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BEGINS IN: THE TETONS (ALTA), WYOMING

Intergenerational Rocky Mountain High: Riding, Rafting and Climbing in the Tetons

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Program #2587RJ
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
Sleeping elevation 8000'. Maximum elevation 10,000' by chairlift (weather permitting.)

Equipment Requirements
Refillable quart water bottle. Backpack to carry field lunches and water. Comfortable hiking boots, vibram soles (good tread.) Walking stick recommended. Water shoes for whitewater raft trip. Jeans and shoes with heels recommended for horseback ride.

Itinerary for Jul 7 — Jul 12, 2013

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Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

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

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 07 - Check-In / Dinner / Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in Grand Targhee after 4 pm. Road Scholar registration 5:30 pm in Teewinot Conference Room.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: Orientation Meeting 7 pm in Teewinot Conference Room. Meet fellow participants and review week's activity schedule.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

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

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 08 - Teton Habitats Class / On-site hike to Lightning ...
Teton Habitats Class / On-site hike to Lightning Peak / Hands-on Skins and Skulls Class

Note: LIGHTNING PEAK HIKE: 4.6 miles round-trip through subalpine forests and flower-filled meadows. Elevation gain/loss 500 feet. The group will hike together, at a slow to moderate pace, allowing all participants to feel the exhilaration of climbing a mountain ridge. While hiking, children complete a scavenger hunt, looking for sounds, colors and shapes of nature.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort

Morning: Teton Habitats Class: discuss the 5 major habitats we visit during the week and plants and wildlife you are likely to see. On-site hike to Lightning Peak through subalpine forests and flower-filled meadows. Enjoy your picnic lunch overlooking the heart of the Teton Mountain Range. See if you can spot hikers and climbers in the mountains immediately in front of you.

Lunch: Sack lunch on hike

Afternoon: Hike continued / Movie: The Bear, (1988) known as L'Ours in its original release, a feature film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The screenplay by Gérard Brach was adapted from the novel The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood. The movie was nominated for and won numerous international film awards

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Hands-on class: Skins and Skulls; Learn about Teton animals through examination of authentic skins and skulls. You become the expert while creating a poster about the critter of your choice.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

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

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 09 - Hands-On Activity / Outdoor Activity / Horseback ...
Note: HORSEBACK RIDE: 2 hours. Enjoy wildflower meadows and sub-alpine spruce/fir forests on a horseback ride with incredible views. Hikers visit fossil sites to hunt for fossils of resident critters from 350 million years ago.

Breakfast: Breakfast at resort.

Morning: Hands-on Activity; KIDS Finish wildlife posters/ ADULTS Teton History class: discover how the history of the Teton region intertwines the Idaho and Wyoming sides of the range. Taken from a local's perspective, you will enjoy personal anecdotes along with classic history as written by historians./ Exploratory Hike: possible activities include fossil hunt, capturing butterflies, sampling wild edible plants, blindfold walk, looking for tracks and signs of wild critters. / Horseback Ride (1/2 of group).

Lunch: 12:00 lunch at Resort

Afternoon: Video: "Catch Me If You Can"; the best sequences of playing animals the videographer has filmed. "Play is important, and for each animal I will show you how their seemingly carefree activity mirrors their adult lives." -Bob Landis, filmmaker. Prefaced by talk about predator/prey relationships.

Afternoon: Exploratory Hike: possible activities include capturing butterflies, sampling wild edible plants, blindfold walk, looking for tracks and signs of wild critters / Horseback Ride (1/2 of group).

Dinner: 6 PM dinner at the resort.

Evening: Skins and Skulls Presentation: You are the expert! Present interesting facts about your chosen animal to the entire group.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

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

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10 - Field Trip: Grand Teton National Park / Whitewat...
Field Trip: Grand Teton National Park / Whitewater Raft Trip / Jackson Hole Rodeo

Note: RAFT TRIP: Company provides safety and paddling instruction; splash gear and Coast Guard approved life jacket; wetsuits available for rent (nominal fee). 8 mile float; 2 hours on the water, depending on water levels; Class III rapids; 14-man rafts; paddling is optional.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort

Morning: Field Trip 9 am departure:Grand Teton National Park

Lunch: Sack lunch picnic at Grand Teton National Park Visitor Center. Eat a picnic lunch with the grandeur of the Tetons as a panoramic backdrop. Experience wonderful interactive displays in the new Craig Thomas Dicovery Center, opened August 2008. The Discovery Center has exhibits on history, flora, fauna and artworks of the Tetons.

