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YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA

Hiking in Yellowstone: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 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. 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 Aug 23 — Aug 28, 2015

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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, August 23 - Arrival and Check-In / Program Registration / Wel...
Arrival and Check-In / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation

Note: Note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:00-5:00 p.m.: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At a local restaurant with a tasty plated featuring a salad, entrée, and dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This program will be led by both the Group Leader and an Instructor, who is an expert naturalist and will lead the educational portion of the program. All transportation will be provided via private motor coach unless specified otherwise. Remember to bring your own water bottle. Ice water will be available in coolers on the bus during field trips, from which you may fill you water bottle; disposable cups will not be available. Southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park are considered high desert, very dry. At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is important to avoid these unpleasant and sometimes dangerous problems. The schedules, routes, and activities for each day will be determined by factors including weather, wildlife activity, and road conditions. Both our Instructor and Group Leader will consult prior to each outing and give particulars as soon as possible. Yellowstone is a natural and untamed environment that we must adapt to, and therefore circumstances can change at the last minute. You will visit Old Faithful and the Canyon areas during this program, but it is dependent on the conditions previously explained.

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, August 24 - “Wonderland” Learning Session / Afternoon Hike
Note: Hike from 6 to 8 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243' on maintained trails, asphalt paths and uneven and rocky terrain. Elevation gains CAN RANGE from 600' in 1/2 mile to 1,400' in three miles.

Breakfast: In our meeting room located in the church’s basement a short walk from the hotel, enjoy a hot box breakfast with a hot entrée and sides, plus water, coffee or tea.

Morning: We’ll enjoy a presentation from our instructor on the unique nature of Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world, created by President Ulysses S. Grant. Known for its geothermal activity and diverse ecosystems, Yellowstone spans almost 3,500 square miles of lakes, valleys, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges often called “Wonderland”. Home of the highest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states, the park is the center of one of the last undisturbed ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field features a sandwich, fruit, chips and cookie. Bring your own water bottle.

Afternoon: Departing via private motor coach, our field trip into the Yellowstone ecosystem is an opportunity to become familiar with various life zones. Exploratory hikes with commentary from our instructor are 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.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like and is a great opportunity to check out your hiking headquarters in Gardiner. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure for wandering the town, enjoying a latte or ice cream cone or sharing camaraderie and views from the back patio.

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, August 25 - Field day in Yellowstone for hiking.
Note: Hike from 6-8 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243' on uneven and rocky terrain, maintained trails, asphalt paths. Elevation gains CAN RANGE from 600' in 1/2 mile to 1,400' in three miles.

Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a hearty breakfast off of a limited menu.

Morning: From the hotel we’ll leave for a full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. 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 featuring a sandwich, fruit, chips, and cookies. Participants will carry their own water bottle on their person at all times because of altitude. To prevent waste water bottles can be refilled from a cooler on the bus.

Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking through this wonderland. 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.

Dinner: Receive a voucher to use at Canyon Cafeteria, located near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Choose from a buffet including salad, entrée, and fruit, plus water, coffee, and tea; other food and beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Evening return to Gardiner.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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, August 26 - Full Day Field Trip
Note: Hike from 6 to 8 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243' on maintained trails, asphalt paths, uneven and rocky terrain. Elevation gains CAN RANGE from 600' in 1/2 mile to 1,400' in three miles.

Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a limited menu from fruit topped granola to bacon and eggs.

Morning: We’ll depart for a full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. One of America’s most iconic parks, its broad expanses are home to some of the most famous geothermal features in the world. The Great Caldera served as the source for Yellowstone’s 10,000 thermal features, including the Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful, which is the source for some of the worlds most diverse and intact collection of thermal activity.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: All day hiking continued. Rushing water, sandhill cranes, meadowlarks and singing, fragrant breezes provide a background serenade for hikes and wildlife viewing interludes.

Dinner: Receive a voucher to use at the Old Faithful Cafeteria in the heart of Yellowstone. Choose from a buffet including salad, entrée, and fruit, plus water, coffee, and tea; other food and beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Our field trip concludes with an evening return to take advantage of prime wildlife viewing time. Appreciate the opportunity for wildlife watching through binoculars and spotting scopes.

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, August 27 - Full Day Field Trip
Note: Hike up to 6 miles at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 10,243'; Uneven and rocky terrain; Expect muddy areas due to spring snowmelt and runoff.

Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant.

Morning: Full day hiking field trip in Yellowstone National Park with our Group Leader and Instructor. From canyons and waterfalls to wide open valleys, more of the Great Caldera's grand landscape unfolds at every bend in the road and trail. Encompassing some of the most diverse ecosystems in North America, the park is home to animals great and small – from grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and bison to beavers, otters, and ospreys. Your naturalist's ongoing interpretation provides meaningful insight into the mysteries of Yellowstone and its ongoing drama.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Continue the day on our hiking adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife and thermal feature. You never know what you’ll find.

Dinner: In our meeting room, enjoy a locally catered, plated meal plus water, coffee, and tea. Here's time to savor the adventure with new found "old" friends.

Evening: Evening presentation by the instructor on the dark and light side of Yellowstone. With the help of humor, our instructor will reveal both the good and the bad of what makes Yellowstone one of the most dramatic environments on the planet.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 28 - Historic Cemetery Hike / Program Concludes
Note: Hotel check-out by 9:00 a.m. Hike approximately 3 miles round trip on moderate terrain.

Breakfast: We’ll walk to a nearby restaurant.

Morning: With our Group Leader and Instructor, we’ll enjoy a final hike to a historic cemetery near the town to wrap up our adventure.

Lunch: Pick up grab and go meal in the hotel lobby including a sandwich, chips, and fruit. Airport shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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.

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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