Welcome to Montana
Maybe it's the independent frontier spirit, wild and free and oh-so-American, that earned Montana its 'live and let live' state motto. The sky seems bigger and bluer. The air is crisp and pine-scented. From mountains that drop into undulating ranchlands to brick brewhouses and the shaggy grizzly found lapping at an ice-blue glacier lake, Montana brings you to that euphoric place, naturally. And then it remains with... Read More
Top experiences in Montana
2-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks
See a panoply of wildlife and capture amazing photos on this 2-day adventure in two of America’s most revered national parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With the help of your guide, spot impressive animals it would be difficult to find on your own. Visit famous landmarks in the parks and stay overnight at a hotel in Montana, soaking up the wild and pristine beauty of this distinctive region.Day 1: Jackson or Teton Village – Grand Teton – Yellowstone (L)Your 2-day wilderness escape starts in the early morning in Wyoming with pickup from your Jackson or Teton Village area hotel. As you travel by coach among the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park glowing in the gentle morning light, enjoy complimentary snacks and refreshments and keep your eyes peeled for moose, elk, bison, grizzlies, black bears, wolves, coyotes and eagles. Binoculars will be provided for optimal viewing. Continue to nearby Yellowstone National Park, the first national park ever established, and see two of its many lovely waterfalls: the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. Take in views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a chasm on the Yellowstone River that cuts up to 1200 feet (366 m) deep. Savor a picnic lunch in this park teeming with animal and plant life as your guide shares facts about the geological and human forces that have shaped this area over thousands of years. Spend the evening in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley – often called the ‘American Serengeti’ – searching for more wildlife. It was here that bison were brought back from the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. Look for these great woolly beasts and herds of elk coming out for their evening meal. Afterward, cross just over the border into Montana and have your own hearty dinner (own expense) at a local restaurant to finish off your day of exploration before settling into your comfortable hotel room for the night. Overnight: Hotel in West Yellowstone or Cooke City, MontanaDay 2: Yellowstone – Jackson or Teton Village Head back to Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley this morning to search for bears and wolves. Wolves were successfully re-introduced to this area in the 1990s, and your chances of seeing one are high. Lamar Valley is also the best place in Yellowstone to spy a grizzly bear, so have your camera ready!Spend the rest of the day taking short and easy hikes around some of the many geothermal features at Yellowstone created by volcanic activity. See famous Old Faithful’s massive eruption of water and the dramatic rock terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs. Reminisce about the most memorable wildlife sightings from your small-group tour as you are driven from Yellowstone back to your hotel in the early evening.
Half-Day Rafting on the Yellowstone River
The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana, thirty minutes prior to departure. Once everyone is changed into wetsuits or other provided water gear, guides will shuttle you to the river where you will learn about water safety. From there, you board your raft and paddle off! You will see 18 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest boarders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer.Halfway through the excursion, your party will take a break and enjoy a homemade picnic lunch. Once lunch is finished, it's off through Yankee Jim Canyon for the last leg of the adventure.As your trip draws to a close, guides pick you up and drive 20 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.
2 Hour Rafting on the Yellowstone River
The trip begins with check-in at the rafting office in Gardiner, Montana a half-hour before the scheduled rafting trip. After you get checked in, you will be offered facilities to change into wetsuits or other appropriate water gear provided. Once everyone is ready, your guides will shuttle you to the river where they will provide safety instruction. From there, you board your raft and paddle off, with your guide giving constant instruction. You will see 8 miles of the beautiful Yellowstone River and experience Class II, III and even a Class IV depending on the time of the year. The Gallatin National Forest borders the Yellowstone to your left and you will have plenty of scenic viewing opportunity. Your guide will even let you jump in for a swim! About 20 minutes into your trip, you can expect to be photographed by a professional photographer. As your trip draws to a close, your guides will pick you up and drive 10 minutes back to Gardiner where you can change out of your river garb, view your photos and purchase other mementos from your trip.
7-Day Camping Tour: Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and Snow Canyon from Las Vegas
Travel to Utah, Wyoming and Montana to see famous national parks and Salt Lake City, Snow Canyon and the Rocky Mountains on this 7-day adventure from Las Vegas. You'll have plenty of opportunities to hike, spot wildlife and capture amazing photos. Enjoy 5 nights of camping and 1 night in a hotel on this action-packed exploration of America's Wild West. See Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
Yellowstone Two Day Overnight Tour
Note: This itinerary works best originating from Jackson, WY. If you are starting from another gateway community we will be happy to customize a trip to suit your travel plans.Our day begins as we head north from Jackson, WY towards Yellowstone National Park, passing through Grand Teton on the way. A couple of photo ops as we pass through Grand Teton.Generally our first major stop will be at Upper Geyser Basin, or the Old Faithul area. The Old Faithful Geyser will erupt every ninety minutes and we will make a point of witnessing the eruption. Given the timing of our arrival we may have time for a short boardwalk stroll to view some of the other thermal features in the basin. We will venture north and most tours we will have the time to stop at most major points of interest and for short and exciting boardwalk excursions. After a thorough exploration of Upper Mammoth Terrace and Lower Mammoth Terrace we continue down the valley towards the north entrance of Yellowstone and the town of Gardiner, Montana, passing over the 45th parallel, and into the state of Montana.Usually we head straight out to Chico Hot Springs Resort, about 25 miles north of Gardiner, Montana. We try to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, giving you time to soak in their historic mineral pools before you settle down to a delicious meal in arguably the best dining room in Montana!If the dining room is not your style the poolside grill serves up great food in a casual family setting, or see what’s happening in the world famous (Montan famous anyway) Chico Saloon.We will depart Chico at 8:00am and begin the second day of our tour by returning back to Gardiner and entering Yellowstone via the North Entrance. On day two wildlife is a major theme as we will be spending the morning hours making our way from Mammoth Hot Springs south toward, and into Lamar Valley, scoping for wildlife along the way.By lunch time we will have backtracked out of Lamar Valley and will continue heading south over Dunraven Pass towards the Canyon Area, with a stop of course at Tower Falls along the way.We will spend some time at the Canyon Area with arguably the most spectacular hydrological features of your tour waiting to be discovered at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Heading south from the Canyon Area we will pass through Hayden Valley (fantastic wildlife here, bison, bear, and wolves, a great spot to glass for wildlife), Mud Volcano area, Yellowstone Lake, and West Thumb.We will have completed our Grand Loop at West Thumb and will continue south from there back to Jackson, usually arriving in Jackson between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, concluding our two days in Yellowstone.Note: If lodging at Chico Hot Springs is not available at time of booking, we will arrange lodging for you in Gardiner, MT.
Yellowstone Hiking Tour
The hiking tours begin in Gardiner, Montana. It is a 15-minute drive to the trail head through a little-known section of the park. Wildlife viewing is good here and you can expect to see pronghorn, bison, elk, deer, and bighorn sheep depending on the time of year. Upon reaching the trail head your guide will give a safety talk as you put on your bear spray, put your rain jacket in the pack we provide, and grab a trekking pole.We will follow an old wagon road toward Electric Peak. The alpine views are stunning, along with mountain silence and forest solitude. The area is steeped in human history, as well as geology, botany, and biology. We will amble along at a gentle pace covering mostly level terrain in a mountain canyon. We will stop to picnic with a lunch or a snack, depending upon the departure.The return journey will be along the same terrain, but with different views. Your guide will drive you back to Gardiner.