North America Vacations
Montana | Big Sky, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley | Adult Only
Montana - Big Sky, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley For us, Montana is home... For adventurers, it’s paradise
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Montana Vacation in Big Sky Country – 6 Days / 5 Nights
Answer the call of the wild and join us on this small group, action-packed adventure through Big Sky Country and Yellowstone National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no wonder Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Paradise Valley to Old Faithful and beyond. 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!
Experience the best of Montana on Your Vacation
Sprawling, mountainous vistas in Paradise Valley, and a whimsical mosaic of geothermal activity in Yellowstone National Park serve as the inspiring backdrop to not only this adventure of a lifetime but, with our home office located here, also Austin Adventures backyard. On this custom Montana vacation, spend six unforgettable days discovering the best of the west with the best in the west.
- Spot wildflowers and wildlife on a backcountry trek to breathtaking Beehive Basin in Gallatin National Forest
- Trek to a famous overlook of the third largest hot spring in the world, Grand Prismatic Spring
- Raft Class II-III rapids through postcard-perfect valleys and ranchlands
- Ride horseback with a fourth-generation Montana cowboy and learn the fascinating stories of life on a ranch
- 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 pool fed by natural hot spring waters at Chico Hot Springs Resort
- Zipline across the Gallatin River on an exhilarating trip that you won’t soon forget
Related Trip: Yellowstone & Big Sky Montana Family Vacation
*Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service
**Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
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.
Yellowstone's 308-foot Lower Falls: stumbling upon the tumbling Falls at the end of a backcountry hike is one heck of a refreshing surprise.
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.
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Ousel Falls / Gallatin Canyon
Pick-up in Bozeman. Shuttle up Gallatin Canyon to our zip base and gear up for a zip line tour across the Gallatin River. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch upon return from your adventure. Hike Ousel Falls. 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
Beehive Basin / Big Sky
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. Enjoy a night on your own with a shuttle to Big Sky by your guides or choose to stay back at the ranch.
Yellowstone National Park / Grand Prismatic / Old Faithful / Lake Yellowstone / Canyon
Shuttle to Yellowstone for a hike alongside Midway Geyser Basin to an unforgettable overlook of Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. A short drive away is Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the largest collection of geysers in the world. Take some time to explore this area with your knowledgeable guide before a delicious picnic lunch. Transfer to Canyon, stopping along the way to take an easy hike along Lake Yellowstone’s shoreline at West Thumb Geyser Basin. This evening, enjoy dinner at Canyon Lodge.
About Canyon Lodge
Featuring five lodge buildings built in 2016, Canyon Lodge is situated in the center of the park a short distance away from 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 several restaurant options, a general store, and a visitor center for those looking to explore this sprawling accommodation.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Embark on a backcountry hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, ending at a viewpoint of the incredible 308-foot Lower Falls. Shuttle to Gardiner where we enjoy lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch. Load into rafts for a beautiful and splashy ride down the Yellowstone River. Drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. Dinner tonight at a nearby local spot.
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.
Absaroka Mountains / Paradise Valley
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 Pine Creek waterfall will set the stage for a perfect evening. Back at Chico, soak in a natural hot spring-fed pool before feasting on a candlelit farewell dinner.
Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the pool. Return to Bozeman airport and area hotels.
**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.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 9:00 or 9:15 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. (**250 lb weight limit)
Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.
Ziplining: Gear and instruction provided. No experience necessary (**260 lb weight limit)
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, Austin Adventures guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.
Unlock the mysteries of Yellowstone’s geyser basins. Wander your way along winding trails through Montana’s pristine backcountry, unlocking the secrets of the forest along the way. Scrutinize the pros and cons of wildfire in a lodgepole pine tree ecosystem. Search for moose, bears, wolves, and elk in the middle of a supervolcano’s massive caldera. Taste for yourself the tender juiciness of a Montana homegrown beef filet mignon. Take in the beauty of North America’s largest high alpine lake, Yellowstone Lake, and make sure to ask about why the lake trout is such a big problem. Listen to a rancher’s side of the story as you hear Martin or Jack Davis, fourth-generation cowboys, explain how Yellowstone’s reintroduced wolves have affected their cattle population. Learn why Chico Hot Springs Resort is a favorite celebrity haunt. Discover for yourself this place they call Big Sky Country with the experts in adventure travel.
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 the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
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.
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.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
As President of Austin Adventures, Kasey Austin can tell you the logistical ins and outs of every single trip. More than that, though, Kasey has lived and breathed most of the company’s featured destinations and will eagerly share her contagious passion for the transformational power of active travel. Kasey grew up in the adventure travel business; she knows the positive, lifelong impact of family travel, a quality that earned her the distinction of being named top family travel guide by Outside Magazine in 2014.