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YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Hiking in Yellowstone: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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Program #4874RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging (Variable by Program Date)
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Site elevation 5,260'. Hikes take place at elevations ranging from 5,800' to 10,243'.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy hiking boots or hiking shoes, water bottle and fanny or day pack are a must. Bring a walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 19, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Welcome to Gardiner, northwest gateway community ...
Welcome to Gardiner, northwest gateway community to Yellowstone National Park. Welcome dinner, orientation and introductions.

Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 pm.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Orientation and Introductions.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - The adventure begins with an overview of Yellowst...
The adventure begins with an overview of Yellowstone's grand ecosystem and your first hike in "Wonderland."

Note: Botonist led hikes 3 to 4 miles on each of four field days at elevations ranging from 5,800' to 10,243'.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: The morning introduction provides an overview of the Greater Yellowstone area, its wildlife and habitats, including populations, predator/prey dynamics and more. This information lays the foundation and sets the tone for discovery and exploratory hikes in"Wonderland." Field trip departs mid morning. Bring binoculars.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the park.

Afternoon: Today's field trip into the Yellowstone ecosystem is an opportunity to become familiar with various life zones. Exploratory hikes with interpretation into these areas is hands-on discovery of marshland, high desert, forest, hydrothermal and grasslands communities. You'll understand how their geologic bones, together with elevation and weather, evolved into vibrant habitats populated by the flora and fauna that is present today. Remember, at higher altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Exercising moderately, carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems.

Dinner: Picnic suppers in the park.

Evening: Evening return offers wildlife viewing during evening's golden light and the crepuscular hour. Bring camera and binoculars. Expect to see bison, elk, waterfowl, coyote. The opportunity to see moose, bear or wolf exists; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Field day in Yellowstone for hiking; hiking desti...
Field day in Yellowstone for hiking; hiking destinations vary due to instructor's preference. You will visit the Canyon and Old Faithful areas at some point during field days in the Park.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Field day in Yellowstone National Park for hiking. PLEASE NOTE: hiking destinations vary due to instructor's preference. Hiking destinations may change at the last minute due to weather conditions, area closures due to thermal activity, trail closures due to grizzly bear, wolf, bison or other wildlife activity. Remember, the Park is their home! *You will visit the Old Faithful and Canyon areas at some point during your field days in the Park. These golden hiking days are to explore, learn about and enjoy all Yellowstone has to offer. *Hikes and walks take place at elevations ranging from 5,800' to 10,243'. *Elevation gains CAN RANGE from 600' in 1/2 mile to 1,400' in 3 miles.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Field day/hiking continued.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening on your own.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Field day among Yellowstone's mostly untouched 2....
Field day among Yellowstone's mostly untouched 2.2 million acres for hiking. Most trailheads are miles from lodgings; enjoy splendid views, the unexpected, observations and interpretation while adventuring to the trailhead.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Field day in Yellowstone National Park for hiking. Yellowstone's spectacular and mostly untouched 2.2 million acres offer a lifetime of discovery and 1,200 miles of hiking, walking and back packing trails. Most trailheads are miles from lodgings. Here is the opportunity to appreciate splendid views, the unexpected, your naturalist’s observations and interpretation, to see more of the Great Caldera than you had imagined while voyaging to the various trailheads. Joys of hiking are well worth the getting there as memorable moments string together into golden days.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Field day/hiking continued.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Natural history presentation.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local restaurants; sack lunches in the field. Please be aware that the single dietary requirement or preference that can be accommodated at this site is vegetarian - no meat. You may wish to bring supplementary items. Questions? Call UM-Western Road Scholar (406) 683-7302.

Contact info:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Explore, learn and enjoy. Hikes are not aerobic-s...
Explore, learn and enjoy. Hikes are not aerobic-style but rather offer interpretation of the area, an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone, step away from the fast pace of everyday life and seize the moment.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant.

Morning: Field day in Yellowstone National Park for hiking.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Field day/hiking continued.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Evening presentation addresses an aspect of Yellowstone's natural history or current issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone area.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Moderate morning hike wraps up the adventure.
Note: Hike 2-3 miles round trip from lodgings.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: Final morning hike includes interpretation of the local area, wraps up the adventure, ties up loose ends, answers questions and brings the adventure to a satisfying conclusion. Group photo; bring your camera. Checkout.

Brunch: 11 a.m. grab and go brunch. Airport shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
HikingYellowstone River Trailhead is 7/8 mile fom lodgings. Old Yellowstone Trail Trailhead is 1/2 mile from lodgings.
Horseback RidingTrailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
RaftingScenic float or whitewater rafting on Yellowstone River.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneraft.com
Xanterra Parks and ResortsXanterra Parks and Resorts is Yellowstone's principal concessionaire and includes operations of park's lodging facilities, some campgrounds, restaurants, gift shops, interpretive tours, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.TravelYellowstone.com
Yellowstone AssociationFounded in 1933 to assist with educational, historical and scientific programs that would benefit Yellowstone National Park and its visitors. Operates book sale outlets in park visitor centers which supports expanded naturalist training and programs, finances publication of trail guides, books and pamphlets about the Park, helps with funding for museum exhibits and research equipment. The Yellowstone Association Institute sponsors outdoor courses for all age groups, some of which are especially designed for women, families and children. The Institute's purpose is to explore, understand and appreciate Yellowstone.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneassociation.org
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial website for Yellowstone National Park. Provides information about Yellowstone, for planning a trip to Yellowstone, history, what to do-ranger led activities, news and etc.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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