Experience whitewater adventures on the nearby Gallatin and Madison Rivers, with half- and full-day trips through wild rapids or scenic flat-water excursions for a mellower ride. Also, try the Zip & Dip tours on the Gallatin River, with a zipline adventure followed by a raft trip.
For more information, see: http://www.montanawhitewater.com/
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Located just under two hours from Grey Cliffs Ranch are the West, or North Entrances to Yellowstone National Park. The nation’s first national park is filled with geologic wonders, such as the world famous Old Faithful geyser, along with abundant hiking opportunities and driving tours to scenic overlooks and Park highlights. A haven for wildlife, it’s not uncommon to see anything from bears and bison to elk and wolves.
For more information about planning your Yellowstone National Park excursion, see:http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
Visit nearby Virginia City and Nevada City and travel back in time to the old mining towns of the Wild West. Walk Virginia City’s Main Street, once the capital of the Montana Territory, and duck into shops and restaurants along the way. Check out the living history reenactments in the ghost town of Nevada City during the summer months to see people in historic period dress, demonstrating historic skills, and sharing old world techniques.
For more information, see: http://www.virginiacity.com
Located right near Grey Cliffs Ranch is the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and Missouri Headwaters State Park, both day-use areas with spectacular views, picnic spots, locations with interpretive history of the area, and hiking opportunities.
Missouri Headwaters State Park is where the Missouri River starts at the confluence of the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers. Here you can visit the spot where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805.
For more information, see: http://stateparks.mt.gov/parks/visit/madisonBuffaloJump/
LEWIS & CLARK CAVERNS
Not far from Grey Cliffs Ranch is Montana’s first and most popular state park, where you can explore the depths of these limestone caverns on a 2-mile/2-hour guided tour. Here you will plunge into an unforgettable underground world, checking out unique rock formations and learning the history of the Cavern’s geologic development.
For more information, see: http://stateparks.mt.gov/parks/visit/lewisAndClarkCaverns/
Grey Cliffs Ranch, at an elevation of 4,500 feet, receives less snow than other high-elevation Montana landscapes, but when the snow does hit the ranch, guests can explore miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe terrain. And guests can also travel one to two hours away for some other snowy adventures including:
DOWNHILL SKIING: Choose from world-class ski areas, Big Sky Resort, or Bridger Bowl, all within one to one and a half hours from the Ranch.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Big Sky, West Yellowstone, and Bozeman have private, groomed Nordic ski areas, including Bozeman area’s Bohart Ranch and West Yellowstone’s Rendezvous ski trails.
SNOWMOBILING: Rev the engines and cruise through the snowy mountain landscape on guided snowmobile tours in Yellowstone National Park and on trails in other nearby areas.
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YELLOWSTONE SNOWCOACH TOURS: Experience the magical scenery of Yellowstone National Park in winter with a tour in the comfort and warmth of a snowcoach.
With a wide variety of shopping, art galleries, and eateries, historic downtown Bozeman holds onto a Western charm with a sophisticated touch. Find anything from cowboy antiques, sporting goods, and quality clothing, to Western artwork, Montana souvenirs, and handcrafted jewelry. Also enjoy one of the many restaurants with options for fine dining and casual fare.
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Located just 35 miles from Bozeman, Montana, south of the small town of Three Forks, there are a variety of events throughout the summer and winter seasons, ranging from small town parades, rodeos, and food festivals, to arts and craft fairs, farmers markets and live music.