• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

The Best Yellowstone Family Vacation Ever!

Saddle up, pardner’s! You’re invited to explore our backyard on an action-packed, family adventure through Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Country. With Austin’s home offices located in Montana, it’s no wonder we’re the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Old Faithful to the Absaroka Mountains. On this custom, all-inclusive vacation package, discover the wilds of Yellowstone and Paradise Valley from the helm of a raft and on the back of a horse. Espy wildlife and wildflowers with your kids as they use their Junior Ranger skills in identifying elk, bison and bear. Share giggles with them at the belches and burps of Mud Volcano, and savor the grandeur of the world’s first National Park before relaxing in a soothing natural hot spring. Scrumptious meals showcasing savory regional dishes keep you and your buckaroos energized, while days are bookended with the best in western hospitality at an iconic park property or picturesque guest ranch. Throughout this dream trip, enjoy Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Easy

This Tour

From navigating the rapids of the Yellowstone River to riding horseback through Paradise Valley with a bona fide cowboy, you and your kids are in for a captivating family adventure like no other. Spend six unforgettable days exploring the best of Yellowstone National Park and Montana's sprawling, mountainous landscape with our expert guides. Exceptional accommodations, gourmet cuisine and endless laughter are yours to share with your loved ones as you discover the hidden gems of the wild, wild west.

  • Register the kids as “Junior Rangers” before hiking into Yellowstone's backcountry, through the rainbow spray of thundering waterfalls and shooting geysers
  • Raft a playful stretch of the beautiful Yellowstone River, perfect for beginners
  • Wind your way by horseback high into the Absaroka Mountains alongside a fourth-generation wrangler
  • Watch for eagles, elk, bison and wolves on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Kick back for a well-deserved soak in a soothing natural hot spring
  • Marvel as Old Faithful erupts under a blanket of stars before calling it a night in the comfort of the historic, log-hewn Old Faithful Inn
Rafting the Yellowstone River
Photo: Rafting the Yellowstone River

So glad we went with you and not on our own. We would have missed so much!

Ellison R. Columbia, SC

We have never had such wonderful treatment on a hiking trip before and we've gone on many over the last 30 years.

Helen V. Newtown, PA

Best family trip ever! Our son was in tears over having to leave his new friends. The hardest part isn't going home- it's how to pick which AA trip to book next!

Julie H. Oak Creek, WI

First class. Perfectly planned. Guides were exceptional.

Aaron F. Colts Neck, NJ

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Ousel Falls / Lower Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
Old Faithful Yellowstone Family Vacation
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Old Faithful Inn or Snow Lodge

On Day 1, meet in Bozeman and shuttle to the town of Big Sky, Montana, where we will do an easy mid-morning hike to a misty waterfall. After lunch it's off to register the children for the Junior Ranger Program before heading into Yellowstone. Explore Lower Geyser Basin and the geothermal Fountain Paint Pots and take an easy hike to Grand Prismatic. After checking into our home, walk to the historic Old Faithful Inn for dinner and a chance to watch Old Faithful erupt under the stars.

About Old Faithful Inn & Snow Lodge

  • Old Faithful Inn: A world-famous landmark opened in 1904, this stone and pine inn features a five-story lobby, views of Old Faithful and classic charm.
  • Old Faithful Snow Lodge: Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park’s full service hotels, and features heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and a cedar shingle roof, making it a significant example of classic “parkitecture.”
Day 2: Upper Geyser Basin / Storm Point / Yellowstone Lake
Lake Yellowstone family Yellowstone Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake Lodge & Cabins

Begin the day with a ranger-guided hike through the Upper Geyser Basin to Observation Point for great geyser panoramas. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch along the banks of the Firehole River. Embark on an extraordinary hike to Storm Point where you’ll encounter open meadows, shaded lodgepole pine forests, and lakefront trail. Then, check into Lake Yellowstone Hotel with time to relax before dinner in the hotel’s elegant “Sun Room.”

About Lake Yellowstone Lodge & 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 3: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Grand Canyon Yellowstone Family Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Keep an eye out for bison, elk, grizzly bears, wolves and eagles on a morning drive through Hayden Valley.

  • Stop off along the way to view the burping and belching Mud Volcano
  • Eat a delicious picnic lunch after a short walk from the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River
  • Set off on a three-mile hike to the rim of the 10,000-year-old, 1,000-foot deep Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Shuttle to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins. Enjoy a special BBQ dinner tonight.

About Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins This accommodation was named after the steaming limestone terraces just above the main building. Elk routinely graze outside the hotel around the parade grounds of what was once Fort Yellowstone. Within the area, you can walk the boardwalks of Mammoth Hot Springs, visit Albright Visitor Center with its exhibits of the early history, exploration and establishment of the Park, or take a self-guided walking tour of Fort Yellowstone’s historic sandstone buildings to learn about the days when the U.S. Cavalry helped manage the Park.

Day 4: Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs / Yellowstone River
Yellowstone Family Vacation river rafting
Meals Included:  B, L

Wake early to catch the sunrise and prime wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley. Upon returning back to Mammoth, choose to rest or explore Mammoth Hot Springs’ white, orange, and yellow travertine terraces before lunch at Arch Park. Set off on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure on the Yellowstone River. Dinner is on your own tonight, in the town of Gardiner, Montana.

Day 5: Boiling River or Hoodoos / Absaroka Mountains
Horseback riding Yellowstone Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L, D

In the morning, head to the Boiling River for a well-deserved soak in a natural hot spring. In the early season, the Boiling River is closed, so we will do an alternate hike. Lunch at a nice picnic spot, followed by a drive through Paradise Valley to the Flying Diamond Ranch. Saddle up for a gentle horseback ride up Pine Creek into the Absaroka Mountains. Head to the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort for a soak in rejuvenating mineral waters. Gather tonight in the resort’s dining room for a gourmet dinner while the kids eat pizza at a poolside party.

About Chico Hot Springs Resort 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 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Chico Hot springs Yellowstone Family Vacation
Meals Included:  B

Sleep late and enjoy a leisurely morning at the resort. Stroll the gardens, indulge in a spa treatment or opt for a scenic hike before returning to the Bozeman airport or your post trip hotel.

** 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

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 12, 2016
  • Jun 19, 2016
  • Jun 26, 2016
  • Jul 3, 2016
  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Jul 24, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Aug 14, 2016
  • Aug 21, 2016

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Additional Trip Information

  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 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 3 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Horseback Riding: Easy walking pace, 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, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on own your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any 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 Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner during your trip.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

From the moment we all were introduced it was like we were family!

Ashley W, Jacksonville, FL

It was the best family trip we have ever been on!

Sara P, Andover, MA

Loved it! Saw and did things I never would have on my own.

Holly M, Geneseo. IL

Best family trip ever! Our son was in tears over having to leave his new friends. The hardest part isn't going home- it's how to pick which AA trip to book next!

Julie H, Oak Creek, WI

It was a great experience. A wonderful family adventure that will be in our memories forever.

Mark S, Fairfield, CT

Our best family vacation EVER!

Patti W, Hartland, WI
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Unforgettable memories: Experiences of a lifetime are yours to share with your kids on this dream family vacation.
  • 2. The elusive Yellowstone wolf: Keep your eyes peeled to spot one of the world's most awe-inspiring creatures on a morning hike up Bunsen Peak.
  • 3. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: Parents relish gourmet delights in peace beside a roaring fire, while kids party over pizza at Chico's huge hot spring pool.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from sharing insights of the region to understanding small group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation will be going home.

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