Adventure Vacation Ideas in Montana

An adventure vacation idea for Montana is the Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Opened in 1977, Lone Mountain Ranch is a premier destination for those who want to an outdoor Montana ranch experience.

Nearby Gallatin River and Yellowstone River provide ranch guests with superb whitewater rafting as well as trout fishing. Open year round, the ranch is also known as a top cross-country ski touring center.

Just above the ranch is Lone Mountain with challenging downhill skiing in the Big Sky ski area. The setting here is quite spectacular. The ranch is located among the trees on the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area.

Shadowed over it is the rugged and beautiful Spanish Peaks Mountain Range which is loaded with undisturbed trails. Horseback rides and hikes into the mountains give ample opportunity to view the elk, deer, moose, coyote and other wildlife.

Experience a Montana adventure vacation in the tradition of the Old West at The Lazy E-L Ranch, a real working cattle ranch in Roscoe Montana. This is not a dude ranch or a resort. At the Lazy E-L you will get plenty of opportunities for horseback riding but you can also help with the chores of a ranch operation; horse wrangling, doctoring calves, shipping heifers.

But you can also relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of 12,000 acres of beautiful scenic Montana landscape. Take photos, go bird watching, fishing, hike to the wolf dens or go mountain bike exploring. The adventures are yours to choose. You will have your own horse, tack and wrangler assigned for the week.

Accommodations are comfortable historic cabins. Eat home cooked meals in the central cookhouse along with the ranch family and crew. The Kampfe family has owned the ranch since 1901 and in the late 1980’s they began offering authentic “Old Western” ranching adventures to guests.

> The Continental Divide Trail runs along the top of the Rocky Mountains as it passes through Montana on its way towards Mexico. The trail makes a great adventure backpacking destination. There are numerous places along the trail where you can plan a one-day hike or a trip that takes up to a week or more.

For example, Boulder Pass Trail is a 34 mile section of the trail that runs along Kintla Lake in Glacier National Park. It passes through several campgrounds and makes an excellent week long hiking vacation idea.

The trail passes through the Anaconda - Pintler Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Scapegoat Wilderness and the Centennial Mountains. The Continental Divide Trail is known as the "King of Trails" and provides Montana vacationers with lots of places for camping, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and other outdoor adventure fun.

The Gravelly Range and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest are the perfect cycling adventure vacation idea in Montana. Ennis, Montana is in the middle of it all and Western Spirit Cycling Adventures uses Ennis as the great jumping off point for its Yellowstone & The Gravelly Range Family Trip.

Western Spirit runs hundreds of cycling trips across the country and they can arrange your trip so that you can fully enjoy the wonders of the wild Montana landscape. Your adventure will take you riding through wildflower covered alpine meadows, along the banks of the trout filled Madison River, climbing and descending forested mountains and enjoying the geysers, hot springs, scenery and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone Park.

Whitewater Rafting Gallatin River, Montana
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Wilderness Inquiry and Rafting Adventures are two operators that offer canoeing, hiking and camping adventure trips on Montana’s Missouri River. The route runs along the Lewis & Clark Trail. Experience Montana’s "Big Sky" country through the eyes of the original explorers.

You can camp at the famous Lewis & Clark site, Slaughter River Camp and read from Lewis and Clark's log. Hike among the sage brush and cottonwood trees and look for the abundant wild life like bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk and bald and golden eagles.

Paddle 17-foot Old Town Tripper canoes past Eye of the Needle, Citadel Rock and Hole in the Wall to the river crossing at National Historic Landmark, Judith Landing. This area is a great outdoor vacation spot. Camping, boating, river fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, rafting and bird watching are all popular activities.

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