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Program #19588RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Lodges, classes, activities and field trips take place at elevations ranging from 5,016' to 7,365'.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy boots or shoes for hiking, walking and horseback riding, water bottle and fanny or day pack to carry possibles. Grandparent(s) may wish to bring a walking stick if he/she uses one. Closed-toed shoes for horseback riding.

Itinerary for Jun 20 — Jun 25, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Cody, the Comfort Inn is centrally located for adventurers ready to explore Wyoming's western culture. Walk eight blocks to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center whose five museums tell the story of the American West - from its landscape and first peoples through the present day western experience. Near town are headquarters for horseback riding, river rafting and fishing. Comfortable lodgings are a central base for these adventures as well as exploring the area's roads among a breathtaking landscape, shopping, restaurants, night rodeo and more.

Contact info:
1601 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 USA
phone: 307-587-5556
web: http://www.blairhotels.com/comfort_inn.cfm?id=30

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, Ac, wireless high speed internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, hot breakfast, hi-speed web access, dry cleaning service, gift shop, newsstand, airport courtesy shuttle, adjacent restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Comfort Inn (307) 587-5556 for information and rates.


Day One: Thursday, June 20 - Welcome to Cody; dinner, orientation and get acq...
Afternoon: Welcome to Cody. Check-in between 4 and 5 pm in lobby.

Dinner: Welcome dinner buffet at the hotel.

Evening: Orientation, introductions and get acquainted activity.

Lodging: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Cody, the Comfort Inn is centrally located for adventurers ready to explore Wyoming's western culture. Walk eight blocks to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center whose five museums tell the story of the American West - from its landscape and first peoples through the present day western experience. Near town are headquarters for horseback riding, river rafting and fishing. Comfortable lodgings are a central base for these adventures as well as exploring the area's roads among a breathtaking landscape, shopping, restaurants, night rodeo and more.

Contact info:
1601 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 USA
phone: 307-587-5556
web: http://www.blairhotels.com/comfort_inn.cfm?id=30

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, Ac, wireless high speed internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, hot breakfast, hi-speed web access, dry cleaning service, gift shop, newsstand, airport courtesy shuttle, adjacent restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Comfort Inn (307) 587-5556 for information and rates.


Day Two: Friday, June 21 - A visit to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center gives...
A visit to the Buffalo Bill Historic Center gives an introduction to the Bighorn Basin, its high desert ecosystem and Western history.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to nearby Buffalo Bill Historical Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate. Docent lead tour through the Buffalo Bill Museum will highlight the morning with time to explore the Historic Center.

Lunch: Lunch at museum.

Afternoon: A Birds of Prey presentation will begin the afternoon activities at the Historical Center. Grandparents and grandchildren will have time to explore at any of the Center's five museumson their own - Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Firearms Museum, Plains Indian Museum or Draper Museum of Natural History. Generations can walk back to motel for free time in the pool, resting, shopping or exploring the town.

Dinner: Dinner at nearby restaurant; walk two blocks.

Evening: Overview of the amazing Yellowstone ecosystem.

Lodging: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Cody, the Comfort Inn is centrally located for adventurers ready to explore Wyoming's western culture. Walk eight blocks to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center whose five museums tell the story of the American West - from its landscape and first peoples through the present day western experience. Near town are headquarters for horseback riding, river rafting and fishing. Comfortable lodgings are a central base for these adventures as well as exploring the area's roads among a breathtaking landscape, shopping, restaurants, night rodeo and more.

Contact info:
1601 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 USA
phone: 307-587-5556
web: http://www.blairhotels.com/comfort_inn.cfm?id=30

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, Ac, wireless high speed internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, hot breakfast, hi-speed web access, dry cleaning service, gift shop, newsstand, airport courtesy shuttle, adjacent restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Comfort Inn (307) 587-5556 for information and rates.


Day Three: Saturday, June 22 - Field day to Yellowstone National Park to the Lak...
Field day to Yellowstone National Park to the Lake and Old Faithful areas for thermal features, hiking and wildlife.

