The Saddle & Paddle Experience
There are countless ways to spend your time in Yellowstone, but when it comes down to it, it can be difficult to fit everything you want to do into your vacation. Luckily, we’ve got a perfect day trip for those of you who want to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting down the famous Yellowstone River, and be able to sit back relax on a horseback ride through the Absaroaka-Beartooth Wilderness… all in one day!
Paradise Adventure Company has two “Ride and Raft” trips available every day. The first is for those who are really on a time crunch. The Express Trip includes a one hour horseback ride, followed by an 8-mile whitewater trip. With Montana’s long summer days, you’ll even have time for a drive or a short hike in the Park! The second trip is the Deluxe Ride & Raft Trip. This includes a two hour horseback ride, followed by an 8-mile whitewater trip. This trip also includes a lunch voucher.
If you choose the Deluxe trip, you’ll need to arrive about an hour before your departure time at Paradise Adventure Company’s office to pick up your lunch voucher, then you will head up to the beautiful forested town of Jardine, Montana. It is about an 8-mile, 30 minute drive up a country road of switchbacks and stunning views to reach Hell’s-A-Roarin’ Ranch. Once you arrive, the friendly cowboys (and cowgirls) will assist you in hopping on a trusty steed. They will adjust your stirrups, teach you how to use the reins, and give you a saddle bag to keep your phone or other belongings in. No backpacks allowed!
Your two hour trail ride will take you through the most stunning 360 degree views of the Gallatin and Absaroka mountain ranges at almost 7,000 feet above sea level! The wranglers will help keep you on the trail and are full of fun information about the area. This is a can’t-miss trip!
“Beautiful doesn’t begin to explain this place. We took the 2 hour tour and loved it. The views are amazing, and saw some great wildlife. The guide and horses were fantastic. Highly recommend!” – Tom K.
After your ride, head back down to Gardiner, grab some lunch and head to Paradise Adventure Co.’s office to meet up with the friendly staff to get suited up with all of the safety gear you will need for your rafting trip! Once geared up and ready to go, your rafting guides will take you for a short drive to the put-in to have a safety talk. You’ll learn everything you need to know to stay safe, and to have the most fun possible.
The guides at Paradise Adventure are full of interesting facts about the Yellowstone, the landscapes, and will be sure to point out any wildlife you may see along the way! They will navigate you in and out the rapids, and describe the ways in which the Yellowstone River changes every single day.
After you reach the take-out, you’ll hop in the van for a quick drive back to Gardiner where you can get changed and be on your way to take on whatever you can before the sun goes down!
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