8 days 7 nights
Northern Pioneer

Total Price: $1,110

 

Starts: San Francisco, California

Ends: Las Vegas, Nevada

$100 reserves your spot today!

Marvel at the Grand Tetons, view Yellowstone’s spectacular erupting geysers, try whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole, venture up Angel’s Landing Trail or through the legendary Narrows in Zion and so much more on this affordable camping journey.  Not only does this adventure reveal famous natural wonders, but you’ll experience some of the country’s best kept secrets, too! A hike through Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park, along with a campout on Antelope Island will leave you wondering why these spots weren’t already on your dream itinerary.

Day 1

Welcome to the Green Tortoise!

Meet at the bus loading zone at the intersection of Columbus and Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco with your e-ticket.

The bus departs at 8:00 AM.  

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time. 

Today’s destination is Lake Tahoe.  Take a hike to explore the backcountry and stunning vistas overlooking the lake on the Tahoe Rim Trail.  You may choose to stroll around the many shops and eateries in the Village Shopping Center.  Renting a bicycle is a fun option to explore more of the shoreline. We’ll have dinner out and then experience our first miracle! We’ll transform the interior of the bus from seats to beds and head for the Ruby Mountains!

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Showers Available

Day 2

Wake up in the beautiful Ruby Mountains in Nevada, for your first, delicious Green Tortoise breakfast!  Take a hike through the pine-studded flanks of the largest valley in the Ruby Mountains, to the glacier-carved lakes of Lamoille Canyon.  Feel the exhilaration of an alpine dip!  In the afternoon, we’ll head to the cascading Shoshone Falls in Idaho, where we share our first dinner together.

Custom Sleeper Coach Drive Night

Optional Swim

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3

This morning begins in the Wild West with a stop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  You’ll have the option to raft the class III rapids of the Snake River or take a self-guided hike beneath some of the most distinctive mountain peaks on Earth. In the afternoon, take an easy trek around Jenny Lake and beyond as you explore Grand Teton National Park. Forge deep into the Teton Mountain Range through Cascade Canyon to the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls. In the evening, towering vistas guide us to our camp near the gorgeous, crystal clear waters of Jackson Lake.  

Camp Night 

Optional Swim / Possibly Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4

Majestic Yellowstone National Park beckons today, the United States’ first national park.  The park preserves an extraordinary collection of mudpots, geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles!  The one square mile within Upper Geyser Basin is the most densely concentrated geyser region in the world, including the legendary spout of Old Faithful. Trek to Biscuit Basin to get a better look at colorful mudpots and bubbling geysers.  Keep your cameras poised — not only are some of the geysers consistently timed, but this mountainous terrain is home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk.  Enjoy a night of big skies overhead, humbling peaks nearby, and crickets singing us to sleep.  

Camp Night 

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

Start the day with a dip in Yellowstone LakeAntelope Island on the Great Salt Lake is our destination.  We’ll stop in Idaho Falls for a few hours of exploring along the bank of the Snake River.  We arrive on Antelope Island in time to swim and explore.  Part of the Great Basin, this is the largest of the Great Salt Lake’s islands.  It is home to pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcats, and millions of waterfowl. 

Camp Night 

Possibly Showers Available  

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6

We have the chance to ditch the hiking boots for a bit and explore Salt Lake City.  Take a free tour of the gardens at Salt Lake Temple.  You may even catch a free concert!  Take a stroll around downtown to marvel at the art galleries, sculptures, and historical architecture.  You may choose to take the time to relax at a local bakery or deli. 

Camp Night 

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 7

Onward to Bryce Canyon National Park! This lesser-visited park is home to a brightly layered landscape rivalling the Grand Canyon. Bryce is not actually a true canyon, but instead a series of amphitheaters that cut into the earth. You can hike to the wind-sculpted “hoodoos,” otherworldly looking spires of rock, that rise beside the Rim Trail. The trail stretches five miles to Fairyland, Inspiration Point and the Queens Garden.  This evening, we camp at Kodachrome Basin State Park, named after the vividly colored film used for photographs in a 1949 National Geographic magazine. Watch the sunset illuminate the natural broad spires.  

Camp Night 

Optional Soak / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8

We’ll roll into the brilliantly-banded sandstone canyons of Zion National Park. 

Stretch your legs with an exhilarating hike up Angel’s Landing to the rewarding sweeping views.  A short walk reveals Weeping Rock, a natural masterpiece with water cascading over a sandstone arch.  Wade the legendary Zion Narrows, where the north fork of the Virgin River has etched and carved its way through copper-colored sandstone creating a stunning slot canyon with walls 2,000 feet (610 meters) high and narrowing to 20 feet (6 meters) across.  Cool your heels and splash around in the Virgin River.

Optional Swim / Showers Available

Meals Included: Breakfast / Lunch 

Transfer to Las Vegas – McCarran Airport

  • 70% of Meals
  • Travel by Custom Coach
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Semi-Guided Exploration of the Parks
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camping Fees
What’s Not Included
    • Sleeping Bag  (Rent one from us!)
    • Tent  (You don’t need one.  You can sleep on the bus!)
    • Whitewater Rafting
    • Bike Rental
    • Inner Tube Rental

You’ll be traveling in a custom sleeper coach! 

 

A sleeping bag is required for this adventure. If you don’t have one, rent one from us upon booking!  Just $15 for the entire trip.

 

A tent is not required.  You are welcome to sleep on the bus or use one of our pads to sleep beneath the stars.  You may rent a tent from us for $50 (if you really want one).

 

Our coaches are equipped with a camp kitchen.  No need to bring your own cookware or utensils.  Bring a reusable lunch container to store your packed lunch and a reusable water bottle.

Departure: 8:00 AM – San Francisco, CA, Columbus and Montgomery St. Bus Loading Zone

Arrival: 10:30 PM – Las Vegas, NV – McCarran Airport
*This adventure ends with a transfer from Zion National Park.
Transfer times may vary.  Details upon booking.

Dates & Prices

Saturday, July 11 – Saturday, July 18, 2020

Fare: $829 + Food/Parks: $281
Total: $1,110

Marvel at the Grand Tetons, view Yellowstone’s spectacular erupting geysers, try whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole, venture up Angel’s Landing Trail or through the legendary Narrows in Zion and so much more on this affordable camping journey.  Not only does this adventure reveal famous natural wonders, but you’ll experience some of the country’s best kept secrets, too! A hike through Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park, along with a campout on Antelope Island will leave you wondering why these spots weren’t already on your dream itinerary.

Day By Day

1.  South Lake Tahoe-Drive Night

2.  Lamoille Canyon – Drive Night

3.  Jackson Hole – Camp Night

4.  Grand Teton National Park – Camp Night

5.  Yellowstone National Park – Camp Night

6.  Antelope Island – Camp Night

7.  Bryce Canyon National Park – Camp Night

8.  Zion National Park / Las Vegas, NV – Arrival