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“First time rafting with the family”

Flying Pig Adventure Company
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Owner description: Celebrating all things Yellowstone, the Flying Pig Adventure Company makes planning a vacation to Yellowstone easy. One call and you can set up anything from a quick float down the river to a complete vacation that includes lodging and an awesome activity package. Our activities include White water or Scenic Rafting, Horseback Rides, Fly Fishing, Park Tours and even shopping at our Camp Store. Above all else, we are best known for our friendly staff and excellent customer service. We love sharing the adventures of the Yellowstone area with our guests...And it shows! Many years ago, the Flying Pig got its start with whitewater rafting, and that is still the premier event today. Thousands of people have enjoyed our 8 Mile, 18 Mile and Overnight Rafting Trips on the Yellowstone River. We have awesome guides and our own private river access. In addition to whitewater trips, we also offer scenic floats for those who want to sit back, relax and soak in the views. Looking for a true Montana experience at a horse ranch? The Flying Pig offers horseback rides at a beautiful privately-owned alpine ranch just a few miles above town. The fun continues inside Yellowstone Park with Park Tours and Fly Fishing. In fact, we can take you fishing in some of the best trout rivers and streams in North America. We have also expanded to a second store location at 204 Park Street in Gardiner, where we offer a full complement of camping, hiking, fishing and apparel. Looking to experience Yellowstone first hand? Want to try something new? Give us a call and we will work with you to find just the right adventure. We encourage everyone to get out there and challenge themselves by doing something they never thought they'd do....To let their Pigs Fly!
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We had a blast. Our guides were fantastic. Even in the cold weather (40 degrees), they geared us up to keep us warm. We took the 18 mile tour, which stops for lunch at a warm cabin along the river. That was well done as well. I would certainly ride with them again.

Thank ScubaJanet
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Visited Flying Pig for a half day horseback trip in June. Had a fantastic time. You are given directions up to a ranch above the city. The folks at the ranch are very helpful, friendly, and accomadating. We had a half day ride, which was honestly too much for me, but not enough for my wife. If you love horseback riding, perhaps you might want to spring for the full day excursion which includes a meal. We were on a 4 hour ride. It was very cold. Dress in layers even in June. Great views. Saw some wildlife. Nice!

Thank tallgaloot
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I was very happy with the full-day rafting trip I took here. My father and I went in September 2012, and even though the water flow rate was low (less than 1/10th of the normal water volume) we had a great time. The guides were very knowledgeable and filled the trip with extra information and stories to keep things interesting in calm water. They took photos of our rafting group before and while we were in the water, but a CD with the pictures was priced bit excessively at $30.

If you plan to go on the rafting trip 1) Try to plan it when another group is going (we had a full raft of 8 people, which kept the trip exciting)
2) Don't worry about gear! They provide everything you need to wear including shoes, wetsuit, and even a fleece to wear, if needed. All you really need is some sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses (with a strap to keep them on!).

Also, we rented the Cub's Den from Flying Pig while we stayed in Gardiner. The small house was just across the street from the Flying Pig and was very convenient. We were able to walk to most restaurants and pickup the Wifi signal from the coffee shop across the street. The downside was that the TV had almost no useful stations and the bathroom didn't have any soap or shampoo. Just come prepared with those items and you'll be set.

I'll definitely return to the Flying Pig!

2  Thank Allan18G
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Our family of five went on an 8 mile float in July 2012 with Flying Pig. It was our first time whitewater rafting so we didn't really know what to expect. We had a great time and loved it so much that we went rafting again the very next day with Montana Whitewater outfitters located just a few doors down the street. We would highly recommend everyone try whitewater rafting at least once because it is a rush of fun and we felt quite safe the entire time. We never felt that we would fall off the boat and we always felt our guide was very capable and in control. In comparing the two outfitters (Flying Pig vs. Montana Whitewater) I would say:
* The safety briefing at Flying Pig was a bit better simply because they did theirs while we were still at their place. The talk was brief but very clear and we felt prepared for the excursion. The safety briefing at Montana Whitewater was given at the riverside. It was difficult to hear with all the water rushing by. I was glad we had heard the safety briefing the day before and I wondered if people who were only hearing the briefing for the first time now were really gaining any knowledge because it was so hard to hear clearly.
* Both outfitters walked you down the riverbank to gain access to the river. Flying Pig departs from the river at the base of their shop so you walk in a zig zig fashion down the steep river bank. Montana Whitewater loads the rafts and rafters onto buses and drives literally 10 minutes upstream (through the town of Gardiner) and puts in there. They lift the rafts off the trailer and then each raft's occupants are responsible for hauling their raft down to the river bank over very uneven terrain. You could easily sprain an ankle on this walk because there were trenches in the pathway. I guess if you are not capable of making your way down to the river then one could say you probably shouldn't be whitewater rafting in the first place. But just a head's up for what to expect.
* It was surprising how big of a difference it made to go a short distance upstream as we did with Montana Whitewater. We put in just on the other side of town but boy, oh boy, was it awesome! We hit 3 or 4 great spots before we even got to the point where Flying Pig puts in.
* Our guides for both outfitters were good and both seemed comfortable and capable on the water.
Overall, this was a wonderful excursion and highly recommended!

3  Thank Sailaway7815
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife, son and I went on the 18 mile rafting trip on the Yellowstone river. Our guide/pilot was very experienced and capable. The river provided a few adventures and class three rapids, although no one should expect the giant white water experience in August. We say two bald eagles along the river as well as other wild life. The lunch provided was fine and we had a really good time. Recommended.

Thank Lon B
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