Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    14 people max

  • Activity Level 3
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  • Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana
  • Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
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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 favourites 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.

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
  • 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. 
    320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway (Lunch, dinner)

    Bozeman Creek Hiking Distance: 
    4.8 kilometres (3 miles)

  • 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.

    320 Guest Ranch, Gallatin Gateway (Breakfast, lunch)


    Beehive Basin Hiking Distance:
     11.3 kilometres (7 miles)
    Elevation Gain:
    502 metres (1650 feet)

  • 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.

    Canyon Lodge, Yellowstone (All meals)


    Grand Prismatic Overlook Hiking Distance: 1.6 kilometres (1 miles), easy

  • 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. Drive through Paradise Valley to Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. Dinner tonight at a nearby local spot.

    Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa, Yellowstone (All meals)


    Wapiti Trail Hiking Distance: 
    4 kilometres (2.5 miles), rolling hills

    Yellowstone River Rafting: Class II & III rapids, easy

  • 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.

    Chico Hot Springs, Chico (All meals)


    Horseback Riding:
    2 - 3 hours, easy

    Hike to Pine Creek Falls: 3.2 kilometres (2 miles), easy

  • 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.

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USD $3799/pp (+tax)

Our New Zealand trip fares are subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST 15%)

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What's the maximum group size on this trip?

This trip has a maximum of 22 guests, plus 2-3 experienced guides. We tend to average between 12-18 guests on this trip.

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 The Element Hotel at 9:15am. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Bozeman for your pre-night, 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 12pm in time for flights below or at a hotel of your choice in Bozeman around 12:30pm.

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 2pm. Earlier flight times will require a separate transfer booked at your own expense.

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 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.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size). We recommend $15-25 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.

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