Top Things to do in Yellowstone Country Outside of the National Parks
The Yellowstone and Grand Teton area is loaded with fun activities to enjoy. Many things will cost some money, but there are tons of great activities that are free once you are in the park. Here is our list of fun things to do on your visit. These fun Ideas will keep you and your family entertained and the memories are sure to last a lifetime.
Taking a trip through the backcountry on horses is a great way to spend the day. Horses are capable of allowing you to see a lot more of the area than you normally could on just a hike. There are several outfitters at many of the parks entrances that offer horse trips. There is a good ranch in Etna Wyoming and also horse riding in Teton village just outside of Teton National park. There are also at-least 2 outfitters in Gardiner MT at the North entrance to Yellowstone and several in town of West Yellowstone MT at the West entrance to the park.
Take a Rafting Trip
Rafting in Yellowstone area is a very fun activity for the whole family. Each boat will be able to accommodate several rafters, and every boat will have it’s own river guide. The Snake river by Jackson hole is probably the most common area for rafting, but the North entrance also offers rafting trips on the Yellowstone river as well. Mid summer rafting is fairly easy going with only a few heavy whitewater areas. During the spring runoff is when things will be really exciting for rafters. You can always expect to get wet, so bring along an extra pair of clothing for after the trip.
Rafting trips are usually all inclusive. They will take you from their shop in a bus with rafts loaded on top. From there, you will drive to the river to begin your adventure.
Camping is a great way to spend a couple days to get the full experience this area offers. There are dozens of nice campgrounds on the outskirts of these National parks. You should have no trouble finding a good campsite for your camping adventure. Nothing beats a few nights in the outdoors sitting around a campfire cooking smore’s and looking at the wide open unpolluted sky this stunning area offers.
Go to a Rodeo
A rodeo is the perfect way to complete your Western Experience. You can find a rodeo in Jackson Hole Wyoming and also in Cody Wyoming. The Cody rodeo is from June 1st – August 31st. The Jackson Hole rodeo is from May 28th – September 3rd on most Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer. (check the schedule here) I have been to both of these events and they are indeed worth the trip. They do a great job of keeping everyone of all ages entertained. The Cody rodeo’s take place every night in the summer, so if you are looking to get down cowboy style, check them out.
Go on a Guided Fishing Trip
Fishing is perhaps as good as it gets out here in Yellowstone country. There are plenty of guide services at every entrance to the National parks. You can float in a drift boat, so you’ll be able to hit all of the good fishing spots and you’ll get amazing views of the areas scenery. Guided float fishing trips offer exceptional animal watching opportunities, and the fishing is pretty good too.
If you are searching for things to do in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton areas outside of the parks, all of these activities are extremely fun. Hiring guides is a great way to learn more about the area and to see things that the average visitor to the area does not get to see.