Trip Snap Shot
9 am and 1 pm
Daily May through September
Our Paddle and Saddle trip is our most popular trip, but many of our guests have asked for an option that provides them with the flexibility to either travel or explore new areas after their adventure.
Enter the Paddle and Saddle Express! Enjoy a One Hour Horseback Ride followed by our fun 8 Mile Raft Trip. We offer this trip both morning and afternoon so you will still have time to spend the rest of your day exploring and playing in Yellowstone Park. This trip also allows for younger riders with the minimum age requirement of 5 years old for a one-hour ride!
Here’s how it plays out:
1-hour horseback ride
8-mile raft trip
Minimum Age: 5 Years Old
Adult Price: $82
Child Price: $72
Full Itinerary +
8:00am (for morning session) or 12:00pm (for afternoon session): Check in at the Flying Pig Adventure Center at 511 Scott St. Gardiner, MT at 8:00 am or 12:00 pm, one hour prior to your ride. We will give you a map and driving directions up to the alpine ranch where the fun begins.
8:00am-8:30am / 12:00pm - 12:30pm: Drive approximately 20-30 minutes to our partner guest ranch in the mountains just east of Gardiner, MT in your own vehicle.
Please be advised: The drive to the ranch is up a mountainous, gravel road. For this reason, large RVs, travel trailers, motorcycles and vehicles with a clearance lower than a standard sedan are not recommended. We can provide transportation to the ranch for $15/person but it must be reserved in advance. Most SUVs and sedans do not have problems with this road going the recommended speed of 15-25 mph.
9:00am-10:00am / 1:00pm-2:00pm: The cowboys will greet you upon your arrival and match you up with one of their awesome steeds. After you get saddled up, your ride will travel through the beautiful Gallatin National Forest overlooking Yellowstone National Park, taking you through a series of meadows and forests. The beautiful vistas are unforgettable!
10:00am-10:45am / 2:00pm-2:45pm: Come back to our rafting headquarters and check in with the friendly administrative staff. We have changing rooms on site for you to change from your riding clothes to your rafting gear.
AM Session takes 11:15 am raft, check in for rafting at 10:45 am
PM Session takes 3:15 pm raft, check in for rafting at 2:45 pm
11:15am-1:00pm / 3:15pm-5:00pm (approximate end times): Row, row, row your boat 8 miles down our family-friendly stretch of the Yellowstone River! Appropriate for adults and kids 40 lbs. or heavier, your friendly & professional river guide will help you navigate this 8 mile stretch, while sharing history about the area, and their best jokes! We’ll pick you up at the take-out and bring you back to our headquarters in town where you’ll be able to view the photos taken by our professional photographer, who will have been following you on the river. You then have the option of purchasing single prints or a full CD of approximately 15-20 photos which you can print, share and post as often as you like!
What other’s are saying about
this trip on:
“Paddle and saddle package, perfect for our family (we have 2 teenagers)! The staff were amazing and full of great energy. Horseback riding stables were beautiful and staff was super friendly. River rafting was awesome! The included lunch was at a fantastic local restaurant in town! I would highly recommend this experience!”
“The highlight of our trip was rafting. Hands down THE BEST raft trip we’ve been on. Patrick and Libby took customer service to a whole different level. From the moment we stepped into the shop it was a breeze. We had worries for our boy who is smaller going through some of the bigger rapids. Libby, our guide, eased our minds and talked to us about the rapids.”
WHAT DO WE WEAR HORSEBACK RIDING?
Long pants, closed-toe shoes. Every horse will also have a small saddle bag so you’ll have minimal storage for things like a camera, water bottle and a light jacket. Please know that this trip will go rain or shine, unless the ranch determines that the trail conditions are too dangerous. If it’s raining and the ride is still going, you will need to provide your own rain gear as the ranch does not have any for you to use.
WHAT DO WE WEAR WHITEWATER RAFTING?
Bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts; anything you’re comfortable getting wet. Synthetic or quick-drying clothing is preferred over cotton. For your feet, we recommend a water shoe that secures around the ankle (no flip flops or Crocs). We also have river shoes available for your use, included in the price.