• Next Departure: Jun 30, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,608

 Montana Vacation Package

Life is Good Adventures

Join Austin Adventures and Life is Good on this action-packed adventure through Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park. With our headquarters based in Yellowstone country, it’s no wonder that Austin Adventures is considered the leader in best-in-class travel to the world’s first national park. Raft the Yellowstone River, hike amidst the Spanish Peaks and ride horseback with a couple of bona fide cowboys on one of our custom, all-inclusive Montana vacation packages. Wildlife and wildflowers come to life as our local guides introduce you to the hidden gems of the wild, wild west. All the while, enjoy western hospitality and regional cuisine from guest ranches and iconic park properties complemented by Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. Giddy up!

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5/5 (2 Reviews)
  • Life is Good Adventures
  • North America Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Horseback

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

This Tour
Leave your worries behind and let the locals deliver the best Yellowstone experience! With over forty years of insider knowledge, we can provide the ultimate Yellowstone and Big Sky Country vacation. Whether it’s skipping the crowds by hiking into Old Faithful the back way, or touring the Paradise Valley on horseback with 4th Generation Montana ranchers, Austin Adventures and Life is Good will take you to places few others ever get to see. See Yellowstone’s incredible wildlife including bison, elk, bear, or wolves. Hike through evergreen forests and among wildflowers, as well as through the steaming thermal areas surrounded by the world’s highest concentration of geysers. At night, enjoy western hospitality at some of the hardest-to-get accommodations in the park, as well as luxurious guest ranches.  
  • Hike Gallatin Valley's secluded back country to a glacially-formed mountaintop basin
  • Explore the geyser-peppered caldera of Yellowstone and the evergreen forests of Paradise Valley
  • Raft Class II-III rapids through postcard-perfect canyons and ranchlands
  • Ride horseback with a fourth-generation Montana cowboy
  • Elk, bison and bear - oh my! From a safe distance, espy wildlife on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Relax and recharge with a soak in a soothing natural hot spring followed by Big Sky Country's tastiest cuisine
  • Zip line across the Gallatin River on an exhilarating trip that you won't soon forget
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We had an amazing time! This is definitely the way to explore a place you have never been before!

Kimberley T. Harrisburg, NC

We were so thrilled to have done this trip-WOW!

Michael S. Golden, CO

The guides' performance made a beautiful state an excellent adventure.

John O. Concord, NC

& Map
Day 1: Grotto Falls / Gallatin Canyon
Meals Included:  L,D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch
Pick-up in Bozeman • Take a short hike through timber and meadows along Hyalite Creek to Grotto Falls • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch upon return from your adventure • Shuttle up Gallatin Canyon to the town of Big Sky and prep for a zip line tour across the Gallatin River • 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
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch
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 (an alternate hike may be arranged on early season departures, depending on trail conditions) • Lunch trailside by the shore of an alpine lake • Continue your trek through wildflower meadows, glacial streams and the distinctive crags of Beehive Peak • Dinner tonight is back at the ranch
Day 3: Yellowstone National Park / Old Faithful / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Shuttle to Yellowstone for a hike to Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the largest collection of geysers in the world • Drive along the shore of the magnificent Yellowstone Lake and up through bison-dotted Hayden Valley • Embark on a backcountry hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, ending at a viewpoint of the incredible 308-foot Lower Falls • This evening, enjoy dinner at Canyon Lodge.

About Canyon Lodge and Cabins

Featuring two lodges and recently renovated cabins, Canyon Lodge and Cabins is situated on the eastern side of the park next to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The rustic accommodations allow for the opportunity to step back from technology and embrace lodging in the country's oldest national park. Located on site you'll find a full service restaurant, elegant bedrooms with private bathrooms, a delightful lobby with two fireplaces, and a lounge and gift store that warmly beckon guests to linger and chat.
Day 4: Mammoth Hot Springs / Yellowstone River
Meals Included:  B,L
Drive to the northern section of the park where we hike a mostly downhill trail that ends at the vibrant travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs • A few short miles away is the town of Gardiner where we enjoy lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch • Load into rafts for a beautiful ride down the Yellowstone River • Drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa • Dinner tonight is on your own.

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
old faithful
Meals Included:  B,L,D
Shuttle to the Flying Diamond Ranch and mount up for a leisurely morning horseback ride high into the Absaroka Mountains • Our picnic lunch spot boasts spectacular mountain views • A short afternoon hike to a backcountry waterfall will set the stage for a perfect evening • 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
Meals Included:  B
It may be the last day, but there's still some time for fun! Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the hot springs before we return to Bozeman airport and area hotels. 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.
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  • Next Departure: Jun 30, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,608

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 30, 2019 - Jul 5, 2019

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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.
  • Horseback Riding: Easygoing walking pace, no experience necessary.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Ziplining: Gear and instruction provided. 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 the 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.
  • Any other necessary equipment - 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.
Pre-departure Information After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
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:
We had such an incredible time on our trip! Thank you Austin Adventures for the wonderful memories my family and I will cherish for many years to come. ” Carol S., Denver, CO
Wow. Just, wow. What a wonderful vacation. From the scenery to food to the staff, everything was perfection. If you haven't had an Austin Adventure before, do yourself a favor and book one right now. You will not regret it. ” Joel M., Albany, NY
The sight of my husband on a horse: worth every penny. We had such a blast! ” Anne B., Washington, D.C.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Geologic diversity: the river-carved canyons of the Gallatin, Yellowstone's volcanic caldera and the pristine results of glacially-formed Paradise Valley are sights for sore eyes.
  • 2. Cowboy stories and songs: 'oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam' just sounds better in the great outdoors, whether you're sittin' tall in the saddle or gettin' cozy beside a roaring fire.
  • 3. Yellowstone's 308-foot Lower Falls: stumbling upon the tumbling Falls at the end of a backcountry hike is one heckuva refreshing surprise.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Chico Hot Springs Resort, indulge in natural hot springs and the best gourmet dining in Montana.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to building group camaraderie, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring your vacation is truly the trip of a lifetime.

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