Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Explore the Rockies while staying fit!

Don your cowboy hat and running shoes and get ready for a wild west, small group, fitness-focused adventure through Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder that we’re the leading providers of best-in-class travel from Paradise Valley to Old Faithful and beyond. For this all-inclusive, action-packed itinerary, we’ve teamed up to create an outdoor fitness journey exploring mountainous heights, gurgling geysers and sweeping vistas. Hiking, trail running and kayaking experiences interspersed with fitness challenges and yoga sessions ensure that every muscle in your body is awakened. At the end of each day, kick back in natural hot springs, relax on the porch with a cold beer or opt for a good, long stretch as the sun sets over the magnificent Rocky Mountains. As your inner fitness enthusiast meets the humbling elements of the great outdoors, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service handles the details so all you have to do is focus on getting stronger, climbing higher and capturing the beauty of one of our favorite places on earth.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Fitness
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Trail Running
  • Yoga

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Welcome to Montana, a place we hold near and dear to our hearts. Our homegrown guides can't wait to share with you our insider's perspective on this six-day adventure in Big Sky, Yellowstone and Paradise Valley. As you ramble through pine-clad forests, do push-ups by a cascading waterfall and work your abs on an unforgettable kayak adventure down the Yellowstone River, enjoy the sensations of mind, body and soul getting in tune with some of nature's craftiest handiwork found in the wild, wild west.

  • Hike amidst the Spanish Peaks on one of the best trails in the world, where a yoga session awaits at the top
  • Explore the geyser-peppered caldera of Yellowstone and the high-alpine forests of Paradise Valley
  • Invigorate yourself on a trail run around the third largest natural hot spring in the world, Grand Prismatic
  • Paddle and raft Class II-III rapids through postcard-perfect canyons and farmlands
  • Take in close-up views of the famous Lower Falls of Yellowstone from the bottom of Uncle Tom's stairs
  • Greet the day with burpees, push-ups and lunges before embarking into the Hayden Valley in search of bears, moose and wolves
  • Relax and recharge with a soak in a soothing natural hot spring followed by Big Sky Country's tastiest cuisine at Chico Hot Springs and Resort
Montana Active Vacations
Photo: Montana Active Vacations
Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

Day 1: Hyalite Canyon / Silken Skein Falls / Gallatin Canyon / Ousel Falls
Hyalite Canyon / Silken Skein Falls / Gallatin Canyon / Ousel Falls
Meals Included:  (L,D)
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Lace up your trail running shoes for a beautiful introductory trail run above 7,000-feet in Hyalite Canyon taking in views of Grotto, Arch and Silken Skein Falls before turning around and racing back the way you came (5 miles total). Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch to refuel the muscles and mind, and then shuttle through Gallatin Canyon to the town of Big Sky. Once there you can stretch yourself out for a jaunt over to the locals' favorite, Ousel Falls (1.1 miles one way). Our warm-up workout will be running the undulating trail to the falls themselves and then we will incorporate a short burst of high intensity to our day with a functional fitness workout overlooking the falls. The cool-down workout will be a run back to the trailhead for a short stretching/yoga session. Head out in the van for a 30-minute ride to the night's accommodations at the 320 Guest Ranch. Dinner will be at the 320 Steakhouse and Saloon.

Day 2: Big Sky / Beehive Basin
Montana Active Vacation
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Get energized first thing in the morning with an invigorating workout as you overlook horse pastures and take in the mountain scenery. Embark on an all-day hike in the Spanish Peaks to Beehive Basin (6 miles round trip) with sweeping views of the Madison and Gallatin Ranges, including Big Sky's Lone Peak. Experience an obstacle course over naturally-made obstacles as you make your way to the beautiful Alpine Lake. Upon arrival to the lake 3-miles in, you'll settle in for a peaceful yoga session, overlooking Big Sky. After you enjoy a packed lunch, you'll continue the trek through wildflower meadows, glacial streams and the distinctive crags of Beehive Peak. When you arrive back to the 320 Ranch, you will enjoy a BBQ dinner and then a workshop on Athletic massage from a special Guest.

About 320 Guest Ranch
In the west, life has certainly gotten easier than it was in the early days, even at a Montana guest ranch. But some of the things that mattered most back then are still important today; like delicious, hearty meals, and the 320's friendly, laid-back attitude.

Experience a 110-year-old homestead - reshaped into a Montana guest ranch. Relive the early western atmosphere and down-home hospitality - all in one big beautiful, historic property. The 320 Ranch offers exceptional cowboy comfort just south of Big Sky Ski Resort, where the pristine Gallatin River winds through sage and towering pines, and mountains rise up against crystal blue skies.

