Off the Map: Exploring the Heart of the Tetons by Boot and Boat

Explore Grand Teton National Park through hikes, a float trip and a ferry as you learn about the park’s history and natural wonders, all while staying at the historic Murie Ranch.
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Program No. 22447RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Hike and float amidst the expansive landscapes and dramatic peaks of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. As you explore the Tetons on picturesque trails and over glittering water, discover their remarkable wildlife and unique landscapes firsthand. Stay at the venerable and rustic Murie Ranch within the national park, the former heart and soul of the early conservation movement, to truly connect with your surroundings and appreciate the quiet beauty of nature. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to museums and the historic Ranch as you experience these landscapes as the Muries once had.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking three to seven miles daily on varied terrain, with some options based on group interest and ability. Elevations just over 6,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike iconic trails in Grand Teton National Park as you learn about the unique geology, plants, wildlife and human history of Jackson Hole.
  • Take a scenic float down Snake River with an expert to experience the natural history of the Tetons up close.
  • Stay at the historic Murie Ranch in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, where the stories of early conservationists Olaus and Mardy Murie will come to life.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions. Due to accommodations limitations, single rooms are limited. Roommate matching available for solo travelers.
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Docent Dan McIlhenny
Dan McIlhenny has been living out his retirement dream as the docent at the Murie Ranch since 2014. He and his wife, Valerie, live at the ranch for six months each year to share the story of the Muries to visitors who come through. Of his retirement job, he says, "I feel like everything I did in my life before was a rehearsal for this." A gifted singer and songwriter, he can often be found singing around the campfire or at the weekly Hootenanny in Moose.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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