The Best of Yellowstone: From Colter's Hell to America's Hot Spot
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.
Program No. 18556RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone Geology, Introduction to Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY
To Old Faithful, Norris Geyser Basin
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Old Faithful, Geyser Hill, Yellowstone Lake
Lake Station, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
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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
Moderately Challenging
Walking up to three miles daily over varied terrain; some stairs. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 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 southward.
  • 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 of Yellowstone.
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Sue O'Leary
Sue O’Leary has lived in Helena, Montana for an incredible 50 years now. She is a retired schoolteacher who served in the public school system for many years before retiring to work for a number of volunteer programs across Montana. She and the entire O’Leary family are lovers of nature, and her enthusiasm and tireless spirit are an integral part of each Road Scholar program she leads!
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Sue O'Leary
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