Montana
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,608

Montana Family Vacation

Rally the kids, don your favorite cowboy hat and get ready for an action-packed, all-inclusive dream trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park. With roots deep in Montana soil, it’s no surprise that Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Old Faithful to Paradise Valley and beyond. From gurgling geysers to lofty mountaintops, discover the perfect backdrop of your next family photo on this intimate journey through Big Sky Country. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you and your family to the remarkable treasures of the wild, wild west as you explore pine-studded forests, raft the Yellowstone River and ride horseback across pristine meadows with a couple of bona fide cowboys. Each day, enjoy the finest in western hospitality and regional fare complemented with Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service. You and your buckaroos won’t soon forget this adventure of a lifetime!

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  • North America Vacations
  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Horseback
  • Ziplining

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

About
This Tour

The only thing better than signing up for one of our award-winning adventures is joining us on a custom family getaway in our own backyard! With Austin Adventures' headquarters located in Montana, we invite you to fall in love with the picturesque scenes we call home. Spend six unforgettable days discovering the gems of Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Country with your kids-turned-blooming-naturalists. And don't worry - there's plenty of time for soaking in a natural hot spring, too!

  • Hike along stream-side trails and meadows carpeted in flowers in Yellowstone's quiet backcountry
  • Explore magical Upper Geyser Basin, Old Faithful and neighboring geysers
  • Snack on fruit-kebabs on the shores of a glacial stream in Beehive Basin
  • Keep an eye out for elk and bison on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Ride horseback high into the Absaroka mountains alongside a real-deal fourth-generation cowboy
  • Raft a playful stretch of the beautiful Yellowstone River
  • Relax and recharge with a soak in a soothing hot spring and a candlelit dinner at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort
  • Zip line across the Gallatin River on an exhilarating trip that your family will never forget

 

*Operating under permit with the US Forest Service/National Park Service.

**Austin Adventures is an equal opportunity employer.

Rafting Yellowstone River
Photo: Rafting Yellowstone River

Wow factor is HUGE. Guides were great. Activities just right, companions all kept pace no one left behind or slowed group.

James M San Francisco, CA

Outstanding! Our family adventure trip was made even more special due to your guides.

Keri S. Andover, MA

First time traveling with Austin and the company was one of the best I've experienced. Would travel with Austin again in a heartbeat.

Karen A Fort Wayne, IN

Trip was fantastic! My grandson didn't want to go home at the end.

William S Webster, NY

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Bozeman, Montana (BZN)

Day 1: Grotto Falls / Gallatin Canyon
Montana Adventure Vacation, Hyalite 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
Horseback riding Yellowstone Family 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 Ranger
Meals Included:  B, L, D

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 and Cabins

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
rafting in Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chico Hot Springs

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
Horseback riding Yellowstone family vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Chico Hot Springs

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 while the kids are entertained with a pizza party at the Poolside Grill.

Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Montana Active Adventure Vacation, Chico Hot Springs
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight

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

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,608

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 9, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019
  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019
  • Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
  • Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019
  • Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
  • Jul 28, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019
  • Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 9, 2019
  • Aug 11, 2019 - Aug 16, 2019
  • Aug 18, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019

Recommended Travel Months

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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: Traverse the property at the 320 Guest Ranch in search of a cleanly imprinted grizzly track in the dried mud. Learn the difference between Yellowstone’s four geothermal features: geysers, hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. Take a guess at why Yellowstone’s bubbling hot springs come in a wide array of bright colors. Taste your way through an assortment of wild game options, perhaps the elk tenderloin, antelope sausage, or duck breast will be to your liking! Spot all kinds of wildlife ranging from the cute, furry Uinta Ground Squirrel to the massive, shaggy American Bison. Observe the effects of wildfire in a lodgepole pine ecosystem, past and present. 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. Find out why Chico Hot Springs Resort is a favorite celebrity haunt. Discover for yourself this place they call Big Sky Country.

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 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 - 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 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.
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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:

Our entire family enjoyed this trip (which is amazing considering the age gap: 17 yr old boy, 14 yr old girl, 9 yr old girl.) The guides were superb.

Mindy B, Brownsburg, IN

Absolutely Fantastic!! We can't stop telling everyone about our best ever family vacation!

Victoria H, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Excellent trip. Excellent guides. Excellent execution. It was perfect!

Barbara, O, Ottawa Hills, OH

Outstanding in every way. Well planned out, great guides, beautiful sights. Never had a concern the whole week.

Fred H, San Francisco, CA

Best overall family trip. It is hard to accommodate the varying desires of 4 and our guides succeeded!

Leigh F, Frederick, MD

We had such a wonderful time. The trip exceeded our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends. Our guides were awesome!

Bill E, Mountain View, CA

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

Kimberly T, Harrisburg, NC

Both guides were exceptional, they made the trip a special memory: treats on hike, commentary on history, geology, and nature, and managing the group.

Paul P, Darien, CT

The description didn't begin to explain fow fabulous the trip would be!

Jody H, Ankeny, IA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Beehive Basin: It's sensory overload as you soak your feet in an alpine lake surrounded by blue sky, granite spires and wildflower-studded hillsides.
  • 2. The Yellowstone River: Rafting these rapids means navigating the longest free-flowing river in North America.
  • 3. Cowboy songs and stories: 'Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam' just sounds better whether you're sitting tall in the saddle or getting cozy by a crackling fire
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from orchestrating seamless group dynamics to getting your kids excited about calderas and wildlife migration, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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