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THE TETONS (ALTA), WYOMING

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Program #9858RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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
Sleeping elevation 8000'. Maximum elevation 10,000' .

Equipment Requirements
Refillable quart water bottle. Backpack to carry field lunches and water. Comfortable hiking boots, vibram soles (good tread.) Walking stick recommended. Field guides optional; available at site.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 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, August 18 - Orientation Meeting
Arrive To: Room check-in after 4 PM. Road Scholar registration 5:30 PM; meet the week's leader and receive the week's schedule, name badges and other information pertaining to the week's stay.

Dinner: Dinner at resort 6 PM.

Evening: Orientation Meeting following dinner: Visit with fellow participants and introduce yourselves, review schedule logistics including classes, mealtimes and locations and transportation. This is your chance to ask questions and let us get to know you!

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, August 19 - Off-site hike in Teton Canyon in the Jedediah Smi...
Note: TETON CANYON HIKE: One-way in and back out, 3-6 miles, elevation gain/loss 500 - 1000 feet. At lower elevation, start at 6700 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at resort.

Morning: Board bus for 20 minute ride to Teton Canyon 6960 feet. Choice of two canyon hikes (enrollment depepndinent); the North Fork or South Fork of Teton Creek. Each is 6 miles round-trip. Great place to observe canyon geology and wildlife. Both are gradual uphill hikes alongside Teton Creek. Good chance to determine how you hike above 7,000'. Adjust your pack, and see what you need for clothing and food hiking at elevations.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the hike.

Afternoon: Teton Canyon hike continued. CLASS: Teton Habitats: discuss the 5 major habitats we visit during the week and plants and wildlife you are likely to see. Find out about their habitats and habits which enable them to thrive in mountain environments. Learn interesting facts about each species

Dinner: Dinner at resort

Evening: CLASS: Teton Geology: 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!

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, August 20 - Wildflower hikes in the Tetons adjacent to the re...
Note: Choose between two hikes offered: RICKS BASIN, rolling wildflower meadows, 4-6 miles, elevation gain/loss 400 feet, from 7960' to 8200.' OR CHALLENGING HIKE: Bannock Trail to summit of Freds, 5.2 miles roundtrip, elevation gain/loss 2010 feet, from 7960' - 9970'.

Breakfast: Buffet at Resort

Morning: HIKE: to Ricks Basin/Quakie Ridge, a rolling 350 acre meadow sprinkled with every imaginable kind of wildflower. Flower-filled meadows are accented by aspen groves and deep green conifer trees. Never logged, the conifer forests contain specimens of gigantic Subalpine Fir and Engelmann Spruce over 400 years old. Aspen groves provide homes for over 200 species of birds and wildlife including elk, deer, bear, foxes and coyotes. Enjoy appealing vistas of Teton Valley, Idaho and Mt. Moran and other prominent peaks in Grand Teton National Park and the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. Examine a subalpine wetland with unique wildflower species including Elephant Head and the Hooded Ladies Tresses orchid. It is possible to spot moose in their typical summer habitat. Loops of 4 -6 miles available in ability groups, enrollment depending. CHALLENGING LEVEL ALTERNATIVE: Experience the beautiful new Bannock trail, 5.2 miles round trip to the summit of Fred's Mountain. Exquisite views of South Leigh Canyon and the major Teton Peaks. Steady uphill climb on dirt single track, return the same way or opt to ride the chairlift down. Fossils, vistas, wildflowers abound! Elevation change 2010' up and then back down.

Lunch: Picnic sack lunch outdoors

Afternoon: HIKE:Field trip continued. Groups return at various times. CLASS: Teton History; 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.

Dinner: Dinner 6:00 pm.

Evening: CLASS: Story of Grand Teton National Park: The original national park designation only included the Teton peaks, not the Jackson Hole Valley floor. Learn about the bitter fights and concessions made to valley residents to establish the park as we see it today.

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, August 21 - Grand Teton National Park all-day field trip with...
Grand Teton National Park all-day field trip with hike and scenic float

Note: TAGGART LAKE HIKE: 3 - 4.5 mile loop hike, 7,000 feet. Uneven terrain; elevation gain/loss 300 feet. SCENIC FLOAT on Snake River 10 miles within the national park on a 12-man raft. Take your camera! Magnificent views of the entire range and you won't get wet unless it comes from the sky!

Breakfast: Continental buffet breakfast at resort.

Morning: All day field trip to Grand Teton National Park; Taggart Lake Hike at the base of the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park. Terrific views and photography moments on the east side of the Tetons, explanation of geology and ecology of the area, 3-4.5 mile loop hike, 7,000 feet.

Lunch: Picnic buffet lunch on field trip immediately following hike and before float trip.

Afternoon: Field trip continued; Snake River raft scenic float within Grand Teton National Park; wonderful vistas of the east side of the Teton range; photographic opportunities; geology, ecology and history interpreted by excellent raft guides.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Brew Pub in Victor, ID. Enjoy Teton Valley color; sample local brew if you so desire.

Evening: EVENING OFF: Whew! It's been a long day.

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, August 22 - Chairlift and hike in the alpine including chance...
Chairlift and hike in the alpine including chance to summit a peak. Challenging Level alternative will summit 2 peaks.

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. OR hike to Mary's Peak and then up to PEAKED PEAK summit, .5.1 miles roundtrip, elevation gain/loss1800 feet, from 7960' to 9800' and back.

Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet

Morning: CLASS: Introduction to Teton wildflowers: Learn how to key flowers in the field. Hands-on activity. Investigate flowers up-close with a hand lens and learn botanical terminology. CHAIRLIFT: to the top of Fred's Mountain 9770'. (Targhee's summit) HIKE: 1.7 miles to Mary's Peak saddle 9600' for panoramic views of major Teton peaks. Climb Mary's Peak 9940'. Hiking elevation los 770', gain 400'. one-way..' Several options available. Wonderful 360 degree summit views of the major Teton peaks from this viewpoint within the range. Hike back up to the chairlift .8 miles 770' to ride the chairlift down. CHALLENGING HIKE OPTION: Leaves resort base before class, hike up to Mary's Saddle 2.6 miles, 1650' elevation gain. Then ascend Mary's Peak another 343' and return to saddle. Hike up to the Peaked Peak and 2.5 miles back to resort. OR, join moderate group to hike back up to chairlift .8 miles and ride it down.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Groups return to resort at varying times. 5 pm cold pop / juice reception on the Trap Bar Deck. Time to share and summarize the week.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: CLASS: Mardy Murie Story: Discover the life of Mardy Murie, an important conservationist who helped establish the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge and who lived in Moose, Wyoming within Grand Teton National Park until her recent death at the age of 101.

Lodging: Grand Targhee Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 23 - Breakfast, time to say goodbyes. 8:30 am airport...
Breakfast, time to say goodbyes. 8:30 am airport shuttle following breakfast. Check out by 11 am.

Breakfast: Buffet at resort 7:30 am.

Morning: OPTIONAL UNGUIDED HIKE: 8:00-10:30 AM. Hike Lightning Peak. Last view of the three Teton Peaks. You will have to return for checkout by 11 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Alta, WY
General Information
For additional information, visit: www.tetonvalleychamber.com
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

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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