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“ETA's groovy mindful scientists bought Grand Teton Park to life even in the "quiet" season.”

Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures
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Owner description: Jackson Hole Eco Tour Adventures offers a variety of wildlife viewing in the Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone Ecosystems. Eco Tour Adventures was created with the idea of helping people connect with the natural world through wildlife observation and natural history interpretation. We believe that when one is more familiar with the intricate workings of the ecosystem, he or she has a deeper appreciation and connection with their environment. With this stronger bond we believe folks will make more environmentally sound choices in their day to day lives.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Our group of 20 adults and kids - ranging from 2nd grade to Junior year had a blast last week when we booked out the entire JHETA fleet of 3 vehicles for a half-day tour of GT Park. Despite the fact it was the low season between winter and the opening of Yellow Stone in April - Taylor, Laura and Connor took us off the beaten path and as far into the wilderness as those roads that had been plowed would allow. Even then - they were on the phone to check if there were any newly plowed areas we could venture into.
All 3 guides are expert scientists, biologists and adventurers who are just thrilled to be doing this, obsessed with the delicate balance of regenerating species within the area, and walking the fine line around the politics of predator species in Wyoming. They were all fascinating outdoorsmen/women, and advocates for wildlife and nature. Connor is expert in Cougar regeneration in the area, and planning to embark on a Masters to study this further. He had ton's of anecdotes about locating kills in the park and setting up cameras and monitoring to study predator behavior. He had shot the first ever footage in the area of 1 day old cougar kittens that the kids found fascinating. We were hoping he will continue to be around - given his pastime of finding and studying kill-sites from bears or cougars on his days off!
Taylor as the founder of the company was a masterful storyteller and guide to how and where to spot wildlife. He was high energy and super organized. Each vehicle carried chic rattan picnic-baskets of wholesome snacks, coffee and hot chocolate which they were happy to bring out whenever people needed something - and with a bunch of kids that was most of the time. He also had baskets of pelts, horns and claws of most of the animals we saw and ran a series of quizzes with the kids as to what item belonged to which animal - very good experiential learning for all of them.
As we had booked out all of the tour Taylor was flexible with the timing of our tour and suggested starting at 7am rather than 8, to better catch early-morning activity of the animals. Each site we stopped at, they would take out the long-distance scopes and coach us to be still and just wait and watch - the mantra was that every landscape has an animal in it - it was just up to us to find it. Each car was equipped with the highest quality powerful binoculars. Every vehicle had roof hatches that we could open and use to spot wildlife.
Over the course of the trip we saw everything that was available to see at this time of year - bears were still coming out of hibernation - so we didn't see them. When we were nearing the end without spotting a bison, the team found them for us on the scopes.
It was a terrific morning that we will all remember, and those in our group who were long-time visitors to JH left recommending this experience to their family members. Without JHETA we would have been passive ski tourists - this experience allowed us to better understand the environment we were in with much greater depth, and truly appreciate what an incredible part of the country we were vacationing in.
Thanks Taylor, Connor and Laura - you do amazing work!
Team PDX

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Great way to begin a vacation seeing Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding area. Saw many animals and with Taylor's scope and binoculars they were all up close. His knowledge of geography and history of the area added an additional layer. Very comfortable and easy all day adventure. Time went fast. We had 7 adults and everyone had a great seat and view. Fun day.

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Reviewed 15 March 2014

JHETA is so perfect you would think they had a deal with the animals. Interesting, informative, helpful, friendly and fun. Couldn't have been better.

Thank Trav-LG
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We chose Eco-tours after checking out a few different wildlife tours on the internet and were glad we did. We knew the day was not going to be great for skiing, so we wanted to do something interesting in the area. After considering several options, we decided on a half day wildlife tour in Teton National Park. Taylor was very accommodating when we called to book a tour for the next morning. We were picked up promptly at our hotel in Teton Village and within the first half hour saw our first mule deer just off the road. After stopping for photos we headed into the park. Soon after, we spotted a lone coyote, then several Big Horn sheep, Prong horned antelope, more coyotes. We also saw trumpeter swans, a juvenile bald eagle and several other birds. At one point we stopped and Taylor fixed hot French-press coffee and hot chocolate. Earlier he had offered us several selections of baked goods including blueberry muffins and homemade granola bars. Along the way, Taylor shared a lot of wonderful information about the history of the area, the animals and their habitats and general info about the park.
All in all it was a great way to spend the morning and although we didn't spot any moose or wolves (two animals at the top of our list we had hoped to see), Taylor made every effort to find as much wildlife as possible for us to see.
I would highly recommend Eco Tour a Adventures and will definitely call them again. A multi-day tour would be next on our list!

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Flexible, helpful, well-prepared. The guides were personable and very willing to adapt to the needs and desires of the group. Thank you!!

Thank Susan W
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