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GARDINER, MONTANA

Yellowstone’s Great Outdoors: An Intergenerational Adventure

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Program #17306RJ
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.
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, durable water bottle and a day pack.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 26, 2013

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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 Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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 his 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: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 21 - Orientation, Introductions, Get Acquainted Activi...
Afternoon: Check-in between 4 and 5 PM.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Orientation, introductions then a short walk to Roosevelt Arch. Welcome to Yellowstone.

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 Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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 his 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: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 22 - Field day in the heart of Yellowstone National Pa...
Field day in the heart of Yellowstone National Park: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful; Wildlife Spotting

Breakfast: Breakfast at nearby restaurant; walk up to two blocks.

Morning: Grand perspectives from Lookout and Artist’s Points reveal roaring water; beautiful, pastel tinted canyon walls and a sense of the great canyon’s immensity. Generations explore a world of thundering noise, churning waters, cool mist and unique life zones. Back to the canyon rim and upriver to magnificent Upper Falls; watch for waterfowl, osprey and water ouzel. Here is rushing water, yawning depths, riverside habitat, wildflowers, birds, evidence of geologic forces, forest, waterfall mist and rainbows.

Lunch: Sack lunches in the Park.

Afternoon: Walking investigation in the Old Faithful area offers all four thermal features - hissing fumaroles, steaming geysers, sulfurous mudpots and bubbling hot springs. Over one fourth of the world's geysers 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. Hike 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.

Dinner: Dinner at Old Faithful Lodge Cafeteria offers a variety of entrees.

Evening: Evening return to Gardiner offers optimum opportunity for spotting critters in prime wildlife habitat .

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 Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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 his 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: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 23 - Discover the Mammoth area/Fort Yellowstone; then ...
Discover the Mammoth area/Fort Yellowstone; then saddle up, enjoy a Cowboy Cookout and an evening around the campfire.

Breakfast: Walk two blocks.

Morning: Travel into Yellowstone National Park to the Mammoth area and up through the Hoo Doos and Golden Gate to Swan Flats. From here, take a 3 1/2 mile naturalist-led hike, mostly downhill over moderate terrain, trekking 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 unique geology and the flora that occurs here and area wildlife.

Lunch: Sack lunch along the trail.

Afternoon: Check out the Albright Visitor Center. 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. Travel back to lodgings to don riding duds then to nearby trailhead to meet your horse. Outfitter shares riding etiquette. Mount up for a two hour ride on moderate terrain among the Gallatin National Forest's scenic landscape. Appreciate your dependable mountain horse, the creak of saddle leather, scented mountain breeze of sage and forest and expansive views of the Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain Ranges. Ah, the West! Note: horseback riding weight limit is 220 pounds.

Dinner: Delicious cowboy cookout near old Jardine.

Evening: Evening around the campfire (actual fire depends on local fire conditions; safety measures dictated by US Forest Service) includes s'mores, singing and reflection.

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: River side campsite.

Contact info:
511 Scott Street
Dillon, MT 59030 USA
phone: 406-848-7510
web: www.flyingpigrafting.com

Room amenities: Tents have rain fly and insect screens; sleeping pads provided.

Facility amenities: Tents, sleeping bags, pads provided. Primitive campsite means sleeping on the ground.

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

Bathroom: Bath house includes bathroom facilities and hot showers.


Day Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Overnight Float accentuates the days adventures. ...
Breakfast:

Morning: Experiencial learning at its best with special presentation from a National Park biologist, naturalist and former back country ranger. Pack day packs; short walk to meet outfitter and rafting guides at rafting headquarters for safety meeting and adventure overview. All aboard.

Lunch: Riverside lunches.

Afternoon: Practice paddling skills on this area of the Yellowstone River's class II and III rapids. Float encompasses Class I, II, III and IV rapids. Guides and naturalist discuss riparian habitat; identify birds including waterfowl, ospreys and shore birds; hear human history of the area. Raft seven miles to camp. Revel in the joy and excitement and freedom of being on the water. Special pre-dinner presentation.

Dinner: Delicious dinner prepared out of doors. Fresh air and being on the water make for ravenous appetites. Enjoy!

Evening: Help prepare camp. Enjoy evening's beautiful light, bird calls and natural history presentation. Sleep well under Montana's star-filled sky.

Lodging: Flying Pig Outfitters

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 Arch was dedicated in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. 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 his 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: Refrigerator, microwave, in-room coffee, wireless internet, satellite TV, phone, air conditioning.

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 upon request.

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

Additional nights before: Varies.
Seasonal rates; call Yellowstone River Motel 888 797-4837.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 25 - Yellowstone expedition continues. Return to town ...
Yellowstone expedition continues. Return to town for some down time. Evening presentation.

Breakfast: Delicious riverside breakfast.

Morning: Help pack gear and board rafts as adventure continues another eight miles down the Yellowstone. Guides and interpreter discuss geology, native fish and wildlife that inhabit the riparian area including beaver and otters. Watch for mule deer, bighorn sheep and pronghorn.

Lunch: Riverside lunch.

Afternoon: Rafting adventure winds to a close as intrepid adventurers say goodbye and thank you to the mighty Yellowstone River and all it offers to those who take the time to listen. Transportation back to lodging for some down time.

Dinner:

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

Lodging: Yellowstone River Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Morning hike, closing, group photo and goodbye br...
Breakfast: Naturalist-led morning hike along the Yellowstone River east of lodgings; discover yet another life zone within the Greater Yellowstone area, the Northern Desert Community, which receives up to 15 inches of moisture per year. While exploring this unique habitat, watch for bighorn sheep, osprey, pronghorn, elk and mule deer. Return to lodgings for closing and bring your camera for a group photo.

Brunch: 11 a.m. grab and go brunch. Airport shuttle departs at 11:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gardiner, MT
HikingOne trailhead 1/2 mile from lodgings; another 3/4 mile from lodgings.
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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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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