Trip Overview

Hike, horseback ride, and fly fish in the wild beauty of Yellowstone National Park on this women’s trip in 2020. Revel in the varied beauty of the park on this active seven-day adventure through the first national park in the US with AdventureWomen.

Let the geysers, wildlife, and pristine hiking trails of Montana delight you 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, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

On your first full day, head into the Lamar Valley, where you will search for wildlife through binoculars or a spotting scope. Keep your eyes open for wolves, bison, elk, and birdlife. Hike through rolling sagebrush habitat, along cold mountain waters, where wildflowers stretch across the landscape. As you hike, search for bear, moose, and maybe even wolf tracks.

Depart Gardiner and drive through prime grizzly bear habitat, arriving at Norris Geyser Basin, home to Steamboat, the world’s tallest active geyser. Explore the basin before continuing to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, where you’ll learn about the geology of this spectacular site. Hike the rim of the Canyon, which will take you to backcountry mud pots, where boiling mud bursts from the earth, and to see the grandeur of Lower Falls from several viewpoints. Settle into your cozy log cabin at the end of your exciting day in the Park.

Journey to the heart of the Yellowstone Super Volcano where you’ll start your hike. Walk along the Firehole and Madison Rivers, where you can see birdlife including trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and a variety of waterfowl. Continue to Fountain Paint Pots and Biscuit Basin and see the sights at Old Faithful. If you’re lucky you might catch the Old Faithful geyser erupting. Return to the ranch for a Wild West Classic – the Chuck Wagon Dinner. Horses will skillfully guide your wagon along the Gallatin River to your dinner site where you’ll learn stories about the history of the ranch while your dinner is prepared over an open fire. There’s nothing quite like eating under an open, star-studded sky as you listen to the crackling of the fire.

The next day, spend half the day trying your hand at fly fishing in the very river that made Brad Pitt famous in A River Runs Through It. Receive personal instruction from your professional fly fishing guide who will help you tie your flies on, untangle your knots, perfect your cast, and even take your fish off the hook during your catch-and-release fishing lesson! These clean, cold rapids are home to more than 1,000 trout per river mile. For the other half of your day, hop on one of the loveable horses at the 320 Guest Ranch. Bring your inner cowgirl into the saddle and wind through forests, meadows of wildflowers, and along the banks of the Gallatin River.

Head out on one last hike along the headwaters of the Gallatin, where moose, bear, and wolves have roamed for thousands of years. Soak in the vastness and wildness of Yellowstone before heading back to Bozeman. Set out for a celebratory farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends, laughing and reminiscing about the adventures you shared in the exquisite natural beauty of the American West.

This adventure includes single rooms for all travelers and the vehicles will be at 50% capacity to allow for social distancing. What better way to start traveling again than to spend time in the great outdoors!

The joy of being out in the vast wilderness of Yellowstone and sharing this active adventure with other women will be in your memories for years to come.

Main Attractions

  • Hike, horseback ride, and fly fish in and around Yellowstone, America’s first National Park
  • Search for wolves, bison, elk, coyotes, and birdlife
  • Hike the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, one of the most geologically spectacular sites in the Park
  • Learn to fly fish from professional guides, who will help you perfect your cast
  • Take a trail ride through forests and meadows along the Gallatin River

What You'll See and Do

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • National Parks
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in 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, 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 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: Yellowstone River Motel

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.

This afternoon’s hike in the Northern Range will take you through rolling sagebrush habitat and along cold mountain streams where wildflowers abound. Look carefully as you hike and find bear, moose, and maybe even wolf tracks.

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

Overnight: Yellowstone River Motel

Day 3

Yellowstone to Big Sky
Depart Gardiner this morning and drive through prime grizzly bear habitat to Norris Geyser Basin, home to Steamboat, the world’s tallest active geyser.

Continue on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, one of the most geologically spectacular sites in the Park. Today’s hike will take you to backcountry mud pots, where boiling mud bursts from the earth. See the grandeur of Lower Falls from several viewpoints as you hike the rim of the Canyon.

Check in at the historic 320 Guest Ranch. Settle into your cozy log cabin before joining your group for dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Day 4

Big Sky
Geysers and River Hike: Head out early and journey to the heart of the Yellowstone Super Volcano. Look for bison, elk, and coyote, and see the greatest concentration of geysers in the world. Hike along the Firehole and Madison Rivers where you can see birdlife 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’ll catch a glimpse of Old Faithful geyser erupting! Continue hiking past some of the most visually stunning hot springs in Yellowstone.

Chuck Wagon Dinner: Return to the ranch for a Wild West Classic: The Chuck Wagon Dinner. Percheron draft horses skillfully guide the wagon along the Gallatin River to the mountain man campsite, where a cowboy singer shares the tales of the West, and the wranglers talk about the 320 Guest Ranch’s remarkable history, while your dinner is prepared over an open fire.

Dinner and Rest: 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
Try your hand at fly fishing in the very river that made Brad Pitt famous in A River Runs Through It. Receive personal instruction from your professional fly fishing guide who will help you tie your flies on, untangle your knots, perfect your cast, and even take your fish off the hook during your catch-and-release fishing lesson!

Hop on one of the loveable horses at the 320 Guest Ranch. Bring your inner cowgirl into the saddle and wind through forests, meadows of wildflowers, and along the banks of the Gallatin River.

Note About Today: Your group will split in two today – half of you will fly fish in the morning and horseback ride in the afternoon, and the other half will do the reverse.

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

Overnight: 320 Guest Ranch

Day 6

Big Sky to Bozeman
Hike along the headwaters of the Gallatin River, through meadows of wildflowers, where moose, bears, and wolves have roamed for thousands of years. Hear tales of the Bannock and Shoshone Tribes, who once walked the same trail you will be on. Experience the vastness and soak in the wildness of this treasured and protected place we call Yellowstone.

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, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Grantree Inn

Day 7

Depart Bozeman
Bid farewell to your new friends and journey home. Hop on the shuttle from the Grantree Inn to the Bozeman Airport.
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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Yellowstone National Park



Arrival and Departure Information

September 6th Departure:

Arrive in at the Best Western Plus Grantree Inn on September 6th, 2020 before 1:00pm.

Depart Bozeman, Montana (BZN) any time on September 12, 2020.

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 High Energy. Our High Energy adventures 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.

September 6th Departure Final Payment Due Date: July 3, 2020

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's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on single occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation in vehicles at 50% capacity
  • 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), horseback riding guide, fly fishing guide

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Yellowstone River Motel

Yellowstone River Motel is located just outside the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park in quiet, quaint Gardiner, Montana. The motel overlooks the Yellowstone River which can be enjoyed from the beautiful patio. Often, elk, antelope, deer, and other park animals can be seen across the way.

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