for elk and moose, and views of the bison herd that frequents the park.

Not far away, we canoe on a high mountain lake, where the Tetons seem close enough to touch.  Here our Teton Science School guides lead us to a richer understanding of the mountains,  their natural history, and the unique Western heritage they represent for all Americans. 

Yellowstone and Old Faithful

Our experience in Yellowstone is extraordinary.  Guided by experts from the Yellowstone Association, we view bison and wolves in the legendary Lamar Valley, go behind scenes at Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, and view iconic sights like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Throughout our time in the park, our naturalist guides take us to places and show us things few visitors to Yellowstone ever have a chance to experience.

While in Yellowstone, we stay at the historic Mammoth Hot Springs hotel, where huge geothermal pillars decorate the landscape, and elk graze on the hotel grounds each morning. 

Truly a memorable, “insiders” visit to one of America’s most iconic national parks.

Cody, Wy and River Rafting

Just east of Yellowstone, we visit the rollicking and extremely fun western-themed town of Cody, Wyoming.  Once the home of Wild Bill Cody, we tour the world famous Buffalo Bill Historical Center, raft the red rock canyon of the Shoshone River, attend a mock frontier shootout, and thrill to the action at the Cody Nite Rodeo.  

Thrills abound as we take on the gentle but exhilarating rapids on the Shoshone River which flows directly out of Yellowstone.  While we float downriver, our guides share the geology of the beautiful red rock canyon and tales of outlaws that once hid out in the canyon.

This is a place where Western history comes alive, and is celebrated as a part of the region’s enduring legacy.  Cody is also a place to swim in the hotel pool at the Buffalo Bill Village Resort, and pick up a souvenir of the West that cannot be found anywhere else.

Dinosaur Dig and Thermopolis

High on a hill near Thermopolis, the Wyoming Dinosaur Center treats us to an afternoon digging for fossils in an active Jurassic bone bed.  This quarry site was once an ancient river bed and is rich in fossils from Jurassic dinosaurs like Apatosaurus.  Here we get to probe alongside trained scientists, while having fun and enjoying the Jurassic Park like atmosphere!

Also nearby is the world-famous Thermopolis Hot Springs, used by Native Americans for thousands of years.  

Park City

Park City is the home of the Sundance Film festival, as well as a spectacular winter and summer sports destination.  We explore the streets of this old mining town, which is now a shopping and entertainment mecca.  Also here is Utah Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Olympics were staged, and where athletes train.

Cost and Details

Cost and Length

The 8 Day trip is $3850, double occupancy.  This includes all activities, meals, ground transportation by coach, and accommodations.  Airfare is not included, but is booked by Earth Explore at competitive rates with major airlines.

Payment and Deadlines

A $500 deposit it required upon registration.  Final payment is due 60 days before departure.  Monthly payment plans are available.  Trip capacity is limited.



Signup and Materials

Participants can sign-up for the trip on the trip registration page.  Once enrolled, we will contact you with program materials and other information.  Give us a call, or drop us an email at anytime!