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GARDINER, MONTANA

Take a Walk on the Wild Side in Yellowstone National Park

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Program #15966RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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'. Activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 8,850'.

Equipment Requirements
This vigorous walking program requires sturdy hiking boots or shoes.

Itinerary for May 19 — May 24, 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.

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

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888-797-4837.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Check-In/Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Orientation and introductions. Throughout the week, you'll appreciate interpretation during walkabouts, while traveling throughout the park to various trailheads and other destinations and during wildlife viewing interludes. Important background and natural history information pertaining to Yellowstone will be provided during presentation sessions.

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.

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

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888-797-4837.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - Morning presentations: "Welcome to the Wild Side,...
Morning presentations: "Welcome to the Wild Side," acclimation walk, Optics and Ethics of Wildlife Viewing"

Note: Acclimation walk, up to 3 1/2 miles, on moderate terrain.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: The adventure begins! Throughout the week, presentations will highlight the natural history of Yellowstone - wildlife, habitats, management issues, geology and more. Later, your interpreted field days and walking exploration offer moments of delight, discovery and the opportunity to investigate geyser basin, waterfall, riparian, canyon and mountain environments. Spring in Yellowstone offers the optimum time of year for wildlife viewing. A variety of wildlife and their young and birds may be seen during this time of year when movement between winter and summer ranges occurs, nesting season is underway and many species are born.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant

Afternoon: Vigorous walks throughout the week, with interpretation, offer the opportunity to explore various life zones and habitats in Yellowstone National Park. Be aware that spring in the mountains may result in wet or muddy stretches along certain trails. This afternoon, enjoy a 3 1/2 mile acclimation walk on maintained trail or roadway - some uneven terrain - along the Yellowstone River, old Yellowstone Trail or historic railroad bed near lodgings. In addition, the walk provides a valuable opportunity to continue to acclimate to Gardiner's elevation (5,260'). At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Taking the time to acclimate, exercising moderately, carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems. Later afternoon is free time to familiarize yourself with Yellowstone's northwest gateway community of Gardiner, MT.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant

Evening: "Optics and Ethics of Wildlife Observation". Discover the correct way to use binoculars and scopes (both provided; however, bring your own if you have them) or brush up your own skills using tips provided by instructor. Learn how to view wildlife unobtrusively and how to behave in their environment.

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.

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

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888-797-4837.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Walking on the Wild side in Yellowstone National ...
Note: Walk up to 3 1/2 miles on established trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: Natural history of Yellowstone continues with an in depth look at predator/prey dynamics; wolves, mountain lions, coyotes and more.

Lunch: Lunch at nearby restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon/evening field trip into Yellowstone National Park's northern range, the Lamar Valley, and possibly the Tower area, for afternoon and evening walks for habitat exploration and wildlife viewing; walk up to 3 1/2 miles. The Lamar Valley offers prime wolf habitat and the Tower area offers prime black bear habitat. The possibility of seeing wolves and bears exists. Sightings are not uncommon; however, sightings cannot be guaranteed. The wide open, astonishingly beautiful and wildlife-filled Lamar Valley will astound with its rich habitat and wealth of wildlife including elk, bison, pronghorn, coyotes, waterfowl, eagles and songbirds. Spring-green, nutritious vegetation, clumps of cottonwood trees along the wild Lamar River, quaken aspens hugging timbered ridges, sagebrush covered hills and meadowlarks will awaken you to paradise. Those not wishing to walk may wait at the trailhead.

Dinner: Picnic dinners in Yellowstone

Evening: Field trip continues with a late return to lodgings; remember, evenings offer optimum opportunity for spotting wildlife and gorgeous light for taking photographs.

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.

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

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888-797-4837.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Walking on the Wildside in Yellowstone National P...
Walking on the Wildside in Yellowstone National Park includes exploration in the Canyon area.

Note: Walk up to 3 1/2 miles on established trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: Interpreted walking expeditions for the day - walk up to 3 1/2 - are planned in the Mt. Washburn and Canyon areas. Please note: Field trip and walking destinations could change due to weather and road conditions or wildlife considerations; sometimes trails or regions are temporarily closed due to grizzly, wolf, bison or other wildlife moving in and using the area. Weather and trail conditions permitting, you'll walk several miles along an old wagon road that snakes up the side of Mt. Washburn, an ancient volcano. The road which was constructed in 1905 was eventually used by Model Ts then later closed to motor vehicles and has since evolved into a wide trail - perfect for hikers who like to get out and enjoy expansive views. Fill your eyes and senses with lush, grassy slopes that have begun to fill up with wildflowers as spring in the high country evolves into summer. Enjoy the sight and scent of mountain breezes and high elevation coniferous trees including whitebark pine, subalpine fir and Engelmann spruce.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park

Afternoon: Walking exploration in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone area to experience beautiful, pastel tinted canyon walls and roaring water. A riverside walk offers a grand perspective of the river, canyon and both 109' Upper and 309' Lower Falls. Walking reveals the experience of rushing water, yawning depths, riverside habitat, wildflowers, birds, evidence of geologic forces, forest, waterfall mist and rainbows.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant

Evening: An introduction to Yellowstone's Geothermal Phenomena provides an overview of the caldera's violent, geologic past and a great preview for tomorrow's exploration in the Upper Geyser Basin.

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.

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

Room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel for information 888-797-4837.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - Walking on the Wildside in Yellowstone National P...
Walking on the Wildside in Yellowstone National Park includes exploration in the Old Faithful Area.

Note: Walk up to 3 1/2 miles on established trails, boardwalks and stairs.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: Walking investigation in the Old Faithful area offers hissing fumaroles, steaming geysers, sulfurous mudpots and bubbling hot springs; after all, over 1/4 of the world's geysers are found here. Check out the Visitor Center and appreciate historic Old Faithful Inn. Consider the thermal basin environment and the great Caldera's volcanic past, as you walk trails with your interpreter at Old Faithful, along the Firehole River and among thermal features with names like Giantess, Beehive, Grand, Giant, Beauty, Chromatic and Castle.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park

Afternoon: Walking exploration continues among a wealth of wildlife habitat. Remember to bring your binoculars; scopes provided. Walk up to 3 1/2 miles.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant

Evening: Presentation discusses 'Bears of Yellowstone,' and may include Yellowstone resource issues.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - "Railroad to Boot Hill" walk on nearby terrain wr...
Note: Walk two to three miles round trip from lodgings.

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant

Morning: Final morning walkabout wraps up the adventure and loose ends, answers questions and brings the adventure to a satisfying conclusion. Group photo; bring your own camera. Check-out.

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
Yellowstone National ParkOfficial web site for Yellowstone National Park.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm
HikingTrailhead 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
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 Park concessionerFor 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. Xanterra 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 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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15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
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