Discover the Secrets of Yellowstone with Sarah – August 20 – 27, 2023

Come along with Women Who Explore as we discover the many natural wonders that make Yellowstone a world-renowned treasure. With endless geysers, thermal pools, mountains, lakes and canyons stretching on to the horizon to explore, this trip will be filled with memories and views you will never forget! 

On our guided tour through Yellowstone we'll visit special places like the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, and Lewis Lake, we'll paddle on alpine lakes, hike to remote and pristine vistas, and camp under. With wildlife abound and with some luck we'll catch views of elk, bison, bears and maybe even a wolf pack on the hunt in Hayden Valley!  

This is a camping adventure so we will be sleeping under the stars, sleeping at a comfortable base camp complete with modern facilities. Some camping equipment is available to borrow; availalbe on a fist come first serve request.  

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO BILLINGS, MONTANA!

Today you will meet the Yellowstone gang! If you are flying in, we recommend flying into Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). Arrive in Billings, Montana on August 20th by 6 p.m. Together our group will enjoy dinner together as we get to know each other.

We will head back to the hotel after dinner for a good night's sleep to prepare for a week packed full of adventure! 


DAY TWO: WELL HELLO THERE, YELLOWSTONE!!

Wake up and enjoy continental breakfast. Our journey through Yellowstone National Park begins with private transportation to our camp site for the rest of the week. Take in the views as you relax on the drive keeping watch for wildlife.

After we arrive, we will set up camp and then enjoy group dinner. Tonight we will spend time with our guides talking about the different places we will be visiting and going over the different activities available in the park. Fall asleep under the stars in the world’s first national park!


DAY THREE: MIDWAY GEYSER BASIN, GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, & MORE! 

After a hearty camp breakfast take off for a sightseeing tour of Yellowstone. Today we'll get acquainted with some of Yellowstone’s geothermal activity at the Midway Geyser Basin. Take in the vibrant colors of Grand Prismatic Spring and other stunning hot springs in the area. 

Together the group will choose a hiking option for the afternoon, a few options include Fairy Falls, Mystic Falls or Old Faithful! 

After the afternoon adventure, we head back to camp to cook dinner and enjoy a campfire under the stars.


DAY FOUR: CANOE TOUR ON YELLOWSTONE LAKE & LONESTAR GEYSER

Paddle with the group in a 24-foot Voyageur Canoes on the west thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Head up the western shore looking for elk and osprey. Don't forget to look for a unique view of the geysers from the water!

Enjoy a picnic lunch along the lake and prepare for an afternoon hike to Lonestar Geyser. Nearly as predictable as Old Faithful, this geyser is off the beaten path in the midst of a beautiful forest.

Our day ends with group dinner at camp and relaxing under the evening stars. 


DAY FIVE: MUD VOLCANOES, HAYDEN VALLEY WILDLIFE, & GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE

Begin the day at the Mud Volcanoes where acid and hot water are turning the earth into roiling mud pots. Travel through beautiful Hayden Valley to look for bison, wolves, and bears.

Finally, drive to the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone where there are breathtaking views of the upper and lower falls. 

After a full day of adventure, we will head back to camp for group dinner followed by a relaxing evening under the starts. 


DAY SIX: FOREST HIKES, WATERFALLS & SWIMS!

Today tour a mix of unique areas in Yellowstone. There are many hiking options that include exploring geothermal features, waterfalls, and forests! After a tasty lunch, enjoy a swim in the Firehole River.

Enjoy one last evening relaxing around the campfire and taking in the beauty of the night sky.


DAY SEVEN: ONE FINAL ADVENTURE!

Pack up camp and as a group we will enjoy one last adventure! We will have options for the group to choose from. The trip officially ends in the early afternoon after lunch. Those traveling back will arrive to Billings by evening.

We will check-in to the hotel and enjoy dinner as a group. After take a final soak in the hot tub; it's the perfect way to unwind after a week of epic adventures!


DAY EIGHT: SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

Wake up and enjoy continental breakfast with the group before heading to Billings Logan International Airport (BIL) to catch your flight back home.


