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Yellowstone’s Great Outdoor Adventures for Families

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Program #20977RJ
7 Days | 6 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
Site elevation 5,260'. Activities take place at elevations ranging from 5,260' to 7,700'.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots or shoes, snug fitting & moisture wicking socks to avoid blisters, durable water bottle (At high altitudes you are more susceptible to dehydration and altitude sickness. Carrying a water bottle with you and drinking plenty of water is of utmost importance to avoid these sometimes dangerous problems.) and a day pack. Bring a "Croakies" if you wear eyeglasses.

Itinerary for Jun 22 — Jun 28, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 22 - Orientation, Introductions, Get Acquainted Activi...
Afternoon: Registration and motel check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at nearby restaurant

Evening: Welcome to Yellowstone. Orientation, introductions then a short walk to Roosevelt Arch with grandparents and grandchildren. Parents explore Gardiner on your own.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 23 - Discover the Mammoth area/Fort Yellowstone and th...
Discover the Mammoth area/Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center

Note: Walk 2 1/2 to 3 miles around the Mammoth Terraces and Fort Yellowstone.

Breakfast: Walk four blocks to classroom for continental breakfast.

Morning: Morning presentation introduces the greater Yellowstone area. Discuss the scientific aspects of its geology, diverse wildlife and the grand ecosystem that supports these populations. Board a motorcoach and travel into Yellowstone National Park to the Mammoth area and enjoy a trek through ancient limestone formations to Mammoth's beautiful travertine terraces. 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. Experience the area wildlife and the unique geology and flora that occur here.

Lunch: Sack lunch in the field

Afternoon: Contine exlporation of the Mammoth area, Fort Yellowstone and the Albright Visitor Center with an optional, short walking tour of Fort Yellowstone. 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. 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.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 24 - Explore the geo-thermal wonders of Yellowstone; v...
Explore the geo-thermal wonders of Yellowstone; visit Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Begin the morning visiting the Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin, which offers all four thermal features - hissing fumaroles, steaming geysers, sulfurous mudpots and bubbling hot springs. Continue on to Old Faithful area with walking investigation will reveal one fourth of the world's geysers that are found here. See them, feel clouds of steam, smell sulfur, hear growling fumaroles and bubbling, plopping mudpots. Enjoy a wonderland of unique features, beautiful colors and spouting geysers. Find out about life forms in boiling water. Possible addition hike includes a moderately steep and rocky trail to Observation Point for an overlook of the Old Faithful area. Explore Geyser Hill and along the Firehole River among thermal features with names like Beehive, Grand, Giant, Lion and Plume. Appreciate Old Faithful Inn's historic ambiance. Become acquainted with or renew your acquaintance with beloved Old Faithful Geyser. *Optional free time for parents.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field

Afternoon: The adventure will continue with a late afternoon 3 mile hike on moderate terrain to Mystic Falls and Biscuit Basin Overlook. Hikers will encounter varied river, forest and plateau scenery. The Mystic Falls are a spectacular cascade formed at a steep, narrow place in the canyon of the Little Firehole River, while the overlook has a fine view not only of the basin but also of several miles of the Firehole River valley, with Upper Geyser Basin in the distance. *Optional free time for grandparents.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Cafeteria

Evening: Evening return to Gardiner; Keep your eyes open as evening time in prime wildlife habitat offers optimum opportunity for spotting critters

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 25 - Another field day in the heart of Yellowstone Nat...
Another field day in the heart of Yellowstone National Park: visit Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone & Tower Fall

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Generations travel to Tower Fall. Located in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park this waterfall on Tower Creek is approximately 1,000 yards upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River. The fall plunges 132 feet as it shoots through tall pinnacles of rock that stand like sentinels at the brink of the fall. It is these rock pinnacles that inspired its name "Tower Fall".

