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RIDING TYPE | ●︎ Introductory

TRIP DURATION | 5-Days

SEASON | July – August

Grand Teton and Island Park is the perfect introduction to mountain biking. On this trip we will be riding through the meadows and valleys of Island Park just west of Grand Teton National Park. Our route takes us on old railroad grades and forest service roads through the backcountry along many beautiful streams and rivers. There is very little elevation change so that both the climbing and descending are quite manageable. In addition to the biking, there are lots of opportunities for fly fishing, hiking and swimming along the way. And did we mention the wildlife? On our first day, we will be riding in Harriman State Park, a beautiful wildlife reserve that is home to moose, elk, osprey, eagles and trumpeter swans. From there we will work our way toward the Grand Teton looming in the distance. On our final day, we will have some free time in the Tetons. One option includes taking a boat ride across Jenny Lake for a spectacular hike to Inspiration Point or Hidden Falls.

Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure. Road Surface: Gravel and dirt roads, some singletrack, pavement and railroad grade bike paths.

Overall Rating: Introductory
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Altitude: 6,000 - 8,000 feet

MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Jackson, WY
This trip will meet at 8:00 AM MST at Wilson Backcountry Sports, 1230 Ida Lane, Wilson, Wyoming, 307-733-5228. Wilson is four miles from downtown Jackson and there is a bagel shop next door to pick up a morning treat and coffee. From the bike shop we will shuttle to Harriman State Park where our ride
begins.

ENDING TIME

We will return to Wilson between 2:00 - 3:00 PM on the last day.

GETTING TO JACKSON, WY

Driving
It is a 90 mile drive from Idaho Falls and 307 miles from Salt Lake City.

Flying into Jackson, WY
Airport Code: JAC

Flying into Salt Lake City, UT
Airport Code: SLC

There are two options form Salt Lake City:

1) Rent a car and drive to Jackson, approximately 5 hours. There is parking available near the bike shop.
2) Take the Mountain States Express. Call 800-652-9510 or check mountainstatesexpress.com for schedules and to make reservations.

TAXI SERVICE

Buckboard Transportation: 307-733-1112, 877-791-0211
All Trans: 307-733-3135, 800-443-6133

LODGING BEFORE YOUR TRIP

It is a good idea to book your rooms ahead and these are our recommendations:

The Lexington at Jackson Hole
307-733-2648, 888-771-2648

Ranch Inn
307-733-6363, 800-348-5599

Anvil Motel
307-733-3668, 800-234-4507

Motel 6
307-733-1620

Be sure to bring everything on this list. We have carefully developed this list to ensure your comfort on the tour regardless of the weather. If you are prepared for extreme weather, it is an adventure. If you are not prepared it can be a serious problem. We recommend the layering system, including a wicking or long underwear layer, an insulating layer and a weather barrier for wind and rain. This list reflects that philosophy. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable so be sure to bring all the warm clothing and rain gear listed!

HOW TO PACK:The bulk of your gear and clothing will ride in the Western Spirit support vehicle (preferably in a large duffle bag) and will not be accessible
during the day.

For this trip, a riding pack is recommended for carrying water, snacks, rain gear, and extra layers. A small day bag is optional and may be used to store things
you’d rather not ride with, but would like to have access to during the day. This daypack will remain with the support vehicle and may not be accessible,
depending on the day.

WHAT WE PROVIDE:
✓ meals, snacks, water, electrolyte drinks, non-alcoholic drinks
✓ camp mugs, all kitchen and dining ware
✓ 2 large cycling water bottles
✓ camp chairs
✓ dry bags to pack your gear
✓ solar showers
✓ sunscreen & bug spray
✓ bike stand and lube
✓ guides bring their own tools
✓ first aid kit with basic medications

BRINGING OR RENTING

o bike (Our rentals come with flat pedals. You are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.)
o helmet (gratis w/rental bike)
o tent
o sleeping bag
o sleeping pad

CYCLING CLOTHING

o cycling shoes
o 3 - 5 pair cycling shorts
o 3 - 5 cycling shirts
o long sleeve cycling shirt
o long sleeve cotton shirt or solar sleeves
o cycling socks
o windbreaker
o tights or leg warmers
o 2 pair cycling gloves (1 pair full length for warmth)
o rain jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
o rain pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
o warm layer (lightweight synthetic puffy jacket or long sleeve fleece shirt)
o sunglasses or other eye protection

