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Covered Wagon Train Adventure

Here's an adventure that you could take next year. For now, sit back and fantasize.

Like "sails on a sea of grass." This description of covered wagons inspired the name "Prairie Schooner." Venture into the past and relive the experiences of early pioneers who expanded the nation's frontiers.

The Escape

Imagine.. You are met in Jackson, Wyoming and transported to the wagon trail. At the call "roll the wagons," the Prairie Schooners line out for the trek along the back roads of the Targhee National Forest, located between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Gentle riding horses are available for those who would like to ride in rotation with other guests.

The wagons travel to a new camp each day. You spend two evenings on the shores of high mountain lakes, home of the Loon and the Trumpeter Swan. Moose, elk and deer are passing visitors. The wagons form a circle to signal that camp has been reached.

At the camps you will have plenty of time to take nature hikes, swim, horseback ride, canoe, or just relax. Your evenings will be spent singing with the cowboys around the campfire and listening to yarns about the Old West.

And food.. Enjoy tasty meals prepared in Dutch ovens over an open fire. When you wake up in the morning, the smell of coffee and bacon sizzling is a great enticement to get up and start the day.

Is this tour for You?

Fitness level require: not applicable

Age Groups: children through octogenarians. Couples welcome

Who to Contact

This trip into the Old West is run by the Jackson Hole Teton Country Wagon Train. Teton Country Wagon Train is owned by Bill Thomas, who with his three sons, provide the personal attention and service which have made them one of the best outfitters in the Jackson Hole area. Western hospitality is a way of life for the Thomas family. This heritage dates back to 1854 when "Uncle Nick" Wilson as a boy of 12 passed through Jackson Hole with the Shoshone Indians.

"Uncle Nick" or "yaghaki" as he was known to the indians, was Bill Thomas's great grandfather. He was adopted by Washakie, chief of the Shoshone, and lived with them for two years. In later years Uncle Nick rode for the Pony Express and drove for the Overland Stage.

In 1889 Uncle Nick drove the first covered wagons over Teton Pass into Jackson Hole, and the town of Wilson still bears his name. This personal covered wagon experience could not be led by a more experienced family. When you are ready to try this adventure for real, contact Armchair World.

Escape description and photographs © Bar-T-Five Inc.

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