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The Grand Loop: Tracing Yellowstone's History

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7 Days | 6 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Early tales of a thundering, steaming land were met with disbelief and scorn; later adventurers sorted fable from fact and, in 1872, President Grant signed a law declaring Yellowstone “a public park.” To provide easier visitor access to the park’s many wonders, the Army Corps of Engineers began a “Figure 8” wagon trail in 1883. Retrace this “Grand Loop” to examine its history and recapture the atmosphere of days gone by.


• Relive the historic Grand Loop Tour just as earlier park visitors did in days gone by.
• Study early travel diaries, enjoy a boat excursion and an old-time wagon ride.
• Discuss predator and prey, thermal basin geology, and ecology of fire and life in the hot springs for insight into the mystery of the Great Caldera.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles a day. Elevations of 6,000-8,800.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Mammoth Hot Springs, 2 nights; coach to Old Faithful, 1 night; coach to Lake Station, 1 night; coach to Mammoth Hot Springs, 2 nights; departure.

Coordinated by University of Montana Western.

Currently selected:Prices Starting At:
Aug 4 — Aug 10, 2013 waitlist only  

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at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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