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Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $2,398 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,918 to $2,158

Montana Family Vacations

Explore the Big Sky State with your family on one of our Montana Family Vacations. Bike, hike, horseback ride, and raft through the most pristine areas of Paradise Valley, as chosen by us—Montana Natives. Take the insider’s tour of our favorite parts of our beautiful state and Yellowstone Park and see for yourself why we are called the Big Sky State.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Austin Adventures has been guiding parents and kids on adventure vacations in Montana for over 20 years. If there’s a formula for family fun, we’ve nailed it.

Hike along stream-side trails and meadows carpeted in flowers in Yellowstone’s quiet backcountry

  • Explore magical Fountain Paint Pots, Old Faithful, and neighboring geysers
  • Enjoy a scenic bike ride around Grand Prismatic Spring and through one of Yellowstone's thermal hot spots
  • Snack on fruit-kebabs on the shore of a glacial stream in Beehive Basin
  • Keep an eye out for elk and bison on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Ride horseback high into the Absaroka mountains alongside a real-deal 4th generation cowboy
  • Raft a playful stretch of the beautiful Yellowstone River
  • Relax and recharge with a soak in a soothing hot spring and a candlelit dinner at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort

Rafting Yellowstone River
Photo: Rafting Yellowstone River

Absolutely fantastic! We can't stop telling everyone about our best family vacation ever!

Victoria Hurtado Rancho Santa Margarita

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Hyalite Creek / Arch Falls / Gallatin Valley
Hyalite Creek / Arch Falls / Gallatin Valley
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Get ready to be picked up in Bozeman! From there, enjoy a short hike through timber and meadows along the picturesque Hyalite Reservoir.

Afterwards, 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
Beehive Basin / Big Sky
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 (please note, an alternate hike may be arranged on early season departures, depending on trail conditions).

Afterwards, enjoy a trailside lunch by the shore of an alpine lake. From there, continue your trek through wildflower meadows, glacial streams and the distinctive crags of Beehive Peak.

Tonight, dinner is a BBQ meal at the 320 Ranch.

Day 3: Yellowstone National Park / Old Faithful / Lake Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park / Old Faithful / Lake Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake Hotel

Start the day with a shuttle to Yellowstone for a bike tour of Grand Prismatic Spring, the third largest hot spring in the world.

From there, your day is full with:

  • A visit to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the largest collection of geysers in the world
  • A drive along the shore of the magnificent Yellowstone Lake
  • A live string quartet that sets the mood for a relaxing dinner at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel

End the night with an evening walk along the shores of the lake!

About Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins

Completed in 1981 and restored to its 1920s grandeur in 1990, this majestic hotel sits on the shores of Yellowstone Lake and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The serenity of Yellowstone Lake illuminates through the "Sun Room" windows, as guests daydream to the delicate sounds of a string quartet in the lobby.  A casually elegant restaurant features a delightfully extravagant menu. The hotel’s nearby cabins offer a nice alternative to staying in the hotel itself.

Day 4: Hayden Valley / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Hayden Valley / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Chico Hot Springs

On Day 4, head out to Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley to spot moose, bison and wolves.

Today, you'll also:

  • Experience the breathtaking views from Artist Point
  • Take a short hike through the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
  • Drive north to the town of Gardiner
  • Have lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch

After lunch, load into rafts for a beautiful ride down the Yellowstone River, followed by a drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa.

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own, wherever you please!

About Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa

The perfect location for your Montana getaway. 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
Absaroka Mountains / Paradise Valley
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chico Hot Springs

Shuttle to the Flying Diamond Ranch and mount up for a leisurely morning horseback ride high into the Absaroka Mountains.

Afterwards, our picnic lunch spot boasts spectacular mountain views!

A short afternoon hike to a backcountry waterfall will set the stage for a perfect evening. And back at Chico, soak in natural hot spring before feasting on a candlelit farewell dinner while the kids are entertained with a pizza party at the Poolside Grill.

Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Meals Included:  B

Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the hot springs. Afterward, return to Bozeman airport and area hotels.

We hope to see you 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

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $2,398 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,918 to $2,158

Departure Dates

  • Jun 14 2015
  • Jun 21 2015
  • Jun 28 2015
  • Jul 12 2015
  • Jul 19 2015
  • Jul 26 2015
  • Aug 02 2015
  • Aug 09 2015
  • Aug 16 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure

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: 2 to 6 miles per hike, easy to difficult terrain
  • Biking: 6 to 10 miles, easy to moderate terrain
  • Horseback Riding: Easygoing walking pace, no experience necessary
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary
Meals

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 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.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Beehive Basin: It's sensory overload as you soak your feet in an alpine lake surrounded by blue sky, granite spires and wildflower-studded hillsides.
  • 2. The Yellowstone River: Rafting it means navigating the longest free-flowing river in North America.
  • 3. The cowboy songs and stories: They just sound better while you're sitting tall in the saddle on a ride up Dome Mountain.
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