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Program #7120RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 is 6,239'. Activities take place at elevations up to 8,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Water bottle and day pack to carry WATER, camera, personal items, extra clothing.

Itinerary for Dec 28 — Jan 3, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center

Contact info:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; simple, comfortable rooms with telephone.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, espresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides (available in summer only). Rent skis and snowshoes in winter for exploring nearby terrain. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: Private bathroom contains either a bathtub or a shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates, call (866) 439-7375 for quote; advance reservations required.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 28 - Check-in, Welcome Dinner and orientation
Afternoon: Check-in from 4-5 pm in hotel Conference Room

Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room

Evening: Welcome, Introductions and Orientation in Conference Room. Optional presentation in Map Room at Mammoth Hotel.

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center

Contact info:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; simple, comfortable rooms with telephone.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, espresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides (available in summer only). Rent skis and snowshoes in winter for exploring nearby terrain. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: Private bathroom contains either a bathtub or a shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates, call (866) 439-7375 for quote; advance reservations required.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 29 - Yellowstone overview, Mammoth Terraces walk; Albr...
Yellowstone overview, Mammoth Terraces walk; Albright Visitor Center and Museum visit, evening presentation

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room

Morning: Overview of Yellowstone National Park may include cultural history, geology, biology, human history, wildlife and/or hydrothermal activity.

Lunch: Lunch served in hotel dining room

Afternoon: Walk the Mammoth Hot Springs spectacular travertine terraces (boardwalk and path include several hundred stair steps downhill, may be snow-packed). Visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times, which includes history-themed exhibits-Native Americans, mountain men, early exploration, Army days and early National Park Service. Also included: predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), theater, information desk and Yellowstone Association sales area (good selection of Yellowstone-related books, also prints, notecards, games, films, photographs, maps, etc.)

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room

Evening: Adaptations of plants and wildlife in winter

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction. Within walking and viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser.

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Rd.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-7901
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; rooms include telephone, coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer; internet service available for purchase.

Facility amenities: Lounge, bar, dining room, café, physically disabled services and guest laundry; internet service available for purchase in guest rooms and lobby areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, December 30 - Travel by snowcoach into the Heart of Yellowstone...
Travel by snowcoach into the Heart of Yellowstone to Old Faithful; watch for bison, elk, waterfowl

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room

Morning: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel check-out. All aboard snow coaches for a journey through Yellowstone's winter-white world. Coach from the Mammoth area up through the Hoodoos and Golden Gate to Swan Flats, then via Obsidian Cliffs and Roaring Mountain to the Norris Geyser Basin area, Yellowstone's most thermally active region. Turn south at Madison Junction; here, Gibbon and Firehole Rivers join to form the grand, Madison River, a headwater of the mighty Missouri. Have cameras at hand, ready for wildlife and winter beauty.

Lunch: Picnic in the Park, sack lunches

Afternoon: Continue over the snow to Firehole River Canyon then among forest and open park to the steaming, sulfur-scented, beautifully colored, Fountain Paint Pots area. Carry on into Upper Geyser Basin and your destination, the Heart of Yellowstone, Old Faithful. Check in at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at the Snow Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction. Within walking and viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser.

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Rd.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-7901
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; rooms include telephone, coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer; internet service available for purchase.

Facility amenities: Lounge, bar, dining room, café, physically disabled services and guest laundry; internet service available for purchase in guest rooms and lobby areas.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, December 31 - Snowcoach Yellowstone's historic Lower Loop among...
Snowcoach Yellowstone's historic Lower Loop among a grand, snowclad landscape; then back to Old Faithful for Auld Lang Syne

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in Snow Lodge dining room

Morning: Board snow coaches for exploration along the "Lower Loop" via winter wonderland. Bring binoculars and camera. Plan on a grand landscape of steaming geyser basins, meadow and forest. You'll see bison, elk, wintering waterfowl, raven and coyote.

Lunch: Sack lunches along the "Loop"

Afternoon: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone seems even more awesome during winter. Appreciate the mighty Upper and Lower Falls and beautifully tinted canyon walls. One is wonderstruck and speechless with earth's winter beauty.

