Experience Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, Yellowstone, and the Tetons, July 20-29, 2016.

Take the ultimate summer road trip without the hassle of planning and driving yourself. Head west with the family, July 20-29, 2016, and introduce the young adventurers in your life to some of America’s most iconic and picturesque parks and landscapes. Learn about various aspects of Native American history and the western expansion  while appreciating the fascinating geology and ecology of the region.

Begin the journey in Rapid City, South Dakota, and immediately become immersed in breathtaking scenery on a massive scale at Badlands National Park. Visit the world’s largest mammoth site, where scientists are excavating remains of Columbian and woolly mammoths from 26,000 years ago and the colossal Crazy Horse Memorial before gazing upon iconic Mount Rushmore. Then, journey through scenic Spearfish Canyon and across the grassy plains to the heart of the Wild West — Cody, Wyoming — and its Buffalo Bill Center. Cap the program with visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks before ending in Jackson. Opportunities for naturalist-led walks, the sampling local specialties at a chuck wagon cookout, and independent exploration of these western towns makes this the perfect summer journey for multiple generations.

About the Study Leader

Professor Lawrence Rosen, Princeton's William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.

Professor Rosen is both an anthropologist and a lawyer. His main interests are in the relation between cultural concepts and their implementation in social and legal relationships. He teaches, both at Princeton and Columbia Law School, courses on law and anthropology, comparative religious systems, the American Indian and the law, and the intellectual property rights of native peoples. On this journey, Professor Rosen will discuss the legal and artistic situation of Native Americans.

Professor Rosen earned his Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Chicago, received Princeton's Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997, was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 1997-98, and was named to the first group of MacArthur Award Scholars in 1981.

Trip Details

  • Dates: July 20-29, 2016
  • Cost: $4,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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