Epic Yellowstone & Montana Ranch
Chicago, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone & The Ranch at Rock Creek
based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Fully inclusive of meals, activities and guiding at Ranch at Rock Creek
Fully inclusive of meals, activities and guiding on Wildlife Safari
Bespoke 5 hour city tour in Chicago
based on a family of four sharing.
At a Glance
You'll visit some of the most photographed sites in the USA
Get a city fix with a stop over in Chicago on the way out to the Rockies or on your return
Private guide to take you off-the-beaten track wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park
All activities and meals are included on the safari and on the ranch
Experience fly fishing and horse-riding at its best in Montana country
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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 Autumn 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. To start planning your holiday
There's nowhere quite like Yellowstone with its dramatic scenery and wildlife - this itinerary allows you to see it all. Don your cowboy hat and experience the Rockies, enjoying the active adventures to be had in Wyoming and Montana in true western style.
Days 1-3: Chicago
Accommodation: Peninsula Hotel Chicago (2 nights)
Days 3-6: Jackson Hole (Summer)
Next you’ll fly onto Jackson Hole, a charming Rocky Mountain western town and the gateway to the popular Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We suggest three nights here to make the most of the activities on offer, including rafting on Snake River, hiking and biking in the Tetons, and you wouldn’t want to miss the rodeo every Wednesday and Saturday in the summer. In the evening, explore the boutique shops, followed by dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants serving elk and bison burgers. Finish the night listening to bands playing everything from country to rock at the Silver Dollar bar, the most vibrant family restaurant in town. By the end of the night you'll be ready to jump into bed and what better hotel than the delightful Rusty Parrot Lodge. This intimate hotel has large rooms, most with fireplaces creating a cosy retreat on a chilly evening. It's also home to the only Four-Diamond restaurant in Jackson - Wild Sage.
Accommodation: Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa (3 nights)
Days 6-9: Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Next begin a four-day adventure exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone with an experienced naturalist guide. Here you’ll delve deeper into the parks and spend time viewing elk, bison, moose, bears, foxes and see wild horses run. One of the highlights is the Lamar Valley where you'll see if you can spot a handsome grizzly bear or elusive wolves. It’s not all about wildlife however, as Yellowstone is famed for its geysers and active geothermal activity - there’s a reason it’s such a photographed area. You will see famous sights including Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful – a geyser that shoots hot water into the air up to 140ft every hour or so. With guides that specialise in wildlife, geology, photography and ex-park rangers that are fantastic with children, we will ensure that your guide is matched to your requirements to make your trip one to remember.
Accommodation: Yellowstone and Grand Teton Wildlife Discovery (3 nights)
Days 9-14: Montana
To finish, your guide will drop you off at one of the most exclusive ranches in the USA - The Ranch at Rock Creek. Continuously awarded for impeccable service and one-of-a-kind facilities, you’ll be able to go at you own speed here. Fill your days with the vast array of activities on offer including shooting, horse riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, archery and paint-balling. If you would prefer to relax, then while away your day swinging in a riverside hammock or soothe those aching muscles at The Granite Spa. In the evening you’ll be wowed by pre-dinner cocktails and the five course tasting menu serving the best of Montana fare with locally sourced ingredients and the best quality wines.
What really sets this ranch apart is the level of entertainment that is sure to fill your days and entertains adults and children alike. The Silver Dollar Saloon houses a billiard room and bowling alley and, for those tired and seeking solace after a day's adventure in beautiful Montana, snuggle up in the cinema room with your choice of film and a hot chocolate. By the end of this trip you'll have a yearning to continue the good life of the well-heeled cowboy!
Accommodation: The Ranch at Rock Creek (5 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 prioritise 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!
Bespoke Tour of Chicago
Explore the windy city and all its highlights on this fascinating tour of Chicago. Jam-packed with shiny skyscrapers, lively bars and a picturesque seafront, Chicago offers a vibrant social scene with iconic landmarks such as the Willis Tower.
Jackson Hole Rodeo
Rodeo has been a part of Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture since the first settlers arrived over 100 years ago. Not to be missed, the spectacle run's through the summer months on a Saturday and Wednesday evening for 8pm - we can arrange tickets in advance.
Mountain Biking Jackson Hole
In the summer, Teton Village becomes a mecca for bikers. The hotels ski outfitter turns into an adventure center with a team that can help kit you out with bikes, guides and plenty of advice on the mountain trails and gondolas.
Segway in Chicago
For a tour with a difference, head on down to Navy Pier and take a segway tour to explore Chicago's top attractions. The segway will do all the work for you, and you can just take in the city sights.
Chicago, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone & The Ranch at Rock Creek
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