Note: Walks upto 1 mile on boardwalks and trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Board transportation to Yellowstone; travel west through Shoshone National Forest while onboard interpretation introduces the Yellowstone supervolcano. Enter the park's east gate and traverse 8,530' Sylvan Pass to Yellowstone Lake. When rumors and tall tales of "Colter's Hell" filtered east, Congress dispatched an expedition in 1871 to confirm Yellowstone's wonders; Dr. Ferdinand Hayden, a member of the expedition reported back and his account of "Wonderland" played a major role in the establishment of the world's first national park - Yellowstone. He wrote of Yellowstone Lake, "The lake lay before us, a vast sheet of quiet water, of a most delicate marine hue, one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever beheld. Such a vision is worth a lifetime, and only one of such marvelous beauty will ever greet human eyes." Follow its timbered north shore to the Fishing Bridge area where Yellowstone River exits the lake, then on east and south to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Yellowstone Lake is North America's largest high elevation lake at 20 miles long, 14 miles wide and more than 390 feet deep at its deepest point. It lies across the caldera of a volcano that erupted about 640,000 years ago. Hear about current volcanic activity in the lake, resurgent domes and more. Recently, a submersible remotely operated vehicle took samples and pictures of the lake bottom; images revealed active hydrothermal vents, spires, fissures, steep-sided craters and more. Learn about these discoveries. An exploratory walk at West Thumb Geyser Basin includes many thermal features including beautiful Abyss Pool, one of the park's deepest pools and Fishing Cone which has a very interesting recent history.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the park.

Afternoon: Adventuring seventeen miles further down the road and over the Continental Divide twice brings generations into the Heart of Yellowstone, to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. Experience Old Faithful's signature eruption and a guided hike at Geyser Hill to experience all four thermal features - geysers, mudpots, fumaroles and hot springs. See them, walk through and feel clouds of steam, smell sulfur, hear hissing fumaroles or steam vents and bubbling, plopping mudpots. Enjoy a wonderland of unique features, beautiful colors and spouting geysers. Find out about hardy life forms that have adapted to boiling water. Enjoy historic and legendary Old Faithful Inn, designed by Robert Reamer and built during the winter of 1903-04. This structure is one of the few remaining log hotels in the country. Time at the Old Faithful Visitor Center for the main exhibit areas: Why Geysers Erupt, Hot Water Treasures, Hot Spring Ecology and Scientific Research as well as the educational book store and auditorium,

Dinner: Dinner at Lake Cafeteria.

Evening: After dinner discovery walk for kids along the shore showcases shoreline habitat, waterfowl, fisheries and wildlife. Grandparents welcome to come along or may wish to shop or enjoy the grand panorama from Lake Hotel's spacious, glassed-in Great Room. Evening return to Cody provides wildlife spotting opportunities.

Lodging: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Cody, the Comfort Inn is centrally located for adventurers ready to explore Wyoming's western culture. Walk eight blocks to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center whose five museums tell the story of the American West - from its landscape and first peoples through the present day western experience. Near town are headquarters for horseback riding, river rafting and fishing. Comfortable lodgings are a central base for these adventures as well as exploring the area's roads among a breathtaking landscape, shopping, restaurants, night rodeo and more.

Contact info:
1601 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 USA
phone: 307-587-5556
web: http://www.blairhotels.com/comfort_inn.cfm?id=30

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, Ac, wireless high speed internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, hot breakfast, hi-speed web access, dry cleaning service, gift shop, newsstand, airport courtesy shuttle, adjacent restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Comfort Inn (307) 587-5556 for information and rates.


Day Four: Sunday, June 23 - An adventure at Red Rock Canyon a geology lesson ...
An adventure at Red Rock Canyon a geology lesson and an evening at the rodeo.

Note: Walk up to 1 1/2 miles at the Red Rock Canyon area.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Expedition to Red Rock Canyon for hands-on discovery. Wear hiking shoes or boots and find out about earth's layers here by examining several - the massive granite formation layer, sandstone layer and limestone/dolomite cliff and boulder forming layers near Buffalo Bill Dam. The Dam was completed in 1910 and supplies irrigation for 93,000 acres of farmland in the Bighorn Basin. A walk to the base of the dam at canyon's center includes a scramble on the limestone layer here. Continue on to a gypsum area for treasure collecting; find fossils including gryphea and belemnites, gypsum crystals and agates to take home.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the park.

Afternoon: Geology 101 presentation explains basics and reviews morning adventure. Free time.

Dinner: Shuttle to dinner. Enjoy being serenaded with cowboy songs and poetry.

Evening: Enjoy watching cowgirls and cowboys perform at the Cody Night Rodeo; see bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.

