FAMILY VACATION

The Best Montana Family Vacation

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

  • 6 Days
  • 18 People Max

    6 - 18 guests

  • Activity Level 3
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

    Read more about the Active Range

  • Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana
  • Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
yellowstone teton intro fam

Rally the kids, don your favorite cowboy hat, and get ready for an action-packed, all-inclusive Montana family vacation.

From gurgling geysers to lofty mountaintops, discover the perfect backdrop of your next family photo on this intimate journey through Big Sky Country. Explore pine-studded forests, raft the Yellowstone River, and ride horseback across pristine meadows with fourth-generation cowboys. Each day, you’ll enjoy the finest in western hospitality and regional fare with comfortable lodgings to relax and rest up each day.
Get away from the crowds and explore Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky, and Paradise Valley in an unparalleled way. From backcountry hiking to rafting to ziplining, your family will have their hearts pumping with excitement and their hearts filled with memories on this Montana family vacation.

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

Trip Highlights

Grand Prismatic Spring

HikingHiking

To Ousel Falls

HikingHiking

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

HikingHiking

Horseback riding

Plus ...Plus ...

Hayden Valley Wildlife

Plus ...Plus ...

Chico Hot Springs Resort

Plus ...Plus ...

Gallatin River Zipline

Plus ...Plus ...

Raft the Yellowstone River

Plus ...Plus ...

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Bozeman, Montana Trip End: Bozeman, Montana
  • Day 1Bozeman Creek walk, zip line tour across Gallatin River

  • Day 2Ousel Falls and Big Sky Exploration

  • 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

    #2105

    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)

    Hiking: 3 miles (5 kilometers)

  • Day 2

    Ousel Falls and Big Sky Exploration

    #2106

    Venture into the heart of Big Sky on a hike that will lead you over three Gallatin River bridges and to the base of Ousel Falls. The cascading falls will welcome you at the end of the trail, framed by lush greenery and terraced rock. In the afternoon take the easy way up Big Sky Resort's hilly terrain with a chairlift ride midway up the mountain. From here, you'll walk through flower-dotted alpine meadows and pine-laden forests as you explore the beauty of the Montana mountains from up high. 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)

    Hiking: 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers)

  • Day 3

    Shuttle to Yellowstone, hike near the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

    #2107

    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 & Cabins (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)

  • Day 4

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

    #2108

    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.

    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

    #2109

    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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

  • Day 6

    Farewell, back to Bozeman

    #2110

    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.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

Discounted child prices are available for children 12-years-old and under.

USD $3799/per adult , USD $3499/per child

Child rates apply for children 12 years and under.

11 Jun 2023
2023
11 Jun16 Jun
Departure Full Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
18 Jun 2023
2023
18 Jun23 Jun
Departure Almost Full Almost Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
2 Jul 2023
2023
2 Jul7 Jul
Departure Full Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
9 Jul 2023
2023
9 Jul14 Jul
Departure Almost Full Almost Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
16 Jul 2023
2023
16 Jul21 Jul
Departure Full Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
23 Jul 2023
2023
23 Jul28 Jul
Departure Almost Full Almost Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
30 Jul 2023
2023
30 Jul4 Aug
Departure Almost Full Almost Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
13 Aug 2023
2023
13 Aug18 Aug
Departure Full Full
* GUARANTEED DEPARTURE *
9 Jun 2024
2024
9 Jun14 Jun
Departure Open Open
16 Jun 2024
2024
16 Jun21 Jun
Departure Open Open
30 Jun 2024
2024
30 Jun5 Jul
Departure Filling Up Filling Up
7 Jul 2024
2024
7 Jul12 Jul
Departure Open Open
14 Jul 2024
2024
14 Jul19 Jul
Departure Open Open
21 Jul 2024
2024
21 Jul26 Jul
Departure Open Open
28 Jul 2024
2024
28 Jul2 Aug
Departure Open Open
11 Aug 2024
2024
11 Aug16 Aug
Departure Open Open

Included

  • Experienced guides 
  • 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio 
  • Our ‘Red Carpet’ pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions 
  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!
  • All accommodation for the duration of your trip 
  • Most meals (except where indicated, so you can experience local cuisine independently!) 
  • Picnic lunches, unlimited snack baskets & unique destination snacks 
  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip 
  • All activities described in the itinerary  
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities  
  • All transportation from start to end of trip 
  • All gratuities for hotels, restaurants and activities 
  • All park and other entry fees 

Not Included

  • Transportation (air and land) to and from start/end points 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Alcoholic beverages  
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides 

Reviews from our Guests

view all

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"We had a wonderful experience. We were the only family on this trip, which… read more

"We had a wonderful experience. We were the only family on this trip, which was a little disappointing. We had hoped our daughter would have other kids to hang out with during the week. Otherwise, each activity met or exceeded our expectations. read less

4 Stars (172 reviews)

Janet,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Guides were terrific and activities were as well. read more

"Guides were terrific and activities were as well. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Karen,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Overall experience was great. Guides did a great job. Scenery was nice and activities kept… read more

"Overall experience was great. Guides did a great job. Scenery was nice and activities kept us busy. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Eric,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"I would ha e rated the trip a 10, but the dining experience at Canyon… read more

