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Teton Seasonal Hikes: Wilderness and Wildlife

Program Number: 9858RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: The Tetons (Alta), Wyoming
Price starting at: $845.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Tetons in northwestern Wyoming beckon with spectacular vistas of landscapes filled with majestic mountains, sparkling waters and extraordinary wildlife. Join fellow adventurers to expand your horizons as we hike through pristine back country in Grand Teton National Park and designated wilderness. Experience natural wonders amid wildflowers, high meadows and towering cliffs and crags. Field naturalists identify and interpret flora, fauna and geology trail side while you search for moose, mountain goats, bald eagles, fossils and native orchids. Gain an understanding of Teton geology and alpine ecology while summiting a mountain peak with amazing panoramic views.


• On a rafting excursion in Grand Teton National Park view outstanding scenery while learning about park history, geology and animal identification with experienced local naturalists.
• Riding a scenic chairlift, note the underlying geology behind the incredible Teton peaks.
• Wander through a picture postcard of jagged peaks and glaciated canyons, and summit a glorious mountain peak with 360-degree views.

Activity Particulars

Marked trails over uneven, rocky terrain at different ability levels. Unpredictable weather; hikes proceed rain or shine.

A permittee of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Date Specific Information


The peak of fall foliage offers cooler temperatures and lower park visitation. Visits both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Chairlift unavailable but will hike to the summit of Grand Targhee Ski area for magnificent Teton views. Raft trip late season water flow dependent. Stay at a valley lodge with exceptional views of the entire Teton Range.
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Coordinated by University of Montana Western.

The Tetons (Alta)

Residents call this "the quiet side of the Tetons." Not far from Jackson Hole and the bustle of the national parks, the Alta/Grand Targhee area is surrounded by a wilderness of sub-alpine meadows and forest. This stunning mountain scenery is one of America's richest unspoiled natural settings and is home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Standard hotel rooms, two queen beds, Wi-Fi, satellite television, coffeemakers, shower/tub. On site amenities at resort hotel include outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool. Sleeping elevation 8,000 feet. Sack lunches provided for hikes, plated/buffet meals on-site.
Meals and Lodgings
   Teton Mountain View Lodge
  The Tetons ((Tetonia) Idaho 5 nights
 Teton Mountain View Lodge
Type: Motel
  Description: Teton Mountain View Lodge is located in the north end of Teton Valley, ID with panoramic Teton Peak views, just 60 minutes from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  Contact info: 510 Egbert Ave.
Tetonia, ID 83452
Tetonia, ID 83452 USA
phone: 800-625-2234 xextension2
  Room amenities: Coffee maker, shower/tub, wi-fi, cable television.
  Facility amenities: Motel offers hot tub, picnic gazebo and group campfire pit, panoramic Teton views.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for current price. Call Teton Mountain View Lodge 800 625-2232 for current prices and to reserve.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for current price. Call Teton Mountain View Lodge 800 625-2232 for current prices and to reserve.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Room check-in after 4 PM. Road Scholar registration 5:30 PM, dinner 6:00 PM. You will be staying at Teton Mountain View Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends 8:30 AM following breakfast. Group airport taxi (by reservation only) leaves 8:30 am. Check out time no later than 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Teton Mountain View Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. USFS Acknowledgement of Risk, Solitude Floats Assumption of Risk
  Parking availability:
no fee
To Start of Program
  Location:  The Tetons ((Tetonia) Idaho
  Nearest city or town:  Driggs, ID
  Nearest highway: Idaho State Highway 33
  Nearest airport:  Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  From End of Program
  Location: The Tetons ((Tetonia) Idaho
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Tetonia, ID


From Airport




Cowboy Cab
phone: 307-413-1000
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


varies, contact taxi company for current price
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 hours 




40 miles


All transportation by reservation only. You are responsible for contacting the taxi company, best 7 days in advance. Group times 2:30 pm arrival day; 8:30 am following breakfast departure day. Arrangements for Sunday 2:30 - 3:00 pm group taxi pickup at Jackson's in-town hotels can be made by calling taxi company. Outside of the above scheduled times individual transportation (not at the group rate) can also be reserved through Cowboy Cab. Payment will be collected at the airport.

