Jackson, WY, is a skier’s paradise. The valley is home to three major ski areas, with Yellowstone National Park and the Gros Ventre Mountains to the north. More than 2.6 million people visit Jackson Hole each year, with millions more traveling to the nearby national parks. While some tourists meticulously plan every minute of their trip, others leave it to the professionals and sign up for a guided tour. If you’re looking for the best all-inclusive tours near Jackson Hole, here are a few to consider.
Yellowstone Winter Tour
Yellowstone is one of the top ten most visited parks in the country, so it’s likely you’ll want to spend some time here. Winter visits can be tricky, though. Most roads are closed to normal traffic, with only snowmobiles and snow coaches getting through the front gate. Book Scenic Safaris’ Old Faithful Snowmobile Tour and all the details will be taken care of.
The 12-hour trek starts with breakfast at Flagg Ranch, where guests are outfitted with boots, ski suits, helmets and warm winter gloves. Enjoy the scenic drive from the town of Jackson to the Yellowstone National Park entrance. Once there, your snowmobile group will travel groomed snow trails to Old Faithful for a pit-stop at the gushing geyser (bring your camera, because this is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime sight). Your tour guide will also take you to other points of interest such as Lewis Falls and West Thumb Geyser Basin before you head out of the park. (Tip: Park entrance and gratuity for your guide are separate fees on these trips, so tuck a little extra cash in your parka.)
Snake River Float & Sunset Wildlife Tour
This two-part summer adventure takes travelers 13 miles down the winding Snake River near Jackson. Yes, you’ll be on a raft, but don’t worry: The waters here are calm enough for sightseeing the Grand Teton mountain range with the provided binoculars, and paddling isn’t required! Just relax and enjoy a lazy float while looking for native wildlife such as black bear, deer, moose and elk.
Part two of the 8-hour tour is a wildlife tour on foot. Adventurers hike along the magnificent Antelope Flats in search of bison, deer and other big game animals. Learn about area history at Shane Cabins, then pause for a romantic dinner overlooking the Tetons at Signal Mountain Lodge. This trip includes pickup at your hotel or lodge, plus dinner and gear to make your river rafting journey safe and scenic. Book the Snake River Float & Sunset Wildlife Tour here.
Grand Canyon Trail Hike
See the breathtaking vistas and flowing river of the “other” Grand Canyon on this full-day tour of Yellowstone National Park. The 12-hour journey starts with a comfortable ride through Grand Teton National Park in a massive “Bigfoot” luxury van equipped with viewing windows so you can check out the wildlife.
The van enters Yellowstone at the south entrance, heading towards the 24-mile-long canyon along the Yellowstone River. Stop and hike to sights such as Upper and Lower and Hayden Valley along the way, armed with binoculars and viewing scopes to help you get up close and personal with animals from bears to bald eagles. The trails you travel are based on group preference, so request a difficult hike if you’re up for the challenge.
No matter which all-inclusive tour you choose, you and your family or friends will come back with dozens of amazing photos. For more information on sightseeing at Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton near Jackson Hole, WY, call 888-734-8898 or contact us online today.