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Greater Yellowstone: Heart of the Continent

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Program #2809RJ
9 Days | 8 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
Program sites and activities at elevations ranging from 5,267' to 9,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Durable water bottle, day or fanny pack to carry items on walks (water bottle, camera, etc.). You may wish to bring a walking stick if you use one.

Itinerary for Aug 11 — Aug 19, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call 49er Inn and Suites (307) 733-7550 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 11 - Welcome to the Greater Yellowstone.
Afternoon: Arrive at lodgings in Jackson; check-in between 4 and 5 pm.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at downtown restaurant

Evening: Orientation and Introductions

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Very well maintained, nicely furnished cabins snuggled in a pine forest, within walking distance of Jackson Lake Lodge and Lodge Dining Room.

Contact info:
HWY 191
Moran, WY 83013 USA
phone: 307-543-3005
web: www.gtlc.com

Room amenities: iron and hair dryer by request.

Facility amenities: At lodge is pool, internet access, laundry facility, dining room, lounge, viewing area with scopes, specialty shops, art, safe on request.

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


Day Two: Monday, August 12 - Snake River Rendezvous
Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast at hotel

Morning: Introductory presentation of the Greater Yellowstone Area: an overview of the largest intact, temperate ecosystem on earth whose habitat continues to preserve the nation's wildlife heritage. Lodgings check-out. Docent-led tour of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The museum contains approximately 4,000 works of art; its exhibitions and programs focus on wildlife of the world.

Lunch: Lunch at museum restaurant

Afternoon: Snake River scenic float offers pristine riparian habitat, exquisite views of the Teton Mountain Range, natural history interpretation. Expect to see waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, possibly deer. Continue north through Teton National Park for check-in at Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins.

Dinner: Dinner at Jackson Lake Lodge Dining Room.

Evening: Free evening; optional wildlife viewing from the back balcony overlook. Expect to see moose activity.

Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: Very well maintained, nicely furnished cabins snuggled in a pine forest, within walking distance of Jackson Lake Lodge and Lodge Dining Room.

Contact info:
HWY 191
Moran, WY 83013 USA
phone: 307-543-3005
web: www.gtlc.com

Room amenities: iron and hair dryer by request.

Facility amenities: At lodge is pool, internet access, laundry facility, dining room, lounge, viewing area with scopes, specialty shops, art, safe on request.

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


Day Three: Tuesday, August 13 - On the Threshold of Wilderness
Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet at Jackson Lake Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Continue exploration of Teton National Park with a morning boat trip across jewel-like Jenny Lake where a backdrop of the mighty Teton Peaks stuns the senses. Enjoy a moderate 1/2 mile hike to Hidden Falls, truly hidden and delightful.

Lunch: sack lunches at String Lake

Afternoon: Learn of early settlers in the Jackson Hole area; visit historic Chapel of Transfiguration and Menor's Ferry. Explore Discovery/Visitor Center at Moose.

Dinner: Dinner at Jackson Lake Lodge

Evening: Free evening for scenic and wildlife viewing aided by spotting scopes. Several walking and hiking paths on and near Lodge grounds.

Lodging: Jackson Lake Lodge Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Facility amenities: lounge, bar, dining room, cafe, physically disabled services

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, August 14 - Across the Great Divide
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Jackson Lake Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Morning presentation is a snapshot of Yellowstone's Geology. Depart Teton National Park and journey north into Yellowstone country. Exploration will include either the Grant area or West Thumb Geyser Basin. Grant Visitor Center highlights, via exhibits and film, fire’s role in the ecosystem. Learn of the historic fires that swept through the area in 1988. Continue along Yellowstone Lake's wooded shoreline to West Thumb. The West Thumb Geyser Basin showcases some of the park’s deepest and most colorful hot springs. It is speculated that the Basin’s heat source is only 10,000 feet down! The thermal features here extend under the surface of the lake as well as along the shore. Climb westward from here and traverse 8,262' Craig Pass.

