North America Vacations
Montana | Yellowstone National Park | Family
From seven to seventy, Yellowstone brings out the kid in everyone
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.
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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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
Unforgettable memories: Experiences of a lifetime are yours to share with your kids on this dream family vacation.
The elusive Yellowstone wolf: Keep your eyes peeled to spot one of the world's most awe-inspiring creatures on a morning wildlife safari.
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.
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Bozeman, Montana BZN
Gallatin Canyon / Upper Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
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”.
Upper Geyser Basin / Yellowstone Lake
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.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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.
Canyon / Gardiner
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.
Mammoth Terraces / Absaroka Mountains
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.
Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
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.
|Start Date||End Date||Status|
|June 9, 2019||June 14, 2019||Confirmed|
|June 16, 2019||June 21, 2019||Limited Space Available|
|June 23, 2019||June 28, 2019||Closed Out|
|June 30, 2019||July 5, 2019||Closed Out|
|July 7, 2019||July 12, 2019||Confirmed|
|July 14, 2019||July 19, 2019||Confirmed|
|July 21, 2019||July 26, 2019||Confirmed|
|July 28, 2019||August 2, 2019||Confirmed|
|August 4, 2019||August 9, 2019||Limited Space Available|
|August 11, 2019||August 16, 2019||Confirmed|
|August 18, 2019||August 23, 2019||Limited Space Available|
Arrival & Departure
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.
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.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Vice President of Operations at 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.