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A Greater Yellowstone Kayaking Adventure

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Program #21149RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Elevation Note
Elevation approximately 6,500-7,000' where kayaking will take place.

Equipment Requirements
Kayak school will provide specific kayaking equipment needed including wet & dry suits as needed, dry bags, and added layers if needed. You can bring a bathing suit if you want under your wet suit, but don't need to. Also bring brimmed hat for sun protection, warm hat for possible chilly temperatures, a raincoat/windbreaker in case of rain, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, layers of clothing made with wicking material-fabrics that provide great moisture control and move perspiration away from the body to the fabric's outer surface where it can evaporate. You can find this type of clothing in most any sporting goods store or online.

Itinerary for Aug 17 — Aug 22, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $134-$145
Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 17 - Welcome to the Grand Teton Kayaking Adventure
Note: No kayaking skills needed, however your time on the water will be more enjoyable if you have paddling experience.

Arrive To: Arrive at hotel in Jackson; check-in between 4 and 5 pm. Following your arrival attend a "Meet and Greet" party on the deck of Rendezvous River Sports. 6-7 pm appetizers and refreshments will be served. This will offer the opportunity to meet your group and also the Jackson Hole Kayak School instructors for the week, while getting a preview if the weeks adventures and an introduction to the boats and gear that will be used. Jackson Hole Kayak School has a huge fleet of 2013 kayaks from Wilderness Systems, Legacy, Perception, Hyside, Dagger and Jackson as well as the finest paddles and gear from Werner, Kokatat, Astral and more. Touring kayaks are stable and have very comfortable seats and outfitting. You may choose tandem kayaks and will have the opportunity to try different boats as the week progresses.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Remainder of the evening free

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $134-$145
Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 18 - Gear up for a kayaking adventure on the scenic Sl...
Gear up for a kayaking adventure on the scenic Slide Lake, formed in 1925 by a massive landslide.

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels. Every moment offers splendid views and unexpected encounters as you paddle Slide Lake and miles of the Snake River.

Breakfast: Deluxe Complimentary breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Back to Rendezvous River Sports to gear up for a kayaking adventure on the scenic Slide Lake. The morning drive will take you past the National Elk Refuge, into Grand Teton National Park and up the Gros Ventre River. Look for bison and moose along the way and of course, the spectacular views of the Teton and Gros Ventre Ranges. Slide Lake was formed in 1925 by the cataclysmic collapse of the north slope of Sheep Mountain. The slide path and debris are still clearly visible along the Gros Ventre River to the natural dam that created the lake. Once at the water, your instructor will double check the fit of your kayak to make sure you are comfortable for the days paddle. Individualized instruction on water safety and basic paddle strokes will begin. For those with paddling experience the focus will be on refining technique and possibly some advanced skills. Views of surrounding forest, the red rock of the Gros Ventre Range and the peaks of the Tetons will compete for your attention as you circumnavigate Slide Lake. As you paddle the lake the the instructors will offer interpretation of natural history and some of the truly unique geological features of this impressive backdrop. Kayakers of all levels will appreciate the personalized instruction. Interpretation from seasoned naturalist will further immerse participants in the natural world that surrounds them.

Lunch: Deli lunches at Slide Lake

Afternoon: Continued paddling on Slide Lake while allowing time to stop and enjoy some of the sights of both the Gros Ventre Mountains and Grand Tetons on the return to Jackson.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Presentation on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by experienced naturalist

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $134-$145
Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 19 - Learn basic paddling skills on Class I to II movi...
Learn basic paddling skills on Class I to II moving water of the Snake River.

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels. Every moment offers splendid views and unexpected encounters as you paddle Slide Lake and miles of the Snake River.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel

Morning: A short drive from town will bring you to the Wild & Scenic Snake River. The Snake River and its tributaries in Jackson Hole were recognized as Wild & Scenic by congress in 2009 and 400 miles of rivers and streams in Teton County now have the highest level of federal protection. This local stewardship effort - led in part by Rendezvous River Sports team - recognizes the outstanding and remarkable values of the waterways of Jackson Hole. The deep and forgiving waters of the Snake River are ideal for learning to paddle on rivers. For today, paddlers will switch to super stable inflatable kayaks (there will be hard shell river kayaks available for those with experience). Both wet suits or dry suits will be available to keep everyone warm and comfortable. Once on the river adventurers will learn the basics of river features, river safety, and how to adapt the strokes you learned to a moving water setting. The group will paddle section of Class II water on the Snake.

Lunch: Lunch on the river

Afternoon: Continue paddling the Snake River

Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of the many high quality restaurants in beautiful Jackson, WY.

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $134-$145
Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 20 - Kayak on the moving water of the Snake River agai...
Kayak on the moving water of the Snake River against the breathtaking backdrop of the Grand Teton mountain range.

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Paddlers will enjoy another day of a class I to II portion of the Snake River. Those who are more experienced and have mastered the necessary paddling skills necessary on moving water, will have the opportunity to switch to hard shell river kayaks if they and the guides feel they can manage them on moving water. This section of river offers spectacular views of the Tetons and the braded channels provide a great opportunity to view wildlife – particularly numerous birds. Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, White Pelicans, Osprey, Great Blue Herons and other birds either make their home on or frequent this stretch of river. The guides will continue instruction and direction on kayaking skills with a 4:1 ratio.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the river.

Afternoon: Participants will continue honing their kayak skills as they paddle the river amidst the magnificent expanse of unspoiled nature. Natural history interpretation by kayak guides will enrich the afternoon discoveries.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free evening to enjoy all the night life that Jackson has to offer.

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $134-$145
Call for reservations (307)733-7550. Ask for Road Scholar rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 21 - All participants will continue paddling the river...
All participants will continue paddling the river: optional whitewater kayaking.

