February 18, 2005
State Survey Announces Field Trip to Yellowstone National Park

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS), in cooperation with the U.S. National Park Service and the University of Wyoming, invites all interested persons to attend their Annual Field Trip for 2005. The field trip will focus on the geology and natural history of Yellowstone National Park and the Cody, Wyoming area east of the Park, including the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway along the North Fork of the Shoshone River.

This will be a three-day field trip beginning and ending in Cody. Mark your calendars for Thursday through Saturday, June 9 through 11, 2005. Headquarters for the field tour is the Holiday Inn in Cody, where the trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. This field trip will be entirely by fully equipped, air-conditioned tour buses, with overnight stays in Mammoth on Thursday and Lake on Friday, returning to Cody on Saturday afternoon. Because of logistics at the stops and traffic congestion in the Park, private vehicles cannot be taken on this trip, and all participants will be required to ride the buses.

This year there will be a fee to help defray the costs and pre-registration will be required. The field trip will be limited to not more than 70 participants (excluding field trip leaders and WSGS personnel), so the public is encouraged to make their plans early. Registration forms and a field trip itinerary will be available in late February for downloading from the WSGS Web site (see 2005 Field Trip in the Whats New section, http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu), by Email request, or by regular mail. Registration will remain open until April 1, 2005.

Registration fees will include a printed field guide, bus transportation, box lunches and coffee/refreshment breaks for three days, lodging for the two nights in Yellowstone National Park, and a barbecue dinner on Thursday evening at Mammoth. To help with lodging costs, the WSGS asks that participants be prepared to share a double room with another person. Breakfasts for each day will be on your own, as will dinner on Friday evening at Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Participants will need to arrange transportation to and from Cody and their own lodging and meals on Wednesday, June 8 prior to the trip and Saturday evening, June 11 at the conclusion of the trip.

Contact Richard W. Jones at (307)766-2286, ext. 238 or Allory Deiss at (307)766-2286, ext. 234 or allory.deiss@wyo.gov for more information about the field trip.

Press Release
from the Office of the Wyoming State Geologist
Ron Surdam, State Geologist