Sierra Nevada Adventures Out Of State Rides

Yellowstone and Grand Teton

YELLOWSTONE / GRAND TETON ADVENTURE

Yellowstone / Grand Teton Adventure ride EXPLORES amazing OFF-ROAD routes through the remote corners of Idaho’s spectacular Sawtooth National Forest including world-class scenery and wildlife viewing through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks on this epic dual-sport ADVENTURE ride.

The Yellowstone / Grand Teton six-day dual sport adventure ride explores some of the best mountain terrain imaginable through Idaho, Wyoming, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. Your spectacular dual sport adventure ride begins in Twin Falls Idaho near the historic Evel Knievel Snake River Canyon jump site. On September 8, 1974, with much media fanfare, daredevil Evel Knievel tried and failed to jump the mile-wide chasm of the Snake River Canyon on his specially engineered rocket motorcycle. During take-off, his parachute malfunctioned and opened prematurely causing his rocket motorcycle to lose control and fall out of the sky. Evel and his rocket motorcycle floated out of control to the bottom of the canyon, landing on the riverbank directly below his launch ramp (Evel was extremely lucky to survive because if he'd gone into the river, his safety harness probably would have drowned him). It may not have been one of Evel’s finest moments, but Evel's fans loved him for at least trying this death-defying stunt. You will have the opportunity to visit this historic site and walk to the top of Evel Knievel’s launch ramp which still remains on the edge of the Snake River Canyon. At this point, you can look out across the mile-wide Snake River Canyon to view its vertical canyon walls that abruptly drop to the river below and wonder what it must have been like to watch this death-defying event.

From Twin Falls Idaho your adventure travels north and ventures into the Sawtooth National Forest where your off-road adventure begins on a historical mining route along a scenic mountain river canyon. Your off-road adventure twist and turns through the canyon past mountain meadows, and deep forest that provides amazing views of the wild river canyon. This amazing off-road route passes by historical mining camps that were once bus-sling with wagons and prospectors during Idaho’s gold/silver rush during the 1800s. You will have the opportunity to visit one of these historical mining camps and have a tasty lunch at a rustic mountain cabin resort that is now a destination for fishermen and those who seek adventure.  After your lunch break at the rustic mountain resort, your off-road adventure ride continues up the scenic river canyon past several other historical mining sites then eventually veers away from the scenic river and climbs up and over a mountain pass that provides panoramic views of the canyon below and the rugged mountains in the Sawtooth National Forest. From the summit of this historic wagon route your off-road adventure twist and turns down through beautiful mountain scenery with lush meadows and alongside a cascading creek and past hot springs that were once used by pioneers on their adventurous travels over this historic wagon route. Your adventure continues on the wagon route and beyond the switchbacks where you will arrive at a scenic valley lined with groves of aspen trees. Beyond the scenic valley, you will eventually reach Idaho’s premier mountain resort town known as Sun Valley, where you will have the opportunity for dinner and drinks at a charming brewpub to share stories about your adventurous ride.

Day two of your adventure ride starts from Sun Valley and before long your off-road adventure begins as you leave the valley behind and climb up through a beautiful canyon with spectacular mountain scenery around every corner to reach the summit of a historic wagon route. From the summit of this historic wagon route, your off-road adventure descends into a glacier-carved valley that provides an incredible view of Borah Peak 12,662 ft. elevation which is Idaho’s highest mountain peak. From the glacier-carved valley, your off-road adventure veers south on another historic wagon route that provides astonishing views of rugged snow cap peaks in the distance. Continuing on your off-road adventure travels through a spacious remote valley near the treeline before climbing up the historic wagon route to a pass located above the treeline. From the summit of this wagon pass your off-road route descends down a series of steep switchbacks that adds another level of adventure. Beyond the switchbacks, your off-road adventure travels through another remote valley and past small groves of forest, mixed with pines and aspen trees. From the remote valley, the wagon route climbs up a series of switchbacks eventually reaching the third mountain pass of the day. After taking a short break at the summit of this mountain pass your off-road adventure continues on as you descend into a secluded valley where you will find a creek crossing that adds another level of excitement to your adventure. Beyond the creek crossing your off-road adventure continues on through a long spacious mountain valley before reaching a paved road for the second part of your journey. You will eventually reach a small farm town where you will stop for gas and lunch before continuing on. After your break, your adventure ride continues on as you travel up and over a curvy scenic paved mountain pass. As you descend from the mountain pass you will be rewarded with your first sight of the back side of the rugged Grand Tetons. Before long you will arrive in the mountain resort town of Jackson Wyoming for your second night's stay.

Day three of your adventure ride travels north through Jackson Hole which provides spectacular views of the rugged Grand Tetons that rise abruptly from the mountain valley. During the 1800’s French-Canadian trappers who gave the mountain range the unique name of “Grand Tetons,” meaning “big breasts” in French. For decades trappers, outlaws, traders, and Indians passed through Jackson Hole, but it was not until 1887 that settlers established the first permanent habitation. The high northern valley with its short growing season was ill-suited to farming, but the early settlers found it ideal for grazing cattle. Tourists started coming to Jackson Hole not long after the first cattle ranches. Some of the ranchers supplemented their income by catering to tourists. Eventually, the tourists began to raise their first concerns about preserving the natural beauty of the Grand Tetons and the surrounding region.