CAMP CLOTHING

o camp shorts
o shirts
o warm socks
o long underwear, top and bottom (wicking layer, not cotton)
o 2 pair warm long pants
o long sleeve fleece or sweater
o pile or down jacket (insulating layer)
o warm gloves and hat
o brimmed hat or visor
o bathing suit (for solar showers on the trip and at the hotel before/after your trip)
o hiking shoes
o sandals
o cheap PVC rain gear (to wear in camp)

PERSONAL

o toiletries
o medication (daily and emergency)
o towel
o biodegradable soap
o wet-wipes
o flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
o sunglasses
o optional day bag
o stuff sacks or reusable grocery bags (or separate compartments for your dry bag)
o cash for tipping guides: your guides work as a team and share all of their gratuities. A tip of 10-20% of the price of your trip given to either one of your guides when you return to civilization is a great way to say thanks for a job well done.

OPTIONAL

o camera, extra batteries
o binoculars
o alcoholic or any of your favorite beverages (your guides will pack these)
o books or maps
o we encourage you to turn your devices off, but if you cannot, please bring a way to charge them. We recommend a portable USB charger with 1-2 charges. Also, putting your phone on airplane mode to save power is recommended.
o If you plan to fish on the trip, you must obtain both Idaho and Wyoming fishing licenses. You can buy an Idaho license at the gas station in Ashton where we stop on our shuttle the first day. You will need to purchase a Wyoming fishing license in Jackson before your trip.

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Grand Teton and Island Park Family Trip

PRICE | $1,295 pp

Private Departures Available
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2022 DEPARTURES

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Rise & Shine
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BIKE TRIP TESTIMONIALS

“The trip was one of the most incredible experiences of my life… the scenery, the views, the guides, and the food! I loved how great the meals were!!! The guides were unbelievable cooks! After biking all day, to be able to sit down and eat a great meal & drink a beer …man, it was great!”

~ Gary

“This was our 3rd trip with Western Spirit, so we knew what to expect from the guides and the support they’d provide. The trip itself was spectacular – the scenery was unbeatable and the weather was perfect.”

~ Jennifer

“Normally I do self supported but having someone else make excellent food makes me want to do it again”

~ Christl

“Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!”

~ Teri

“Warmth, humor, seriously good people skills,professionalism, competence. They execute their very serious responsibilities with confidence-inspiring grace.”

~ David

“Very accommodating of me being vegan, very cheerful and nice.”

~ Jason

“I had been to Canyonlands two years prior so knew scenery was outstanding but it takes on even more magnificence when seen from seat of bike. The guides were awesome and supportive. Food was better than in most restaurants and more than you could eat.”

~ Michael

The food was fantastic! I didn’t expect such meals. The guides were so friendly, helpful, and entertaining. They really worked well together. Also, they made sure that everyone in their various skill levels enjoyed the rides and that there was enough for everyone.

~ Nichole

“Food was WAY better than I expected. I like to eat healthy and was worried about “camping food.” The guides prepared amazing food. The trip was a blast in general with gorgeous scenery and good campsites. Guides were very friendly, patient and helpful”

~ Erika
“I was worried riding and camping with a group… could I keep up?… would I “fit in”? I was able to keep up and push myself and was challenged by the terrain, I loved it! The group was great I had nothing to worry about, everyone was friendly and supportive.”
~ Robin

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on any organized event and this one was simply amazing. My skill and fitness level were not up to those as others in the group but never once did I feel intimidated…”

~ Nick

Great salads at lunch, a lot of variety, they guides had food specially prepared for those of us with food issues. Plus, they set up our chairs in the best spots!

~ Teri

Your guides are your ambassadors, they are fun, energetic and very knowledgeable. I would not do anything different.

~ Paul

“To begin with the landscape and scenery was majestic and awesome. The guides were all instrumental in enhancing the experience with their knowledge, skills, and out of the goodness of their character.”

~ Edward

The guides made the trip totally beyond awesome. They were fun, the food was WAY better than I expected, the rides could be were tailored, guiding was superb, trails were a blast, our campsite was sweet. I have zero complaints.

~ Wendy

“I was tired at the end of each day and to have everything taken care of as far as dinner and cleanup, it was so nice to have that not be my issue. The guides were amazing, simply amazing….the food was always excellent, their personalities are different but blended with everyone perfectly!”

~ Pam

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