Celebrate the New Year At Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs
Ring in the New Year with geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, where you’ll learn about geology, hear engaging lectures and see bison, eagles and elk in the wild.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 7120RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
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At a Glance

Climb aboard a snowcoach for three days’ journey into a dazzling, white world of shaggy bison, croaking ravens, steaming rivers and sulfurous mud pots. Welcome the New Year at Old Faithful as part of your winter voyage into Yellowstone’s glistening, snow-cloaked ambiance. Consider the slumbering volcano breathing beneath Yellowstone’s landscape, a presence that has caused eruptions, earthquakes, geothermal activity, mountain building and landslides through the ages. Discuss these geologic processes as you venture across the Great Caldera, exploring thermal features, grand canyons, open valleys, towering waterfalls, sweeping overlooks and more.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on snow-packed paths, stairs, boardwalks. Getting in and out of snow coach several times a day. Elevations of 6,239-8,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear from a naturalist about Yellowstone's volcano, the winter adaptations of regional biota, predator/prey dynamics and more.
  • Explore the Upper Geyser Basin's spouting, steaming, boiling glory and lovely Fountain Paint Pot.
  • Take a field trip to Yellowstone's northern range to observe vital habitat and wildlife including bison, elk, eagles and bighorn sheep.
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Catherine Cain
Catherine is a professional naturalist. She attended UCSD and UCSB where she studied biology, cultural anthropology and immunology and received a Fulbright Scholarship to do reef research in Jamaica. Catherine has taught classes for UCLA, the Oceanic Society, and UCSB and worked for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. She was also the owner of High Country Discovery, an ecotour business in southwest Montana. She currently spends winter and autumn teaching Road Scholar classes and dedicates summer to her Native Plant Nursery and Saturday Farmers Markets.

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

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