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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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22798RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949
Wyoming

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,949
Program No. 22798 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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1,949
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2022
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1,949
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2022
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1,949
Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2022
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1,949
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2022
Starting at
2,429
Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
2,429

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.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

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.

General Notes

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants.
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.

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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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Jim Garry was born and raised in Texas and got his education at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. Since then, he moved to Wyoming where he’s lived for the past 44 years, spending at least part of every year in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In that time, he’s worked as a wilderness guide, cowboy, biologist, naturalist, historian, artist, teacher, writer and storyteller. His most recent book is “The Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.”
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Meredith Madden View biography
Meredith grew up in a Chicago suburb and first fell in love with nature on family trips to Michigan. She moved to Big Sky Montana at age 21 and hasn’t looked back since. Meredith enjoys swimming, hiking, cross country and alpine skiing, rafting, kayaking, bike riding, Bikram yoga and Pilates. She loves children, animals and dancing. Meredith is a certified Pilates instructor and works as an assistant to families in Bozeman teaching Pilates, caring for children, pets and all-around needs.
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Ann has a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design and a master's in Environmental Science. She is an independent contractor specializing in landscape design, installation and maintenance. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors, learning new things and meeting people from all parts of the world. She has traveled extensively through Semester at Sea and as Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, Africa. Ann's passions in the summer months include gardening, camping and hiking in the mountains with her husband and three boys.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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(5)

This is a great program. I was impressed with the food, lodging, our guide, Jim and our leaders Ann and Sue. The hikes were varied, interesting and fun. Jim's knowledge is nothing short of amazing. I learned so much about the area from him I also enjoyed all of the other participants and hearing about their past adventures. Each person added something special and memorable to the experience.

(5)

Prepare in advance to enjoy this program by doing daily cardio training. Especially stair climbing. It will be worth the effort because the hikes are outstanding, the instructor is one of the best and the experience will be life changing. Go!!!!

(5)

Enjoyable hikes on a variety of trails, from woods to alpine tundra. Our instructor Jim is so knowledgeable about the area and ecosystems. The ranch is comfortable and in a beautiful location. Shelley cooks delicious meals. Joyce and Kathy were helpful leaders.

(5)

Great trip! The hikes were beautiful and the ranch was very comfortable with great food. Jim was the best guide and a mountain of information. His stories were amazing. Charlie and Mike were very knowledgeable and did a great job of logistics and keeping everyone organized and comfortable. They were all very kind and I felt well taken care of. They are a great team. Thank you! Maureen Fitzgibbon

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The trip is a great adventure into the Beartooth Mountain area. Our leader, Jim Gary, is an excellent resource for information about the area, wildlife and Native American history. Our leaders, Charlie and Mike were a great help and a lot of fun. Be prepared for no cell service, no internet and even no clocks while on this trip. Life is a lot simpler. Be sure to bring bug spray for mosquitoes, suntan lotion, shampoo, rain gear (also great from windy days), gloves, hat, and water shoes or sandals (to cross small streams). These items are not mentioned in the documents. Shelly is a great host and cook. The accommodations are excellent. A great way to enjoy a cool summer vacation.

(5)

This was a great hiking trip to the Absakora-Beartooth mountain range. Staying at Hunter Peak Ranch was a delight--the food was delicious and the leaders helped make this a really satisfying week. The hikes were beautiful and it was a treat to spend time with Jim Garry, who has a wealth of knowledge of the history, culture, and geography of this area.






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