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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!
For many visitors, a whitewater adventure on the Gallatin River is the highlight of a Yellowstone Vacation but its often hard to figure out all the details when searching online back home. Fear not, we're tourists too sometimes, so we know there's a lot of information out there when you are planning a trip. Sometimes so much so it muddles the picture and hard to figure out what to do with precious vacation time. We thought it would be helpful to take a moment to answer some of the questions our guests commonly ask and maybe help you decide which trip to book.
Here are some questions to think about when deciding what trip is good for your group.
Does the group want exciting whitewater, introductory whitewater or maybe everyone just wants to kick back and relax on our Grand Scenic Tour?
We use three sections of river:
Do you have kids and what are their ages?
Generally we have trips for kids 6 and older.
What time of the year will you be rafting?
May and June-
This tim of the year can be high water, creating some of the largest rapids of the year on the river. The rapids have higher volume wave trains from class II to IV.
July - September -
The river starts getting lower and a bit slower offering fun Class II and III whitewater.
Gallatin River Rafting trips meet in Big Sky, Montana. This is the most convenient rafting for those visiting Yellowstone Park, West Yellowstone, Big Sky and Bozeman.
Our vacation packages include any combination of the following:
Feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions. We look forward to meeting you!
They are calling it "March Madness" around here in Yellowstone country but we're not talking hoops. March Madness refers to the amount of snowfall we are getting this Spring. As I write this, Yellowstone and Big Sky Resort have had 11 out of 15 days of snow! It's welcome around here though, the snow pack provides great whitewater rafting conditions all summer long and helps to keep the forest fires away later in the summer. Our snowpack for the season has catapulted to 107% of average thus far this season.
We are eagerly awaiting the opening of rafting season in the Yellowstone region, we will start running trips on the Gallatin River near Big Sky, Montana in early May and will be in the full swing of things for the Memorial Day Weekend.
The phones are going off the hook with visitors planning their summer vacation to Yellowstone and Big Sky Resort. I love talking to guests about their plans and being able suggest fun itineraries, activities and lodging advise. Just this morning we saved a family over $500 for a week of Yellowstone lodging, ziplining, rafting and horseback rides. If you need advise too, don't hesitate to call. 406-995-4989
This is a great place to start your Yellowstone and Big Sky Resort travel planning, start clicking on the links to the right and read some of the blog posts to help you with your Yellowstone summer vacation planning.
Low water, big fun! A picture speaks a thousand words. Gallatin River rafting near Yellowstone in Big Sky Montana. www.raftmontana.com
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The Yellowstone EPIC Pass was a new package for us this year and the awesome benefits it offers quickly became our most popular package. Hands down the best deal for rafting and zipline adventures in Big Sky and West Yellowstone Montana, near Yellowstone Park. Families appreciate the benefits around town on shopping and dining and all the free items that are included make this the ultimate family deal. Check it out on our website here and call if you have any questions.
High flying thrills await at the zipline adventure park. Voted the "World's Best Design", there is nothing else like it. No guides to wait around for, this 49 element aerial adventure park features the only self-navigating ziplines in the country...check it out, it's "woo-hoo inspiring!"
Summit the 11,000 foot Lone Peak! One of our favorite activities in Big Sky, Montana, the Lone Peak Expedition takes you to the top of Lone Peak via Safari trucks and a Tram ride to the summit. These trips depart daily but book up fast, so plan ahead if you are thinking about this. Call us today for details, Yellowstone Epic Pass members save 10%... 800.914.9031
While the days in Montana are packed with activities, from whitewater rafting on the Gallatin, ziplining in West Yellowstone, or riding the tram up to Lone Peak, the evenings are also ready for you and your family’s arrival.
The Big Sky Farmer’s Market starts today June 24th and goes every Wednesday until September 30th from 5-8pm. The farmers market features 105 vendors from the area, and you and your family can browse through art, food, wine, clothing, furniture and photography. There is always music, so if you so desire so toe tapping, it is readily available.
Music in the Mountains is every Thursday night Until August 27th from 6-10pm and features a plethora of of musical styles and acts.
Incendio: July 9th
The Suffers: July 16th
The Whiskey Gentry: July 23rd
Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans: August 6th
Royal Southern Brotherhood: August 13th
The Brothers Comatose: August 20th
Euforquestra: August 27th
The Big Sky Art’s Council has an additional bevy of musical delights, kicking the summer off with a live streaming of the Grateful Dead Farewell concert on July 5th. Sponsored by Haas Builders, this park take over is a fantastic ending to already the best weekend of the year. The BSAC also has their classical musical series, for those of you who crave melodic traditions.
