Hiking in the Beartooth Mountains of Wyoming

Trek through the magnificent Beartooth Mountains and Shoshone National Forest as you learn about their unique geology and ecology, and absorb their natural beauty.
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Program No. 22798RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Beartooth. Shoshone. Absaroka. When it comes to the mountains of Wyoming, even the names are poetic. Hike off the beaten path through undulating hills and alpine meadows as you explore the natural wonders of these remote and glorious mountains. Join seasoned naturalists to learn about the geological forces that gave rise to dramatic cliffs, lush valleys and windswept plateaus. Encounter exquisite lakes and babbling creeks in this rich riparian habitat, and discover the abundance of life that survives at this altitude, including the mighty grizzly bear.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Daily hikes up to 6 miles on rocky, uneven terrain. Elevations up to 11,000 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 ...

  • Enjoy invigorating hikes on the lightly used trails of Wyoming’s magnificent high country.
  • Discover a high-elevation ecosystem teeming with plant and animal life forms, and learn about the geology that shapes their habitat.
  • Absorb the unsung beauty of Wyoming as you hike from one staggeringly beautiful vista to the next.
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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.

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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.
Greater Yellowstone: The National Park and Adjacent Wildlands (Montana Geographic Series)
by Rick Reese
Book 6 of the Montana Geographic series showcases the Greater Yellowstone area, including ecology and ecosystem information as well as beautiful photography.
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.
Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone
by Lawrence Loendorf and Nancy Medaris Stone
Drawing on the results of ongoing archaeological excavations and extensive ethnographic work among descendant native peoples, the authors discuss the many Indian groups, in particular the Tukudika Shoshone, who visited or lived in the Yellowstone area in prehistoric and historic times. The Tukudika or Sheep Eaters made skillful use of their environment and maintained an abundant way of life closely related to their primary source of protein, the mountain sheep of high-altitude Yellowstone.
Beartooth Mountains (Images of America)
by Patty Hooker
Historic photographs from museums and special collections illustrate this fascinating history of the Beartooth Mountains with stories from the past from Native Americans, place names and events to routes, prospecting, ranching and dudes.
East of Yellowstone
by Robert Carson
The book explains the dramatic geologic history and features of the Clarks Fork area just east of Yellowstone National Park. Illustrated with stunning photographic portraits.

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