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Yellowstone
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 23, 2015
  • From $2,298 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Explore the world’s first national park!

Yellowstone tours allow you to leave the city behind and explore nature in its purest form. The expert guides have intimate knowledge of the park and the insider access to give you a national park experience unlike any other. Explore Yellowstone’s fascinating geothermal features like geysers and mudpots before relaxing in the Boiling River: where chilly glacial runoff meets a steaming hot spring.

  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Mountain peaks soar, reaching for the sky. Canyons, a palette of earth tones, are peppered with geysers, fumaroles, steam vents, and mud pots. Rushing rivers feed crystalline lakes and mighty forests make a comfortable home for the richest and most diverse wildlife this side of the Serengeti.

  • Wave goodbye to the throngs of Yellowstone day visitors as you explore well off the tourist track
  • Hike secluded backcountry trails, Geyser Basin boardwalks and mountaintop lookouts, watching for grizzlies, moose, bison, wolves, and eagles
  • Saddle up for a gentle horseback ride up Pine Creek into the Absaroka Mountains
  • Learn both sides of the bison migration and wolf re-introduction controversies shaping today’s Yellowstone ecosystem
  • Explore Chico Hot Springs, a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities and locals alike
Couple at the Upper Geyser Basin
Photo: Couple at the Upper Geyser Basin

My favorite part of the entire Yellowstone trip is hiking off the beaten path and catching that first glimpse of Grand Prismatic Spring. The color, shape, and size of the Spring are truly spectacular.

Guide

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

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, we'll 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 Yellowstone National Park!

  • Explore Lower Geyser Basin and the geothermal Fountain Paint Pots
  • Take an easy hike to Grand Prismatic

After checking into our home for the evening, we’ll dine in the historic Old Faithful Inn and then have a chance to watch Old Faithful erupt under the stars.

About the Old Faithful Inn & Old Faithful 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 / Elephant Back / Yellowstone Lake
Upper Geyser Basin / Elephant Back / Yellowstone Lake
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Begin the day with a hike through the Upper Geyser Basin to Observation Point for great geyser panoramas.

Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch along the Firehole River (make sure to soak your feet for a spell!). Embark on an extraordinary hike up Elephant Back where you’ll get some incredible views of Lake Yellowstone from high up.

At the end of the day, check into Lake Yellowstone Hotel with time to relax before dinner in the hotel’s elegant “Sun Room.”

About the Lake 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

During Day 3, be sure to 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, and eat a delicious picnic lunch after a short walk from the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.

Then it's off to enjoy:

  • A 3-mile hike to the rim of the 10,000-year-old, 1,000-foot deep Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
  • A shuttle to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
  • A special BBQ dinner tonight

About the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
This accommodation was named after the steaming limestone terraces just above the main building.

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: Bunsen Peak / Osprey Falls
Bunsen Peak / Osprey Falls
Meals Included:  B, L

Today, gear up for a spectacular hike that is guaranteed to satisfy!

To start off:

  • Hike up Bunsen Peak, an ancient volcano’s core for a rewarding 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Gardner’s Hole
  • We’ll then head down the backside of Bunsen, stopping for a trailside lunch with incredible views of Sheepeater Canyon
  • From here, the choice of yours: opt to head back to the van for an afternoon of downtime back at Mammoth or choose to add an additional 3 miles to your trek for a side trip to seek out powerful and majestic Osprey Falls at the base of Sheepeater Canyon

Late afternoon, arrive back at Mammoth for a night to spend however you’d like, as tonight is on your own.

Day 5: Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs / Yellowstone River
Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs / Yellowstone River
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Wake early to catch the sunrise and prime wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley.

From there, explore Mammoth Hot Springs’ white, orange, and yellow travertine terraces before lunch prepared by your guides. Afterward, set off on a beautiful drive through Paradise Valley to the Flying Diamond Ranch.

Saddle up for a gentle horseback ride up Pine Creek into the Absaroka Mountains, followed by a visit to the historic Chico Hot Springs and day spa for a soak in rejuvenating mineral waters.

Tonight, gather in the resort’s dining room for a gourmet farewell dinner.

About Chico Hot Springs Resort
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.

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

On our final day together, sleep late and enjoy a leisurely morning at the resort. Stroll through the gardens, indulge in a spa treatment or opt for a scenic hike before returning to the Bozeman airport or your post trip hotel.

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

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: Aug 23, 2015
  • From $2,298 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Aug 30, 2015
  • Sept 06 2015
Group biking the Antelope Flats
Photo: Group biking the Antelope Flats

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 11 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain.
  • 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 the 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 the 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.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The wildlife: without a doubt, Yellowstone has the best wildlife viewing in all of North America.
  • 2. The geothermal activity: Yellowstone is home to more geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and steam vents than the rest of the world has combined.
  • 3. The bragging rights: you'll be able to say you've been to the world's very first National Park.
  • 4. Our insider's access: known only to locals (and of course our guides), we'll take a dip in a hidden hot springs that tumbles into the Gardiner River.
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