Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 30, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Montana Vacation Package

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!

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  • North America Vacations
  • Adult only
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Horseback
  • Ziplining

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

About
This Tour
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.
  • Hike Gallatin Valley's secluded backcountry to a mountaintop, glacially-formed 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
  *Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service **Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity employer. 
Hiking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Photo: Hiking Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

We had an amazing time! This is definitely the way to explore a place you have never been before!

Kimberley Thompson Harrisburg, NC

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

Michael Sitzman Golden, CO

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

John Oliver Concord, NC

Eric and Nikki were Great! They did an excellent job.

Dawn Moeckly Sacramento, CA

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Grotto Falls / Gallatin Canyon
Hiking Grotto Falls in Hyalite Canyon outside of Bozeman, Montana Adult Adventure Vacation
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
Beehive Basin Hiking near Big Sky, Montana Adult Adventure Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L
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. Enjoy a night on your own with a shuttle to Big Sky by your guides or choose to stay back at the ranch.
Day 3: Yellowstone National Park / Grand Prismatic / Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park / Grand Prismatic / Old Faithful
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyon Lodge
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 over the Continental Divide, along the shoreline of Lake Yellowstone and through bison-dotted Hayden Valley. 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.
Day 4: Grand Canyon of Yellowstone / Yellowstone River
Lower Falls In Yellowstone National Park Wyoming Montana Adult Adventure Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Embark on a backcountry hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, ending at a viewpoint of the incredible 308-foot Lower Falls. Drive over Dunraven Pass on the lookout for black bears en route 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.
Day 5: Absaroka Mountains / Paradise Valley
Guided Horseback Riding tours in Paradise Valley, Montana
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 a natural hot spring before feasting on a candlelit farewell dinner.
Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Chico Hot Springs
Meals Included:  B
Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the hot spring-fed 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.
Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 30, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 30, 2019 - Jul 5, 2019
  • Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
  • Aug 25, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
  • Sep 8, 2019 - Sep 13, 2019

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Hiking Beehive Basin Guided Adult Tour Montana
Photo: Hiking Beehive Basin Guided Adult Tour Montana

Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

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 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) Discovery: 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 home grown 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 are 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. 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.

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 - 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.
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Testimonials
Testimonials
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 Smith, Colorado
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 McDonald, New York
The best vacation I have ever had. ” Kevin Thompson, Florida
The sight of my husband on a horse: worth every penny. We had such a blast! ” Anne Bishop, Washington, D.C.
It was the best vacation I have ever experienced. The combination of outdoor activities with high quality dining and lodging was amazing. ” Rachel Neff, Greenville, SC
Exceeded my expectations and everything went very smooth, great guides, every view was like a postcard ” David Ferley, Houston, TX
They cater to your every need. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly & fun. ” Kevin Hwang, Tempe, AZ
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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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