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

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2022
Starting at
1,949
Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

Aug 19 - Aug 24, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
2,449
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

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
Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
3,049
Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
Starting at
3,049
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

Aug 19 - Aug 24, 2023
Starting at
3,049
Sep 2 - Sep 7, 2023
Starting at
3,049
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

Sep 9 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
3,049
Itinerary Note

8 shorter hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, with the ability to opt out after lunch.

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 in magnificent high country.
  • Discover a high-elevation ecosystem teeming with plant and animal life forms, and learn about 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 and educated in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Leslie Stoltz now lives in Big Sky, Montana, surrounded by the wild places that she loves. Her decade of work for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks in the areas of research and education provided a wonderful foundation for her career as a teacher and park expert. Since the early 1990s, Leslie has worked for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations, teaching classes and leading trips in national parks and wild areas throughout the American West. Farther afield, she has led educational trips to Nepal, Bhutan, Tanzania, Botswana, Ecuador, and Mexico. Leslie also runs a non-profit with a mission to keep kids connected to the outdoors though scholarship opportunities for outdoor learning experiences.
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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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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Charlie Pyle grew up on a family farm in Oklahoma, and he became enthralled with the Rocky Mountains and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on family trips to Montana in the 1950’s. In Charlie’s long and distinguished career, he’s led trips to Alaska and Yellowstone National Park as a Girl Scout leader and served as a program assistant at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch and in Gardiner for the Yellowstone Association Institute, a volunteer park host at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and a Wilderness First Responder.
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Joyce’s first forays into nature were in the sand hills of Nebraska. She quickly upgraded to the Colorado Rockies, and eventually the mountains of Montana, where she has lived for the last 40 years. Working at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Bozeman has allowed Joyce to become a bona fide Yellowstone expert, and she considers herself fortunate to lead groups through the park’s extraordinary beauty. Joyce loves hiking, gardening and non-technical mountain climbing. Make sure to ask her about her stories involving mountain lions, mountain goats and grizzly bears!
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Ruth Hauri was born and raised in central Switzerland. Many years ago she had an apprenticeship as a medical assistant, allowing her the opportunity to travel and explore the world. While in Mexico she met a man from Kentucky who became her husband. Ruth’s husband was a semi driver, so together they explored the United States. Ruth is excited to work as a coordinator for the University of Montana Western Road Scholar programs and have the opportunity to meet people from different fields and interests.
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Mike Miller View biography
Mike Miller, a retired public school and collegiate educator, began driving for Road Scholar while serving as Director of Student Teaching at the University of Montana Western. Born in Oregon and raised mainly in Idaho and Montana, he has been a driver, hiker helper, and Group Leader in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as well as hiking in the Beartooth Mountains. Mike watched Old Faithful erupt at midnight on Christmas Eve and retrieved a false tooth from a bathroom drain at a Yellowstone motel.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.





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