Imagine flowing down the Yellowstone river, digging your paddle deep into the water and feeling the tug of the water on your immersed foot as it swirls past. The bucking motion of the raft as it leaps through splashing waves. The fresh river scent filling your lungs as you view awe-inspiring scenery.

Now imagine you're gently swaying in the saddle far above the river. Watching rafts pass far below you, the scent of wildflowers puts a tang in the fresh air of the Absaroka Mountains. The clip-clop of hooves and burbling streams provides a soundtrack for the stunning panoramas around you.

Now imagine both of these amazing experiences happening in one day!


Answer the call of adventure — all day long!

Trip Itinerary:

  • 11:00am : horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains
  • Lunch Break: Break to allow you time for lunch in Gardiner (LUNCH NOT INCLUDED)
  • 3:00pm: 8 mile whitewater trip on the Yellowstone River

Get a leisurely start to your day with the full-day Paddle & Saddle trip, which starts at 11 a.m. to allow for morning sightseeing, coordination of large groups, or long travel time.

Ride into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on horseback following breathtaking trails on the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park.

After lunch, you'll be able to change at the office and hit the river for some wild whitewater thrills.

Available daily May 15-September 15. 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to trip time to fill out paperwork and get geared up.

Saddle and Paddle FAQ's

Dress according to the weather. We can provide cool-weather gear, but we recommend fleece, Under Armour, or a synthetic material – not cotton – for under your rafting gear. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet, especially on a hot day. We provide all whitewater gear including helmets, life jackets, and water shoes (if needed). You may want to bring a change of clothes for afterward and change in our changing rooms. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. the ranch does not provide rain gear.

**All of our adventures take place outdoors; therefore, we cannot guarantee trip length or size of rapids due to water flow. The weather in Southwest Montana is ever-changing and often unpredictable. Please dress accordingly.