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A totally immersive experience

View Yellowstone National Park as few people ever do—in the hush of winter, when bison shovel snow with their heads to get to the grass below, and elk, bighorn sheep and elusive gray wolves are silhouetted against the pristine white landscapes. Travel by heated snowcoach to park roads that are normally closed in winter.

Since 1982, our faculty leader has spent at least part of every year in Yellowstone National Park. It is one of her favorite places on Earth. Join Professor Liz Hadly and Stanford Travel/Study as we view waterfalls framed by ice, a vast geyser basin filled with bubbling cauldrons, the limestone terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful during a dramatic eruption into the cold winter air.


January 23–30, 2024


8 days


From $9,495 per person

Trip size

14 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Liz Hadly

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

The faculty director at Jasper Ridge and a professor of biology and of geological and environmental sciences, Liz is a global change scientist who has studied the impacts of environmental change for the past four decades.

Liz was very charismatic, an excellent communicator, and passionate about her subjects.

—Carol Casey


Exploring a winter wonderland

Travel together from Bozeman to Yellowstone National Park, where we split our time between the iconic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Visit the many park’s highlights, from Mammoth Hot Springs, to the Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful, the Lamar Valley, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

  • Bozeman, Montana

    Arrive on independent flights to Bozeman, arriving in time for an orientation that prepares us for the splendid adventure that awaits us. Then gather for a welcome dinner.


    AC Hotel Bozeman

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Bozeman / Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming

    Depart Bozeman and follow the Yellowstone River as we head south along the Old Yellowstone Trail, where we may spot elk, deer and bighorn sheep before passing through Roosevelt Arch en route to Mammoth Hot Springs. Walk the Lower Terrace this afternoon, and, for those looking for more adventure, walk or snowshoe the Upper Terrace. Look for the resident elk who like to warm themselves at the thermal springs.


    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lamar Valley

    Today is devoted to wildlife viewing in the snow-covered Lamar Valley. Use spotting scopes to get close-up views, as they present themselves, of the resident bison using their heads to shove away the snow to get to the grass below, bighorn sheep clinging to cliffs and other wildlife doing their best to survive the long Yellowstone winter. Enjoy a simple lunch in Cooke City before returning to Mammoth Hot Springs through the valley for more wildlife viewing.


    Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Old Faithful

    A special treat at Yellowstone in the winter is a ride on one of the heated snowcoaches that allow us to traverse roads that are closed during the winter in the southern half of the park. Stop at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone midday to take in the unusual sight of ice-covered waterfalls. Along our drive we may share the road with herds of bison or catch a glimpse of trumpeter swans. Arriving in Old Faithful Village, check in to Yellowstone’s winter lodge and enjoy a relaxing dinner and evening.


    Old Faithful Snow Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Old Faithful / Upper Geyser Basin

    This morning explore the boardwalks surrounding Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, the largest concentration of geysers in the world. The geysers provide another unique winter sight: trees, covered in rime frost, hovering along the path. This afternoon, explore the winter wonderland around us by choosing to hike or snowshoe, or simply relax by the fireplace at the lodge. After dinner bundle up to go view an eruption of nearby Old Faithful, which is made especially dramatic in the winter when the plume of hot water hits the cold air.


    Old Faithful Snow Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Old Faithful / Upper Geyser Basin

    Take another day to explore this exciting thermal region, or simply relax at the lodge and enjoy the stillness of winter all around you.


    Old Faithful Snow Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Yellowstone / Paradise Valley, Montana

    Board our snowcoach this morning for a return trip to Mammoth Hot Springs, this time stopping at the Norris Geyser Basin, Artist Paint Pots, Roaring Mountain, and Obsidian Cliff. As we leave the park we travel through the spectacular Paradise Valley to Sage Lodge, where we toast the end of our winter journey.


    Sage Lodge

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bozeman / Home

    After breakfast at the hotel, make our way back to Bozeman for afternoon flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

Trip details

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From top to bottom, we’ve taken care of all the details, so you can enjoy a no-stress, worry-free travel experience.

I loved Yellowstone National Park before the trip, but I now have a deeper understanding of the place and love it even more.

— William Harrigan, MS ’68, PhD ’71


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The price of your trip covers a comprehensive educational program in addition to meals, accommodations, tours and excursions. Continue reading for a full list of what’s included.

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