Dinner: Dinner back at the Snow Lodge dining room

Evening: National Park Service presentation; later that evening wrap up in coat, hat and mittens to usher in the New Year with Old Faithful, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center

Contact info:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; simple, comfortable rooms with telephone.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, espresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides (available in summer only). Rent skis and snowshoes in winter for exploring nearby terrain. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: Private bathroom contains either a bathtub or a shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates, call (866) 439-7375 for quote; advance reservations required.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 01 - Walk the Upper Geyser Basin at Old Faithful for h...
Walk the Upper Geyser Basin at Old Faithful for hot springs, mudpots, geysers and fumaroles then board snowcoaches for over the snow adventure back to Mammoth Hot Springs through winter's wonderland; look sharp for wildlife

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Snow Lodge dining room

Morning: Old Faithful Snow Lodge check out. Naturalist-led exploration of the Upper Geyser Basin; appreciate all four thermal features - hot springs, mudpots, geysers and fumaroles (steam vents). Another golden day to put cameras and binoculars to good use.

Lunch: Lunch at Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Afternoon: Board snow coaches for an unforgettable voyage back to the Mammoth area via steaming, pungent Midway and Lower Geyser Basins. Ahead, your snowcoach trail flanks pristine Gibbon River to Gibbon Falls and northward. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel check in.

Dinner: Dinner served in hotel dining room

Evening: Presentation provided by Yellowstone National Park Service personnel.

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center

Contact info:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: All park accommodations reflect the natural surroundings of Yellowstone; simple, comfortable rooms with telephone.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, espresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides (available in summer only). Rent skis and snowshoes in winter for exploring nearby terrain. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: Private bathroom contains either a bathtub or a shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates, call (866) 439-7375 for quote; advance reservations required.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, January 02 - Field day into Yellowstone's Northern Range
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room

Morning: Field trip by motorcoach into Yellowstone's northern range to view and learn about this vital habitat. Naturalist discusses natural history of area wildlife including predation, winter range, populations, reintroduction, current issues. Bring binoculars to observe wildlife that may include bison, elk, wintering waterfowl, bald and golden eagles, bighorn sheep. The possibility of seeing wolves exists; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Lamar Valley or lunch in Cooke City

Afternoon: Depending on winter road and weather conditions, travel may extend on through the northern range to the Cooke City area. The road from Gardiner (Yellowstone's NW entrance) to Cooke City (Yellowstone's NE entrance) is 52 miles and is the only road open to wheeled vehicles during the winter. In winter time, the road ends at Cooke City as 10,947' Bearthooth Pass - between Cooke City and Red Lodge, MT is closed. Until 1882, the town and the land around it were within the Crow Reservation. Following numerous skirmishes between the Crow and gold miners the reservation boundary was moved east. Prospectors often accompanied soldiers through Indian lands looking for gold. Gold was found nearby in the early 1870's and the area became known as the New World Mining district. The town was called Shoo-fly until 1880 when it became known as Cooke City, named after a mining investor named Jay Cooke Jr. Cooke promised to use his considerable influence to bring the railroad through the top of Yellowstone Park from Gardiner. This single move would have made the mining much more profitable in the Cooke area. Congress soon put an end to the possibility; Cooke ran into financial difficulty and lost his bonded mining claims.

Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room

Evening: Wrap-up and closing. Optional presentation.

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, January 03 - Breakfast and goodbyes.
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in hotel dining room

Morning: Airport group shuttle departs at 8 am; concessionaire airport shuttle departs at 8:30 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial website for Yellowstone National Park. Information, planning a visit, history, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm
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 support 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 Park informationXanterra Parks and Resorts is Yellowstone's principal concessioner and includes operations of park's lodging facilities, some campgrounds, restaurants, gift shops, interpretive tours, etc. For a closer look at Yellowstone and to find out what's available in the Park-horseback riding, ranger-led activities, wildlife excursions and any other park activities.
For additional information, visit: www.TravelYellowstone.com

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.
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