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Tetons Hangout (SOLD OUT/Waiting List)

July 6 - July 13

Teton Valley Fairgrounds • Driggs, ID • July 6-13, 2021

This Hangout is currently sold out, but join the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up!

The mountains are calling and you must go

Along the Idaho-Wyoming border, the Teton Mountain Range rises above a landscape rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain. During the seven-day Escapees Tetons Hangout, you’ll have numerous opportunities to explore the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities both east and west of the Tetons.

Jackson and Grand Teton National Park

On the Wyoming side of the Teton Range, we will spend parts of several days in and around Grand Teton National Park. We’ll kick off the Hangout with a scenic boat cruise on Jenny Lake, deep in the heart of the park. Our knowledgeable guide will help us learn about the history and geology of the area as well as the flora and fauna around the lake. The photo opportunities on the cruise, with the Cathedral Group of the Tetons reflected in the lake, are second to none. On the other side of the lake, we’ll hike to Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls.

Another day, we’ll ascend on Rendezvous Peak more than 2,700 feet above Jackson Hole aboard the Bridger Gondola. Here, we’ll enjoy happy hour drinks and appetizers at the spectacular Deck@Piste and/or the famous delights from Top of the World Waffles at the Off Piste Market. As an option (see below), you can ride the gondola earlier in the afternoon to the trailhead for the Casper Ridge Loop hike, which offers unbeatable views of the Sleeping Indian, Jackson Peak, and the Grand Teton itself, along with Granite Creek some 3,000 feet below you. The Hangout will also feature other hikes and scenic drives in Jackson and the National Park.

Scenic cruise on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton NP
The 200' tall thundering cascade of Hidden Falls
Hiking the Casper Ridge Loop trail
The trail from Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point
Ascending Rendezvous Peak on the Bridger Gondola
Happy hour on the Deck @ Piste

Idaho's Teton Valley

There’s just as much fun to be had on the Idaho side of the Teton Range! Here, near our Hangout base camp in Driggs, we’ll enjoy a relaxed flat-water float on the Teton River (kayaks and tubes available for rent if you don’t have your own). Bring your rod and tackle if you’re a fly fisherman!

We’ll also enjoy the Teton Valley Foundation’s Music On Main outdoor concert in Victor, tour the Grand Teton Distillery in Driggs (with tastings, of course!), embrace our inner cowboys and cowgirls at the Teton Valley Rodeo, hike a trail on the western flank of the Tetons, and bike the 15-mile round trip Driggs to Victor Rail Trail to feast on the famous burgers at the Brakeman Grill followed by the legendary huckleberry milkshakes at the Victor Emporium.

And finally, we will cap off the last night of our week together with a tailgate party and private screening of Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise under the stars at the Spud Drive-In.

Floating on the Teton River (moose are plentiful!)
Friday night Teton Valley Rodeo
Outrageous burgers at the Brakeman Grill
Live concert at Music on Main in Victor
Views from the Victor to Driggs Rail-Trail
Theater under the stars at the Spud Drive-In

Optional activities

Bridger Gondola to Casper Ridge Trailhead ($35/person)

If you want to hike the Casper Ridge Loop near the top of Rendezvous Peak with the group (or have time to explore other hikes on the mountain on your own before our happy hour), you’ll need a ticket for the Bridger Gondola. Buy your ticket when you register for the Hangout to take advantage of our discounted group price. The Gondola is free after 5:00 pm, so if you only want to join us for happy hour on the Deck@Piste, you can ride up without a ticket after that time.

Snake River Whitewater Rafting Adventure ($92/person)

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, this professionally-guided 8-mile-long rafting trip in the Grand Canyon of the Snake River is perfect for you! You will be in a 10-12 person raft on a Class III portion of the river (Class I is flat water; Class V is the most difficult), including the famous Ropes, Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna rapids! This trip is approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours long and includes round trip transportation from Jackson, your guide, all equipment, and wetsuits. You will get wet! This excursion will run at the same time as the Scenic Float, below, so each person can choose only one of these two activities. 

Teton Views Scenic Float with Lunch ($85/person)

If you prefer something a bit tamer, try this late morning, flat-water lunch float along a 7 mile stretch of the Snake River. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Teton Range, Gros Ventre Range, and Snake River Range, while your boatman does all the work so you can relax and take it all in! Beginning west of Jackson, your 12-person raft will float downstream to a private riverside meal site for a gourmet picnic lunch (picnic tables and a restroom provided) before continuing on the river after lunch. This trip is approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours long and includes round trip transportation from Jackson, your professional guide and all equipment. This excursion will run at the same time as the Whitewater Rafting Adventure, above, so each person can choose only one of these two activities.

Because summer raft trips on the Snake River are in extremely high demand, you must purchase tickets for them in advance  at the time you register for the Hangout

Hangout location

Our base camp for the Tetons Hangout will be the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs, Idaho. Because there are no RV hookups at the fairgrounds, this Hangout will offer DRY-CAMPING ONLY. Potable water is available at the fairgrounds, and we will provide a mid-week wastewater pump-out for each rig. Generator usage will be allowed except during nighttime hours. We’ll also have an enclosed building with restrooms for our activities in camp.

Due to other events taking place at the Fairgrounds before and after the Hangout, no early arrivals or late departures will be allowed.

Is this event right for me?

