Trip Overview

Venture across the snowbound wilderness of Yellowstone National Park with AdventureWomen by sleigh, dog sled, and snowshoes to revel in its deep-winter beauty on this active seven-day vacation in February 2021.

Let geysers, wildlife, and the frosty drama of a Montana winter transport you, body and soul, on this active journey through one of America’s greatest treasures, Yellowstone National Park. Meet your fellow AdventureWomen travelers in Bozeman and head to Gardiner, a small town that serves as the main entrance to Yellowstone, where you will begin imagining the week ahead over a lively welcome dinner. Get to know your expert Montana-based guide who will set the stage for what you can expect during your time in and around the Park. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure.

On your first full day, enter the Lamar Valley where the bear may be sleeping but wolves, bison, elk, and other wildlife are awake and roaming. Keep your camera warm and binoculars close! Mammoth Hot Springs puts some heat in your second day’s ramble as you walk close to these naturally terraced, steaming limestone pools.

Expect a visual feast on day two because reaching Ouzel Falls in Big Sky requires passing though some of the most photogenic wilderness in America! The Absaroka Range dwarfs the mighty Yellowstone River below, and the Gallatin River (of A River Runs Through It) glitters and roils. The afternoon hike along a snowy trail takes you to the spectacular 40-foot Ouzel Falls, covered in twinkling, crystalline rime during the winter season. This glittering backdrop is nature-made for the best group shots ever!

Big Sky is equally peerless on a winter’s night. With snow crunching under hooves and harness bells ringing out into the dark, Percheron draft horses trot beside the Gallatin River, pulling you and your fellow AdventureWomen travelers along on a joyful sleigh ride beneath the dark, star-studded sky. Bundled warm against the nighttime chill, you then return to a campsite to unwind and share stories over mugs of cowboy chili and hot spiced cider.

The following day, a four-hour snowshoe hike brings you to sweeping vistas of the high country; watch for signs of wildlife! In the warmth of a private snowcoach, travel to Old Faithful to catch its famed eruption. Among the area’s many other geothermal wonders, Fountain Paint Pots displays regularly erupting geysers, bubbling mudpots, hot springs, and whistling fumaroles. The grand finale of your wilderness journey features a team of revved-up sled dogs ready to take you on a ten-mile dog sledding experience! Bond with these magnificent animals, enjoy plenty of photo opportunities with the friends you’ve made on your trip, and try your hand as a “musher” guiding the dog team or simply snuggle down to enjoy the ride!

The joy of being out in the crisp, quiet beauty of Yellowstone’s snowy parklands and sharing this experience with other active women will remain close to your heart for years to come.

Main Attractions

  • Snowshoe across rolling landscapes to spot wildlife
  • Learn how to “mush”, driving your own dog sled team
  • Witness geothermal wonders found nowhere else in North America
  • Ride on a jingling horse-drawn sleigh out into the star-filled night
  • Revel in the profound quiet and calm of a Montana winter

What You'll See and Do

  • Dog Sledding
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Snowcoach Tour
  • Snowshoeing
  • UNESCO Site
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Yellowstone National Park
Welcome to Montana! Gardiner is a small town that serves as a main entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The town got its name from a fur trapper who operated in the area in the early 1830s.

During your Yellowstone adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Montana-based guide, who will help you discover this amazing, natural, winter wonderland. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at 1:00pm from the Grantree Inn in Bozeman and transferred to Gardiner, Montana.

Head to Mammoth Hot Springs to explore the unique and famous “travertine terraces.” This is an amazing area to discover; the terraces were created over thousands of years. As hot water from the springs cools, it deposits calcium carbonate, which created this stunning landscape.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Yellowstone!
Dinner

Overnight: TravelLodge by Wyndham

Day 2

Yellowstone National Park
Head to the Lamar Valley in the northeastern part of Yellowstone National Park, where you can view wildlife with binoculars and a spotting scope, and have an overview of the local history and geology, as well as the ecology of the wolves, bison, elk, coyotes, birdlife, and other animals in Yellowstone. Enjoy a bagged lunch on the road today.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening at one of the local restaurants.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: TravelLodge by Wyndham

Day 3

Yellowstone National Park to Big Sky
There may be an opportunity to soak in the Boiling River, one of Yellowstone’s wild and natural hot springs, while you are staying in Gardiner and the Northern Range of Yellowstone. If you are interested, please bring your swimsuit, water shoes, and an adventurous spirit to wear in the river. You will be able to use hotel towels. Due to river flows, weather, unscheduled Boiling River closures, etc. this activity is not guaranteed.

Depart Gardiner and drive north through Paradise Valley and along the famous Yellowstone River. Travel along the Gallatin River (where much of the movie “A River Runs Through It” was filmed), to Big Sky, Montana.

Walk on a snow-covered trail for one mile to Ouzel Falls. Designed and built by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the trail accesses a spectacular 60-foot waterfall where the South Fork of the Gallatin River falls over a break in the Canyon. In the winter, these falls are frozen with magical ice crystals, forming a lacy curtain of rime (an accumulation of granular ice tufts on the windward sides of exposed objects that is formed from supercooled fog or cloud and built out directly against the wind) and other treasures that the cold weather brings.