Note: 4:1 instructor to participant ratio enables the program to accommodate all skill levels

Breakfast: Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Morning: The Snake River will again provide the venue for the days kayaking adventure. For those who are feeling more adventuresome and comfortable with their skills will have the opportunity to try whitewater kayaking. Those who want the adventure of white water, but don't feel they are ready to kayak Class III, can learn how to row a raft and enjoy a drier ride. This section of river is more challenging and participants in the raft will get to use their new found knowledge of river running to maneuver this larger craft. Regardless of your choice it will be a great day on the river. This whitewater section will take adventurous paddlers along the Alpine Canyon stretch of the Snake, which is World famous for its super fun, yet fairly forgiving rapids. This experience will offer the challenge of paddling through Double Draw, Hair Cut Rock, Cut Banks, Blind Canyon, Big Kahuna, Lunch Counter, Rope, Champagne, and Cottonwood Rapids.

Lunch: Enjoy a well earned riverside lunch along the way.

Afternoon: Individual skill levels will be accommodated as guides continue to direct the paddlers on their last day of adventure on the glorious river. Congratulations everyone!

Dinner: Closing dinner and good-byes at local restaurant

Evening: Last evening to enjoy beautiful Jackson, WY

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 22 - Independent departures after breakfast
Breakfast: Deluxe Continental Breakfast

Morning: Independent departures

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Jackson, WY
Alpine SlideSnow King Resort, three blocks from the Town Square, offers the Alpine Slide, winding down 2,500 feet through the woods and wildflowers of Snow King Mountain. Ride the double chairlift to the top of Snow King Mountain; control your own speed; no special skills require.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-alpine-slide.php
Center for the ArtsThe Center for the Arts provides a permanent home for local arts organizations, educational activities and other community gatherings in Jackson Hole arts, dance, film, writers, symphony and theatre at 240 South Glenwood. Tel: (307) 733-8956.
For additional information, visit: www.jhcenterforthearts.org
Cowboy Up Hang GlidingCowboy Up Hang Gliding, LLC, is certified through the U.S. Hang Gliding Association with USHGA certified Advanced Instructors and Advanced Tandem Instructors with over 34 years of Hang Gliding Experience who love teaching people how to fly. Professional instruction from beginner to advanced. Tel: (307) 344-4164.
For additional information, visit: www.cuhanggliding.com
Jackson Hole Aerial TramA scenic ride up Rendezvous Mountain to an elevation of 10,450. Expect fun, goose bumps and spectacular views of Jackson Hole and surrounding mountain ranges. Bring a jacket. Tel: (888) 838-6606.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-aerial-tram.php
Jackson Hole Chamber of CommerceProvides general information about the Jackson and Jackson Hole area. Jackson, a unique western-style community offers specialty shopping, art galleries, after-dinner "cowboy shoot-out" and numerous restaurants
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholechamber.com/
Jackson Hole Historical Society and MuseumJackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is committed to preserving the history of Jackson and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Exhibits, library of Western Americana, archival resources and publications reflect Yellowstone and Teton National Parks' influence in the economic and physical development of Jackson Hole. Resources include over 7,000 historic photographs from the Jackson Hole and Teton National Park areas. The museum is located one block from the historic Town Square at 105 North Glenwood. (307) 733-2414.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholehistory.org
Jackson Hole PlayhouseLive dinner theatre is offered one block west of the Town Square at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, which is lodged in the oldest framed building in Jackson — built in 1916. 135 West Deloney. Tel: (307) 733-6944.
For additional information, visit: www.jhplayhouse.com
Jackson National Fish HatcheryEstablished in 1950 as part of the Palisades Dam Act, the hatchery today focuses on producing eggs and fish to cover fish losses on Federal water projects and for states, tribes and research facilities. It is located on the Fish & Wildlife Service's National Elk Refuge and is part of their National Broodstock Program.
For additional information, visit: www.fws.gov/jackson/
National Museum of Wildlife ArtHousing an internationally acclaimed collection of sculpture, paintings and photography -all devoted to wildlife- the museum includes permanent and changing exhibits, Children's Discovery Gallery, library, museum shop and the Rising Sage Cafe.
For additional information, visit: www.wildlifeart.org/Frame_HomePage.cfm
Off Square TheatreA vibrant center for intimate professional theatre located — one block off the Town Square at the Mainstage Theatre, 50 West Broadway. Tel: (307) 733 3021.
For additional information, visit: www.offsquare.org
Restaurant ListingsA selection of restaurants available in Jackson Hole.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholechamber.com/dining_food/restaurants.php
ShoppingChamber of Commerce's list of local merchants.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholechamber.com/retailers/antiques.php
Snow King MountainSnow King Resort, three blocks from the Town Square, offers the Alpine Slide, winding down 2500 feet through the woods and wildflowers of Snow King Mountain. Ride the double chairlift to the top of Snow King Mountain; control your own speed; no special skills required. Tel: (888) 838-6606.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-alpine-slide.php
Taxi Service InformationTaxi transportation is available at Flying T Taxi. A 24-hour transportation company offering taxi service anywhere, shuttle service to trailheads, rivers, wilderness areas and park tours. 128 E. Hansen. Tel: (307) 690-4141.
For additional information, visit: www.flyingttaxi.com
Teton Mountain Bike ToursA half-day bike tour for any ability level. Tel: (800) 733-0788.
For additional information, visit: www.tetonmtbike.com/tours.htm
Under the Willow Photography GalleryUnder the Willow Photo Gallery offers a generous variety of scenic and wildlife photography and more. Located at 50 South Cache — one block off the Town Square. Tel: (307) 733-6633.
For additional information, visit: www.underthewillow.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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