• Dates: Jul 15 - 19 2018
  • Trip Length: 5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Activities: River Rafting, Horseback Riding, & Hiking
  • Guides: Laurie
  • Cost: $2,115 per adult and $1997.50 per child
  • Optional Single Supplement: See Other Info Below.
  • Difficulty: All Ability Levels

Other Info: Kids staying in a room with their adult (s) receive the lower price.
Adults wishing to have their own room can pay a single supplement of $800.
This trip is appropriate for kids ages 4 - 16. Those under 8 can ride ponies instead of horses.
Aunts, uncles, and grandparents are welcome too!

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon, Sr.

Yellowstone! Established in 1872, it was the first land in the entire world set aside as a national park. It is still the star of our park system and showcases thermal features like geysers, fumaroles (look it up!), and mudpots; wild animals including bison and grizzly bears; and incredible scenery ranging from towering mountain ranges to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
The beautiful thing about our family adventures is everyone has a great time without any of the stresses of family vacations. During some activities and meals, we are all together: riding horses through the Paradise Valley, rafting the whitewater of the Gallatin, and having a western dinner at Buck’s T-4 Lodge. At other times, your kids might be off at a pool party with the guides, while you and the other adults enjoy a vigorous hike or a glass of wine on the balcony. Leave the driving and decision-making to us, and instead of watching out for your kids, you can simply watch them having fun all week. It’s truly a vacation for all of you!
For more information on how our family adventures work, see owner Allan Wright’s blog post of participating in one with his niece and nephew.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: We meet you after lunch on the first day of the trip in the fun mountain town of Bozeman, Montana. If you arrive the day before, we have suggestions on some great family activities here! After a fun introduction game, we shuttle about an hour along the Yellowstone River and through the Paradise Valley to the tiny town of Pray, Montana, where our horses will be saddled up and waiting for all us buckaroos to explore the foothills. (If horse riding is not your thing, no worries – we will have an alternate hike planned instead). After our ride, we check into Chico Hot Springs Resort. This is sure to be your family’s favorite — it’s surely one of ours! You adults were great enough to get the kids to Montana in one piece, so you get a fancy dinner in Chico’s fine-dining restaurant while our guides take your kids to the more casual Chico Grill and large outdoor pool, which is fed by natural hot springs. And if you want to soak in some hot water before bedtime, we heartily recommend it!…SEE FULL ITINERARY

Real People, Real Experiences – What To Expect On This Trip

As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip. Check out What To Expect On This Trip.

For More Information

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  • INTERESTED IN JOINING US? Call us at 888.758.8687 or email us to check availability, or to ask any questions you may have regarding this trip or any other travel ideas you may be considering.
  • TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE: You can book online or by calling us at 888.758.8687. Zephyr Adventures requires a 500 deposit (payable by check or credit card) at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable by check or credit card no later than 60 days prior to the start of the trip.

  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? We will send you a confirmation email after we receive your booking, as well as a link to detailed printer-friendly pre-departure documents: arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, a packing list, an invoice, information about your trip location and guides. It will also include a link to an information form and liability waiver. We will also provide you with a link to information about travel insurance. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance because it protects you if you have an unexpected change in travel plans. Please do not purchase airfare until you have received your pre-departure documents.

“Fantastic! Everything was well-thought-out, well-organized, and done safely. Nice balance of free time & planned time. Lots of help given.” – Syd H.

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Trip Highlights

>> Swim and soak in natural hot springs

>> Spend three days inside Yellowstone, the world's first national park

>> Admire Old Faithful’s eruption and other geothermal wonders

>> See wild bison, elk, bears, and wolves

>> Take a fun raft trip down the Gallatin River

>> Horseback ride in the Paradise Valley

Trip Accommodations

Night 1 >> Chico Hot Springs / Pray, MT

Chico Hot Springs Resort is our absolute favorite spot for a quick Montana getaway. The 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. Their giant pool of hot water is equally as fun to play in as it is to relax in! They also have a gourmet restaurant on site as well as a pizza joint for the kids.

Nights 2 & 3 >> Canyon Lodges / Yellowstone National Park

The newest accommodations in the park, the LEED-certified Canyon Lodges offer the perfect central location from which to embark on our explorations. Rooms are brand new with "green" and sustainable features and the setting is amongst a quiet pine forest that is only a few minutes walk from the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the visitor center, dinner, or an evening campfire program offered by a park ranger.

Night 4 >> Buck's T-4 Lodge / Big Sky, MT

Buck's has been a Big Sky icon for fifty years. Located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley with a view of Lone Mountain, its rooms are nicely appointed and the outdoor pool and hot tub are great ways to wind down your day.

Travel Details

Your guides meet you in the cool mountain town of Bozeman, Montana, right after lunch on the first day of the trip, so it may be possible for you to fly in that day and we will meet you at the airport. Otherwise, you can arrive anytime the day before the trip begins.
We’ll return to Bozeman’s airport the last afternoon of the trip, allowing you to take a late afternoon flight home. We can also leave you in Big Sky or Bozeman so you can extend your stay.
Bozeman (airport code BZN) is served by many major airlines: Alaska Air, Allegient, Delta, Frontier, and United.

What's Included

>> Two local Zephyr guides will be joined by a third Zephyr guide when the group reaches 17 participants.

>> Double occupancy lodging is included. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.

>> All of your dinners and breakfasts are included, as well as one trail lunch and an ice cream stop or two. Gratuity for these meals is also included. We leave two lunches open so that you have a little flexibility and time to explore.

>> Park entrance fees, rafting and horseback riding is included.

>> All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.

>> NOT INCLUDED: Beverages, desserts, some lunches, optional gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.