Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 1
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  • Trip Start: Bozeman
  • Trip End: Bozeman
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Journey through Montana's vast wilderness and geothermal wonders on our Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure.

There's no doubt the Wild Wild West will entice your adventurous side as you spend 6-days exploring amongst the most dramatic landscapes of Montana on our Big Sky & Yellowstone Adventure Tour. Whether or not you've been to Yellowstone, new wonders await. Starting and finishing in Bozeman, you'll explore Gallatin National Forest, hike to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains and spot magnificent wildlife in Hayden Valley. Tick off bucket list favorites like Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, and spend evenings relaxing in beautiful lodges. If you think you've seen Yellowstone, think again. Our Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure is sure to leave you awe-struck - time and time again.

Austin Adventures operates in part under a special use permit with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

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Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bozeman Trip End: Bozeman

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  • Day 1Bozeman Creek walk, zip line tour across Gallatin River

  • Day 2Hike to Beehive Basin, Big Sky

  • Day 3Shuttle to Yellowstone, hike near the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

  • Day 4Hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, raft down the Yellowstone River

  • Day 5Horseback ride in the Absaroka Mountains, soak in natural hot springs

  • Day 6Farewell, back to Bozeman

  • Day 1

    Bozeman Creek walk, zip line tour across Gallatin River


    Your adventure begins with an easy hike to stretch your legs along Bozeman Creek. Wander along the old logging trails that run parallel to the creek before enjoying a tasty lunch. You'll then set off for Gallatin Canyon to your “zip base” where you’ll get ready for a zip line tour across the Gallatin River.

    As you make your way from base to base, behold towering limestone cliffs, pine-studded forests, and the rushing river below.
    Accommodation: 320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway
    Lunch, Dinner

    Hiking: 3 miles (5 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Hike to Beehive Basin, Big Sky


    Embark on an all-day hike amid the Spanish Peaks to Beehive Basin with sweeping views of the Madison and Gallatin Ranges, including Big Sky’s Lone Mountain (an alternate hike may be arranged on early season departures, depending on trail conditions).

    Lunch trailside by the shore of an alpine lake. Continue your trek through wildflower meadows, glacial streams, and the distinctive crags of Beehive Peak.

    Enjoy a night on your own with a shuttle to Big Sky by your guides or choose to stay back at the ranch.
    Accommodation: 320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway
    Breakfast, Lunch

    Hiking: 7 miles (11.3 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Shuttle to Yellowstone, hike near the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring


    Shuttle to Yellowstone for a hike alongside Midway Geyser Basin to an unforgettable overlook of Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. A short drive away is Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, home to the largest collection of geysers in the world. Take some time to explore this area with your knowledgeable guide before a delicious picnic lunch.

    Transfer to Canyon, stopping along the way to take in the astonishing West Thumb Geyser Basin, located on the shores of Yellowstone Lake.

    This evening, enjoy dinner at Canyon Lodge.
    Accommodation: Canyon Lodge & Cabins
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hiking: 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)

  • Day 4

    Hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, raft down the Yellowstone River


    Embark on a backcountry hike along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, ending at a viewpoint of the incredible 308-foot Lower Falls. Shuttle to Gardiner where we enjoy lunch at the historic Roosevelt Arch. Load into rafts for a beautiful and splashy ride down the Yellowstone River before enjoying dinner in the quaint town of Gardiner.

    Then we drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa.
    Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Hiking: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)
    Rafting: 2 hours

  • Day 5

    Horseback ride in the Absaroka Mountains, soak in natural hot springs


    Shuttle to the Flying Diamond Ranch and mount up for a leisurely morning horseback ride high into the Absaroka Mountains. Our picnic lunch spot boasts spectacular mountain views. A short afternoon hike to a Pine Creek Falls will set the stage for a perfect evening. Back at Chico, soak in a natural hot spring-fed pool before feasting on a candlelit farewell dinner.
    Accommodation: Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Horse-back Riding: 2-3 hours
    Hiking: 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)

  • Day 6

    Farewell, back to Bozeman


    Take a morning hike to a nearby trout pond or enjoy a last morning soak in the pool. Return to Bozeman airport and area hotels.
    Accommodation: Not applicable

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure Departure Dates


What's Included

  • Our own highly experienced guides, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your trip
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip 
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Special ‘Wow!’ moments you'll never forget
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants, and activities 
  • All park and other entry fees 
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Accommodations on Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventures

Unwind at Chico Hot Springs where the authentic western retreat meets mountainside relaxation and enjoy soaking in onsite hot springs. Between Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park is 320 Guest Ranch which will welcome you with its rich history and pioneering Montana spirit. You'll be super comfortable in the updated log cabins, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The Canyon Lodge is the newest accommodations in Yellowstone National Park, combining historic charm with a convenient location to the Mammoth Terraces and Lamar Valley.


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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first morning of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Best Western GranTree Inn at 9am or The Element Hotel at 9:15am. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at either of these hotels directly or any other hotel in Bozeman, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Bozeman Airport at 11:30am in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Bozeman around 12pm.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Bozeman at least the day before your trip starts. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, we recommend departing from Bozeman after 1:30pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post Accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides

What should I bring with me on the first day?

When you speak with your guides the night before your trip, they will give you a detailed description of what to bring with you on Day 1. Typically, this includes a day pack with your rain jacket, sunglasses, hat, camera, etc. Anything you want easy access to during the day should go in your day pack as the rest of your luggage will go in the locked cargo trailer pulled behind the van. Your guides will provide you with a water bottle on the first morning of your trip and will always have water available for refills. There will be snacks available at all times in the van. Your guides will also have bug spray and sunscreen accessible for you to use.

Will I have contact with my guides before the trip starts?

Your guides will call your cell phone the night before your trip begins to touch base on the first day’s plan. If they don’t get through to you, they will leave a voicemail on your cell phone with all the details you need to plan for your first morning.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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