Discover the many natural wonders that make Paradise Valley and Yellowstone a world-renowned treasure. Endless geysers, thermal pools, mountains, lakes and canyons stretching on to the horizon. You will visit memorable places such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Midway Geyser Basin, and Old Faithful. Bring your camera as bison, elk, and other wildlife abound! You will be staying in a beautiful lodge in Paradise Valley just outside the park. It features sweeping views, comfortable rooms, and a pool for relaxing in the evening.
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Day 1: Welcome to Yellowstone! Meet your group and settle into your lodge accommodations.
The trip starts at Erik’s Ranch in Paradise Valley near Livingston, MT just outside Yellowstone National Park. Settle into your rooms and get to know your trip mates over supper while sharing expectations for the upcoming days.
Day 2: Marvel at the vibrant colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring before enjoying an afternoon hike.
After a hearty breakfast, take off for a whistle stop tour of Yellowstone. Get acquainted with some of Yellowstone’s geothermal activity at the Midway Geyser Basin. Take in the vibrant colors of Grand Prismatic Spring and other hot springs in the area. Choose a short hiking option for the afternoon that could include Fairy Falls, Mystic Falls, or Old Faithful! Yellowstone is great in it's immensity so we will spend significant time driving to all of these spectacular destinations.
Day 3: Explore the area on horseback or raft the Yellowstone River.
Wake to freshly baked goodies and spend an adventure-filled day seeing more of Paradise Valley. Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem offer a multitude of beautiful landscapes and activities. Take the day to explore the area on horseback or by raft on the Yellowstone River. End the day relaxing by the pool.
Day 4: Visit the Mammoth Hot Springs before taking in views of the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone.
Drive back into Yellowstone National Park for another day of sight seeing in America's First National Park. Start at Mammoth Hot Springs to see the astonishing mineral deposits of the Mammoth Terraces. Loop your way around to the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone where there are breathtaking views of the upper and lower falls. Make sure to keep a lookout for wildlife along the way – this area is famous for bison and elk.
Day 5: Enjoy a final meal at the lodge before saying farewell to your trip mates!
Your trip officially ends after a final breakfast at the lodge. Perhaps take a quick tour of the grounds and breathe in the crisp Montana air before bidding farewell to your group mates.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to this destination but currently has no dates scheduled. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Yellowstone National Park has a wide variety of terrain and ecosystems, ranging from near-desert at the north entrance to sub-alpine meadows and forests. Lodge pole pines cover 60% of the park while burn areas from the 1988 fire feature new growth and colorful wildflowers. Yellowstone National Park offers a wide range of hiking options from very easy to difficult.
TYPE OF TRAVEL: The group will travel from site to site in the WI van. Part of what makes Yellowstone extraordinary is it’s sheer immensity and diversity. In order to observe it’s many facets we will spend significant time driving to the park and from site to site. The views are gorgeous the whole way through.
WEATHER: Due to high elevations, temperatures in the summer months fluctuate from 25 to 90 F. It is usually quite sunny and warm, but be prepared for everything, including a rain shower or two.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 8 to 12 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay at Erik’s Ranch just outside of Livingston, MT in Paradise Valley. The lodge features comfortable rooms, sweeping views of the valley, a pool, and other amenities.
MEALS: Enjoy preparing meals together using fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast. Each morning we will pack picnic lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, we’ll prepare our dinner and dessert together. If you have special dietary restrictions be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.Read more »