• 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 26, 2018
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Explore the world’s first national park!

This Yellowstone tour allows you to leave the city behind and explore nature in its purest form. Our expert guides have intimate knowledge of the park as well as the insider access to give you a national park experience unlike any other. Hike unpopulated backcountry trails, geyser basin boardwalks and lakeside lookouts. Seek out roaring waterfalls flowing through deep, V-shaped canyons. Ride horses high into the Absaroka Mountains alongside fourth generation Montana cowboys. Learn both sides of the bison migration and wolf re-introduction controversies shaping today’s Yellowstone, and why Chico is a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities. Explore Yellowstone’s fascinating geothermal features like geysers and mudpots before relaxing in the Boiling River: where chilly glacial runoff meets a steaming hot spring.

  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Safari / Wildlife

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

Mountain peaks soar, reaching for the sky. Canyons, a palette of earth tones, are peppered with geysers, fumaroles, steam vents, and mud pots. Rushing rivers feed crystalline lakes and mighty forests make a comfortable home for the richest and most diverse wildlife this side of the Serengeti.

  • Wave goodbye to the throngs of Yellowstone day visitors as you explore well off the tourist track
  • Hike secluded backcountry trails, Geyser Basin boardwalks and mountaintop lookouts, watching for grizzlies, moose, bison, wolves, and eagles
  • Saddle up for a gentle horseback ride up Pine Creek into the Absaroka Mountains
  • Learn both sides of the bison migration and wolf re-introduction controversies shaping today's Yellowstone ecosystem
  • Explore Chico Hot Springs, a favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities and locals alike
Couple at the Upper Geyser Basin
Photo: Couple at the Upper Geyser Basin
& Map
Day 1: Gallatin Canyon / Upper Geyser Basin / Old Faithful
Old Faithful
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 • Overnight Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Old Faithful Inn (L, D)

About the Old Faithful 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
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Start the day with a hike through the Upper Geyser Basin to Observation Point for great geyser panoramas • Picnic lunch along the Firehole River (make sure to soak your feet for a spell!) • Embark on a neat hike to the shore of Lake Yellowstone to take in views of North America’s highest alpine lake from Storm Point • Check into Canyon Lodge with time to relax before dinner • Overnight Canyon Lodge (B, L, D)

About Canyon Lodge and Cabins

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, 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
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Take a short walk from the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River followed by a delicious picnic lunch • This afternoon we'll set off on a hike on the Wapiti Trail • This three mile 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 the final section to Artist Point, the most spectacular viewpoint of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River • Enjoy a special BBQ dinner tonight • Overnight Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins (B, L, D)


About the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
This accommodation was named after the steaming limestone terraces just above the main building.

Within the area, you can walk the boardwalks of Mammoth Hot Springs, visit Albright Visitor Center with its exhibits of the early history, exploration and establishment of the Park, or take a self-guided walking tour of Fort Yellowstone's historic sandstone buildings to learn about the days when the U.S. Cavalry helped manage the Park.

Day 4: Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs
Lamar Valley / Mammoth Hot Springs
Meals Included:  B, L

Wake early to catch the sunrise and prime wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley • Set off on a beautiful hike from your hotel via the scenic Beaver Ponds trail • Delight in a packed trailside lunch • This afternoon, take in the nearby Hoodoos and explore Mammoth Hot Springs’ white, orange and yellow travertine terraces • Tonight, relax on a night on your own in MammothOvernight Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins (B, L)

Day 5: Boiling River / Paradise Valley
Boiling River / Paradise Valley
Meals Included:  B, L, D

In the morning, head to the Boiling River for a well-deserved soak in a natural hot spring • Lunch at a nice picnic spot, followed by a drive through Paradise Valley to the Flying Diamond Ranch • Saddle up for a gentle horseback ride up Pine Creek into the Absaroka Mountains • 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 • Overnight Chico Hot Springs Resort (B, L, D)

About Chico Hot Springs Resort
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.

Day 6: Chico Hot Springs / Bozeman
Meals Included:  B

On our final day together, sleep late and enjoy a leisurely morning at the resort. Stroll through the gardens, indulge in a spa treatment or opt for a scenic hike before returning to the Bozeman airport or your post trip hotel.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** 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.

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 26, 2018
  • From $2,698 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Aug 26, 2018
  • Sep 2, 2018
  • Sep 9, 2018

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Group biking the Antelope Flats
Photo: Group biking the Antelope Flats

Additional Trip Information


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).

  • Hiking: 2 to 5 miles per hike, easy to moderately strenuous terrain.
  • Horseback Riding: Easy walking pace, no experience necessary.

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, 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 the 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.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The wildlife: without a doubt, Yellowstone has the best wildlife viewing in all of North America.
  • 2. The geothermal activity: Yellowstone is home to more geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, and steam vents than the rest of the world has combined.
  • 3. The bragging rights: you'll be able to say you've been to the world's very first National Park.
  • 4. Our insider's access: known only to locals (and of course our guides), we'll take a dip in a hidden hot springs that tumbles into the Gardiner River.

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