Lunch: Picnic lunch enroute

Afternoon: Enter the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the world's largest concentration of geysers. Here is the world's best known and most beloved hydrothermal feature - Old Faithful - offering thousands of gallons of scalding water and billowing steam gushing skyward with each eruption. What a grand welcome to the Old Faithful area. Check in at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Become acquainted with the grounds - Old Faithful Visitor Center, Old Faithful Inn, Old Faithful Lodge and Old Hamilton Store.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Snow Lodge Dining Room.

Evening: Free evening to enjoy the Old Faithful area; relax, take an evening geyser walkabout, revisit the Visitor Center, enjoy an ice cream.

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Built in the style of classic national park lodges, Old Faithful Snow Lodge combines modern comfort with rustic timber construction within viewing distance of Old Faithful Geyser

Contact info:
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-545-4600
web: www.TravelYellowstone.com

Facility amenities: lounge, bar, dining room, cafe, physically disabled services

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, August 15 - In the Valley of Geysers
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Snow Lodge Dining Room.

Morning: An in-depth exploration of the Upper Geyser Basin is led by your naturalist among hot springs, mudpots, fumaroles and geysers with splendid names - Grand, Plume, Beehive, Castle, Lion, Doublet. Find out about the hotspot beneath Yellowstone and the resulting geologic processes of volcanism, earthquakes, faulting and large-scale movement of the earth's crust. Alternatively, enjoy a tour of historic Old Faithful Inn with historian/author.

Lunch: Picnic lunch enroute

Afternoon: Discovery continues among Firehole River Valley thermal basins - Midway Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pot and Firehole Lake Drive. Several walks each day, up to two miles on moderate terrain - trails, stairs and boardwalks.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Snow Lodge Dining Room.

Evening: Optional ranger presentation.

Lodging: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

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. Hictorically decorated rooms. Relaxation in spacious, glassed in, Great Room offers grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake.

Contact info:
Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-2107
web: www.travelyellowstone.com

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 Six: Friday, August 16 - In the Heart of Yellowstone
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

Morning: Bid goodbye to Old Faithful and carry on to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a massive and splendid wonder that is 20 miles long, 800' to 1200' deep and 1,500' to 4,000' wide. Time at Canyon's new Visitor Education Center offers state-of-the-art geology exhibits and insight into the world of Yellowstone today as well as a journey into its volcanic past. Here are interactive exhibits, animations, audio-visual productions and real-time scientific data that reveal the Yellowstone volcano and show how its geysers, hot springs and geologic history shape the distribution and abundance of all life found here today.

Lunch: Picnic lunches in the Canyon area.

Afternoon: An exploratory walk along the Canyon's South Rim to famed Artist Point Overlook reveals stunning geology, views of spectacular Upper and Lower Falls and the lovely pastel shades that describe perpendicular canyon walls, beautifully tinted by hot water's action on volcanic rock. Consider the geologic processes that created this mighty work - glaciers, a volcanic eruption, lava flows and huge ice dams. A late afternoon departure via Hayden Valley brings explorers to Yellowstone Lake's extensive 110-mile shoreline. The lake itself, an alpine lake extending 136 square miles, is so large that it often creates its own weather. Interpretation includes discussion of its fisheries, the fascinating volcanic activity taking place beneath its surface, the area's human history. Expect to see waterfowl, shorebirds, pelicans, perhaps moose. Arrive and 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: Free evening to enjoy the hotel's spacious, glassed-in Sun Room with comfortable seating from which to enjoy the grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake, piano music and conversation or...time for leisurely strolling about the historic hotel grounds.

Lodging: Lake Hotel

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. Hictorically decorated rooms. Relaxation in spacious, glassed in, Great Room offers grand view of beautiful Yellowstone Lake.

Contact info:
Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 USA
phone: 307-344-2107
web: www.travelyellowstone.com

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 Seven: Saturday, August 17 - On the Grand Tour
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Lake Hotel Dining Room.

