New Year's in Yellowstone 2014/2015

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

December 28, 2014 through January 3, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$3,795 - $4,195 per person double occupancy; $810 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Yellowstone National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

December 28, 2014-January 3, 2015

Only 6 spots are left on this unique winter wonderland journey!

Experience extraordinary opportunities to watch and photograph wildlife in the transformed snowy landscapes. Pronghorn and elk will likely greet you en route to Mammoth Hot Springs. Head into Lamar Valley in search of wolf packs that call this wintry valley home. Ride aboard heated snowcoaches into the park’s interior for more views of bison, coyotes, and trumpeter swans. Walk the snowcovered boardwalk around Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin.

Accomplished naturalists will show you rarely seen sights. They know where to find wildlife and can share stories of their unique experiences in this park. Learn about park issues from local NPCA staff, and visit the mountain home and studio of a renowned wildlife photographer. Each day of this trip offers unforgettable adventure.

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Tour Highlights

Wildlife Watching

Blanketed in snow, Yellowstone comes alive with wildlife—coyotes, eagles, elk, wolves, and huge herds of bison. Watch through binoculars and spotting scopes with knowledgeable naturalists. Learn how the reintroduction of the wolves has altered the interactions of all Yellowstone wildlife.

The Quiet Season

Discover the magic of winter in Yellowstone. Enjoy strolling through the heart of the park past steaming geysers and snowshoeing through pine forests.

Superior Guides

Explore Yellowstone’s hidden jewels with admired wildlife guides and local expert naturalists.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Bozeman, Montana

Length of Tour

7 days/6 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, LLunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. If you need assistance, NPCA recommends contacting Travel Insurance Services.

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Daily Itinerary

December 28: Arrivals in Bozeman, Montana

Meet your guides this afternoon in Bozeman for the drive to Yellowstone National Park. On the way, pass through the scenic Paradise Valley along the Yellowstone River, flanked by the 11,000-foot peaks of the Absaroka Range. A welcome dinner includes a brief orientation on the week ahead. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (D)

December 29: Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

After an early breakfast, depart for a dramatic drive through the remote Lamar Valley in the northeast corner of Yellowstone. This is home to many of the wolves now roaming the park. We arrive at daybreak for the best opportunities to see the wolves. Your guides will provide in depth background on their successful and controversial reintroduction in 1995. Learn how other animals have adjusted to their presence. The wildlife viewing in the Lamar Valley is incredible, with vast herds of elk and bison, bighorn sheep, and coyotes heading the list. Around midday we go to Cooke City for lunch and a visit to the Silver Gate home and studio of wildlife photographer Dan Hartman. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (B,L,D)

December 30: Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Start your morning exploring the marvelous and everchanging limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. After lunch, try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with your naturalist guides. Equipment can be rented from the hotel. Later this afternoon, Emmy award-winning wildlife cinematographer, Bob Landis, joins us to discuss his films and share some of his most recent work. Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (B,L,D)

December 31: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park

After breakfast, climb on board heated snowcoaches for a 50-mile trip to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. On the way, we stop at the colorful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for amazing views of frozen waterfalls. After checking into the beautifully designed Old Faithful Snow Lodge, gather for special New Year’s Eve festivities and dinner. For those who’d like to venture outside, we strike out after midnight for the Old Faithful Geyser and witness its first eruption of the New Year! Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

January 1: Old Faithful & Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Today is all about geysers! In addition to Old Faithful, guides will point out fumaroles, mudpots, and brilliantly colored hot pools. Wander the Upper Geyser Basin, home to many of the park’s 10,000 thermal features, including most of its geysers, with names like Castle, Beehive, Lion, and Grotto. See the famous Morning Glory Pool, as well as Beauty Pool, Crested Pool, and Chinaman Spring. In the afternoon, you may opt to cross-country ski or snowshoe on trails around the Old Faithful area, or curl up with a cup of tea and a good book at the lodge. Old Faithful Snow Lodge (B,L,D)

January 2: Norris Geyser Basin to Paradise Valley, Montana

On your final full day in the glorious Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, travel by snowcoach from Old Faithful north to Mammoth along the famed Firehole River. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of a dipper (or “water ouzel”), or maybe a trumpeter swan. Wander through Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest and most active geyser basin in the world, complete with its icy “ghost trees” in winter. At day’s end, enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot springs pool, followed by a festive farewell dinner. Chico Hot Springs (B,L,D)

January 3: Departures from Bozeman, Montana

Transfer to the Bozeman airport for flights home after 12 noon. (B)

Note: Be prepared to walk on snow-covered trails. Much of the wildlife watching will be done close to the van or snow coach. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are optional.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$3,795 - $4,195 per person double occupancy; $810 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

Unable to join us for this New Year’s in Yellowstone departure? NPCA’s travel partner, Off the Beaten Path, is offering additional naturalist led journeys to Yellowstone. Scheduled departures include:

  • December 31, 2013-January 5, 2014
  • January 5-January 10, 2014
  • January 12-17, 2014
  • January 26-31, 2014
  • February 23-28, 2014

Off the Beaten Path shares NPCA’s love of national parks and our philosophy of engaged, small group travel. For more information on alternate departures, contact contact us at 800-628-7275 or email us at travel@npca.org

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Chico Hot Springs

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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