Our family spent a week in Gardiner this summer (August) and decided to go with Flying Pig for our activities after making several calls and researching reviews. Boy were we happy with our choice! Every person we came into contact with was energetic, friendly and truly seemed to love what they were doing. We got a lot of inside information on places to see in the park that were off the beaten path and allowed us to see some wildlife. It was great.
The whitewater rafting was one of our favorite things we did all week. I should say that the water was a bit low since it was later in the summer, but it didn't stop us from having an awesome time! We went on the 18 mile trip that included lunch and a beautiful run through Yankee Jim Canyon. We saw osprey, ducks, geese, antelope and even a buffalo. Our guide, Kate, was awesome too - very friendly, but also very conscientious about making sure we were all safe and sound and having a good time. My 7 year old was in heaven and my 15 year old thinks he wants to come back in a few years and work as a raft guide for the Flying Pig! Next time we want to go on the Overnight Camping Raft trip that they offer.
I have seen some reviews about the horseback riding that say they thought it would be something different, but I don't know what they're talking about! We did a 2 hour ride and a Cowboy Cookout and thought the ranch and the wranglers rocked. The setting is unreal and is very Montana. You can see for miles as you look down the mountain into yellowstone park. The trail we went on was a combination of open meadows and forest. The dinner could have been a little cooler if they would cook the steaks in front of you, but we had a great time eating and soaking in the views. Fun songs by the cowboys around the fire too! WAY better than the ride you get in Yellowstone park.
We are recommending the Flying Pig to our friends!
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