• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Montana Family Vacation

Rally the kids, don your favorite cowboy hat and get ready for an action-packed, all-inclusive dream trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no surprise that Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Old Faithful to Paradise Valley and beyond. From gurgling geysers to lofty mountaintops, discover the perfect backdrop of your next family photo on this intimate journey through Big Sky Country. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you and your family to the remarkable treasures of the wild, wild west as you explore pine-studded forests, raft the Yellowstone River and ride horseback across pristine meadows with a couple of bona fide cowboys. Each day, enjoy the finest in western hospitality and regional fare complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. You and your buckaroos won’t soon forget this adventure of a lifetime!

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

The only thing better than signing up for one of our award-winning adventures is joining us on a custom family getaway in our own backyard! With Austin Adventures' headquarters located in Montana, we invite you to fall in love with the picturesque scenes we call home. Spend six unforgettable days discovering the gems of Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Country with your kids-turned-blooming-naturalists. And don't worry - there's plenty of time for soaking in a natural hot spring, too!

  • 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 shores 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 fourth-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

Wow factor is HUGE. Guides were great. Activities just right, companions all kept pace no one left behind or slowed group.

James M San Francisco, CA

Outstanding! Our family adventure trip was made even more special due to your guides.

Keri S. Andover, MA

First time traveling with Austin and the company was one of the best I've experienced. Would travel with Austin again in a heartbeat.

Karen A Fort Wayne, IN

Trip was fantastic! My grandson didn't want to go home at the end.

William S Webster, NY

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Hyalite Creek / Arch Falls / Gallatin Valley
Montana Adventure Vacation, Hyalite Canyon
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
Horseback riding Yellowstone Family Vacation
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 Ranger
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
rafting in Yellowstone
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
Horseback riding Yellowstone family vacations
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
Montana Active Adventure Vacation, Chico Hot Springs
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

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

Not finding what you're looking for? Over 33% of our itineraries are tailored to fit your group or family needs. Feel free to call one of our travel specialists for information on custom trips. Let us plan your next adventure of a lifetime!

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,078 to $2,338

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 12, 2016
  • Jun 19, 2016
  • Jun 26, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Jul 24, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Aug 14, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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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: 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

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.

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:

Our entire family enjoyed this trip (which is amazing considering the age gap: 17yr old boy, 14 yr old girl, 9 yr old girl.) The guides were superb.

Mindy B, Brownsburg, IN

Absolutely Fantastic!! We cant stop telling everyone about our best ever family vacation!

Victoria H, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Excellent trip. Excellent guides. Excellent execution. It was perfect

Barbara, O, Ottawa Hills, OH

Outstanding in every way. Well planned out, great guides, beautiful sights. Never had a concern the whold week.

Fred H, San Francisco, CA

Best over all family trip. It is hard to accommodate the varying desires of 4 and our guides succeeded!

Leigh F, Frederick, MD

We had such a wonderful time. The trip exceeded our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends. Our guides were awesome!

Bill E, Mountain View, CA

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

Kimberly T, Harrisburg, NC

Both guides were exceptional, they made the trip a special memory-treats on hike, commentary on history, geology, and nature, and managing the group.

Paul P, Darien, CT

The description didn't begin to explain fow fabulous the trip would be!

Jody H, Ankeny, IA
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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 these rapids means navigating the longest free-flowing river in North America.
  • 3. Cowboy songs and stories: 'Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam' just sounds better whether you're sitting tall in the saddle or getting cozy by a crackling fire
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from orchestrating seamless group dynamics to getting your kids excited about calderas and wildlife migration, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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