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The Grand Loop: Tracing Yellowstone's History

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Program #1648RJ
7 Days | 6 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
Site is 6,239'. Activities take place at elevations up to 8,800'.

Equipment Requirements
WATER bottle and fanny or day pack to carry water, camera, personal items.

Itinerary for Aug 4 — Aug 10, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center. Meals served at Park dining rooms or 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:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Warm, comfortable rooms with historic ambiance; here is where early day tourists began their "Grand Loop Tour". Watch for elk who call the Mammoth area home.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, expresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: private bath contains either bathtub or shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 04 - Welcome Dinner, Orientation and Introductions. P...
Welcome Dinner, Orientation and Introductions. Prepare for the adventure when, like sightseers and learners of yesterday, you'll board your coach at the grand hotels for days among the splendor of Yellowstone.

Afternoon: Check-in from 4-5 pm in Map Room

Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room

Evening: Welcome, Introductions and Orientation in Conference Room

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center. Meals served at Park dining rooms or 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:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Warm, comfortable rooms with historic ambiance; here is where early day tourists began their "Grand Loop Tour". Watch for elk who call the Mammoth area home.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, expresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: private bath contains either bathtub or shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 05 - Exploration begins at Fort Yellowstone and the A...
Exploration begins at Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center. Travel to Roosevelt National Historic District for a stagecoach ride.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Natural History of Yellowstone National Park includes a Fort Yellowstone walk and stagecoach ride. Conditions may allow for exploration at the Mammoth Cemetery. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and immediately came under threat of exploitation by poachers, souvenir hunters and developers. Civilian superintendents suffered from inexperience, lack of funds and manpower. After fourteen years, the US Army was called on for help and the Cavalry was sent in to protect Yellowstone's resources and visitors. The year was 1886. After troops suffered through five harsh winters in a temporary camp and the realization dawned that no end was in sight, a guard house was built in 1891 to support the Cavalry's mission of protection and management. Clapboard buildings were built in 1891 with more added in 1897. 1909 saw stone buildings built as the fort's capacity grew to 400 men/four troops. The National Park Service was established in 1916 and the Cavalry gave control of Yellowstone back to the civilians; their duty concluded completely in 1918. Fort Yellowstone became the administrative center for the Park. Journey east to the Roosevelt area via Undine Falls to appreciate historic Roosevelt Lodge which had an important role in early park interpretation. Built in 1920 and nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, it is located within the Roosevelt National Historic District. For a taste of how intrepid adventurers from days gone by experienced the joys of the world's first national park, load up for adventure and a stagecoach ride in the Roosevelt area.

Lunch: Lunch served at hotel restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times, which includes history-themed exhibits-Native Americans, mountain men, early exploration, Army days and early National Park Service. Also included: predator-prey themed exhibit, Moran Gallery (reproductions of Thomas Moran watercolors), Jackson Gallery (original William Henry Jackson photographs and 1871 Hayden Survey photographs), theater, information desk and Yellowstone Association sales area (good selection of Yellowstone-related books, also prints, notecards, games, films, photographs, maps, etc.)

Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Evening presentation: "On the Grand Tour"

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Old Faithful Inn is a massive log hotel within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser. Centered around the 500 ton fireplace, the magnificent lobby sports raw pine ceilings 76 1/2 feet high. The Inn, a masterpiece of rustic architecture, is one of the few remaining log hotels in the U.S. Meals served at Park dining rooms or 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:
1 Grand Loop Rd.
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: As a national historic landmark, Old Faithful Inn offers warm and comfortable rooms that reflect a delightful ambiance. This site is the most requested lodging facility in the Park.

Facility amenities: coffee in lobby; porter service available

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, August 06 - From Mammoth to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and...
From Mammoth to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and its hot springs, fumaroles, geysers and mudpots.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Mammoth Hotel check out. Travel to Old Faithful via the Golden Gate, Swan Lake Flats, Obsidian Cliff and Norris Geyser Basin; walking exploration at Norris, Yellowstone's oldest, hottest and most active thermal area. The basin is situated at the intersection of three major fault lines; evidence shows that thermal features have existed here for the last 115,000 years. A scientific drill hole at Norris registered the highest temperature ever recorded in Yellowstone at 459 degrees F. Walk a portion of either the Porcelain or Back Basin Trail.

Lunch: Picnic in the Park, sack lunches.

Afternoon: Travel continues toward Old Faithful via Gibbon Falls and Madison Junction to the Firehole River and Lower Geyser Basin. Exploration may include a walk at Fountain Paint Pot. Check in at Old Faithful Inn, designed by Robert Reamer and built of local stone and logs during the winter of 1903-04. This treasure is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the few remaining log hotels in the country.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.