Lodging: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in downtown Cody, the Comfort Inn is centrally located for adventurers ready to explore Wyoming's western culture. Walk eight blocks to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center whose five museums tell the story of the American West - from its landscape and first peoples through the present day western experience. Near town are headquarters for horseback riding, river rafting and fishing. Comfortable lodgings are a central base for these adventures as well as exploring the area's roads among a breathtaking landscape, shopping, restaurants, night rodeo and more.

Contact info:
1601 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 USA
phone: 307-587-5556
web: http://www.blairhotels.com/comfort_inn.cfm?id=30

Room amenities: In-room coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, cable/satellite TV, Ac, wireless high speed internet.

Facility amenities: Outdoor heated pool, hot breakfast, hi-speed web access, dry cleaning service, gift shop, newsstand, airport courtesy shuttle, adjacent restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Comfort Inn (307) 587-5556 for information and rates.


Day Five: Monday, June 24 - More western discovery with a scenic float and ho...
Note: One hour horseback ride and a two-hour scenic float on Class II and III whitewater.

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Meet your mountain horse and find out about horse handling and tack then head out onto a nearby trail for a morning's riding venture among Wyoming's wide open high desert country. Enjoy the creak of saddle leather and appreciate the heady aromas of sagebrush and high mountain air blowing down off the Big Horn, Bridger and Absaroka Mountains. This big country's endless panorama, seen from horseback, hints of first nations people, mountain men, desperadoes and pioneers. Outfitter outlines history since the fur trade era. PLEASE NOTE: Weight limit for horseback riding is 220 pounds.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the park.

Afternoon: Appreciate an afternoon float on the Shoshone River on class II and III whitewater. Seasoned river guides share Cody area pioneer and Plains Indian history. Drifting under a blue, western sky on murmuring, rippling water or hustling through rapids offer excitement, enjoyment and moments of discovery along the river's unique riparian environment.

Dinner: Shuttle to dinner

Evening: Enjoy swing dancing lessons and a chance to swing your favorite partner.

Lodging: Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Tuesday, June 25 - Adventure wrap-up, group photo, closing and goodb...
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Adventurers have encountered canyons, cauldrons, crystals and cowboys during a week of field study in Red Rock Canyon and Yellowstone, a day at the museum, a horseback ride and rafting adventure. The morning wrap-up distills information and offers discussion and Q & A. Closing: what will you take home with your crystals and fossils. Something that is invisible, that doesn't weigh anything; a thought, a feeling, a discovery. Group photo; bring your own camera. Time for goodbyes to new friends. Motel check-out.

Brunch: Grab-n-go lunch to take with you.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Cody, WY
Buffalo Bill Historical CenterA Smithsonian Affiliate, the Center's five museums-Draper Museum of Natural History, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Plains Indian Museum, Cody Firearms Museum and Buffalo Bill Museum-interpret art history, culture, natural history and firearms of the west.
For additional information, visit: www.bbhc.org
McCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management AreaMcCullough Peaks Wild Horse Management Area, located east of Cody encompasses 109,814 acres of land and is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Cody Field Office. Unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horses are protected and managed here in accordance with the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. Bring binoculars and look for horses, pronghorn, mule deer, golden eagles, coyotes, blacktailed prairie dogs, badgers, burrowing owls, prairie rattlers, sage grouse and more. Drive your own vehicle or take a tour with Red Canyon Wild Mustang Tours.
For additional information, visit: codywyomingadventures.com
Cowboy Music RevueCowboy music, comedy and poetry variety show "Chautauqua" style.
For additional information, visit: www.cowboymusicrevue.com
Meeteetse ChocolatierRodeo cowboy creates unique and decadent chocolates and desserts in an environmental and ethical manner in the heart of Wyoming's Big Horn Basin. Working to become a zero waste business, supports the local community, uses as many local ingredients as possible. Not a candy store but a chocolatier.
For additional information, visit: meeteetsechocolatier.com/
www.wyomingrivertrips.comExperienced outfitters have owned and operated their rafting company in Cody since 1978. Provide scenic and whitewater rafting trips, kayaking on the Shoshone River. Natural history interpretation.
For additional information, visit: www.wyomingrivertrips.com
Cody StampedeCowboys, cowgirls, rodeo events, clowns and entertainment. Top rodeo athletes come to Cody to win big purses and ride the best stock.
For additional information, visit: codystampederodeo.com

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