Afternoon: Whitewater trip on the Snake River; meet raft company at 2:00 pm. Combining spectacular scenery with the excitement of rolling rapids, this whitewater rafting trip has all the ingredients for the perfect river adventure. Sand's Wild Water River Trips take you through 8 miles of whitewater in the Grand Canyon of the Snake River south of the town of Jackson.

Dinner: Dinner in Jackson. we'll meet at a local restaurant for dinner.

Evening: Jackson Hole Rodeo, 8 pm. Unlike the larger gatherings in other parts of the state, Jackson maintains it's local, "anyone who has the gumption can do it" attitude that makes it representative of both the community and the original intention of the sport. Noted for fine stock, young cowboys coming up through the ranks and people who just love it, it's a great choice for action-packed fun. Activities include, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronco Riding, Bareback Bronco Riding. Kids get a chance to win prizes in the calf yellow ribbon pull. Return to Targhee.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Surrounded by sub-alpine forest wilderness, 60 minutes from Jackson, WY and located in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone national park area. Hiking trails and mountainside activities right from your door.

Contact info:
3300 East Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414 USA
phone: 800-827-4433
web: grandtarghee.com

Room amenities: Standard motel rooms, phone, satellite television, shower/tub, Wi-fi, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, spa open by appointment. Retail stores include General Store for sundries and snacks and Outfitting Store for gear and clothing. Outdoor activities may include horseback riding, biking, Frisbee disc golf course, mountain bike rentals and scenic chairlift ride, from June 21-Labor Day, weather dependent. On-site restaurant and bar (limited hours) open to the public. Meals served to Road Scholar group during their stay.

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

Additional nights before: Call for price.
Call Grand Targhee Resort 1-800-827-4433 for current prices and to book. Mention you are with Road Scholar for possible Road Scholar discounts and to assure your stay in the same room during the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 11 - Late Breakfast (phew! it was a long day yesterday...
Late Breakfast (phew! it was a long day yesterday!) / Chairlift Ride and Mary's Peak Hike / Climbing Wall / Evening Campfire (weather permitting)

Note: MARY'S PEAK HIKE: Ride the chairlift to the summit of Fred’s Mountain. Hike 1.7 miles to the saddle below Mary’s Peak. You can decide if you want to make the 20 minute climb up the last 340' to the summit of Mary’s once you view it from the saddle. Hike 1.7 miles back to the chairlift for ride down the mountain. Total elevation gain/loss 1170 feet.

Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00 am breakfast at the resort.

Morning: ADULTS: Teton Geology Class: Why do the Tetons look the way they do? What you see in the mountains today is what we’ll discuss. We'll talk about 4.5 billion years of history in 45 minutes! KIDS: meet for hands-on project. FIELD TRIP: Chairlift Ride and optional Mary's summit hike. Challenge yourself to climb Mary's Peak with wonderful 360 degree summit views of the major Teton peaks. Feel the exhiliration of reaching the top of a mountain peak! As well as spectaular scenery, you have the opportunity to possibly see a pika or mountain goat!

Lunch: Sack lunch on the hike.

Afternoon: Field trip continued / Climbing Wall (optional) for children and adults. Challenge yourself to use strength and endurance and reach the top of the wall. Certified outfitter provides ropes, harnesses and belaying.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Closure Meeting / Family Campfire, s'mores and more! Time for us to share the experiences and fun that we had together.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 12 - Good-byes
Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort 7:30 - 8:15 am. Group taxi to airport (by reservation only) leaves 8:30 am. Check out by 11 am.

Morning: Good-byes at breakfast. Program ends to allow you to travel to your next destination.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Alta, WY
General OverviewAirplane/Glider scenic flights, guided fly-fishing trips, 4 golf courses, drive-in movie theatre all available in Teton Valley near Driggs, ID 12 miles from the resort. Mountain bike rentals/horseback rides available mid-June through Labor Day at the resort (no ground transportation required.) Aerial Tram, whitewater rafting, covered wagon cookout with musical entertainment available in Jackson Hole, 42 miles from the resort.
For additional information, visit: www.grandtarghee.com
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For additional information, visit: www.tetonvalleychamber.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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You won't find a better value.

Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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