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Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

1. Glacier National Park: Scenic Raft Trip

Our Flathead river rafting scenic tour gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park and the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Aboard this 2-3 hour float trip an experienced guide will share interpretive information about the flora and fauna and history of the area while escorting you down one of the most pristine rivers in the world. Wildlife abounds on this stretch; you may see eagles, osprey, deer and maybe even an elusive bear or moose! The trip starts with a short 5 minute bus ride down to the put in at West Glacier. Guides will give a safety talk and help everyone get loaded in the raft. From there you will pass through a steep, walled canyon and admire stunning views of Glacier National Park. There is lots of opportunities to take pictures so feel free to bring a camera. Arrive at the path where the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River converge to form the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Your guide will take the raft out of the water just past the confluence, at Blankenship Bridge. From there, it's about a 15-minute bus ride back to the office where you can look at pictures.

Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

2. Montana: Glacier National Park Whitewater Rafting Trip

Enjoy an exciting half-day Glacier National Park whitewater rafting trip on the middle fork section of the Flathead River. Manoeuvre the raft through 9 different rapids by following the simple paddle commands of the guide. The trip winds about 8 miles through the John F. Stevens Canyon. The rapids are rated class 2 and 3, making for a fun and splashy family-friendly whitewater rafting adventure. Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure and check-in at the office before meeting your friendly river guides. Leave your belongings in your car and your car keys for you at the front desk. Next, take a short 10-minute bus ride to the river. Your guide will launch the boat there, give you safety instructions, and you'll begin floating down the beautiful river. The journey starts on a 4-mile mellow section of the river, giving you plenty of time to learn to paddle and to adjust to being on the water. The rapids come on the second 4 miles of the trip and photographs of each boat are taken in the rapid named Bonecrusher. The raft will stop periodically to let you jump in and experience a dip in glacial water if you choose. You'll float under Glacier National Park's historic Belton Bridge towards the end of the trip. At the end of the trip, it's a short walk back from the river to the local partner's office in the village of West Glacier. The length of the trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, it lasts about 2.5 hours, from mid-July to early August, about 3 hours, and from mid-August through the end of the season, approximately 3.5 hours. Safety and fun are the top priorities. Guides undergo training in river rescue techniques, first aid, and more. Many guides return year after year. If conditions call for wetsuits, fleece, and river shoes, or if you would prefer to wear splash gear, it is always available at no extra cost. Helmets and life jackets are mandatory and provided.

West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

3. West Yellowstone: Yellowstone Park Tour with Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the landscape and wildlife of the Yellowstone National Park on this van tour from West Yellowstone. Learn about its history from your guide, see the many incredible sights it has to offer, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Depart from West Yellowstone, Montana at 8:30 AM and enter Yellowstone National Park through the West Gate. Tour the Lower Loop with stops at notable points of interest including Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins. See sights like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Fountain Paint Pots, Artist Point, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Throughout, also enjoy many great views of Yellowstone Lake. Learn about the Park from your knowledgeable guide, including its geothermal features, geology, and wildlife. Enjoy numerous photos of the surroundings and wildlife and, at the mid-point of the tour, a delicious picnic-style lunch. The tour concludes at 5:30 PM back in West Yellowstone.

Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

4. Glacier National Park: Whitewater Rafting with Dinner

Discover your adventurous side and go on a whitewater rafting trip as you enjoy views of Glacier National Park. Check-in at the Village of West Glacier half an hour prior to trip departure.   Get a healthy dose of fresh mountain air and enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. Swim in one of the cleanest rivers in the world and go on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip that combines calm floating with class II-III whitewater rapids.  Once you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious riverside barbecue dinner of steak, chicken, or veggie burger. Munch on fresh sides, salads, and dessert to go along with your meal.  End your trip at the bridge in West Glacier and go for a short walk back to the original meeting point. Make your memories last forever with an opportunity to purchase trip photos and souvenirs.

From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

5. From West Yellowstone: Lower Loop Active Van Tour

Watch wildlife with high-powered spotting scopes and binoculars from the comfort of a van with large windows. Learn all about the area's history and nature as you go. Get picked up at 7:00 AM at your lobby and head out alongside the Madison River. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Hike for just over a mile to the overlook at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. Marvel at Yellowstone's most photographed hot spring. Next, head for the Historic Old Faithful Inn. See the Old Faithful Geyser erupt and explore the historic building. After the eruption, settle down in a nice picnic spot for lunch. Then, stop to view wildlife in the Hayden Valley along the Yellowstone River. Move onto the final stop at Artist Point to view the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone's Lower Falls. Watch the waterfall plunging over 300 feet in a canyon of bright reds and yellows.

