Family Fun in the Rockies
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based on 9 nights
Based on 2 people traveling.
At a Glance
Off-the-beaten track wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park
Endless landscapes and wide-open spaces
Active adventures across endless landscapes
Experience fly fishing and horse-riding at its best in Montana country
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Chicago is a fantastic destination most of the year around as there’s always lots of things going on in the city. Summers are hot and humid, with daily averages of 24 degrees, and winters can be very cold, which makes spring and autumn for most the best time to go.
Jackson Hole has five distinct seasons: summer (usually June to August), fall (September through October), off-season (November), winter (December through March) and off-season (April and May). Combining Jackson with Yellowstone in the spring and autumn is ideal for viewing wildlife, although the summer can be a wonderful time for those seeking that warmer weather.
Spring and Fall in Montana allow for mild days and cool nights, whilst the summers offer hot days and warm evenings. Peak time at the ranch is June through to end of August but fall is a stunning time to visit when foliage turns the Montana mountains russet and gold. Winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with snowfall creating a winter wonderland.
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.
There's nowhere quite like Montana and Wyoming for dramatic landscapes and wide-open spaces. Experience the breathtaking Rocky Mountains while enjoying active adventures, under big sky's, within unspoiled wilderness.
Days 1-4: The Rockies
Welcome to Wyoming. Pick up your rental car at and drive to your luxurious hotel, Amangani. Meaning "peaceful home," Amangani is a breathtaking boutique mountain resort surrounded by snow peaks and spectacular national parks.
The next morning your driver will pick you up after breakfast to embark on today's journey of Grand Teton National Park. Be on the lookout for wildlife as your expert guide brings you through National Elk Refuge as you make your way through the park. As you get closer to Antelope Flats and Mormon Row, catch a glimpse of the bison and pronghorn herds that inhabit the area. Finish your day with a drive on Moose-Wilson Road which is lined with all kinds of interesting wildlife from beavers to herons! Lunch is included on this tour.
The following day take to the blue waters of the Snake River this morning for an educational and inspirational float amongst the stunning backdrop of the Jackson Hole valley! You will float 7-miles worth of river, enjoying commentary and wildlife watching with the help of your guide's experienced eyes. Mid-way through the trip, your guide will expertly navigate your raft into landing on the rocky river shoreline, allowing you to disembark for a delicious lunch spread at a private riverside camp.
Accommodation: Amangani (3 nights)
Days 4-6: Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Today you make your own way into Yellowstone National Park and meet yor driver guide for a sightseeing adventure along Yellowstone's Lower Loop! Your day will be tailored to show off the highlights of the park while focusing on your interests. Your local guide knows the area intimately and will share information regarding this unique volcanic park. A tour along the Lower Loop offers an immersive experience with highlights of what makes Yellowstone so unique. Expect to see geysers, mud volcanoes, the Continental Divide and more.
The next day, your private driver/guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a tour along Yellowstone's Upper Loop! Your day will be tailored to show off the highlights of the park will be focusing on your interest. Your local guide knows the park intimately and will share information regarding this unique volcanic park. The Upper Loop offers numerous opportunities to search of wildlife in its natural habitat, explore backcountry geysers, hike along a secluded canyon and photograph a stunning waterfall.
Accommodation: Sage Lodge (2 nights)
Days 6-10: The Rockies
The following days will be at your leisure to explore this incredible property to your heart’s content. In addition to unlimited access to the Ranch’s fitness center, pool, hot tub and lakeside “Bikini Beach,” you will be entitled to two on-property, private guided activities each day. Choosing from a wide variety of adventure activities, you may customize your itinerary as you go, without having to worry about cancellation fees or penalties. Some of the included guided seasonal activities are as follows: horseback trail rides, cowboy roping lessons, authentic restored Wells Fargo stagecoach rides, fly fishing excursions on the Ranch’s blue ribbon-designated trout fishery, wildlife jeep tours, downhill mountain biking, shotgun, rifle and pistol shooting, archery, and ropes courses and ziplines.
Wellness treatments at the full-service Granite Spa are available at an additional cost, as well as various off-property adventures such as ghost town tours, heli-adventures, ATV tours, and whitewater rafting trips.
Accommodation: The Ranch at Rock Creek (4 nights)
Maudie Tomlinson (Staff)
This itinerary really has it all. I love the cowboy town of Jackson Hole, it's got an incredible energy in every season and everything is quite extreme, from its epic mountain peaks to the wildlife and super volcano activity, to the people that inhabit the town. It is home to extreme skiers in the winter and extreme rodeo riders in the summer! I'd say three nights here is perfect, to soak up the ambience of the town, catch a local weekend rodeo and then take to the Snake River rafting or to explore Grand Teton Park with its giant herds of Bison and Antelope and hike around pretty Jenny Lake. I'd also recommend a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Then heading off on a safari with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari's is worth every penny. Their guides are so personable and go the extra mile to make the experience special. They know the back roads, the habits of the local wildlife and they can prioritize what is worth seeing. They are also tapped into local networks, where they can call ahead to find out if Old Faithful is due to erupt, or their guide network will call into them to let them know they've seen a Grizzly Bear, or a Moose wallowing in the water off-the-beaten-track. While accommodation in the park is basic, we work with the safari team to ensure the set-up works perfectly for a couple or a family, most of the park lodges don't provide connecting rooms and so forth, but we know the lodges that can! The feedback on this trip is always remarkable, with families having to tear their children away from their guides at the end of the trip because they made such a bond!
It is important to know that there is a lot of time on the road on these trips, when heading up to Montana, the distances are vast and so we do recommend this trip for slightly older children - or why not come equipped with some educational films on an i-pad for that last day heading up to The Ranch at Rock Creek.
The Ranch at Rock Creek is one of a kind, the most luxurious of ranches in the Rockies, nothing here is too much trouble. Get there on a Tuesday to watch the ranch staff put on quite the show at their weekly rodeo, and ask us about booking some activities for your first couple of days ahead so you get your first choice of activities when you arrive. Families will love the paint balling, down hill mountain biking course and archery. Although the riding is fantastic, there is so much to do here besides, the beauty of this ranch is that it is a wilderness resort essentially, so there is something for every member of the family to enjoy - whether its an existing passion or finding something new. The shooting at The Ranch at Rock Creek was a highlight for me, as soon as I finished riding, I'd ask the guys at the Rod&Gun Club to drive me up to the shooting range - so I could get in a few shots against my husband!
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