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Biking, Hiking, and Rafting in Big Sky and Yellowstone

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Program #20675RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 elevation 6,125'. Hiking and biking at elevations ranging from 6,000' to 8,000'

Equipment Requirements
Bring sturdy, light hiking shoes that will suffice for both hiking and biking; a water bottle and fanny or day pack are a must. Bring a walking stick if you use one. Bikes and helmets included or bring your own; provided bikes have clip-less pedals.

Itinerary for Jun 2 — Jun 7, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 02 - Welcome Dinner and Orientation
Arrive To: Welcome to Buck's T-4 Lodge located near the Big Sky area, home of many scenic biking and hiking trails and the near the pristine Gallatin River.

Dinner: Experience the genius of Buck's T-4 cuisine at the welcome dinner.

Evening: Orientation and introductions.

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 03 - Overview of the wonders of Yellowstone/bike fitti...
Overview of the wonders of Yellowstone/bike fitting/scenic ride and hike.

Note: Day 2-4 will include hiking from 1 to 3 moderate miles and bicycling from 3 to 12 miles on maintained packed dirt trails with possible loose gravel and some paved roads at elevations from 6,000' to 7,500'. Day 5 in Yellowstone will include an approximate 6 mile hike.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: Classroom presentation includes overview of Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Fitting for bikes and helmets with time to become accustomed to bikes.

Lunch: Lunch at lodge.

Afternoon: The group will bike and hike to prominent state wildlife refuge land to view elk winter range. Paricipants will have an exceptional view of the surrounding mountain-scape and Yellowstone National Park as instructor offers interpretation of how the elk and other wildlife who find refuge in this area during the winter months. 3 mile moderate bike ride and easy 2-3 mile hike.

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge

Evening: Evening presentation about the wonders of Yellowstone and surrounding area considering topics which may include, but are not limited to, geology, human history, thermodynamic features, ecology, predator/prey relationships, riparian habitats and how this all influences the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 04 - Ride to resort village and hike to scenic falls.
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: Bike moderate 12 miles to resort village on both paved and maintained dirt road with some loose gravel. Continue ride to trail head. Enjoy interpretation of the geology, wildlife and natural history of the surrounding area as the group hikes and rides.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field

Afternoon: Hike on well maintained, switchbacking trail into wonderful canyon. Naturalist will interprest the scene as you hike among towering Engelmann Spruce trees to breathtaking 100 foot Falls.

Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge

Evening: Optional movie "A River Runs Through It" which includes scenes filmed across the street from the lodge on the Gallatin River.

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 05 - Morning hike and an afternoon raft on the Gallati...
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: 2-3 mile hike morning hike close to the lodgings. Enjoy the back drop of the magnificent mountain-scape as seasoned naturalist brilliantly colors the hike with interpretation of the surrounding area.

Lunch: sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Expert outfitters provide a memorable raft trip over class 2-3 whitewater. Active adventurers will enjoy a scenic ride winding through towering rock formations on the pristine Gallatin River.

Dinner: Dinner on Site

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 06 - Yellowstone National Park: Hike behind Midway Gey...
Yellowstone National Park: Hike behind Midway Geyser Basin to Fairy Falls.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: Discover 6 of the 1,300 miles of back country trails as naturalist leads the group off the beaten path through a “lodge pole desert,” created by the fires of 1988. Naturalist will use opportune moments to highlight the various unique thermal features as the hike continues on behind Midway Geyser Basin to Fairy Falls. Experience Fairy Creek's magnificent decent out over the edge of the Madison Plateau as it plunges 197 feet.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field

Afternoon: Field day to Yellowstone will include the Old Faithful area, the Fountain Paint Pots and the Upper Geyser Basin to experience all four examples of thermal features - fumaroles, hot pools, mudpots and geysers. Walk the Old Faithful Geyser Basin and explore historic Old Faithful Inn. Expect fantastic eruptions, beautifully tinted hot pools, pungent sulfur steam. Learn of life forms at high temperatures. Consider the Great Caldera's underground plumbing.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful

Evening: Evening return takes advantage of the crepuscular hour and possible wildlife sightings.

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Bucks T-4 Lodge is nestled in the Gallatin Valley between the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges. The provides a stunning backdrop Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Yellowstone, Big Sky and Moonlight Basin ski resorts and the Gallatin Canyon experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of Buck's cuisine. Their welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make them the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana.

Contact info:
46625 Gallatin Rd
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 USA
phone: 406-995-4111
web: www.buckst4.com

Room amenities: Guests will stay in room with two queen beds or a queen and a couch. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet, iPod docking stations, microwave/refrigerator, satellite TV with 3 HBO channels, direct-dial phones with voicemail, coffee maker, hair dryer and iron.

Facility amenities: Start each day with our complimentary full breakfast. Other guest amenities include two restaurants with historic bar, free wireless Internet, two huge outdoor hot tubs, patio with outdoor fireplace, microwave/refrigerators and three HBO channels. Our richly appointed guest rooms furnished in a country decor features free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station in every guest room. Rooms are also equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. Buck's has a beautiful outdoor Garden, with its waterfalls and native landscaping, provides a stunning backdrop for your Montana vacation. They feature over 5,000 square feet of meeting space in one of Montana's most picturesque locations. Buck's rustic log decor sets the stage for superb evening dining featuring Montana steaks, wild game, seafood, and more. Our award-winning wine list features over 250 selections and is recognized by Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit. Buck's Pub features casual dining with a unique flair and the adjacent game room with pool tables and video games offer evening entertainment. Free wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in the Pub and bar.

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

Additional nights before: varies
For seasonal rates call Buck's T-4 Lodge for information at 406.995.4111

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 07 - Final Presentation and Review Wrap Up
Breakfast: Hot breakfast at the Lodge

Morning: Your instructor/naturalist recaps the learning adventure, summarizing your recently gained knowledge and puts things in perspective. The parts are greater than the whole. Goodbyes and check-out. Airport shuttle departs 11 am. Best to schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

Lunch: Grab-n-go sack lunches to take on the road

Lodging: Buck's T-4 Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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