Montana Wyoming Western
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 01, 2018
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,248

Montana & Wyoming Western Adventure Vacation

See the best of what the mountain west is known for—mountains towering over herds of bison and elk dotting wide, grassy valleys. Austin Adventures shows off its deep Montana roots by starting the tour in its home base of Billings, Montana. As Montana locals, it’s easy to see why Austin Adventures is the leading provider of best-in-class travel for the rocky mountain region. Leaving Billings, the tour plunges into the heart of the Rocky Mountains, crossing three mountain passes with spectacular views of jagged, snowy peaks, as well as reclusive mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Our guides show you how to catch cutthroat trout, as well as show off western culture in cowboy towns like Cooke City and Cody. Enjoy trail rides, rafting, or simply relax in a rustic cabin on the edge of a glassy mountain lake. Regional cuisine will also be served with rustic hospitality in some of the most iconic guest ranches and park properties, complimented by Austin Adventures’ inspired, thoughtful service.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Multi-Sport
  • Hiking
  • Horseback

Activity Level: Easy

About
This Tour

From Montana’s highest mountain range, to North America’s largest high alpine lake, to the world’s first national park, Austin’s Western Adventure is all about the biggest and best. Our in-depth knowledge of the landscape and culture mean that we add a personal touch on this six-day family vacation that no one else can match.

  • Cross three of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Rocky Mountains.
  • View diverse wildlife like bison, elk, bears, and wolves (from a safe distance) in the Hayden and Lamar Valleys, also called the “Serengeti of Yellowstone.”
  • Explore backcountry geysers and hike through stands of whispering lodgepole pines.
  • Raft class II-III rapids through postcard-perfect canyons and ranchlands.
  • Trail ride through pristine forests and rolling grasslands.
  • Fly fish for cutthroat trout on glassy mountain lakes
Beartooth
Photo: Beartooth

"What I love about AA is that I have no worries. Everything is planned for you expertly."

Catherine G. Baltimore, MD

"I was already expecting it to be fun, but it turned out to be way better than I thought because the people and guides were totally awesome."

Lance K. Long Beach, CA

"We were all delighted with the trip. Our Guides were exceptional."

Rosemary G. Manhattan Beach, CA

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Billings / Beartooth Pass / Cooke City
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Alpine Motel

Pick-up in Billings, Montana – the Magic City (and home to Austin Adventures!). First we’ll head to ZooMontana, the only zoo in the state, where we’ll take a private behind-the-scenes tour meeting animals up close like grizzly bears, Canada lynx and gray wolves. Drive to the quaint mountain town of Red Lodge for lunch, and then get your cameras ready for a scenic drive up and over the scenic Beartooth Pass. This 68 mile byway winds its way up and over 10,000 foot plateaus of the Beartooth Mountains where we’re likely to find snow along the route (among countless million dollar views) no matter the time of year! Arrive into Cooke City – the tiny, quirky town at the northeast entrance of Yellowstone – where we’ll check into our lodging, eat dinner and head to bed.

About Alpine Motel

While it’s no 5-star luxury hotel, the Alpine Inn provides simple, clean lodging in the northeast gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. Located in Cooke City, a town with only 100 year round residents, you’ll find it just as likely that you can walk from one side of town to another in less than 5 minutes as you might see a bison walking outside your bedroom window in the evening. With comfortable beds and a friendly staff, the Alpine Motel is the perfect base for our adventure into our world’s first national park.

Day 2: Yellowstone / Lamar Valley / Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyon Lodge

This morning, we wake early to be among the first in the Park’s Lamar Valley for a chance to see some of the wildlife that call the “Yellowstone Serengeti” home. Lamar Valley is one of the best places in the world to see gray wolves in the wild as well as grizzly bears, black bears, elk, pronghorn and many other species. Drive south over Dunraven Pass (a great place to see black bears!) to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We’ll hike to the Canyon “the back way” under lodgepole pine forest canopies, through flower-laden meadows and around a steaming backcountry geyser basin. Your first view of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon will be something you’ll remember for a lifetime. Check into nearby Canyon Lodge and enjoy dinner with your family.

About Canyon Lodge

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, and a delightful lobby where two fireplaces, a lounge and a gift store warmly beckon guests to linger and chat.

