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The American West

Everything you’ve seen in the movies is out there, but there’s so much more. It takes hard-earned experience to share the secrets of the American West. They’re off the beaten path, tucked away among dense evergreen forests and hiding in the shadows of ancient canyons. Every American should go West at least once. Those wild lands are part of our birthright, a national heirloom, and they’ve captured the imagination of the world for good reason. On Austin Adventures trips, we also strike the perfect balance between true adventure and high-end luxury, sampling the best of local cuisine and lodging—so we share the modern best-kept-secrets of the West as well. If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably felt that allure of the West from time to time, a calling to roam to the territory of the Rockies and beyond. Answer that call! We know from decades of experience that you won’t regret it.

Check out our trips for 2020, and you might be surprised at what you find.

Montana | Glacier National Park

Montana | Glacier National Park – 7/5-10 (Family)

Glacier National Park is one of our favorite Rocky Mountain experiences, and we’re the leader in best-in-class adventure from the rushing waters of the Flathead River to the switchbacks of the iconic Going-the-Sun Road. We hike, bike, and raft our way across the wilderness by day, then sample the best in local cuisine by night.

Utah | Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park

Utah | Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park 8/30-9/4 (Adults Only)

Talk about a two-for-one: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are Utah’s two most famous national parks, and this trip hits both. Hike the most magnificent slot canyon around— Zion National Park’s Virgin River Narrows, ranked fifth out of America’s best 100 adventures by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Bike through stunning red canyon walls, and hike along monolithic colored spires, awe-inspiring cliffs, and a vast wilderness beneath an endless sky. If you’ve ever found yourself fascinated by Western desert country, this adventure’s for you.

Utah | Mighty Five National Parks

Utah | Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park 8/30-9/4 (Adults Only)

Talk about a two-for-one: Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are Utah’s two most famous national parks, and this trip hits both. Hike the most magnificent slot canyon around— Zion National Park’s Virgin River Narrows, ranked fifth out of America’s best 100 adventures by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Bike through stunning red canyon walls, and hike along monolithic colored spires, awe-inspiring cliffs, and a vast wilderness beneath an endless sky. If you’ve ever found yourself fascinated by Western desert country, this adventure’s for you.

Montana | Big Sky, Yellowstone, & Paradise Valley

Montana | Big Sky, Yellowstone, & Paradise Valley – 6/7-12< (Family)

For us, Montana is home, and we know its hills and valleys like they’re our own backyard—because they are. This adventures takes us from ziplining along the Gallatin River to horseback riding atop the wildflower-covered Absaroka Mountains, and certainly to all of Yellowstone’s highlights: Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and so much more. A highlight for many guests is a few soaks in the natural mineral baths at Chico Hot Springs, the height of luxury amidst the vast expanse of Montana’s wilderness.

Wyoming | Yellowstone & Grand Tetons

Wyoming | Yellowstone & Grand Tetons – 7/5-10(Adults Only)

Discover some of the hidden gems of the West by bike, foot, kayak, and raft, experiencing everything from a dip in the cool waters of a secret swimming hole to close encounters with 1,500 bull moose, all in the shadows of the tower, craggy peaks of the Grand Tetons. Trek into Yellowstone “the back way” to tick park highlights like Old Faithful off of your traveler bucketlist. Top it off each evening with fireside cocktails and incredible local cuisine—the perfect mix of luxury and adventure.

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