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Yellowstone
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 14, 2015
  • From $2,298 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,838 to $2,068

The Best Yellowstone Family Vacation!

You name it, and this Yellowstone Family Vacation’s got it! A perfect opportunity for making lifelong memories, this family vacation is all about connecting with loved ones on a world-class adventure in the beautiful Yellowstone National Park.

Boasting activities for adventure-seekers of all ages, this package features:

●    Horseback riding with real cowboys
●    Rafting through whitewater rapids
●    Hiking through picturesque valleys
●    Enjoying world-class accommodations

Discover iconic masterpieces like Old Faithful and hidden treasures like Artist’s Point before retiring to historic hotels Yellowstone Lake Lodge and Chico Hot Springs.Join us for the adventure of a lifetime on a Yellowstone family vacation in the world’s very first national park.

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

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

Yellowstone National Park is a paradise for adults and kids alike. Our expert guides create a secure and rewarding environment full of challenge, accomplishment, and fun. Combined with exceptional accommodations and classic dining, this is the ultimate family adventure.

  • 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 4th 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

Rafting the Yellowstone River is an experience your family will never forget. I love listening as the vastness of Paradise Valley is quickly filled with shouts and laughter as parents and kids tackle a rapid - and then start a humongous water fight!

Kasey Austin AA Guide

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana

Day 1: Ousel Falls / Lower Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
Ousel Falls / Lower Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
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
Upper Geyser Basin / Storm Point / Yellowstone Lake
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Lake Hotel & 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 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 3: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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
Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs / Yellowstone River
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
Boiling River or Hoodoos / Absaroka Mountains
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 / Bozeman
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

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 $2,298 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $1,838 to $2,068

Departure Dates

  • Jun 14 2015
  • Jun 21 2015
  • Jun 28 2015
  • Jul 05 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 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).
Activities
  • 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.
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, 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.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. For the memories: Family experiences like these are what life is all about.
  • 2. The elusive Yellowstone wolf: Keep your eyes peeled to spot one on a morning hike up Bunsen Peak.
  • 3. It's the best of both worlds: While parents dine in quiet luxury, the kids have a pizza party at Chico's huge hot spring pool.
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