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Montana/Wyoming

The Best of Yellowstone: From Colter's Hell to America's Hot Spot

Program No. 18556RJ
Gain an insider’s perspective on Yellowstone National Park as you join local experts to explore regional geology, natural monuments and the issues facing Yellowstone today.

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 20 - May 26, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Inn and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
Jun 10 - Jun 16, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2024
Starting at
3,999
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Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Aug 19 - Aug 25, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

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Sep 2 - Sep 8, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Sep 16 - Sep 22, 2024
Starting at
3,999
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Inn and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

May 12 - May 18, 2025
Starting at
4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

May 26 - Jun 1, 2025
Starting at
4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Jun 9 - Jun 15, 2025
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4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2025
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4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Aug 4 - Aug 10, 2025
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4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2025
Starting at
4,199
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Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2025
Starting at
4,199
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 20 - May 26, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Inn and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Jun 10 - Jun 16, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
Jul 15 - Jul 21, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
Aug 19 - Aug 25, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
Sep 2 - Sep 8, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Grant Village and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Sep 16 - Sep 22, 2024
Starting at
5,339
Itinerary Note

Two nights at Old Faithful Inn and one night at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Filling Fast!
May 12 - May 18, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Filling Fast!
May 26 - Jun 1, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Filling Fast!
Jun 9 - Jun 15, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Filling Fast!
Aug 4 - Aug 10, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Filling Fast!
Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

Filling Fast!
Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2025
Starting at
5,579
Itinerary Note

Accommodations for 2025 have not yet been assigned by the Yellowstone National Park concessionaire.

7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
2
Yellowstone Geology, Gallatin Canyon, Old Faithful
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY
3
Geyser Country
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY
4
Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grant, Yellowstone National Park, WY
7
Program Concludes
Bozeman, Montana
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At a Glance

Yellowstone National Park’s past and present volcanic and tectonic activity is the foundation of its unique ecosystem and the ecological connections that make it so alluring. Join a park naturalist for a field study showcasing this UNESCO Heritage Site where landforms, together with climate, elevation and time, have resulted in a grand diversity of flora and fauna. Interpretive walks and field trips reveal wildlife, geology, forest, wildflowers and thermal features, as well as the park’s human history and current issues.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles; varied terrain. Getting on and off coach. Some stairs. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the geological reasons why Quake Lake was formed in less than a minute and why Yellowstone Lake is tilting.
  • Investigate effects of the volcanic and chemical phenomena which created the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
  • Explore hot springs, geysers, mudpots, fumaroles and their surrounding hydrothermal life zone within the geyser basins.