Everyone is welcome at all Escapees RV Club events. With that said, the Tetons Hangout is best suited for members who:

  • enjoy moderately strenuous outdoor activities like hiking, bicycling, and kayaking
  • are available to participate in activities at any time, including during weekdays
  • are comfortable dry-camping for a week at a time (with either solar power capability or a generator)

For events designed specifically for working-age RVers, with most activities in the evenings and on weekends, try an Xscapers Convergence. Or for more of an all-inclusive, guided-tour experience, you may prefer one of our Head-Out Programs (HOPs).

COVID-19 precautions

The COVID-19 health and safety precautions that will be in effect during the Hangout will depend on the state of the pandemic, local and state health regulations, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other medical professionals at the time. These precautions may include measures such as requiring wearing of masks in certain situations, requiring social distancing, avoiding indoor group activities, limiting carpooling, and/or limiting activities that include sharing of food. In addition to the above, you may be required to agree in writing that you will help provide a safe environment for everyone by complying with our health and safety rules, and to release Escapees from liability should you become ill during or after the event. We also strongly recommend that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before attending this event.

Schedule

Activities and schedule are subject to change.

Tuesday 7/6

Arrive at Teton County Fairgrounds

Evening welcome campfire, introductions & dry-camping tips

Wednesday 7/7

Jenny Lake boat tour & hike to Inspiration Point/Hidden Falls

Additional exploring in Grand Teton National Park

Group restaurant dinner in Jackson

Thursday 7/8

Kayaking and optional fly fishing on the Teton River

Evening: Teton Valley Foundation Music on Main concert in Victor

Friday 7/9

Bike on rail-trail from Driggs to Victor (7.5 miles)

Lunch at Brakeman Grill, ice cream at Victor Emporium

Return by bike to Driggs

RV wastewater pump-outs

Evening: Teton Valley Rodeo at fairgrounds

Saturday 7/10

Optional Snake River Whitewater Adventure OR Teton Views Scenic Float

Potluck dinner at fairgrounds

Sunday 7/11

Potluck brunch at fairgrounds

Jackson Hole Bridger Gondola on Rendezvous Peak

Hike Casper Ridge Loop

Happy hour at Deck@Piste

Monday 7/12

New Sheep Bridge Trail hike near Driggs

Grand Teton Distillery tour & tasting

Evening: Tailgate party dinner & film at Spud Drive-In

Tuesday 7/13

GTHO donut breakfast

Departure

Registration includes:

  • 7 nights dry-camping (no hookups available)
  • Mid-week wastewater pump-out
  • Admission to Teton Valley Rodeo
  • Jenny Lake scenic boat tour
  • Admission to Spud Drive-In
  • Local sightseeing
  • Social activities
  • GTHO departure day breakfast
  • Hangout hosts

Optional activities: Gondola to Casper Ridge trailhead ($35/person); Snake River Whitewater Rafting ($92/person) OR Scenic Float with Lunch ($85/person)

Additional costs to consider: National Park admission, kayak rental, meals out

All activities listed for this event are subject to change.

By attending this event, you are agreeing to the following: As an attendee, you assume all risk and danger relating to your personal property, RV and attendance at the Hangout, whether occurring prior to, during or after the event. In the event of loss or theft, no claim will be made upon Escapees, its volunteers, employees or agents. Volunteers may be directing and assisting you in your parking areas. However, it is the driver of the vehicle who is ultimately responsible for avoiding obstacles or dangerous situations, and is solely responsible for any damage to one’s property or the property of others. As an attendee at this event, you are granting your permission to be filmed, videotaped, audiotaped, or photographed, and granting to Escapees RV Club the full use of any such recordings or images without compensation. By registering, you will also receive occasional email notifications of future Hangouts; however, you can opt-out of these notifications at any time.

How to register

There are two ways to register and pay: by phone or online.

  • To register online (recommended), click the button below and follow the instructions on your screen.
  • To register by phone, call Escapees Member Services at (936) 327-8873‬ and ask for “Hangouts Registration”.
We’re sorry, but this Hangout is currently sold out. If you’d still like to attend, please join the waiting list. We’ll notify you if a spot opens up.

After you register

Watch for an email from registration@escapees.com for a confirmation of your registration. If you don’t receive it, call (936) 327-8873‬ and ask for Hangouts Registration to be sure that your registration was processed correctly.

Important: as soon as you register, please join the Escapees Tetons Hangout group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TetonsHangout/). We will use this group to communicate with Hangout attendees before and during the event. You will also receive one or more emails before the Hangout with more information as needed.

Cancellations

If you cancel on or before June 4, 2021, you will receive a refund of your Hangout registration fee (including any optional activities you purchased) minus a $50 cancellation fee. 

There will be no refunds for cancellations received after June 4, 2021.

Waiting list

If this Hangout is sold out when you try to register, please join the waiting list by completing the form below. There are usually several cancellations before a Hangout…so if a spot opens up and you’re the next one on the waiting list, you’ll get another shot at registration!

Details

Start:
July 6
End:
July 13
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Website:
escapees.com/hangouts

Organizer

Escapees Hangouts (Hosts: Cheryl & David Goldstein)
Email:
hangouts@escapees.com

Venue

Teton County Fairgrounds
1413 N. Highway 33
Driggs, ID 83422 United States
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Notification - For latest club information affecting members and RVers, please click here.

Escapees Lobby Hours In the interest of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, our lobby will be closed and all tours of Escapees headquarters are cancelled until further notice. If you need assistance with your Escapees RV Club membership, please call us at 936-327-8873 or email us at clubbusiness@escapees.com.

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