Bighorn Canyon: 2-Hour Scenic Boat Tour

6. Bighorn Canyon: 2-Hour Scenic Boat Tour

Upon arriving and checking in at Horseshoe Bend Marina, be immediately welcomed by the stunning red rock formations of the area. Depart promptly at the designated time of 10 AM or 2 PM. Once onboard, travel several miles downriver through America's 3rd largest canyon as you admire the breathtaking views.  Enjoy the beautiful colorations of millions of years of geologic time on cliffs more than 1000 feet high. Get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife including bighorn sheep, the Canyon's namesake. Bring a camera because there will be plenty of perfect moments to take pictures. Discover how this little known area is a national treasure that is home to America's first designated wild horses known at the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustangs that now roam freely within the Park boundaries. The tours are narrated by a professionally licensed Captain who knows the area well. Learn about the diverse and deep history of the prehistoric and Native American peoples that have called this place their home for thousands of years. The canyon walls were once home to Paleo Indians that lived in the caves along the face of the Canyon and these places can only be seen from the boat. Halfway through the tour, the boat turns around and returns at Devil's Canyon almost 16 miles downriver. Upon the return, relax and enjoy a second half of the tour, as it looks completely different upon the return trip. At the end of the 2-hour tour, enjoy some food or refreshments as you sit on the deck of Horseshoe Bend Marina. Take in the views overlooking the water sipping your cold drink at the Rusty Anchor.

Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

7. Glacier National Park: Full-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Begin your whitewater rafting trip by meeting in West Glacier. Enjoy a 20-minute bus ride, then spend the next 5 to 6 hours floating down the Middle Fork of the Flathead. The first half of the day is on a calmer section of the river with beautiful views into Glacier National Park. Your friendly river guide will share lots of good information on the flora and the fauna as you go.  Midway through the journey, stop along the riverbank to enjoy a barbeque lunch of steak, chicken, or veggie burger cooked to order. Enjoy fresh salads and sides to go with your lunch.  After, get ready to tackle the whitewater of John Stevens Canyon. During the whitewater stretch, class II-III rapids such as Tunnel, Bone Crusher, and Jaws will quench your thirst for adventure and leave you full of memories that will last a lifetime.

From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

8. From West Yellowstone: Lamar Valley Wildlife Tour by Van

Join a local guide to spot bears, wolves, bison, pronghorn, and more. Relax in a comfortable van with huge windows, and take in all the wildlife the Lamar Balley has to offer. Get picked up at 6:00 AM from your lobby. Start your adventure spotting wildlife along the Madison River in the early morning hours. Watch the sky change colors as the morning light hits the mountains. After scoping for wildlife on Dunraven Pass, enter the Lamar Valley for Yellowstone's most sought-after megafauna sightings. Enjoy a light morning snack and a hot drink of coffee, tea, or cocoa, while watching wolves through a high-powered spotting scope. Find bears on the mountainside with your binoculars. Look out for herds of bison and pronghorn as your van gets to places where a bus simply can't go. Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch in the world's first National Park. Stop to view wildlife at Mammoth Hot Springs before heading to Norris Geyser Basin, home to the world's tallest geyser. Take in the sights of the Gibbon River on the way back toward West Yellowstone, stopping for additional wildlife sightings along the way.

Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

9. Jackson: 2-Day Yellowstone National Park Tour with Lunches

Explore Yellowstone National Park in its entirety on this 2-day guided tour. Discover the highlights of the park including the Old Faithful Area, Norris Geyser Basin, Lake Yellowstone, and a wide variety of natural landmarks. Enjoy included pickup and lunches. Start out from Jackson, Wyoming, and head north on the first day through Yellowstone, taking in about half of the park. Spend the night at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort located to the north of the park, or at a cozy hotel in the charming town of Gardiner. On the second day, head south to see the rest of Yellowstone, ultimately returning to Jackson, Wyoming in the evening. Your tour includes the Upper and Lower loops of Yellowstone National Park. Visit all major points of interest, and enjoy a number of opportunities to take short hikes on boardwalks in many of the Geyser Basins and within the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Major points of interest include: • Upper Geyser Basin (the Old Faithful Area)• Midway Geyser Basin• Firehole Lake Loop• Fountain Paint Pots• Firehole River Canyon• Gibbon Falls • Artist Paint Pots• Norris Geyser Basin• Roaring Mountain• Gardiner's Hole• The Golden Gate• The Hoodoos• Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace• Gardiner River• The Boiling River• Roosevelt Arch• Undine Falls• Blacktail Plateau• Petrified Tree• Roosevelt area• Lamar Valley• Tower Falls• Dunraven Pass• Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (upper and lower falls)• Hayden Valley• Sulphur Cauldron• Mud Volcano Area• Fishing Bridge• Lake Yellowstone

Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

10. Gardiner: Yellowstone River Whitewater Rafting Experience

Experience rafting in one of the remote areas along the Yellowstone River. Your guides will travel down the rapids and floating sections of the river with you before you’re taken back to your meeting point at the end of the trip.After meeting at the departure point, you'll get fully geared up for rafting. All equipment is included. Once you're all geared up, you'll be transported by bus to the river entrance where you will meet your river guide.From there, your experience begins as you paddle and splash along 8 miles of gorgeous river. There is a splendid mixture of rapids and calm floating sections to appease every adventure level. You'll be picked up 2 hours later and taken back to the meeting point where you'll have access to changing room facilities and view the rafting images taken of you and your crew.

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What people are saying about Montana

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 338 reviews

This was a lot of fun. Enough rapid action to get wet a little. Enough relaxing time to enjoy the scenery. Was great for kids. Guides were a lot of fun. We had Patrick, but they all seemed like fun! We'd do it again for sure!

Highly recommend Yellowstone Day Tours. James was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and informative. We would have missed out on so much if we had just toured on our own. Well worth the money!

Josh was our guide. He was fun and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend

Very well run company, scenic tour was relaxing and fun

She was great and she knew history of the Yellowstone.