Yellowstone
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Yellowstone Family Vacation Package

Saddle up, pardner’s! You’re invited to explore our backyard on an action-packed, family adventure through Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky Country on our Yellowstone Family Vacation Package. With Austin’s home offices located in Montana, it’s no wonder we’re the leading provider of best-in-class travel from Old Faithful to the Absaroka Mountains. On this custom, all-inclusive vacation package, discover the wilds of Yellowstone and Paradise Valley from the helm of a raft and on the back of a horse. Espy wildlife and wildflowers with your kids as they use their Junior Ranger skills in identifying elk, bison and bear. Share giggles with them at the belches and burps of Mud Volcano, and savor the grandeur of the world’s first National Park before relaxing in a soothing natural hot spring. Scrumptious meals showcasing savory regional dishes keep you and your buckaroos energized, while days are bookended with the best in western hospitality at an iconic park property or picturesque guest ranch. Throughout this dream Yellowstone Family vacation package, enjoy Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service.

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  • North America Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Paddling/Rafting
  • Horseback
  • Ziplining
  • Safari/Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

About
This Tour

From navigating the rapids of the Yellowstone River to riding horseback through Paradise Valley with a bona fide cowboy, you and your kids are in for a captivating family adventure like no other on this Yellowstone Family vacation package. Spend six unforgettable days exploring the best of Yellowstone National Park and Montana's sprawling, mountainous landscape with our expert guides. Exceptional accommodations, gourmet cuisine and endless laughter are yours to share with your loved ones as you discover the hidden gems of the wild, wild west.

  • Register the kids as Junior Rangers before hiking into Yellowstone's backcountry, through the rainbow spray of thundering waterfalls and shooting geysers
  • Raft a playful stretch of the beautiful Yellowstone River, perfect for beginners
  • Fly high over the Gallatin River on a thrilling zip line adventure.
  • Wind your way by horseback high into the Absaroka Mountains alongside a fourth-generation wrangler
  • Watch for eagles, elk, bison and wolves on a drive through Hayden Valley
  • Kick back for a well-deserved soak at Chico Hot Springs
  • Marvel as Old Faithful erupts under a blanket of stars before calling it a night
Family rafting adventure vacation on Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Montana
Photo: Family rafting adventure vacation on Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Montana

So glad we went with you and not on our own. We would have missed so much!

Ellison R. Columbia, SC

We have never had such wonderful treatment on a hiking trip before and we've gone on many over the last 30 years.

Helen V. Newtown, PA

Best family trip ever! Our son was in tears over having to leave his new friends. The hardest part isn't going home- it's how to pick which AA trip to book next!

Julie H. Oak Creek, WI

First class. Perfectly planned. Guides were exceptional.

Aaron F. Colts Neck, NJ

Itinerary
& Map
Day 1: Gallatin Canyon / Upper Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
Old Faithful Eruption in Yellowstone National Park
Meals Included:  L, D

Meet in Bozeman and shuttle to the town of Big Sky, Montana, where we will start our adventure with a thrilling zip line tour over the Gallatin River. After lunch we'll make our way to the west entrance of Yellowstone. Upon arrival to the Upper Geyser Basin we'll hike in the back way, traversing through an area of bubbling hot springs to the main attraction, Old Faithful. After checking into our home for the night, walk to the historic Old Faithful Inn for dinner and a chance to watch Old Faithful erupt under the stars.

About Old Faithful Inn & Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Inn: A world-famous landmark opened in 1904, this stone and pine inn features a five-story lobby, views of Old Faithful and classic charm.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge: Completed in 1999, the Snow Lodge is the newest of the park’s full service hotels, and features heavy timber construction, exterior log columns and a cedar shingle roof, making it a significant example of classic “parkitecture”.

Day 2: Upper Geyser Basin / Yellowstone Lake
Sunset on Lake Yellowstone family adventure Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Start the day with a hike through the Upper Geyser Basin to Observation Point for great geyser panoramas. Delight in a tasty guide-prepared picnic lunch. Embark on an extraordinary hike to Storm Point where you will encounter open meadows, shaded lodgepole pine forests, and lakefront trail. Check into Lake Lodge Cabins with time to relax before dinner in the historic dining room of Lake Hotel.

About Lake Lodge and Cabins

Lake Lodge Cabins features a main lodge with a large porch offering a spectacular rocking chair view of Yellowstone Lake. The main lodge is constructed of logs and is the focal point of this classic and comfortable building. Located behind the lodge are rustic cabins just a short walk away from Lake Hotel and the lake itself. Each cabin is simple, spacious, and modernly furnished with two queen beds and private bathrooms. The main lodge houses a delightful lobby where two fireplaces, a lounge and gift store warmly beckon guests to linger and chat.

