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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 (the water out of the tap is excellent.) Daypack 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. SMALL bag for overnight raft clothes and toiletries (Your daypack can be used for this.)

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 19, 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 14 - Check-In / Dinner / Orientation
Arrive To: Check-in Grand Targhee after 4 pm. Road Scholar check-in 5:30 pm in Teewinot Conference Room.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: Orientation Meeting 7 pm. 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 15 - Teton Habitats Class / Exploratory Hike / Horseba...
Teton Habitats Class / Exploratory Hike / Horseback Ride / Hands-on Skins and Skulls Activity

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: 7:30 - 8:15 am breakfast at resort.

Morning: Class: Teton Habitats. Learn about 4 major habitats we will visit this week and the plants and animals you are likely to see in each. / 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: Hot lunch at Resort

Afternoon: 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) / Kid's 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. Prefaced and followed by discussion of accuracy of the film and whether it's anthropomorphic.

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 16 - Geology Class/Chairlift Ride and Mountain Summit ...
Geology Class/Chairlift Ride and Mountain Summit Climb / Climbing Wall / Present Animal Posters

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: 7:30 - 8:15 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 (optonal): at resort 5:00 pm. For both children and adults. Challenge yourself to use strength and endurance and reach the top of the wall. Certified outfitter provides rops, harnesses and belaying.

Dinner: Dinner at the resort.

Evening: Animal Posters Presentations / Time to pack for raft overnight trip; SMALL bag allowed per person; pack evening warm clothing and toiletries. We'll review the packing list before you pack. All other personal gear should be packed in ONE bag for overnight storage while we camp.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Luxury Tented Camp

Description: Custom canvas Tipis with sleeping cots provide the ideal blend of luxury and outdoor experience. Freshly prepared dinner served by a campfire complement the serenity of your overnight stay. Wake up to a hot breakfast.

Contact info:
on the banks of the Snake River south of Jackson
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 300-358-8184
web: sandswhitewater.com

Room amenities: Camping in private family tipis on custom cots, group toilet.

Facility amenities: Custom pit toilets.

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


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Field Trip: Grand Teton National Park / Overnigh...
Note: NATIONAL PARK: String Lake; enjoy "Jackson's Swimming Hole" with a dip in fresh mountain waters. Explore the lakeside habitat on a short walk. OVERNIGHT RAFT TRIP: Luggage will be stored at a secure building. Scenic 8 mile (2 hour) float to Pine Bar campsite.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort

Morning: Check out from Grand Targhee. Field Trip 9 am departure:Grand Teton National Park. 10:30 restroom break at Jackson Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.

Lunch: Sack lunch picnic at String Lake. Eat a picnic lunch with the grandeur of the Tetons as a panoramic backdrop. Time to swim and explore the lakeshore.

Afternoon: String Lake visit continued. Craig Thomas Discovery Center: experience wonderful interactive displays in the new visitor center which has exhibits on history, flora, fauna and artwork of the Tetons. Meet Sands Whitewater Company in Jackson for overnight raft trip 4:00 pm. Scenic 8 mile (2 hour) float to Pine Bar campsite.

Dinner: Freshly prepared dinner served by a campfire complement the serenity of your overnight stay at the Pine Bar campsite.

Evening: Camping overnight on the banks of the Snake River at the comfortable Pine Bar campsite, located riverside in a wooded forest with mountain meadows. Custom canvas tepees with sleeping cots provide the ideal blend of luxury and outdoor experience.

Lodging: Snake River Campsite at Pine Bar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located in downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the 49er has a great location and many amenities. AAA and 3 Diamond Rating. Set amid Jackson's wonderful restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and nightspots. One block from the historic Jackson town square. Free in-town START bustop located across the street.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl Street
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 800-451-2980
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Wi-fi, cable television with HBO, and coffeemaker in rooms.

Facility amenities: Extended continental breakfast, 35 person indoor hot tub, 12 person outdoor hot tub, fitness room, sauna, and 2 conference rooms, non-smoking rooms available.

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

Additional nights after: Call motel 800-451-2980.
Call motel 800-451-2980 for current prices. Mention you are with Road Scholar for stay in same room.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Breakfast at camp along Snake River. Whitewater ...
Breakfast at camp along Snake River. Whitewater rafting section of the Snake / Return to Jackson / Check in to hotel / Dinner at local restaurant. / Closure Meeting.

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: Wake up to a hardy hot breakfast at Snake River campsite at Pine Bar.

Morning: Whitewater trip on the Snake River; combining spectacular scenery with the excitement of rolling rapids, this whitewater rafting trip has all the ingredients for the perfect river adventure. Sands' 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.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Jackson.

Afternoon: Check-in at Jackson motel after 2 pm. Free time in Jackson until dinner at a local restaurant.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Closure meeting at the motel to review the week.

Lodging: 49er Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Good-byes
Breakfast: Expanded buffet breakfast at the motel.

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

Morning: Check out by 11 am. Frequent airport shuttles by Alltrans, reservation only.

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
chamber of commerce
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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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
13 Hands-on experiences

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