General Notes

Please note that accommodations vary by date. Accommodations in Yellowstone National Park are typically assigned by the park concessionaire in July for the next calendar year. Please check the Dates and Prices, Itinerary and Meals and Lodging Tabs to determine which accommodations have been assigned for your departure.
Featured Expert
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Gene Ball
Raised along the rural Louisiana-Texas border, Gene's early outdoor experiences began a lifelong interest in wildlife, western heritage and preservation. After teaching and serving as director for the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Cowboy Artists Museum in Texas, he migrated to Wyoming to work at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He then became director of the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, and now freelances as a writer and naturalist.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image of Gene Ball
Raised along the rural Louisiana-Texas border, Gene's early outdoor experiences began a lifelong interest in wildlife, western heritage and preservation. After teaching and serving as director for the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Cowboy Artists Museum in Texas, he migrated to Wyoming to work at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He then became director of the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, and now freelances as a writer and naturalist.
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Cathy Raven View biography
Catherine Raven, a Road Scholar instructor since 1999, has a botany/zoology degree from The University of Montana and a PhD in biology from Montana State University. She is the author of “Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship” that was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the PEN/EO Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing and the Nautilus Gold Award for animals/nature writing. A former park ranger at Glacier, Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, Voyageurs, and North Cascades National Parks, Cathy currently teaches undergraduates at South University.
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Patty Bates View biography
With a background in recreation, wildlife and fire management, Patty has enjoyed a 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. She's served as resource specialist, program manager, staff officer and District Ranger, with details as Deputy Forest Supervisor. She's been a District Ranger in four different states, including four years managing the Teton Basin Ranger District. Patty enjoys travel, camping, exploring, pets, genealogy, cooking, reading, crafting and getting used to retirement with her husband, Rick.
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Zack Baker View biography
Zack Baker attended high school in Livingston, Montana, 52 miles north of Yellowstone. His love for the park started while snowshoeing and observing wildlife. At Montana State University in Bozeman, he earned a B.S. in plant science, but it was Yellowstone’s mammals that grabbed his interest. He led private wildlife watching, hiking, and photography trips, and drove snowcoaches in the winter. He joined up with Road Scholar in 2017 and is now the Program Director for Road Scholar at the University of Montana Western.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Wolf Land
by Carter Niemeyer (author) Jenny Niemeyer (Editor)
Carter Niemeyer has followed wolves – and captured many – since he helped reintroduce them in the Northern Rockies in the mid-1990s. In his second memoir, Wolf Land, he takes us across the rugged West as he tracks wolves, shares in their lives, and seeks middle ground for these iconic animals, both on the land and in our hearts. Carter Niemeyer is an Iowa native and a recognized expert on wolves, livestock depredation, and trapping. He is the retired Idaho wolf manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Niemeyer wrote his first memoir, Wolfer, in 2010.
Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
by Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel
Find out about the forces that shaped and continue to shape the Greater Yellowstone-Teton region. Illustrations and driving tours of both parks help visitors enjoy and understand the Earth's creative forces in this wondrous region.
The Sibley Guide to Birds
by David Allen Sibley
Sibley, a talented painter, offers this wonderful, data-packed color guide with range maps and detailed descriptions of songs and calls. This book is perfect for field trips with short walks and may be too heavy for some to take to the field in which case it can await back in the car.
Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America
by Rocky Barker
The Yellowstone fires brought to the forefront longstanding conflict over whether federal land management should go with immediate fire suppression procedures or the ‘let it burn’ philosophy. The author, who experienced the Yellowstone fires of 1988 as an environmental reporter there, reviews US wildlands fire history by highlighting wildlands fire management. Discussion of this history and the history of federal lands management considers how these policies shaped the protection of public lands in the US today. Further explained are the details behind the creation of Yellowstone National Park and the role the US Army played in ‘protecting Yellowstone and shaping public lands in the West.’
Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park
by Peter Nabokov and Lawrence Loendorf
This first comprehensive account of Indians in and around Yellowstone corrects more than a century of ignorance. Detailed here is Yellowstone's native peoples and their story of a long engagement with a remarkable landscape.
Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone
by Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson
Research and storytelling meld to document wolf recovery in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Wolf biologist, Smith, and nature writer, Ferguson, provide an inside look at the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project ten years after the controversial decision was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reintroduce wolves into the park. Smith, wolf project leader who has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception, has studied wolves for 25 years. Ferguson, whose writing largely arises from intimate experiences, followed through the seasons, the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park. Their collaboration offers hard facts and 'impressionistic portraits of individual wolves that reveal their epic lives full of struggle and conquest.' Here is the history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone.
Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness
by Paul Schullery
Eloquent, elegant, truthful and practical - an environmental history of America's best idea, Yellowstone.
Interpreting the Landscape: Recent and Ongoing Geology of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks
by John M. Good and Kenneth L. Pierce
Text, photography and graphics explain how both parks were formed - the product of volcanic eruptions, profound glaciation and earth movements. The authors describe 'how processes originating half way to the earth's center seem to be the primary force which created volcanic fires, glacial ice and the mountain ranges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.'
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country
by William Fritz & Robert Thomas
Updated, classic roadside geology book for the Yellowstone Region explains current geological theories.
After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park
by Linda Wallace, Editor
The ravaging fires of 1988 caused many scientists to predict long-term devastation which did not come to pass. This scientific summary by wildlife biologists, ecosystem and forest scientists and landscape ecologists discusses the many things that changed and did not change in the Yellowstone area. Realize the role of fire in the ecosystem and the resiliency of nature.





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