Day 3: Yellowstone National Park / Grand Prismatic / Old Faithful / Lake Yellowstone
Reebok Fitness Vacation
Meals Included:  B,L,D

Put on your running shoes again and head into Yellowstone for a trail running tour of Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world. Move on to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home of the largest collection of geysers in the world. Along the trails surrounding the steaming pools and geysers, you will incorporate functional fitness movements into a scenic geyser gazing walk. You will then be able to rest on the drive along the shore of the magnificent Yellowstone Lake (1 hour transfer). This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the historic Old Faithful Inn before catching an eruption of Old Faithful under the light of the moon.

About Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park's full service hotels, and has been recognized with the Cody Award for Western Design and Travel and Leisure's Inn of the Month. The heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and cedar shingle roof were part of the design that is destined to make the Snow Lodge a significant example of classic "parkitecture."

Day 4: Hayden Valley / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Montana Fitness Vacation
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Mammoth Cabins

The day starts early with awake-up call - Burpees, pushups, and lunges are easier to manage while overlooking the vast Lake Yellowstone. Afterwards, head out to Yellowstone's Hayden Valley to spot moose, bison, and wolves. Upon arrival to the Canyon area, you'll hike in the "back way" to Artist point, passing by several small lily pad-studded lakes, whiteout landscapes and bubbling mud pots (3 miles round trip). Drive north to the town of Gardiner (2 hours) and have lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch. After lunch, get ready to work the abs and core as we load into inflatable kayaks for a beautiful and exhilarating white water (Class II and III) ride down the Yellowstone River. Check into your lodge just inside the north entrance of the Park at Mammoth Hot Springs.

About Mammoth Cabins
The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins - named after nearby springs - offers a warm welcome to summer and winter visitors. The hotel, as it stands today was built in 1936, while retaining a wing of guest rooms originally built in 1911, and features its signature Map Room containing a large wooden map of the United States constructed of 15 different woods from nine countries.

Day 5: Sepulcher Mountain / Paradise Valley
Hiking in Montana
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: Chico Hot Springs

Shuttle back to Yellowstone's north entrance (1 hour) for an all-day hike up Sepulcher Mountain by way of Mammoth Hot Springs. This 11-mile loop hike will take you 3,400 feet up over the course of 5 miles to provide you with some of the best views of Yellowstone, Electric Peak, the Absaroka Mountains and Gardiner from Sepulcher's unique summit. Once at the top of the mountain, fuel your spirit with a yoga session among "the tombstones." You'll then fuel your body with lunch and head back down by way of Gardner's Hole taking in a whole new view (changing every mile) of Yellowstone. After this very active day, transfer to Chico Hot Springs (1 hour) before meeting up with the group for a tour of the senses at Chico's Gardens where you will learn about which herbs and vegetables will be used in tonight's dinner. Relive memories of the week and enjoy the evening at tonight's farewell feast.

About Chico Hot Springs Resort
This rustic-chic inn and day spa boasts mineral hot spring-fed pools, extensive gardens, spa services, and exceptional dining. In June of 1999, Chico Hot Springs was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Kayaking in Montana
Meals Included:  B

Wake up and relax in a hot spring soak, or be bold and greet the morning with an obstacle course run. If you opt for the run, it will be a 5 mile round trip run past old mining cabins and abandoned homesteads with various fitness challenges throughout. Return to Bozeman airport and area hotels.

 

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Arrival and Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:15 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Bozeman airport (12:00 pm) or your Bozeman hotel (12:30 pm).

Activities

Hiking: 3 to 11 miles per hike, easy to difficult terrain.

Trail Running: 2 to 6 miles, easy to moderate terrain.

Whitewater Kayaking: Class II-III rapids, no experience necessary.

Functional Fitness: Morning workouts and/or practiced throughout the day on excursions.

Yoga/Stretching: Practiced often throughout the trip outdoors.

Discovery: Unlock the mysteries of Yellowstone's geyser basins. Wander your way along winding trails through Montana's pristine backcountry, unlocking the secrets of the forest along the way. Scrutinize the pros and cons of wildfire in a lodgepole pine tree ecosystem. Search for moose, bears, wolves, and elk in the middle of a supervolcano's massive caldera. Taste for yourself the tender juiciness of a Montana home grown beef filet mignon. Take in the beauty of North America's largest high alpine lake, Yellowstone Lake and make sure to ask about why the lake trout are such a big problem. Learn why Chico Hot Springs Resort is a favorite celebrity haunt. Discover for yourself this place they call Big Sky Country with the experts in adventure travel.

Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, Austin Adventures guides will help you select the distance that's right for you.

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  • 1. The peace and quiet: kick your feet up at 320 Guest Ranch, an 110-year old Montana homestead reshaped into a beautiful guest ranch.
  • 2. A bit of history: take a trail run past old abandoned mining cabins in the ghost town of Old Chico.
  • 3. Off-the-beaten-path destinations: explore Hyalite Canyon, a local favorite for hiking, rock climbing and trail-running.
  • 4. Reset-button-on-life: soak-in North America's largest high alpine lake, Lake Yellowstone, and learn about the ecosystem within it.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from sharing fitness tips to seamlessly orchestrating small group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation will be going home.
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