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Summer Recreation & Activities in Yellowstone-Teton Territory
Does your Bucket List include a goal to scale the walls of a 14,000 foot mountain range; to fish blue-ribbon streams for trophy-size trout; to blast a 300+ yard drive from a tee box in the shadows of a majestic snow-capped mountain range; to mountain bike or horseback ride on trails carved by pioneers over 150 years ago in spectacular back country; to soar in a dune buggy over 41,000 acres of living sand dunes; to experience the thrills of navigating white foam and the churning water of Class III rapids or just to relish in the click of a camera zoomed in on capturing fabulous wildlife in breath taking habitat?
No, you are not having a Walter Mitty moment. You are experiencing the thrill of a lifetime in outdoor recreation and adventure in the splendor of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Here in Yellowstone-Teton Territory, our backyard is your playground, so enjoy the moment and savor the memories!
Your travel treasure awaits you, your family and friends.
Photo enthusiasts from around the globe come to this region to capture its pristine beauty, majestic mountains, meandering streams and rivers, and an assortment of wildlife and birds that include bison, elk, deer, grizzly and black bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope; golden and bald eagles and osprey.
Of course, the world famous Old Faithful Geyser and hundreds of colorful mud pots and other geysers also attract the shutterbugs.
The Yellowstone Teton Territory boasts many of North America’s finest streams featuring world-class fly-fishing. These blue-ribbon trout waters are home to prolific hatches of PMDs, Mayflies, Yellow Sallies, Caddis Flies and Stone and Salmon Flies. Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout and Kokanee are the featured species which populate the dozens of rivers and hundreds of lakes and streams that annually attract anglers from around the world. The South Fork of the Snake River and the Henry’s Fork are just two of the many tributaries in this region which have garnered premier global status.
This Greater Yellowstone region offers a diverse variety of spectacular terrain for mountain biking opportunities. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. National Forest agency have joined forces to create a series of trails offering rides unparalleled throughout the entire intermountain west. Riders can choose to appreciate the classic cross-country trails spanning meandering streams and wildflower abundant meadows or venture toward the steeper climbs that scale some of the legendary peaks of the fabulous signature mountain ranges which will tax the hardiest of cyclists.
Regional ski resorts also now offer ski lift assisted mountain biking opportunities for those who prefer only the downhill rush side of the mountain bike equation and several area resorts have constructed fat tire bike parks with bumps, jumps and more. All riders are encouraged to wear helmets.
There is no better way to see the beauty of Yellowstone-Teton Territory’s back country than from the saddle of your horse. It is a pace that is perfect for family and friends to enjoy the magnificent serenity of Idaho’s wild lands. You don’t have to be an expert horseman to experience either a trail ride or a cattle drive.
Trail rides are offered by the hour or the day by certified IOGA guides. The horses are well-trained, and the wranglers are safety conscious and very knowledgeable about their areas. Overnight pack trips also are available throughout the region for those who wish to extend their experience in the back country.
Several lodging properties and stables throughout the area also offer corrals, feedlots and pastures for those visitors who trailer their own horses.
Hiking & Climbing
The Greater Yellowstone region is the “climbing capital of the Rockies,” and hikers and climbers will find an assortment of trails and walls ranging from easy grades and climbs for beginners to challenging routes for advanced hikers and mountaineers.
The abundance of trails and peaks spanning this vast region include elevations reaching 14,000 feet, and professional mountain guiding companies also are available to arrange a guided trip or to assist in enhancing your hiking and climbing skill sets so you, family and friends can enjoy your trek.
Dune Buggies & ATVing
The best living sand dunes of the intermountain west start about eight miles west of St. Anthony, ID and stretch for 41,000 acres, offering dune buggy and ATV enthusiasts visiting the Greater Yellowstone region unparalleled thrills and excitement.
These white rolling hills of sand range in height from 200 to 300 feet above the 4,900 foot valley floor and stretch about 35 miles in length and from one to five miles in width. In mid-summer, although the sand gets hot, the temperature rarely tops 90 degrees. The contour of the dunes varies constantly and will gain in size, depending on the intensity of the prevailing winds.
Whitewater & Scenic River Trips
Of all the waterways for whitewater and scenic river trips in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Snake River is the largest and longest. Expedition companies and outfitters populate the many communities nestling the banks of this superb tributary which features sections of Class III rapids.
Many of the outfitters also combine whitewater and scenic floats for all-day excursions, offering fantastic views of the immense mountain ranges and great wildlife habitat. Riverside steak dinners and overnight campouts are options, too, for families or groups who really want to experience the wonders of this pristine environment.
The Greater Yellowstone territory is globally acclaimed for its blue-ribbon fishing; however, this region quickly is rising in stature as a world-class golf destination.
Where else in North America can tee shots blast off with the majestic Grand Teton Range shadowing the tee box or putts trickle on greens towards a flagstick surrounded by spectacular, snow-capped mountains?
Whether a scratch golfer or a +10 handicap, every lushly adorned course makes the day feel like birdies all around, and the bonus of playing in high altitude will add at least another 20 yards off the tee.
Spanning millions of acres and several states, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is home to a diverse population of wildlife ranging from the largest land-dwelling animal in North America to small mammals which barely will dot one’s palm.
Two herds of bison, wolves, grizzly and black bears, golden and bald eagles, herds of wild horses, elk, moose, deer, trumpeter swans and bighorn sheep are just a few of the species to populate this expansive region.
Early morning and evening hours dominate the feeding cycles for these animals, and while roadside pullouts provide good viewing opportunities, wildlife guides and outfitters offer half-day and full-day tours which will put your binoculars or lenses within just yards of these creatures.