Evening: Free evening or optional activity which may be a walk in the geyser basin or ranger presentation.

Lodging: Old Faithful Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Known as the "Grand Lady of the Lake" with its gables and Ionic columns, Lake Hotel overlooks Yellowstone Lake. Relaxation in spacious, glassed-in Great Room offers grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake. Meals served at hotel 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:
Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-2107
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Lake Hotel rooms are historically decorated while the Lake Hotel Annex (directly adjacent to Hotel) offers modern furnishings.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge on site. Safe available. Modem capability.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, August 07 - From Old Faithful to Yellowstone Lake via West Th...
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Old Faithful Inn Dining Room.

Morning: Old Faithful Inn check out. Old Faithful Inn tour with historian/author. Learn more about the Inn's fascinating construction history as you explore unusual nooks and crannies. Geyser Hill walk includes some uphill/downhill on asphalt path, boardwalk and stairs.

Lunch: Lunch at Old Faithful Inn dining room.

Afternoon: Depart for Yellowstone Lake via Craig Pass and West Thumb Geyser Basin. West Thumb is the largest geyser basin on the shores of Yellowstone Lake. It is speculated that its heat source is only 10,000 feet down! Thermal features here extend under the surface of the lake as well as along the shore; several underwater geysers were discovered in the early 1990s. Check in at stately Lake Hotel, the "Grand Lady of the Lake." Architect Robert Reamer engineered its renovation in 1903, adding false balconies, ionic columns and extending the roof. The Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, its centennial year.

Dinner: Dinner at Lake Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Here's an opportunity to enjoy the hotel's spacious, glassed-in Sun Room with comfortable seating from which to enjoy the grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake, music and conversation or...time for a leisurely stroll about the historic hotel grounds.

Lodging: Lake Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center. Meals served at Park dining rooms or 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:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Warm, comfortable rooms with historic ambiance; here is where early day tourists began their "Grand Loop Tour". Watch for elk who call the Mammoth area home.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, expresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: private bath contains either bathtub or shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 08 - From beautiful Yellowstone Lake to Mammoth via Ha...
From beautiful Yellowstone Lake to Mammoth via Hayden Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lake Hotel Dining Room

Morning: Lake Hotel check out. All aboard for interpreted, morning boat ride on Yellowstone Lake, then board your coach for adventure north along the mighty Yellowstone River into the grand expanse of Hayden Valley's wildlife rich habitat. Enjoy wildlife and photo stops.

Lunch: Sack lunches near Canyon.

Afternoon: Appreciate time at the new Canyon Visitor Education Center that focuses on Yellowstone's supervolcano. Walk canyon trails to experience riparian habitat, the Upper Fall's roaring, 109' plunge and Lower Fall's classically spectacular 308' sweep into the depths of a grand canyon whose beautifully tinted walls resulted from hot waters action on volcanic rock. Consider an expanse of space and beauty that one can only begin to imagine.

Dinner: Dinner served at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Free evening or optional presentation.

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Located near Mammoth Terraces, Fort Yellowstone & Albright Visitor Center. Meals served at Park dining rooms or 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:
One Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-5357
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Room amenities: Warm, comfortable rooms with historic ambiance; here is where early day tourists began their "Grand Loop Tour". Watch for elk who call the Mammoth area home.

Facility amenities: Located in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. Ample parking. Within walking distance of Albright Visitor Center/Museum/bookstore, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, ATM, lounge, general store, dining room, quick-service restaurant, clinic, expresso service, gift shop, a service station and corrals with guided trail rides. Internet service is available for purchase in the Lounge and Restaurant.

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

Bathroom: private bath contains either bathtub or shower.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call (307) 344-5357 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, August 09 - Interpretation at the Mammoth Terraces for a land...
Interpretation at the Mammoth Terraces for a landscape turned "inside out." Afternoon walk in the Tower, Lamar or Mammoth area.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

Morning: Mammoth Terrace walk includes boardwalk, path and several hundred stair steps downhill to view a landscape turned inside out. Here, hot, mineral-laden water percolates up, over and across the surface to continue sculpting beautiful travertine terraces.

Lunch: Lunch at Mammoth Hot Springs or picnic lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Depending on weather, road conditions, wildlife dispersion, etc., afternoon activities include walking exploration at either the Tower, Mammoth or Lamar Valley areas. Natural history presentation.

Dinner: Dinner at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room.

Evening: Closing, Reflections and Goodbyes.

Lodging: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, August 10 - Farewell breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel a...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Mammoth Hot Springs

Morning: shuttle departs after breakfast

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
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 support 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 web site for Yellowstone National Park provides information to the visitor.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell
Yellowstone National Park concessionaireFor 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

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