Exploring the Wild West
If the mere threat of camping or hiking is enough to make you spill your secrets, you’re not alone. But you’re also missing out on some amazing sights.
Jackson Hole EcoTour Adventures is not quite glam hiking — can we just be honest with ourselves and say there is really no such thing? — but it’s not in-the-dirt, up-the-mountain hiking either.
The tour company, based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, provides carbon-neutral full day or afternoon trips to some of the Wild Wild West’s greatest attractions. There are day tours to Grand Teton and Yellowstone Park and afternoon fly-fishing excursions on the Snake River. Each trip includes a tour guide who, in addition to being an expert wildlife spotter, leads discussions in geology, ecology and history. The company hopes the lesson plans — combined with the spotting of the occasional mouse, bison or other wildlife — leaves visitors with an appreciation for the great outdoors.
For almost four years, the company has run the sustainable tours. They use biodiesel vehicles and partner with the Carbon Fund to ensure their tours have the lowest impact possible on the environment.
And you don’t have to be overly adventurous for the tours or even willing to leave the kids at home. The year-round tours are appropriate for inexperienced travelers and families with children.
So go on! Grab a pair of hiking boots AND some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty; get out of that small office and head to the still great Wild West.