Day 3: Hayden Valley / Lake Yellowstone / Cody
Lake Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Monster Lake Ranch

Eat breakfast before we hit the road on a drive through Hayden Valley • Just like Lamar, Hayden Valley is home to a variety of wildlife that we’ll stop and look for along our route south. Hike to Storm Point on Lake Yellowstone’s shoreline to see fantastic views of North America’s largest high alpine lake framed by a backdrop of the Absaroka Mountains. Drive to Cody, Wyoming and take a short walk to get to know this classic western town. Cody was founded in 1896 by the living legend, Colonel William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who was in his heyday a century ago, one of the most recognized and celebrated people in the world – the first truly international “superstar.” Later, we head to Monster Lake Ranch, our lodging for the next several nights just outside of town – we think you’re going to like the homegrown feel and western hospitality of this beautiful place!

About Monster Lake Ranch

Monster Lake Ranch is a one-of-a-kind destination offering guests the opportunity to experience true western culture and lifestyle, while taking in the breathtaking, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains on the horizon. The ranch offers a multitude of adventures, including trail rides for all levels of riders, hiking, wildlife viewing and fly-fishing on their world class flat water private lakes. Guests from around the world have discovered the timeless beauty of the majestic landscape and the rejuvenating comforts of the ranch’s western hospitality. You won’t want to leave!

Day 4: Cody / Shoshone River / Buffalo Bill Center / Rodeo
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Monster Lake Ranch

After a home cooked breakfast at the ranch, gear up to get wet rafting Cody’s Shoshone River. This class II and III section of the river showcases the unique geology of the Lower Canyon and will have you hootin’ and hollerin’ through rapids like Colter Falls and Plenty Coups. Picnic lunch followed by a visit to the famous Buffalo Bill Center of the West. In addition to documenting the life and interests of Buffalo Bill, the museum’s collection interprets the history of the American cowboy, dude ranching, western conservation, frontier entrepreneurship and the source of our concepts about the West. After some downtime back at the ranch, we head into town for dinner at the Cody Cattle Company before heading off to the renowned Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo.

Day 5: Monster Lake Ranch / Cody / Billings
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: The Northern

Today we take advantage of the ranch’s western adventures. Try your hand at fly fishing on Monster or Quick Lake, take a trail ride on one of the ranch’s beautiful horses, head out on a hike right from your cabin or spend the morning relaxing in your western cabin. We’ll meet back up for lunch in downtown Cody with some time to walk around before heading back to Billings. After checking into our hotel, we’ll enjoy one last dinner together as a group.

About The Northern

The Northern Hotel’s enduring story began in 1902 when P.B. Moss and Colonel Henry W. Rowley began construction on what was to be the most modern hotel in Montana. The hotel was completed in 1904, and enjoyed over three decades of prosperity, until the fall of 1940 when it burned to the ground in a sudden fire. But like a phoenix from the ashes, the Northern Hotel Rose again, more sophisticated and beautiful than ever. Today, the hotel’s interiors are warm, contemporary and accented with a lot of Montana charm. The Northern is much more than just beautiful interiors; the highly trained team will personalize your stay to create lasting memories.

Day 6: Billings
Meals Included:  B

Take one last hike along the sandstone Rimrocks of Billings before drop-off at the Billings Airport or your Billings hotel.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 01, 2018
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,248

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 1, 2018
  • Aug 5, 2018

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 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 Billings airport (12:00 pm) or your Billings hotel (12:30 pm).
Activities
  • Hiking: 1 to 3 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.
  • Options at Monster Lake Ranch: Fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking and more!
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions 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, refreshments and receptions.
  • 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 Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • 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

I thought it was a really fun and thought-free trip. Meaning ... all we had to do was show up and the guides took care of everything. Transportation, meals, activities, lodging ... it was all planned out. First vacation with family where we didn't have the "what are we doing today" conversation.

Charles O. , East Northport, NY

The trip was so much fun, a great way to get away and take nature in. I love how passionate the guides were about the places we visited it made my experience even better! Thank you!

Deborah B. , Cutler Bay, FL

I didn't think I'd like having guides on my vacation, but I wouldn't have done it any other way. The guides were so helpful and friendly. We got to do and see so much more than we would have on our own and we never felt rushed.

Michelle W. , Whitsett, NC

Great trip!  The guides were fantastic!!  I had really high expectations and this trip exceeded every one of them! I had a great time from start to finish. And it really is true ... the toughest part was going home!

Alice F., Easton, PA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. This is a land of awe, from cloud-piercing mountains to deep valleys of swaying grass; steaming geysers and hot springs; to cold, clear alpine lakes.
  • 2. Cowboy culture is a way of life out west, not just something you see on TV. Whether you’re high in the saddle, or sitting on the porch of a lake-side cabin, you can feel the spirit of rugged individualism.
  • 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 Yellowstone Canyon Lodge and Monster Lake Ranch, enjoy lakeside relaxation and the best gourmet dining in Montana and Wyoming.
  • 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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