Montana Family Multisport 4th of July Adventure

July 1 - 5, 2020

“Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children”

Charles R Swindoll

Make this 4th of July one that your family won’t soon forget!

We planned our Montana Family Multisport Adventure to be chocked full of family fun starting off with horseback riding and camping the first night of the trip (equipment provided) in the picturesque Pryor Mountains. The remaining nights are then spent in a family-friendly hotel in Red Lodge, Montana, Zephyr’s world headquarters.

The next few days we’ll enjoy lively yet age-appropriate hikes, a UTV ride to seek out wild horses and caves, an authentic rodeo, and a rafting trip down the Stillwater River.

On top of fun outdoor pursuits, we’ll also get to experience the famed 4th of July festivities held each year in Red Lodge including a parade, pig races, and fireworks.

Organized family tours with Zephyr Adventures are not like a typical family vacation for multiple reasons. First and foremost, the kids love being in a group with other kids and tend to bond within the first five minutes. Second, we provide a structure that offers many group activities when you can enjoy life with your kids while at other times we separate adults and kids, allowing you to have a nice glass of wine with a fancier dinner while we take care of your brood. Speaking of that, the third reason our family tours are so fun is that our guides are ultimately in charge, so it is they who are responsible for driving, directions, reservations, planning, and answering “Are we there yet?”

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Details

  • Dates: July 1 - 5, 2020
  • Cost Per Person: $1,950
  • Optional Single Supplement: $800
  • Private Tour Minimum: 10
  • Activities: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Rafting, plus 4th of July festivities
  • Difficulty: All Abilities
  • Guides: Desiree' Kameka

Other Info: Kids staying in a room with their adult(s) receive a lower price of $1,657 - not combinable with alumni discounts.

Adults wishing to have their own room can pay a single supplement of $800.

Aunts, uncles, and grandparents are welcome on this trip too! This trip is appropriate for kids ages 5 - 18.

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the family-friendly 4th of July festivities in Red Lodge, Montana
  • Hike to waterfalls, around alpine lakes, and up mountain trails in Beartooth Mountains
  • Horseback ride and camp in the remote Pryor Mountains
  • Drive the stunning Beartooth All-American Road Scenic Drive
  • Take a break and swim in the hotel pool
DAY 1

We meet at the Billings airport (airport code: BIL) in the late morning and head to Riverfront Park for a picnic and introductions. We'll then shuttle to our Pryor Mountain Camp to meet our trusty steeds for a horseback ride. We'll have a short lesson, saddle up, and hit the trail. Back at camp, you can relax or go exploring (can you find the nearby waterfall?) as we take care of camp duties or lend a hand and experience the fun of camp life! Tonight we enjoy a tasty dutch oven dinner, s'mores, and campfire tales.

DAY 2

This morning, after a hearty camp breakfast, we depart for your choice of hiking, more horseback riding, or a UTV ride to see the extraordinary Pryor Wild Horses and Big Ice Cave. Whichever activity you choose, we'll enjoy lunch while out on the trail. Once back at camp, we'll pack up and head to Red Lodge to check in to our hotel that will be our home for the next few nights. There will be time to enjoy some pool time or check out the charming downtown before we head to dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 3

Rise and shine! After breakfast, we'll climb into our vans and head out for a spectacular drive along the Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road. This 68-mile road winds its way up and through the Beartooth Mountains, through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming, and leads into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast Entrance.  We'll not be driving the entire road as we'll stop along the way to stretch our legs, take a sip of some of the freshest water you'll ever drink (right out the side of the mountain!), and explore the hiking trails surrounding beautiful Island Lake.  We'll make our way back down the highway to our hotel for some free time in town (seasonal and local favorites on tap at the brewery) or to hit up the hotel's pool. Tonight let our guides entertain the kids with a Pizza and Pool Party while the adults enjoy dinner at the Prerogative Kitchen.

DAY 4

Happy birthday, America! This morning you'll have a few choices for activities: hike up Mount Maurice on a beautiful trail through the forest to clearings with views of the valley below; visit the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary to see incredible wildlife up close; or enjoy a leisurely game of disc golf. We'll reconvene for what is sure to be a memorable spectacle - the Red Lodge 4th of July parade! Choose to watch the fun and collect some goodies from the sidelines or don your patriotic cowboy/girl attire and march in the parade. After you'll grab lunch on your own in Red Lodge and we'll set out for another fun quintessential American event - a rodeo! Dinner tonight will be at the Bear Creek Saloon where we can also catch a local favorite - pig races! These adorable and humorous races were created to attract tourists but also to raise funds for a local scholarship fund. After you collect your winnings, we'll wrap up the festivities with a rousing fireworks display.

DAY 5

On our final morning, we'll have breakfast at the hotel and head out for a family-friendly raft trip down the Stillwater River. Once back on dry land, we'll enjoy a picnic along the river. We'll then make our way back to Billings to catch your flight home or to extend your stay in the area.

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Trip Accommodations

NIGHT 1 >> CAMPING / PRYOR MOUNTAINS

We start our adventure camping in the gorgeous Pryor Mountains. No need to bring your gear as all camping equipment will be provided.

NIGHTS 2 - 4 >> CHATEAU ROUGE / RED LODGE

Located at the foot of the Beartooth - Absaroka Mountains and in walking distance from the center of town, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations and an indoor swimming pool.

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Arrival & Departure

We meet you at 11:30 am just before lunch at the Billings airport (airport code: BIL) or at a designated hotel lobby. Depending on where you are flying from, you may want to get in the day prior as there are limited flight options that come in before the tour start time. The last day of the tour we will drop you off at the Billings airport at 2:30 pm, making it possible to book your flight home after 3:30 pm.

What's Included?
  • One or two Zephyr guides accompany each trip.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If kids stay in your room, they get a discount of 15% off the tour price. If you are a solo adult in your family group, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All meals except one lunch is included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. 
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • All trail fees and permits are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, one lunch, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.
Weather

Red Lodge is located in the beautiful Beartooth Mountains so the weather can change very quickly. You'll want to bring a few layers as well as rain gear for our hikes and rides. High temperatures in July average low to mid-70s during the day with low temperatures averaging lower 50s at night.

Type of People Who Will Enjoy This Tour

Kids of any age are welcome but this trip is most appropriate for kids five through 18. We as guides can vouch that kids are the true experts at having fun and it makes this tour special for everyone. It takes kids about five minutes to go from unknowns to fast friends! This trip includes activities that both kids and adults will enjoy, sometimes together and sometimes separately. We know you love your little darlings, but we realize it is nice to have an occasional break for an adult drink or longer hike — our guides are more than happy to oblige you in this! We plan a couple of separate activities and dinners for kids and adults (your older teenagers can make up their minds which group they would like to join these times!). Adult family members traveling on their own without kids (such as uncles, aunts and grandparents) will also love this trip.

Changes to Your Itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

 

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