Renowned for their natural beauty and incredible wildlife, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks draw millions of visitors each year. Fortunately, there are ways to explore both parks that are truly off-the-beaten-path. Grab a paddle, hop in a kayak, and slip away on the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake or Jackson Lake. Visit lakeside geysers, take in the majestic Tetons, and witness wildlife roaming the shores. This is a side of the wilderness few visitors ever get to experience.
Looking to paddle out there on your own? Pick up a non-motorized boating permit at one of the park entrance stations or backcountry offices. Make sure you’re up to date on regulations at nps.gov/yell/planyourvist/boating.htm.
Prefer to go guided? O.A.R.S. runs half-day and two-day kayaking trips on Yellowstone and Jackson Lakes. Give them a call and let the explorations begin.
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