Day 1: Fly into Bozeman, MT; transfer to Big Sky, MT, Museum of the Rockies (time permitting).
Day 2: Activity Day at Big Sky, MT, and enjoy 2 nights lodging, with an activity day to start out the trip. Choose up to 3 of the following activities: tram ride (highly recommended), ziplines, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking (lift serviced, 2 possibly 3 lifts this summer), golf, horseback riding, ½ or full day- day hike in Yellowstone’s Gallatin District & ropes course.
Day 3: your guide will pick you up, with your luggage, and you will tour Yellowstone’s Geyser Basins and the Yellowstone Lake area. In addition to the normal attractions, your guide will be able to help you try to catch some of Yellowstone’s larger and less frequent geysers. Visit Firehole Falls, the Fountain Paint Pots, Firehole Lake Drive, Black Sand and or Biscuit Basins, Old Faithful Geyser, the Old Faithful Inn, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, the Lake Hotel, overnight outside of the East Entrance at a guest ranch.
Day 4: begins with an early morning trip over Sylvan Pass, which puts us in the Hayden Valley for the early morning wildlife. A brief stretch at the Mud Volcano, with follow with the search for bison, bears and wolves. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is our next stop, visiting the Upper Falls, Lower Falls & Crystal Falls. There is time for a short day hike, or a spin over to Norris Geyser Basin and the Virginia Cascades. After a trip over Dunraven Pass and Tower Falls, the trip will continue to Cooke City for the next night’s lodging.
Day 5: is an easy day away from the crowds as we take you to one of the Yellowstone area’s best kept secrets, the Beartooth Highway. Charles Kuralt called this road the most beautiful in America, with incredible views from almost 11,000 feet in elevation (if you are an intermediate skier, bring your skis, and enjoy some lift serviced skiing- Memorial Day through the 4th of July). The afternoon may be spent relaxing in Cooke City or on a short day hike to Trout Lake or Warm Creek.
Most folks have never heard of the Beartooth Highway, and with the record crowds we have been experiencing we have found it is nice to get out of the park, away from the crowds to enjoy some of the best scenery in Montana and Wyoming.
Day 6: is another early wildlife day as we are an easy 20 minute drive from the Lamar Valley, we will look for elk, bison, pronghorn, wolves, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears. We round out the day with the Petrified Tree, Undine Falls, Mammoth Hot Springs and Rustic Falls (time permitting). The trip will end in Bozeman (or Big Sky).
Day 7: Fly out of Bozeman. Time permitting the Museum of the Rockies
We can also build in Grand Teton National Park, Virginia City National Historic Landmark, Lewis and Clark Caverns, Jackson, WY, the Chief Joseph Highway, Day hikes in the backcountry and more.