Best water levels in years and fantastic weather are making for some of the best rafting we've had lately! Join us for a rafting trip, we have trips available everyday all day usually at 9:30 , 1:30 and 4:00.
We know how hard it is around here to find activities if you have kids 5 and younger. Many of the activities aren't available. Fear not, we are here to help. Visitors with young families can still find plenty to do!
Lake Levinsky- Pedal paddle boats are available for rent at Lake Levinsky at the Big Sky Resort. Featuring Lone Peak as a stunning backdrop, Lake Levinsky has a sandy beach and Adirondack chairs for relaxing. The fishing is the best family fishing around. There are life jackets to fit all. The Family Adventure Card from Geyser Whitewater allows a family of four, unlimited use of the Lake for a week. It is only $89.00
Scenic Chairlift Ride- The name says it all. Contact Big Sky Resort at 995-5769 for details. It's a blast!
Gemstone Mining at Yellowstone Aerial Adventures- Going to Yellowstone? Stop by the zipline adventure park and do some gemstone mining! It is completely fun with young kids. Allow about 20 minutes. www.yellowstoneparkzipline.com/ prices range from $8.00 to $25.00
RAFTING, ZIPLINE AND HORSEBACK ADVENTURES NEAR YELLOWSTONE IN BIG SKY, MONTANA
We've been having a ton of fun around here lately. We just completed a couple of weeks of training for our new guides. They get certified in Swiftwater Rescue and Wilderness First Aid and spend long days on the river. It is always fun to see the new staff come together as a team. Yellowstone EPIC Pass members have been everywhere! We enjoy seeing our visitors have so much fun with all of the activities the EPIC Pass offers. Today a family did a Scenic Float on the Gallatin, then climbed our climbing wall for an hour. After a quick bite to eat they went up to Lake Levinsky for a paddle around the Lake and the boys caught a giant cutthroat trout with the rods they rented at the Marina. Good times!
House Rock rapid is one of the most fun places on the main whitewater stretch on the Gallatin River. It is near the beginning of the section of river known as the "Mad Mile." This stretch is so named because the rapids are closely spaced and require plenty of maneuvering to navigate smoothly.
You can get a great view of the rapid from the road. It's a popular place for people to stop and watch the rafters and kayakers go through. If you are driving through Gallatin Canyon on your way to Bozeman or Yellowstone be sure to stop and check it out.
The northern Yellowstone Park area is an incredibly rich ecosystem of wildlife and wild terrain. And wild rivers... Rafting the Gallatin River through the canyon can be one of the most fun and exciting things you may do while visiting here. We threw up some info onto this little google maps screen shot to give a little bit of extra detail on what a cool area this is.
Be sure to make a trip down the Gallatin with Geyser one of your destinations when you visit, but don't miss out on the rest of this awesome area either! You will have a great time regardless of whether you pick a scenic raft trip or a whitewater raft trip. Note we do offer whitewater trips and Scenic Floats.. Feel free to give us a call if you want to know more. 800.914.9031
Here are some links if you want to learn a little more...
Learn about hiking in the Washburn Mountain Range here...
Learn about Yellowstone Aerial Zipline Adventures here...
Learn about Gardiner, MT here...
Check out this video of Old Faithful Geyser here...
All about the Madison Mountain Range here...
Ennis, MT is a pretty cool town, especially if you fish...
See Lone Peak and the Lone Peak Tram here...
Learn about all there is to do in Big Sky, MT here...
Ever been to Paradise Valley? You'll want to go...
The Gallatin Range is a big part of why rafting through the Gallatin Canyon is so great...
Montana has some of the best scenic and whitewater rafting in the United States. Incredible areas like Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park offer great rafting opportunities for first time rafters and enthusiasts. Here at Geyser Whitewater Expeditions, we take the threat of cold water and bad weather seriously and always prepare our guests by providing warm gear like wetsuits, water repellent jackets, and warm footwear. Though we will always provide the gear that ensure you are prepared for your trip with us -- here is a list of gear that we use and recommend that can add comfort and style to any future raft trip in Montana or elsewhere.
Standard gear - You should always bring these things on any Montana rafting trip:
Non-cotton clothing made for getting wet
We wear board shorts or other water shorts (guys and girls) and often wear non-cotton, synthetic, or wool base layers under our shorts, even in warmer weather.
Footwear that won’t fall off
This is really important. Footwear like flip-flops or crocs won’t cut it if you fall out of a boat and find them floating away. They also can trip you up while traversing a rocky river bank to get in and out of your raft. We wear Chaco or Teva type sandals that strap tightly or water shoes.
Standard raft-guide gear includes sunglasses and often a hat. Sunglasses reduce glare coming back off the water and can help preserve your vision. Hats can shade your eyes, keep sun off your neck, or face and help reduce the risk of skin damage.
Pro gear - These are a few items that our guides recommend and use daily:
Kokotat - Gore-Tex Meridian Dry Suit
For ultimate protection from cold water elements our guides depend on dry gear. Kokotat has been the leader in producing quality dry gear for river professionals and enthusiasts for decades and we love the Gore-Tex quality of this suit.
