Getting in/out of heated snowcoaches; some short walks on snow-packed trails or boardwalks. Walking about 1.75 miles; several hundred stair steps (downhill), elevation change approximately 300 feet.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, hot and cold and cereals, pastries, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
In the hotel conference room, our Instructor will present an overview of Yellowstone National Park. This natural history presentation will discuss wildlife, geology, biology, human history, and more. Then, after checking out of the hotel, we’ll head out mid-morning via hotel vans for Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. We’ll walk among the Mammoth Terraces to observe her ever changing, graceful, travertine beauty. About two tons of travertine (a form of limestone) are 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.
At a grill in Mammoth Hot Springs, we will have coupons to order from the menu.
Next, we’ll board snow coaches and begin our journey through Yellowstone's winter-white world. Be prepared to savor and appreciate our time in the snow coaches, as every moment offers splendid views and unexpected encounters while we explore fragments of Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres. We’ll ride through the Golden Gate to beautiful Swan Lake Flats, continuing via Obsidian Cliffs, Roaring Mountain, and Norris Geyser Basin area, Yellowstone's most thermally active region. Moving deeper into the heart of Yellowstone to Old Faithful, we’ll check in to our lodge.
In the Snow Lodge dining room, we’ll use provided coupons to order form the menu with choices of salad, entrée, side dishes, dessert, and beverage choices of soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Our Instructor and Group Leader will be available for questions and conversation amid the winter landscapes and festive decorations around Old Faithful that enhance the holiday ambiance.