Morning: Travel northward tracing the mighty Yellowstone River as it exits Yellowstone Lake to finally break out into Hayden Valley's vast, wide open spaciousness. The Hayden, a former lake bed, is now a shrub and grasslands habitat that supports a myriad of grazing critters from small rodents to large ungulates. And of course, scavengers and predators. Keep watch; you may spot bison, coyote, elk, raven, grizzly bear and birds of prey. Consider predator/prey dynamics, carrying capacity, wolf reintroduction. Keep camera and binoculars at the ready. Depart for the Mammoth area via 8,859' Dunraven Pass.

Lunch: Lunch at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room

Afternoon: Walk the Mammoth Terraces to observe her ever changing, graceful travertine beauty; boardwalk, asphalt path and several hundred stairsteps (downhill). About two tons of travertine are deposited daily as hot, mineral-laden water wells up from beneath the earth's crust to add to terraces that began building thousands of years ago. Visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum, built by the US cavalry during "Fort Yellowstone" times for history themed and predator-prey themed exhibits, the Moran and Jackson Galleries. Tour historic Fort Yellowstone. Mammoth is now the administrative center for Yellowstone National Park

Dinner: Picnic supper in the park.

Evening: Evening return to Lake Hotel. Enjoy evening's distinctive light and watch for wildlife.

Lodging: Lake Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The 49er is centrally located downtown, on Jackson's Town Square. A short walk through the elk antler arch are galleries, shopping, unique western boutiques and fine dining.

Contact info:
330 West Pearl
Jackson, WY 83001 USA
phone: 307-733-7550
web: www.townsquareinns.com

Room amenities: Coffee maker, iron/ironing board, wireless internet

Facility amenities: Deluxe continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and fitness room.

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

Additional nights before: varies
Seasonal rates; call 49er Inn and Suites (307) 733-7550 for information.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Eight: Sunday, August 18 - Mystique of the Mountains
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at Lake Hotel Dining Room

Morning: Depart Lake Hotel for Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy this visual review with supplementary interpretation while retracing the journey through both national parks. Appreciate time at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and its Indian Arts Museum in Teton National Park.

Lunch: Picnic lunches enroute

Afternoon: A relaxing two-mile lakeside hike is a fitting closure for the grand discovery. Arrive Jackson, Wy for lodgings check-in.

Dinner: Dinner at Jackson restaurant

Evening: Program Closing and Goodbyes

Lodging: 49er Inn and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, August 19 - Homeward Bound.
Breakfast: Expanded continental breakfast at hotel

Morning: Independent departures

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Lake Station
Yellowstone National Parkinformation for Yellowstone National Park visitors
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm
Jackson, WY
Jackson Hole Chamber of CommerceProvides information about the Jackson and Jackson Hole area.
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholechamber.com/
National Museum of Wildlife ArtHousing an internationally acclaimed collection of sculpture, paintings and photography -all devoted to wildlife- the museum includes permanent and changing exhibits, Children's Discovery Gallery, library, museum shop and the Rising Sage Cafe.
For additional information, visit: www.wildlifeart.org/Frame_HomePage.cfm
Jackson Hole Aerial Tram A scenic ride up Rendezvous Mountain to an elevation of 10,450. Expect fun, goose bumps and spectacular views of Jackson Hole and surrounding mountain ranges. Bring a jacket. (888) 838-6606
For additional information, visit: www.jacksonholewy.com/s-activities-aerial-tram.php
Jackson National Fish HatcheryEstablished in 1950 as part of the Palisades Dam Act, the hatchery today focuses on producing eggs and fish to cover fish losses on Federal water projects and for states, tribes and research facilities. It is located on the Fish & Wildlife Service's National Elk Refuge and is part of their National Broodstock Program.
For additional information, visit: www.fws.gov/jackson/
Jackson Lake
Teton National Parkvisitor information
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/grte

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23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
10 Hands-on experiences

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