 

Day 3: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Canyon Lodge

Ogle over water flowing powerfully over the Brink of the Yellowstone River’s Upper Falls followed by a delicious picnic lunch. This afternoon we'll set off on a hike on the Wapiti Trail. This trek brings you to the rim of the 10,000-year-old, 1,000-foot deep Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. As you carefully make your way back along the canyon wall, you’ll “ooh and ahh” around every bend as the pinks, yellows, reds, and oranges of the rock appear all the more bright as you walk to the grand finale of Artist Point, the most spectacular viewpoint of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. Enjoy a special BBQ dinner tonight.

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: Canyon / Gardiner
Canyon / Gardiner
Meals Included:  B, L

Wake early to catch the sunrise and prime wildlife viewing on a scenic drive with your guides. Upon returning back to Canyon, enjoy a relaxed morning and breakfast before driving over Dunraven Pass to Mammoth Hot Springs where we’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Explore the beautiful terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs on a backcountry trek. Dinner is on your own tonight in Gardiner.

About Best Western by Mammoth Hot Springs

This Best Western is located in Gardiner, Montana just outside the north entrance of the Park on the banks of the Yellowstone River. Within walking distance to just about any restaurant in Gardiner, this is the perfect accommodation to spend a night on your own exploring small town Montana. After a day on the trails, enjoy a comfortable bed and the whirlpool tubs or sauna.

Day 5: Mammoth Terraces / Absaroka Mountains
Hiking in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Enjoy a short morning hike in the backcountry behind the Mammoth Terraces. Lunch at a nice picnic spot, followed by a drive through Paradise Valley to the Flying Diamond Ranch. Saddle up for an unforgettable horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains alongside fourth generation ranchers. Head to the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort for a soak in rejuvenating mineral waters. Gather tonight in the resort’s dining room for a gourmet dinner in one of Montana’s finest restaurants.

About Chico Hot Springs Resort

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 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Lodging at Chico Hot Springs, Montana
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight

Sleep late and enjoy a leisurely morning at the resort. Stroll the gardens, indulge in a spa treatment or opt for a scenic hike before returning to the Bozeman airport or your post trip hotel.

** 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, so call us when you're ready to book.

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($580 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 9, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019
  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019
  • Jun 23, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
  • Jun 30, 2019 - Jul 5, 2019
  • Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019
  • Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
  • Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 26, 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 8:15 or 8:30 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). Please make flights for 1:30 PM or later.

Activities

Zip lining: No experience necessary, gear and instruction provided (**260 lb weight limit).
Hiking: 2 to 4 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
Whitewater Rafting: Class I-III rapids, no experience necessary.
Horseback Riding: Easy walking pace, no experience necessary (**250 lb weight limit).

Discovery: Learn the issues surrounding the reintroduction of the Grey Wolf into the American West through multiple perspectives. Explore the Yellowstone Caldera and witness the greatest concentration of geothermal features on the planet. Check off the wildlife on your list as you cruise through Hayden Valley on the lookout for bears, wolves, elk, bison, pronghorn, coyotes, bald eagles, and much, much more. Hear the many sounds surrounding you in the Upper Geyser Basin geothermal area: dripping, popping, gurgling, burping, and splashing are just a few noises that will delight your ears! “Walk on the moon” as you hike the white covered rock section of Wapiti Trail, listening for the hiss of a fumarole. Discover why wildfire is an important part of Yellowstone’s ecosystem and how its lodgepole pine forests are adapted to such extreme conditions. Parents, taste the delectable cuisine of Chico’s exquisite dining room, indulging in such dishes as the Beef Wellington, Gorgonzola Filet Mignon, or Ravioli Tosca while your kids experience an Austin Adventures style pizza/pool party. Stare 1,000 feet down at the frothing, whitewater of the almighty Yellowstone River in the V-shaped chasm of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Come play in Big Sky Country in Montana and Wyoming 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 Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on own your own.
  • 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.
  • One dinner during your trip.
  • 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:

From the moment we all were introduced it was like we were family!

Ashley W, Jacksonville, FL

It was the best family trip we have ever been on!

Sara P, Andover, MA

Loved it! Saw and did things I never would have on my own.

Holly M, Geneseo. IL

Best family trip ever! Our son was in tears over having to leave his new friends. The hardest part isn't going home- it's how to pick which AA trip to book next!

Julie H, Oak Creek, WI

It was a great experience. A wonderful family adventure that will be in our memories forever.

Mark S, Fairfield, CT

Our best family vacation EVER!

Patti W, Hartland, WI
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Unforgettable memories: Experiences of a lifetime are yours to share with your kids on this dream family vacation.
  • 2. The elusive Yellowstone wolf: Keep your eyes peeled to spot one of the world's most awe-inspiring creatures on a morning wildlife safari.
  • 3. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: Parents relish gourmet delights in peace beside a roaring fire, while kids party over pizza at Chico's huge hot spring pool.
  • 4. In-the-field expertise: from sharing insights of the region to understanding small group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the hardest part of your vacation will be going home.
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