Inclusions:
- 6 days/5 nights camping in Yellowstone National Park at a group site with up to 3 people per 4-person tent (other arrangements can be made). Facilities at the campground have flush toilets and running water.
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel; double occupancy in a double queen suite 
- All transportation once you arrive in Billings, MT. Transportation to and from the airport will be a provided, and private transportation throughout Yellowstone will be provided by our guide.
- 5 days of guided sightseeing, hiking, canoeing, camping and more in Yellowstone National Park
- Visit iconic places like Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, Lonestar Geyser, Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hadyen Valley and MORE!
- Tent and all cooking gear. Some gear such as sleeping bags and pads can be made available for use upon request at booking.
- All guides and entry fees to Yellowstone National Park 
- All meals provided Sunday evening to the following Sunday morning. 

Exclusions:
- Transportation to and from Billings, MT 
- Gear: A gear list will be provided to each participant. Some camping gear such as sleeping bag and sleeping pads are not included but can be made available upon request at booking.
- Alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements, specialty drinks and snacks
- Tips for guides
- Travelers insurance and medical expenses
- Covid-19 testing, vaccinations and related travel expenses

Meals: All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. The trip will be confirmed no later than June 15th, 2023. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Trip Cost: $1,995 per person; this includes shared occupancy and transportation. PLEASE NOTE: You must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination when you book this trip. This is a requirement of the tour operator; requirements is subject to change.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: Please see our trip partner's policy. Our tour operators requires that all participants (and their staff) are required to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date (including the booster). Please note this is subject to change.


What to Expect From our Tour Operator

Terrain/Route Choices: Yellowstone National Park has a wide variety of terrain and ecosystems, ranging from near-desert at the north entrance to sub-alpine meadows and forests. Lodge pole pines cover 60% of the park while burn areas from the 1988 fire feature new growth and colorful wildflowers. Yellowstone National Park offers a wide range of route options from very easy to difficult.

Type of Travel/Distance: On our paddling day you will travel in 24-foot Voyageur canoes, which hold 8-10 paddlers. On non-paddling days the group will travel from site to site in the tour operators van and participant cars if you drive seperately.

Weather: Due to high elevations, temperatures in the summer months fluctuate from 25 to 90 F. It is usually quite sunny and warm, but be prepared for everything, including a rain shower or two.

Your Group: The group size ranges from 6 to 11 participants, plus 1 trip host and 2 or more guides. Trips are cooperative in nature and the guides will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. Part of the adventure involves learning about daily camp activities. 

Experience: This is a beginner friendly trip and no canoe experience is required.

Tour Meals: Enjoy preparing meals together in our base camp kitchens using fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast. Each morning we will pack picnic lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, we’ll prepare our dinner and dessert together over stoves and campfires. If you have special dietary restrictions be sure to let us know ahead of time.

Equipment and Clothing: The tour operator will provide all group gear and equipment. You will be assigned the same gear for the duration of your trip and it will be sanitized between trips. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list that will be provided. If you need to borrow a sleeping pad or sleeping bag, please let us know when you register. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. The tour guide can usually arrange for you to borrow most items if needed.

Health Pre-Screening: Our tour operator encourages you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact us if you are exhibiting signs of illness or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the 2 weeks prior to your trip departure date.

Safety While On Trail: AAll participants and staff must wear a well-fitted mask while riding in a Wilderness Inquiry van or participating with Wilderness Inquiry transportation. Masks are not required outdoors although some individuals may choose to wear a mask. Please respect these choices. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals that become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during an experience are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip. Please note this is subject to change. 

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.
 
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Meet Your Trip Host - Las Vegas Ambassador - Sarah

I am a military wife and stay-at-home mom of two boys, three cats and a dog. I am originally from southwest Missouri but currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I love exploring new places and the military life has given me the opportunity to live in several different states and countries. A few of my favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, cycling, open water swimming, watching movies, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and eating.

I became an ambassador for Women Who Explore in September 2020 and lead weekly hikes and monthly camping, backpacking, or kayaking trips. I'm an advocate for women to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. I love watching women push themselves and accomplish something they never thought possible. I want to help all women experience the beauty and peace the outdoors can provide and to help them realize that they are stronger and more capable than they ever thought possible