"I would ha e rated the trip a 10, but the dining experience at Canyon Lodge was a disaster and huge disappointment. There also seemed to be a lack of knowledge with Austin "advisors" when making travel arrangements. Keilea, Bryson & Drake were exceptional guides and worked well together. I'm an Austin alum, but this was our first family trip. We took our 2 grandkids (11 yr old twins), and my grandson summed up the trip perfectly: "The words on the t-shirt are right. I don't want to leave." read less

4 Stars (172 reviews)

Kristin,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Amazing! Everything was well planned & totally convenient for us. The activities were perfect… read more

"Amazing! Everything was well planned & totally convenient for us. The activities were perfect & we had fun every minute of the every day. The hikes were gorgeous. Safety was always top priority. The counselors were wonderful! The food was so good! They were knowledgeable, extremely personable, wonderful with the kids & made our trip! read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Nicole,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"The trip was amazing! Every detail was thought of and the years of experience showed… read more

"The trip was amazing! Every detail was thought of and the years of experience showed in the curation of our daily itinerary. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Sandy,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"A memorable trip with great guides read more

"A memorable trip with great guides read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Grace,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"What a wonderful multi-generational family trip! Our guides were the best - anticipating our every… read more

"What a wonderful multi-generational family trip! Our guides were the best - anticipating our every need, answering the many questions that 8 and 9 and 75 year olds can generate (!), and keeping spirits high. We loved the itinerary, especially visiting with a Montana ranching family in their home. We made so many beautiful memories. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Kate,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"The trip was fabulous and Austin Adventures guide were excellent at making it worry free… read more

"The trip was fabulous and Austin Adventures guide were excellent at making it worry free and relaxing. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Marci,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"We just returned from our Austin Adventures trip to Montanta and it truly exceeded expectations.… read more

"We just returned from our Austin Adventures trip to Montanta and it truly exceeded expectations. From the very start of the trip we were made to feel welcome by our guides. Every detail was taken care of, allowing me to spend quality time with my family and appreciate all the natural beauty that surrounded us and also giving me time to get to know others on the trip. We truly felt spoiled by all the little details- like snacks when returning from hikes, full spreads of food at lunches, smooth check in at hotels and the ability to get all the photos easily from activities. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Sharon,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - July 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"This was the trip of a lifetime with my 15yo son. The tour guides work… read more

"This was the trip of a lifetime with my 15yo son. The tour guides work hard, and your advanced planning shows. I highly recommend this tour company read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Jeanne,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - June 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Our trip was fantastic - largely due to our wonderful guides, Drake, Bryson and Lauren.… read more

"Our trip was fantastic - largely due to our wonderful guides, Drake, Bryson and Lauren. They made the trip run smoothly and we felt well cared for at all times. They were knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We were also impressed by all the vendors we visited - Montana White Water, Flying Diamond Horse Guides in Paradise Valley and the hotels. (except the West Yellowstone hotel that was a last minute change) read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Becca,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - June 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"I was nervous about zip lining and white water rafting for the first time but… read more

"I was nervous about zip lining and white water rafting for the first time but I am so glad I got to do those things with our children and grandchildren on this trip. I was very concerned that my husband would not get to experience Yellowstone because of the floods but the staff and our guides at Austin Adventures worked their magic and gave us the complete experience. Our guides took out all of the hassles of travel and were delightful companions. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Margaret,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - June 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Everything was well organized, and the itinerary was great! They were so accommodating with… read more

"Everything was well organized, and the itinerary was great! They were so accommodating with our various food allergies and differing athletic abilities, and all three generations of our family had a great time! read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Carolyn,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - June 2022

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"My family had an excellent experience despite the record flooding that was happening at Yellowstone… read more

"My family had an excellent experience despite the record flooding that was happening at Yellowstone during our stay.
We would like to thank our guides Drake, Bryson and Keilea, they did a great job keeping us entertained. read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Kelly,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2021

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"It was a great trip. Tour guides were amazing. Accomodations were pretty good. read more

"It was a great trip. Tour guides were amazing. Accomodations were pretty good. read less

4 Stars (172 reviews)

Stacey,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2021

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"I really enjoyed this trip, it was a great time for myself and my son.… read more

"I really enjoyed this trip, it was a great time for myself and my son. We bonded with the crew and families. I would have to talk with the sales team a bit more now that I know how these run more directly but I would likely book through Austin Adventures again especially if it was with the crew we had. Kaila, Bob, & Nataly put the Awesome in Awesome Adventures(I know that's not your name) read less

4 Stars (172 reviews)

Todd,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2021

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"What a great trip! our guides were so great that they may have ruined… read more

"What a great trip! our guides were so great that they may have ruined us for any other tour guides:)
our family will be traveling with Austin Adventures in the future
read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Jamie,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2021

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"Our family was very pleased with the majority of the trip and the Tour guides.… read more

"Our family was very pleased with the majority of the trip and the Tour guides. We did feel there are some areas for improvement but our guides made the overall trip much more fun than had we planned this on our own . read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Monika,

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation - August 2021

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation

"We have done many three generational family trips. This was among the best! read more

"We have done many three generational family trips. This was among the best! read less

5 Stars (172 reviews)

Polly,

Interactive Trip Map

Austin PIF 2

Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full.

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

T+Cs Apply.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

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 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.

show more

show less

Your Expert Local Guides

Why Travel With Us

benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

benefit guides

Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

benefit family

Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

benefit wow

"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

Trip Inquiry

North America

Yellowstone, Big Sky & Paradise Valley Family Vacation