Lunch: Sack lunches in the field

Afternoon: Families will travel to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Generations explore a world of thundering noise, churning waters, and unique life zones during their visit to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. They will experience grand perspectives from Lookout and Artist’s Point, revealing roaring water; beautiful, pastel tinted canyon walls and a sense of the great canyon’s immensity. Take a three mile hike along the canyon rim, upriver to the magnificent Upper Falls, watching for waterfowl, osprey and water ouzel. Listen to the rushing water, while viewing the yawning depths, riverside habitat, wildflowers, birds, evidence of geologic forces, forest, waterfall mist and rainbows.

Dinner: Dinner at Canyon Cafeteria

Evening: Travel back to the motel keeping watch for any wildlife along the way.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: Premier outfitting ranch surrounded by forest service land

Contact info:
511 Scott Street
Gardiner, MT 59725 USA
phone: 800-935-7301
web: www.flyingpigrafting.com

Room amenities: Wall tents have beds and the cabins have full restroom facilities and small kitchenette

Facility amenities: Shared wall tents and cabins with single camp beds, bedding, full bathroom facilities.

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

Bathroom: Full bathroom facilities in cabins. Tenters use full bathroom facilities located in lodge directly adjacent to tents; all bathrooms shared.


Day Five: Thursday, June 26 - Raft a portion of Yellowstone River's class II-II...
Raft a portion of Yellowstone River's class II-III whitewater then saddle up for a horseback ride, enjoy a Cowboy Cookout, an evening around the campfire, and then cozy up in wall tents or cabins out in Montana's fresh mountain air.

Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Raft a portion of Yellowstone River's II-III class whitewater outside the park. Guides and naturalist discuss riparian habitat; identify birds including waterfowl, ospreys and shore birds; hear human history of the area. Revel in the joy and excitement and freedom of being on the water.

Lunch: Sack lunch by the river

Afternoon: Surrounded by national forest, families will visit a premier outfitting ranch outside of Gardiner, MT. With 2 cabins and 3 cozy canvas wall tents, guests will get settled into before a delightful 2 hour guided horse ride with dramatic views overlooking Yellowstone.

Dinner: Steak on the grill and all the fixins' Cowboy Cookout

Evening: The pace of a the week slows down and families gather to enjoy singing around a campfire as a Montana sunset eases into a star filled night. Eyes grow heavy from the days adventures and all will retire with hearts content from all the high mountain fresh air!

Lodging: Flying Pig Adventure Company

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Lodgings are located on Gardiner's main street, Park Street, on Yellowstone's northern boundary. Yellowstone's northwest entrance at Roosevelt Arch is three blocks from motel. The Gardiner entrance was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Remember, you are experiencing the atmosphere of a small, rural community and meal options are naturally limited. Meals served at local 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:
14 Park Street
Gardiner, MT 59030 USA
phone: 888-797-4837
web: www.yellowstonerivermotel.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee, refrigerator, microwave, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet.

Facility amenities: Quiet, though one block from downtown. Grassy patio overlooks the mighty Yellowstone River. Within walking distance of shopping, ice cream, deli, lattes. Hair dryers, iron/ironing board available in office.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call for information.

Check in time: 4:30 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 27 - Morning horseback venture then back to Gardiner f...
Morning horseback venture then back to Gardiner for down time and closing presentation

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at outfitting ranch

Morning: Saddle up again and head into the wilderness for a two hour horse ride, with photo stops in Montana's beautiful wild country.

Lunch: Hot lunch back at the outfitting ranch

Afternoon: Back to Gardiner for some free time

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Evening: Living history presentation describes individual who contributed to the area's colorful past.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 28 - Breakfast and independent departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at local restaurant

Morning: Shuttle departs at 8 am

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
HikingOne trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
Horseback RidingTrailrides provided by Rendezvous Outfitters in Gardiner, MT (406) 848-7967.
RaftingScenic float or whitewater rafting on Yellowstone River.
For additional information, visit: www.yellowstoneraft.com
Xanterra Parks and Resorts 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
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 supports 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 website for Yellowstone National Park. Information, planning a visit, history, etc.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/yell/home.htm

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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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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