Astral Designs - Aquanaut Water Shoe
Quality river gear that won’t break is important, quality river gear that won’t break and will look good while you are walking down main street in Bozeman is the next level. The Aquanaut does just that, we love the quality and style of this shoe.
WRSI - Trident Composite Helmet
Sunscreen and your sun bonnet won’t protect you from rocks and loose paddles, that’s why we love the brim and composite construction of the WRSI Trident. It keeps the sun out of your face and the water out of your eyes while providing a layer of highly engineered safety for your decision making. Very clutch for a good Montana whitewater rafter.
We use and depend on our river gear daily to help facilitate a safe and fun environment here on the Gallatin River. Montana Rafting never disappoints and remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear!
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It starts with three rivers...
Very often rafting is the highlight of any vacation to Yellowstone. This is in part because of the three great rivers that run through the national park’s ecosystem. The Gallatin, Snake, and Yellowstone Rivers along with their many tributaries are the heart pumping pathways of this magical environment. They course through some of the most beautiful parts of the park and surrounding valleys. There vital place in this ecosystem makes them centers of geologic history, organic prosperity, wildlife activity, and exploratory travel.
Different river characteristics make for a different experience
You may have experienced the feeling of navigating a rubber raft downhill among, waves, obstacles, and river features while riding an always moving current of last years snow pack before, or you may just think it sounds fun. Regardless, you have some options when vacationing to Yellowstone. As you have no doubt seen and experienced, rivers can vary greatly in their characteristics. Some can be wide, shallow, and meandering like, for example, the large Mississippi, Missouri, and Columbia rivers are, for much of their lengths. Since Yellowstone is so close to the continental divide, area rivers are generally much lower in volume, offer more gradient, and consist of more obstacles than these more eroded cousins.
Run Quality: Great
The Gallatin River is the least eroded of the Yellowstone rafting rivers. It’s position in the narrow Gallatin Canyon leaves it loaded with great features that make it not only one of the most popular rivers for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, but also for kayakers and fishermen. Its steep gradient means that there are many places on the river where the water pools up and passes quickly between large boulders and steep banks. It also provides one stretch of the river, often called the “Mad Mile,” where rapids are virtually continuous. The nature of the Gallatin Valley also means that the Gallatin River is relatively low in water volume with many large boulders -- making obstacles that your guide and you will maneuver around in the water. Overall this river’s high gradient, low volume, and many obstacles create a fun and exciting rafting environment that is great for experienced rafters and their families too!
Run Quality: Fair
The Yellowstone River is one of the larger meandering rivers in the area. It’s headwaters reside inside the national park, the section of the river inside the park offers more gradient, less volume and more obstacles. This would make for a great whitewater adventure, however Yellowstone National Park is the only park in the nation where it is not legal to access the rivers inside the park to float for any reason. Outside the park is a different story! Beginning in the town of Gardiner, MT the Yellowstone River begins to slow down as it hits the wide open Paradise Valley and offers shorter sections of rapids separated by large slow pools of water. The waves found in these rapids can get your whole boat wet, but may leave you wanting more.
Run Quality: Good
The Snake River, like the Yellowstone is a relatively high volume river. Unlike the Yellowstone it begins meandering through the wide open expanse of Teton Valley before it regroups and flows through the steeper Alpine Canyon. This gives the run a fair amount of gradient as it goes through the canyon. There are some good quality rapids on the run that can get your boat wet or maybe even flip it over! The large amount of water that flows through the canyon means that it is pretty well eroded and most of the obstacles are cleared out, leaving your raft crew with little to do. Just make sure your guide can keep you in the middle of the river and point you at the waves!
You will have a great time on the river! But we can help!!
No matter which Yellowstone whitewater rafting trip you go on, you are sure to have a great time! You can’t go wrong in such an amazing place as long as you respect the river, listen to your professional guide and make sure to smile when you get your picture taken!
If you have any further questions about how to book a raft trip, or have more questions about the river options and stretches that would be the most fun for your group, feel free to give us a call at: 406-995-4989 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our passionate river staff will be glad to help.
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Contact Geyser Whitewater Expeditions for more info on any rafting, zipline and horseback packages.
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At Geyser Whitewater Expeditions we have most of the gear you will need for a raft trip. Wetsuits and booties can be rented and we will have a nylon rafting, life jacket and helmet for everyone. If you didn't plan ahead to go rafting, no worries, we have you covered. If you are a planner, a couple of essentials from home may add to your experience though. We will keep it simple:
Bring a fleece jacket - We will wear this underneath a wetsuit on cooler days.
Bring a pair of non-cotton socks. Ski socks or a wool sock works great. Although not required it will add a nice touch of comfort.
Bring a dry change of clothes. A warm sweatshirt goes a long way after a raft trip, even on a warm day.
Water - We have water you can buy if you don't have any handy. Feel free to bring it in the boat with you.
Sunglass straps, disposable cameras and plenty of fun souvenirs are available for purchase in our shop.
The Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana is probably the best rafting in Montana and the Yellowstone Region. We hope you can join us!