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own at Buck’s T-4 Lodge and restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Day 4

Big Sky
Take a short drive to a remote corner of the Yellowstone ecosystem close to the National Park. Put on your snowshoes and begin your adventure at the trailhead. See signs of how wildlife survives the struggles of winter, the magic sculptures that snow-covered trees form, and hear the silence that such a snow-blanketed landscape offers. Your route follows a large creek most of the way as you travel along rolling terrain for about four hours. The distance you travel depends on snow conditions and how often the group stops. Enjoy a boxed lunch along the way.

At 5:30pm, get ready to glide beneath a deep-black, star-dotted Montana sky, with only the sound of crunching snow and the jingling harnesses of the Percheron draft horses, which are skillfully guiding you along the frozen Gallatin River. The wool-wrapped wranglers talk about the 320 Guest Ranch’s remarkable history and will maybe tell a few tall tales along the way. Arrive at the mountain man campsite, where you will be handed a steaming mug of cowboy chili and some hot cider spiced with rum!

Return to the ranch for dinner as a group before turning in after a busy day, to your comfortable, cozy log cabin.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Day 5

Big Sky
In West Yellowstone, take a private and spacious 14-passenger snowcoach tour into Yellowstone National Park and to see Old Faithful. Sit back and relax in the winter wonders of Yellowstone while enjoying a guided tour in comfort and warmth into the park’s pristine winter environment.

Travel at a comfortable pace with outstanding views and opportunities to get out and take pictures along the way. You will look for bison, elk, and coyote, and experience the greatest concentration of geysers in the world. Journey along the Firehole and Madison Rivers where you can see bird life that includes Trumpeter Swans, Bald Eagles, and a variety of ducks, geese, and possibly water ouzels. Continue to Fountain Paint Pots and Biscuit Basin and see the sights at Old Faithful. If you’re lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of Old Faithful geyser erupting. Winter around Old Faithful Geyser Basin is magnificent, and you can see lots of animals, steaming pools, geysers, and surreal surroundings that glisten like diamonds in the sun and snow.

Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Day 6

Big Sky to Bozeman
No other method of travel over snow can compare with dog sledding! This trip is one you will never forget. The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm of these amazing huskies is a wonder to behold. The dogs love to run and their high spirits and big, lovable hearts will quickly win yours.

Experienced guides give hands-on instruction so you can feel, first-hand, the thrill of driving a sled dog team. Lift your foot off the brake and make for the hills as the dogs “mush” ahead. The ten-mile trip allows for plenty of photo opportunities and snack time as you travel through the beautiful mountain scenery of Moonlight Basin Ranch. If riding is more your style, you are welcome to ride inside the sled.

Stop for lunch on your own at a local restaurant and take some time to walk around town. Head back to Bozeman and check into your hotel.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular area.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Grantree Inn

Day 7

Depart Bozeman
Hop on the shuttle from the Grantree Inn to the Bozeman Airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Traveling to Yellowstone National Park



Arrival and Departure Information

January 31st Departure:

Arrive at the Best Western Plus Grantree Inn, in Bozeman, Montana on January 31, 2021 by 1:00pm.

Depart Bozeman, Montana (BZN) on February 6, 2021.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active with High Energy options. Our Active adventures get you on your feet. You should be in good physical condition and be prepared to hike for up to five hours, multiple days in a row, on uneven surfaces with some steep ascents and descents. Our High Energy trips are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

You should not have any physical problems or condition that would be adversely affected by skiing and residing at altitudes of 6,000-8,000 feet.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

January 31st Departure Final Payment Due Date: November 2, 2020

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • All park fees
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional guide(s) throughout the trip

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Montana
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guide(s), dogsled guides, snowcoach guide

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Accommodations

TravelLodge by Wyndham

Your hotel in Gardiner provides easy access to the sprawling Yellowstone National Park. The park’s historic Roosevelt Arch and north entrance is only a mile away, and downtown restaurants and shops are also nearby.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; Wifi

320 Guest Ranch

In 1898, when the west was wilder, two homesteads totaling 320 acres were combined to form the 320 Ranch. In 1936, Montana’s first woman doctor and first pathologist, Dr. Caroline McGill, purchased the working cattle ranch as a rest and relaxation retreat for her friends and patients. Today, picture a quiet place, just north of Yellowstone Park and just south of Big Sky Ski Resort, where the pristine Gallatin River winds through sage and towering pines, snow-covered mountains rise against crystal-clear blue skies, and there’s an abundance of pure, clean mountain air! That’s where you will find the 320.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; Wifi

Grantree Inn

Cradled between the Bridger, Gallatin, and Spanish Peaks mountain ranges, the Best Western Plus Grantree Inn offers perfect lodging that is conveniently located near restaurants, shops, and Historic Downtown Bozeman. Excellent amenities include a heated indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room, convenience store, gift shop, a business center, and the Grantree Bar & Grill. The hotel also offers room service, 24-hour airport shuttles, 24-hour front desk service, valet laundry service, and 24-hour laundry facilities.

Amenities:
Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; Wifi

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

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