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.
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Program No. 18556RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
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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 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.
Featured Expert
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Pete Bengeyfield
Pete is a retired hydrologist who worked for the State of Montana and the U.S. Forest Service over the course of 30 years. He earned his master's degree in forest hydrology from West Virginia University. Pete, a talented photographer, has had his work published in National Wildlife, Sierra Club Calendars, Outdoor Photographer, and Montana Outdoors. Additionally, Pete has written two books, 'Mountains and Mesas' and 'Incredible Vision: the Wildlands of Greater Yellowstone.' Originally from Long Island, he lives in Dillon with his wife, Alice.

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

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Pete Bengeyfield
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