Of course on the 4th of the July the Town Center Park will be kicking for our annual concert in the park to celebrate our nation's birthday! The park opens at 6 p.m., and there will be kids activities, food and beverage vendors and live music from the Tiny Band starting at 7 p.m. To top it all off, stick around for the region's best fireworks show at 10:15! Best of all, the entire night is FREE! Because America is about Freedom.
Shakespeare in the Parks arrives on August 2nd at 5pm, if thee desirest some literary stimulation. In contrast, Brewfest is on July 11th from 3:00 to 9:00pm.
Regardless of your tastes, Big Sky evenings give you the freedom to Montana with aplomb.
When dining in Montana, Cowboy cuisine is a must try. The 320 Ranch offers a unique dining experience, tucked away in the mountains—perfect for a romantic evening or a family memory.
The 320 Steakhouse and Saloon offers Montana cowboy cuisine featuring steaks and wild game along with a thoughtfully-selected wine list. You can meet up in historic saloon for a local brew or a cocktail while you play a game of pool or you can sit on our creek side deck and enjoy the final bit of sunshine for the day.
The ranch also offers a Pig Roast every Monday night starting in June 8th, during the summer months on the deck from 5-8pm. It’s open to the public and it’s on a first-come, first serve basis. For $15/person you get tons of fun and tons of food: slow-roasted pulled pork sandwiches with a choice of two mouth-watering sides, beer on tap from a Montana Brewery and toe-tapping music by one of our local musicians. It’s all happening on the outdoor deck, right next to the restaurant overlooking the mountain vistas and the Buffalo Horn Creek.
BBQ and Wagon Rides:
There’s nothing better than a summer dinner by the river, the smell of sizzling steaks wafting through the air—no wonder this is one of our most popular events! Starting June 10th, every Wednesday evening during the summer the ranch invites you to take a 2-hour horseback or wagon ride to dinner. On the menu is your choice of N.Y. strip steak or barbecued chicken, prepared on an open grill along the banks of the Gallatin River.
The Gallatin Riverhouse Grill is a full service BBQ, grill, and saloon, operating seven days a week, 3:00 pm to close, through the Summer and Winter seasons. It is family friendly, affordable, and easily accessible to Big Sky visitors, locals, and tourists traveling highway 191 to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
The BBQ/grill features in-house smoked meat products, including: pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, pork, chicken, turkey and salmon. Additional grill food will include beef and turkey burgers, Monster Beef sandwich, flank steak sandwich, appetizers and salads. In addition, the menu has alternative meals for specialized diets, children and the vegetarian minded. Saloon and Restaurant guests have the opportunity to sample the full menu, while enjoying a wide variety of tap and bottled beers, spirits, specialty drinks, and wines.
The goal at “The Riverhouse” is to serve delicious food and drink and provide an exceptional and unforgettable experience, all at a reasonable price.
Continental offerings include roast duck, Asian calamari, French onion soup, fresh fish/seafood, steak and game, as well as nightly features. Well known for excellent service and impeccably prepared food, this is a must visit. With an upscale menu and charming atmosphere, Olive B’s is perfect for an evening out. They carry a noteworthy wine list and hand-crafted cocktails, while also providing a world class view of Lone Peak.
From hearty soups and salads to delicious and thoughtfully prepared pastas and entrees, Andiamo features a whole range of tasty Italian treats. Located on the main level of the Big Sky Resort Mountain Village Center, Andiamo Italian Grille offers a fun and romantic atmosphere with an authentic Italian feel. Come warm yourselves with some appetizers and spirits and enjoy one of the happy hour specials 3:30-5:30 PM or slip into a fun filled evening with some fine Italian cuisine served from 5:30 - 10:00 PM. Reservations are suggested.
Ousel and Spur
Fresh house made sauces, hand tossed crust, and fresh vegetables from Montana farms...these are just a few of the things that make this pizza unique and delicious.
And they are so much more than great pizza. With a wide selection of authentic Italian pasta dishes, creative appetizers, delectable desserts and eye-opening coffees, you are sure to find something to tempt your palate. Choose from a diverse menu of classic and specialty gourmet pizzas with toppings including Montana favorites like elk sausage. Pizzas can be made gluten free, and all dishes have a vegetarian option. A family establishment, children are welcome at Ousel and Spur. The “Bambinos” menu includes cheese or pepperoni pizza, mac & cheese, and spaghetti.
The Ousel Mantra: Eat pizza. Drink wine. Enjoy life!
The Broke Oar
Most often mentioned for the easy going atmosphere and great tacos, the Broke Oar is nestled directly beside Geyser Whitewater. Picnic style dining, with fantastic mountain views accommodate families who need space to roam, and travelers of all ages. Perfect stop for rafters, bikers and hikers.