Walking about 2 miles total over several moderate walks throughout the day; established trails, asphalt paths, boardwalks and down several hundred stairs at Mammoth Terraces. Getting on/off motor coach; driving approx. 20 miles; about 1/2 hour.
In our meeting room, a short four block walk from the hotel, we will enjoy a hot boxed breakfast with a breakfast burrito, fruit, and yogurt, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
In our meeting room at the hotel, we’ll then engage in a presentation led by our expert instructor on the unique nature of Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world, created by President Ulysses S. Grant. Known for its geothermal activity and diverse ecosystems, Yellowstone spans almost 3,500 square miles of lakes, valleys, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges. Home of the highest concentration of wildlife in the lower 48 states, the park is the center of one of the last undisturbed ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.
We will enjoy a catered lunch following morning class time.
Then we will board our motorcoach and travel to the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District where we’ll walk the Mammoth Terraces to observe the ever-changing, graceful travertine beauty. About two tons of travertine, a type of limestone, 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. If time allows you may want to visit the Albright Visitor Center and Museum and/or Fort Yellowstone independently.
We’ll ride to a nearby restaurant to enjoy a plentiful buffet featuring salad, entrées, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages can be purchased in town and brought into the restaurant.