Driving Directions
  Driggs, Idaho Turn North at the only stoplight in town and proceed 8 miles until you reach Tetonia. Teton Mountain View Lodge is on the left.
  Jackson Hole Airport Exit airport, turn R on Hwy 89. Go to Jackson and through town square. Turn R on Broadway (stop light) towards Wilson. Go through Jackson to Hwy. 22/Teton Pass/Wilson. Follow right lane for exit. Drive over Teton Pass, cross border into Idaho and Hwy 22 becomes Hwy 33. Stay on Hwy 33 through Victor and 8 miles to Driggs. Stay north on highway 33 at the only stoplight in Driggs 8 miles until Tetonia. Lodge is on the left.
Elevation Note: Sleeping elevation 64000'. Maximum elevation 10,000' .

Equipment Requirements: Refillable quart water bottle. Backpack to carry field lunches and water. Comfortable hiking boots, vibram soles (good tread.) Walking stick recommended. Field guides optional; available at site.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation Meeting
(Sunday, September 29)
 Arrive To: Room check-in after 4 PM. Road Scholar registration 5:30 PM in the conference room, meet the week's leader and receive the week's schedule, name badges and other information pertaining to the week's stay.
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge 6 PM.
 Evening: Orientation Meeting following dinner: Visit with fellow participants and introduce yourselves, review schedule logistics including classes, mealtimes and locations and transportation. This is your chance to ask questions and let us get to know you!
Accommodations: Teton Mountain View Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Autumn hikes offer fall colors; luminous aspens and vivid shrubbery. Hikers will experience low-angle light which is perfect for photography. Enjoy cooler temperatures, less bugs and fewer crowds. Off-site hike in Teton Canyon in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area
(Monday, September 30)

Note: TETON CANYON HIKE: One-way in and back out, 3-6 miles, elevation gain/loss 500 - 1000 feet. At lower elevation, start at 6900 feet.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at lodge.
 Morning: CLASS:Teton Habitats: discuss the 5 major habitats we visit during the week and plants and wildlife you are likely to see. Find out about their habitats and habits which enable them to thrive in mountain environments. Learn interesting facts about each species FIELD TRIP:Board bus for 20 minute ride to Teton Canyon 6960 feet. Choice of two canyon hikes, the North Fork or South Fork of Teton Creek. Each is 6 miles round-trip. Great place to observe canyon geology and wildlife. Both are gradual uphill hikes alongside Teton Creek. Good chance to determine how you hike above 7,000'. Adjust your pack, and see what you need for clothing and food hiking at elevations.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the hike.
 Afternoon: Teton Canyon hike continued.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
 Evening: CLASS: Fall Wildflowers and Berries / Wildlife Winter Adaptations: Fall Wildflowers and Berries; view images of 30 years of photography in the Tetons. Discover interesting facts and uses of the most common wildflowers and berries we may see this week. / How do animals and birds survive our harsh winter climate? Where do they find an unfrozen water source? Learn about unusual adaptations and strategies for coping with winter in the Tetons.
Accommodations: Teton Mountain View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park all-day field trip with hike. Scenic float depending on water flows.
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: TAGGART LAKE HIKE: 4.7 mile loop, 7,000 feet. Uneven terrain; elevation gain/loss 300 feet.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at lodge.
 Morning: All day field trip to Grand Teton National Park; Taggart/ Bradley Lake Hike at the base of the Grand Teton. Terrific views and photography moments on the east side of the Tetons, explanation of geology and ecology of the area, 4.7 mile loop, 7,000 feet.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Field trip continued; finish hike, Visits Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Moose, Park Headquarters and chance to hike to Murie Ranch OR Continue hike and water levels permitting Snake River raft scenic float within Grand Teton National Park; wonderful vistas of the east side of the Teton range; photographic opportunities; geology, ecology and history interpreted by excellent raft guides.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local Brew Pub in Victor, ID. Enjoy Teton Valley color; sample local brew if you so desire.
 Evening: EVENING OFF: Whew! It's been a long day.
Accommodations: Teton Mountain View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike to the alpine with an opportunity to summit a peak.
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: BANNOCK TRAIL HIKE to summit of Freds, 5.2 miles roundtrip, elevation gain/loss 2010 feet, from 7960' - 9970'.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Lodge.
 Morning: CLASS: Teton Geology: Why do the Tetons look the way they do? What you see in the mountains today is what we’ll discuss. We'll talk about 4.5 billion years of history in 45 minutes! HIKE: Experience the beautiful new Bannock trail, 5.2 miles round trip to the summit of Fred's Mountain. Exquisite views of South Leigh Canyon and the major Teton Peaks. Steady uphill climb on dirt single track, 2010' elevation gain/loss. Fossils, vistas, wildflowers abound! Possibility of extending the hike to climb Mary's Peak 9940'. Hiking elevation loss 770', gain 400', one-way. Wonderful 360 degree summit views of the major Teton peaks from this viewpoint within the range. Hike 2.6 miles back to base area, 1750' downhill.
 Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Groups return to resort base.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
 Evening: CLASS: Story of Grand Teton National Park: The original national park designation only included the Teton peaks, not the Jackson Hole Valley floor. Learn about the bitter fights and concessions made to valley residents to establish the park as we see it today.
Accommodations: Teton Mountain View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike in Bechler Corner of Yellowstone National Park to 2 waterfalls.
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: BECHLER TRAIL: Hike 4-5 miles at 7000' with negligible elevation change. Visit Bechler and Cave Falls.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge.
 Morning: Hike in Yellowstone National Park. FIELD TRIP: to Bechler corner of Yellowstone. The Bechler Area is known as the "Cascade Corner" for its plethora of waterfalls. This little visited area of the park is accessed by traveling 19 miles through lush potato and barley fields in Idaho, entering Wyoming at 16 miles, entering Yellowstone the last tenth of a mile, where the road ends. Visit Cave Falls, a 30 foot drop spanning 100 feet across the Falls River. Cave Falls gets its name from a large cavern located behind the base of the falls. Hike through thick spruce and fir forest sprinkled with huckleberry bushes. View Bechler Falls, a pretty backcountry falls on the Bechler River. Round trip 4-5 miles. Visit with park rangers who live and work in this remote corner of Yellowstone.
 Lunch: Lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Continue hike along pristine river corridors with colorful foliage and scenic waterfalls.
 Dinner: Western barbecue dinner at the hotel fire circle.
 Evening: Closure and Mardy Murie Video: Discover the life of Mardy Murie, an important conservationist who helped establish the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge and who lived in Moose, Wyoming within Grand Teton National Park until her recent death at the age of 101.
Accommodations: Teton Mountain View Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast, time to say goodbyes. 8:30 am group airport taxi following breakfast (by reservation only.) Check out by 11 am.
(Friday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Buffet at lodge 7:30 am.
 Morning: 8:30 am group airport taxi following breakfast (by reservation only.) Check-out by 11 am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  The Tetons ((Tetonia) Idaho Teton Valley Activities
Mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, golfing, hot air balloon rides, glider and scenic plane rides, scenic float trips through Grand Teton National Park, historic Spud Drive-in Theatre. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

