• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Montana Vacation Package

Answer the call of the wild and join us on this small group, action-packed adventure through Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Paradise Valley to Old Faithful and beyond. Raft Yellowstone River, hike amidst the Spanish Peaks and ride horseback with a couple of bona fide cowboys on one of our custom, all-inclusive Montana vacation packages. Wildlife and wildflowers come to life as our local guides introduce you to the hidden gems of the wild, wild west. All the while, enjoy western hospitality and regional cuisine from guest ranches and iconic park properties complemented by Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Giddy up!

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

Sprawling, mountainous vistas in Paradise Valley and a whimsical mosaic of geothermal activity in Yellowstone National Park serve as the inspiring backdrop to not only this adventure of a lifetime but, with our home office located here, also Austin Adventures backyard. On this custom Montana vacation, spend six unforgettable days discovering the best of the west with the best in the west.

  • Hike Gallatin Valley’s secluded backcountry to a mountaintop, glacially-formed basin
  • Explore the geyser-peppered caldera of Yellowstone and the evergreen forests of Paradise Valley
  • Bike beneath lodge-pole pines and towering, snow-capped peaks
  • Raft Class II-III rapids through postcard-perfect canyons and ranchlands
  • Ride horseback with a fourth-generation Montana cowboy
  • Elk, bison and bear - oh my! From a safe distance, espy wildlife on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Relax and recharge with a soak in a soothing natural hot spring followed by Big Sky Country’s tastiest cuisine
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Photo: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

We had an amazing time! This is definitely the way to explore a place you have never been before!

Kimberley Thompson Harrisburg, NC

We were so thrilled to have done this trip-WOW!

Michael Sitzman Golden, CO

The guides' performance made a beautiful state an excellent adventure.

John Oliver Concord, NC

Eric and nikki were Great! They did an excellent job.

Dawn Moeckly Sacramento, CA

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

Day 1: Hyalite Creek / Grotto or Arch Falls / Gallatin Valley
Montana Adventure Vacation, Hyalite Canyon
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Get ready as we kick off the tour with a pick-up in Bozeman. From there, take a short hike through timber and meadows along the picturesque Hyalite Reservoir. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch upon return from your adventure. Then, shuttle up Gallatin Canyon to the town of Big Sky and mount up for a scenic downhill bike ride through surrounding sagebrush-dotted meadows and charming ski condos. Tonight’s dinner is at the 320 Steakhouse and Saloon. About the 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 2: Beehive Basin / Big Sky
Montana Active Adventure Tour, beehive basin
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

On Day 2, embark on an all-day hike amid the Spanish Peaks to Beehive Basin with sweeping views of the Madison and Gallatin Ranges, including Big Sky’s Lone Mountain. * An alternate hike may be arranged on early season departures, depending on trail conditions. Enjoy a trailside lunch by the shore of an alpine lake, and then continue your trek through wildflower meadows, glacial streams and the distinctive crags of Beehive Peak. Dinner tonight is a BBQ meal at the 320 Ranch.

Day 3: Yellowstone National Park / Old Faithful / Lake Yellowstone
Lake Lodge Montana Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Shuttle to Yellowstone for a bike tour of Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world! From there:

  • Venture on to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the largest collection of geysers in the world
  • Drive along the shore of the magnificent Yellowstone Lake

This evening, a live string quartet sets the mood for a relaxing dinner at Lake Yellowstone Hotel, after which you'll end the night with an evening walk along the shores of the lake on your way back to the Lake Lodge & Cabins. About the Lake Lodge and Cabins, Lake Lodge Cabins features a main lodge with a large porch offering a spectacular rocking chair view of Yellowstone Lake. The main lodge is constructed of logs and is the focal point of this classic and comfortable building. Located behind the lodge are rustic cabins just a short walk away from Lake Hotel and the lake itself. Each cabin is simple, spacious, and modernly furnished with two queen beds  and private bathrooms. The main lodge houses a delightful lobby where two fireplaces, a lounge and gift store warmly beckon guests to linger and chat.

Day 4: Hayden Valley / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Yellowstone Tours, Yellowstone Falls
Meals Included:  B, L

On Day 4, head out to Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley to spot moose, bison and wolves. Experience the breathtaking views from Artist Point and take a neat hike through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Also enjoy:

  • A drive north to the town of Gardiner
  • Lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch
  • A beautiful raft ride down the Yellowstone River
  • And finally, a drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa

Tonight, dinner tonight is on your own. About Chico Hot Springs This historic resort is located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park – and nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range. Chico offers an extraordinary variety of accommodations, exceptional dining, outdoor adventures, live entertainment, ultimate relaxation, all with a warm smile and welcoming spirit from their friendly staff. This rustic-chic inn and day spa boasts mineral hot spring-fed pools, extensive gardens, & soothing spa services. In June of 1999, Chico Hot Springs was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 5: Absaroka Mountains / Paradise Valley
Montana Adventure Vacations horseback riding
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On your final full day, take a shuttle to the Flying Diamond Ranch and mount up for a leisurely morning horseback ride high into the Absaroka Mountains where our picnic lunch spot boasts spectacular mountain views. A short afternoon hike to a backcountry waterfall will set the stage for an absolutely perfect evening. Back at Chico, soak in natural hot springs before feasting on a candlelit farewell dinner.

Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Montana Active Adventure Vacation, Chico Hot Springs
Meals Included:  B

It may be the last day, but there's still some time for fun! Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the hot springs before we return to Bozeman airport and area hotels. We hope you'll join us again soon! **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 03, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 3, 2016
  • Aug 21, 2016
  • Aug 28, 2016
  • Sep 4, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Montana Active Adventure Vacation
Photo: Montana Active Adventure Vacation

Additional Trip Information


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).


  • Hiking: 2 to 6 miles per hike, easy to difficult terrain.
  • Biking: 8 to 15 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Horseback Riding: Easygoing walking pace, no experience necessary.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners – except one dinner on own your own - refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

We had such an incredible time on our trip! Thank you Austin Adventures for the wonderful memories my family and I will cherish for many years to come.

Carol Smith, Colorado

Wow. Just, wow. What a wonderful vacation. From the scenery to food to the staff, everything was perfection. If you haven’t had an Austin Adventure before, do yourself a favor and book one right now. You will not regret it.

Joel McDonald, New York

The best vacation I have ever had.

Kevin Thompson, Florida

The sight of my husband on a horse: worth every penny. We had such a blast!

Anne Bishop, Washington, D.C.

It was the best vacation I have ever experienced. The combination of outdoor activities with high quality dining and lodging was amazing.

Rachel Neff, Greenville, SC

Exceeded my expectations and everything went very smooth, great guides, every view was like a postcard

David Ferley, Houston, TX

They cater to your every need. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly & fun.

Kevin Hwang, Tempe, AZ
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Geologic diversity: the river-carved canyons of the Gallatin, Yellowstone's volcanic caldera and the pristine results of glacially-formed Paradise Valley are sights for sore eyes.
  • 2. Cowboy stories and songs: 'oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam' just sounds better in the great outdoors, whether you're sittin' tall in the saddle or gettin' cozy beside a roaring fire.
  • 3. Yellowstone's 308-foot Lower Falls: stumbling upon the tumbling Falls at the end of a backcountry hike is one heckuva refreshing surprise.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Chico Hot Springs Resort, indulge in natural hot springs and the best gourmet dining in Montana.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to building group camaraderie, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring your vacation is truly the trip of a lifetime.

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