Gardiner to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Geology Field Trip
Day Trip, Geology, Natural History
The Gardiner to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Geology Field Trip explores part of the Northern Range and the northern flank of the Yellowstone Caldera and reveals a diverse world of ancient oceans, multi-stage bi-model volcanism, glaciation, landslides, hot springs and fault lines.
The route traverses an extraordinary section of fascinating and varied geologic landscape. that evolved in different epochs but in this very place. It now provides ideal habitat for Yellowstone’s iconic flora and fauna. Through roadside stops and short hikes, you’ll be presented the opportunity to try to decipher some of the stories of Yellowstone’s ancient past as written in the rocks.
You’ll visit many varied geologic sites, including the hottest place in the park, the world’s largest geyser, and the Yellowstone caldera. You’ll also contemplate the formation of one of the iconic sites pivotal in the creation of the world’s first national park on a hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
About the instructor
John Gillespie has been fascinated by the geology of Yellowstone since his first visit in 1972. After completing studies at the University of Delaware, John worked as a field geologist, eventually founding and running two geologic consulting firms. He now applies his 40-year career in natural resources to Yellowstone. He is a certified interpretive guide, believes in life-long learning and regularly explores Yellowstone Country geology from his home just north of the park in Paradise Valley.
We are continually updating and refining our COVID-19 mitigation measures to ensure the health and safety our guests, staff and volunteers. Read our COVID-19 guidelines for program participants.