Check-in: 4PM Saturday. Departure the following Saturday is after a leisurely breakfast.
BY ROAD: The Ranch is at the end of a long gravel road off the Union Pass Road, which crosses the mountains between Dubois and Pinedale. In dry weather it is navigable by passenger car, however we highly recommend a 4WD vehicle for the additional clearance. Rental car and air ticket rates can make flying into Salt Lake City much less expensive than flying into Jackson Hole. The drive from the Salt Lake airport is about 285 miles and takes 5 hours; from Jackson it’s about 100 miles and 2 ½ hours.
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions to the Darwin Ranch (PDF)
BY AIR: For speed and scenic drama, consider flying to the Darwin airstrip by bush plane from the Jackson Airport. Mark Doerr of “Precision Aviation” (208) 308-1852, firstname.lastname@example.org, has various options. Please inquire directly with him for availability and pricing.
BY GUIDED TOUR: If you’d rather not drive the rough road to-and-from the Darwin in a rental car, consider an interpretive wildlife tour through Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest with Guides of Jackson Hole, a professional local guide service. This trip through the Greater Yellowstone region is rich with history, geology, and environmental science; it features great opportunities to spot wildlife including buffalo, elk, antelope, moose, eagles and perhaps bears and coyotes. The tour includes pick-up, and drop-off the following week, in the town of Jackson or at the Jackson Hole Airport. It can be booked as a public or private trip, and is capped at 6 passengers.
Guides of Jackson Hole was founded by Trevor Bloom, who grew up in Jackson and works as a conservation scientist with The Nature Conservancy. Trevor is a great guide, and a wealth of knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Find out more at www.GuidesofJacksonHole.com
Arrival: First Saturday
Pick up in Jackson or at the Jackson Hole Airport between 12&2pm, depending on arrivals. Drive to Dornan’s in Moose, Wyoming, for supplies.
Head north through Grand Teton National Park, over the Togwotee and Union Passes to the Darwin Ranch. Your guide will help find wildlife, explain the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and share colorful stories on the human history of the ranch and region. Binoculars and spotting scopes are provided.
Arrive at the Darwin before 7pm, in time for dinner.
Departure: Second Saturday
Breakfast at the Darwin. Depart by 10:00am. On the return trip, you will drive south through Cora, Bondurant, and the Hoback Canyon; enjoy views of the Gros Ventres and Wyoming Ranges, and opportunities to see wildlife along the Green and Hoback Rivers.
Drop-off in town of Jackson or Jackson Hole Regional Airport at about 1pm.
PRIVATE RATE* (round trip): $1100 for 1-2 people, and $300 per additional person up to 6 passengers.
PUBLIC RATE* (round trip): $500 per person with a minimum of 2 people needed to go and a maximum of 6 passengers.
*Please book directly with Trevor: info@guides of jacksonhole.com or (307) 690-1377. Guide Gratuity is not included.
*Please note that the Jackson Hole Regional Airport asks that travelers arrive two hours prior to flight time. The departure time from the ranch can be adjusted to accommodate an earlier flight time, however making flights before 1pm will be difficult.