Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day over several walks; asphalt paths, boardwalks, several hundred steps down. Elevation at Dunraven pass is 8,859 feet. Getting on/off the motor coach; driving approx. 110 miles total; about 3.5 hours with stops.
In the hotel dining room, we’ll indulge in a buffet, plus coffee, tea, juice, water.
We’ll start traveling northward tracing the mighty Yellowstone River as it exits Yellowstone Lake to finally break out into Hayden Valley's vast, wide open spaciousness. Our instructor will offer onboard commentary as we journey back through the Hayden Valley, a former lake bed, which is now grasslands habitat that supports a variety of wildlife from small rodents to large ungulates, scavengers and predators. Keep watch; we may spot bison, coyote, elk, raven, grizzly bear and birds of prey so keep binoculars and camera at the ready. We’ll continue on to the Mammoth area via Dunraven Pass at 8,859 feet.
At the Mammoth area in the hotel dining room, we’ll use vouchers to choose plated meals from a select menu, which includes an entrée, a side, and a soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Our motorcoach will transfer us to the top of the Mammoth Terraces where our instructor will lead us as we walk down the many steps of the terraces to observe the ever changing, graceful travertine beauty. About 2 tons of travertine, a type of limestone, is deposited daily as hot, mineral-laden water wells up from beneath the earth's crust to add to terraces that began building thousands of years ago. Afterwards, we’ll return to our accommodations.
In the hotel dining room, we’ll have a plated dinner featuring a salad and entrée, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.