For Everything There is a Season

Author: Frank C. Craighead, Jr.

Description: A monthly account of seasonal changes in the Grand Teton National Park area by a former Yellowstone researcher who has lived in Jackson Hole for decades; a narrative sequence of natural history events.

Homesteading with the Elk

Author: Bertha Chambers Gillette

Description: Depicts pioneer life of early settlers of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, continuing through the establishment of the Jackson Hole Elk Refuge in 1912. This is an interesting read for children of all ages.

The White Indian Boy

Author: Elijah Nicholas Wilson

Description: Fascinating tale of a Jackson Hole early settler who spent years with native tribes as an 11-12 year-old boy. Great read with grandchildren.

Wapiti Wilderness

Author: Margaret & Olaus Murie

Description: Family nature book set in the Grand Tetons, where the Muries lived for 37 years and raised their children and where Olaus conducted his famous studies of the elk herd of Jackson Hole. Mardy lived in Moose, Wyoming until her death at age 101 summer 2007.

Arctic Dreams: The Mardy Murie Story

Author: Charles Craighead & Bonnie Kreps

Description: Based on the documentary “Arctic Dreams”; a biographic photo-essay of a remarkable woman and Jackson Hole notable in the conservation movement.

Crucible for Conservation

Author: Robert W. Righter

Description: Fascinating story of the 39 year struggle for the creation of Grand Teton National Park.

Along the Ramparts of the Tetons

Author: Robert B. Betts

Description: Enjoyable history of Jackson Hole settlement and exploration, from the time of trappers and mountain men to the more “civilized” settlement of Jackson Hole families.


Author: Jack Turner

Description: Engaging prose recollecting the author’s experiences of the last 40 years climbing and contemplating the Teton Range.

Common Wildflowers of Grand Teton National Park

Author: Charles Craighead

Description: Handy pocket-sized guide to common wildflowers, shrubs and berries for under $10. Wonderful photos by local photographer Henry Holdsworth, a flower guide organized by color. Very user friendly.

Windows Into the Earth

Author: Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel

Description: The geologic story of yellowstone and the Tetons.

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