The vast acres of Yellowstone Park, America’s first national park founded in 1872, was just north of Jackson Hole so the tourist of the day insisted the spectacular Grand Tetons deserved similar protection. In 1916, Horace M. Albright, the director of the National Park Service, was the first to seriously suggest that the region be incorporated into Yellowstone. The ranchers and businesses catering to tourists, however, strongly resisted the suggestion that they are pushed off their lands to make a “museum” of the Old West for eastern tourists.

Finally, after more than a decade of political maneuvering, Grand Teton National Park was created in 1929. As a concession to the ranchers and tourist operators, the park only encompassed the mountains and a narrow strip at its base. Jackson Hole itself was excluded from the park and designated merely as a scenic preserve. Albright, though, had persuaded the wealthy John D. Rockefeller to begin buying up land in the Jackson Hole area for possible future incorporation into the park. This semisecret, private means of enlarging the park inspired further resentment among the residents, and some complained that it was a typical example of how “eastern money interests” were dictating the future of the West. By the late 1940s, however, local opposition to the inclusion of the Rockefeller lands in the park had diminished, in part because of the growing economic importance of tourism. In 1949, Rockefeller donated his land holdings in Jackson Hole to the federal government which then incorporated them into the national park. Today, Grand Teton National Park encompasses 309,993 acres. Working ranches still exist in Jackson Hole, but the local economy is increasingly dependent on services provided to tourists, wealthy owners of vacation homes, and those who seek adventure.

Beyond the Grand Tetons, your adventure ride continues as you venture into Yellowstone National Park. As you travel through this amazing landscape you will experience incredible geysers throughout the park including a close-up visit of the world-famous Old Faithful geyser. You will also have the opportunity to see amazing wildlife that roams free throughout Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is home to more than 200 species of animals, from grizzly bears to bald eagles. Bison, wolves, bears, elk, and nearly 60 other species of mammals roam their natural habitat. Yellowstone is also home to more than 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, six species of reptiles, and four species of amphibians. Yellowstone National Park is an incredible landscape of geysers, bubbling hot springs, incredible rivers and waterfalls, massive lakes, and amazing wildlife viewing and adventure.

After visiting Old Faithful geyser your adventure continues through Geyser Basin and onto the Yellowstone River Canyon to view the beautiful waterfall and spectacular canyon.  Beyond the canyon, your adventure ride travels through Hayden Valley which is a haven for wildlife viewing. Beyond Hayden Valley, your adventure meanders through the park and eventually arrives in Cody Wyoming. Cody was founded in 1896 by Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who passed through the region in the 1870s. He was so impressed by the development possibilities of irrigation, rich soil, grand scenery, hunting, and proximity to Yellowstone National Park that he returned in the mid-1890s to start a town that has become known as Cody Wyoming.

Day four of your adventure ride ventures up and over Sylvan Pass then around the north shore of the massive Yellowstone Lake then ventures up and over the highest mountain pass in the park to explore the remote northern half of Yellowstone National Park which is known for viewing wolves, bison, bears and other free-roaming wildlife. While exploring the remote northern half, you will have increased possibilities of viewing grizzly bears in their natural habitat as you ride through this wild landscape. Continuing on your adventure will arrive at the famous Mammoth Hot Springs where you will view the bubbling hot springs and unique rock formations. After visiting the Mammoth Hot Springs your adventure continues through the park and eventually back to Cody.

Day five of your adventure ride ventures back into the park for more sightseeing and wildlife viewing. The second half of day five explores an amazing off-road route through the wilderness between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. On this amazing off-road route, you will explore through dense forest, pristine meadows filled with wildflowers, and past crystal blue lakes and streams. Near the west edge of this off-road adventure ride, you will be rewarded with a unique view of the back side of the rugged Grand Tetons.

Day six of your adventure ride begins in Rexburg and travels across the Snake River valley through wide-open spaces to the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountain range and beyond to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. This unique landscape truly appears to be from out of this world with its black lava flows, red and black cinder cones, and striking volcanoes scattered across the landscape. After exploring the Craters of the Moon National Monument you will eventually arrive back in Twin Falls Idaho for the final destination of your epic adventure!

The SNA Yellowstone / Grand Teton Adventure ride is truly an epic adventure ride through beautiful mountain scenery with the largest number of geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth including the best wildlife viewing in the 48 states and the opportunity to explore amazing off-road wagon routes with adventure around every corner.

RIDE DETAILS:

Six-Day Adventure Ride: (15 rider max)

This adventure ride is designed for (650cc) to (1200cc+) dual-sport adventure bikes.

Off-road terrain is rated "easy to mild" with some "moderate" a short stretch “challenging” and lots of ADVENTURE.

Ride distance approx. 1,450+ miles round trip (175 miles dirt roads)

*Gas stops (150-mile range required)

Note: Not for beginners

MEETING TIME: 8:30 am (ride starts at 9:00 am)

MEETING LOCATION: Chevron Twin Falls Idaho

688 Pole Line Rd. E. Twin Falls Idaho. 83301

Ride returns to Idaho Falls (approx. 5 pm)

 

MEALS (Meals not included)

Breakfast lunch and dinner at restaurants.

Bring water and snacks.

 

HOTELS: (Hotels not included)

Riders are responsible to book their hotel reservations.

 

HOTELS RECOMMENDATION & QUESTIONS:

Please contact Mark regarding hotel recommendations and questions.

Email: mark@SierraNevadaAdventures.com

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