July 2020: Mask Mandate

On Wednesday, Governor Steve Bullock issued a new directive, which requires face coverings be worn in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19.

Gov. Bullock says the directive requires businesses, government offices, and other indoor spaces open to the public to ensure that employees, contractors, volunteers, customers, and other members of the public wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose while remaining inside these spaces. The directive also requires face coverings at organized outdoor activities of 50 or more people, where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The governor says the CDC released a study this week, concluding that “mandating the use of face coverings” in a salon in Missouri likely mitigated the spread of COVID-19. According to the state’s coronavirus task force, in the last month the number of active COVID-19 cases in Montana has risen from 55 to more than 1,000.

The directive does not require face coverings in counties with less than four active cases or for children under 5, though face coverings are still strongly encouraged in both cases. The governor says other exceptions include children under 2, while eating or drinking at businesses that sell food or drinks, during activities that make face coverings unsafe (like strenuous physical exercise or swimming), while giving speeches or performances in front of a socially distanced audience, while receiving medical care or for people with a preexisting condition that would make wearing a face covering unsafe.

Gov. Bullock says businesses, other indoor spaces open to the public and sponsors of organized outdoor activities may deny entry, refuse service, or ask any person to leave if they refuse to wear a face covering. If necessary, the governor says they may also rely on peace officers to enforce the state’s trespassing laws if a person refuses to wear a face covering and refuses to leave the premises.

The governor’s directive goes into effect immediately.

Yellowstone Raft Company Fire

Legends Never Die

On July 14, we lost our beloved Yellowstone Raft Company office, but today we remember the wonderful memories that have been made here since 1978. Our YRC family, friends and neighbors are safe, and we appreciate all of the hard work from our first responders. We are devastated to lose such an icon, but YRC will live on!

We are still running our trips and taking bookings during this time. If you book with us, you will now check in at our sister company, @paradiseadventurecompany just around the corner. If you have any questions about your bookings, please reach out on our webchat feature on our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

We are absolutely devastated, but we’re so lucky that everyone is safe. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this difficult time. Our purpose is to provide adventure to all, and we don’t plan on stopping.

During this time, if you need to make a cancellation or need a refund, you must speak with a staff member to cancel, do not leave any messages to cancel. No shows will be charged the full price of the trip. PLEASE give us a call if you are expecting a delay or are not able to go on the day of your scheduled trip. We would be happy to reschedule your trip.

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Yellowstone Raft Company Fire

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!

Book Your Experience Here!