The East River Road is a pleasant road ride for cyclists who don’t mind a few potholes. Mountain bikers will want to turn off the main road and head up into the hills.
The upper stretches of the Yellowstone River, particularly through Yankee Jim Canyon, have some challenging white water. After the river leaves the canyon and enters the Paradise Valley, it calms down enough for novice floaters to navigate it without much difficulty.
Gardiner’s Yellowstone Raft Company (406/848-7777 or 800/858-7781, www.yellowstoneraft.com) runs raft trips on the Yellowstone. Half-day trips are $31 for adults, $21 for children; full-day trips are $72 for adults, $52 for children.
During the winter, sign on with Absaroka Dogsled Trek (406/222-4645, $125 for 2 hours) based at Chico Hot Springs. Trips range from a two-hour introduction to a full-day trek ($340).
Horseback rides start from Chico Hot Springs’s horse barn (406/333-4933, $30 for 1 hour) throughout the day and are suited to riders of all abilities.
Another local outfitter, Rockin’ HK (406/333-4505, www.rockinhk.com, day-long ride $200) leads day-long trips into Yellowstone’s backcountry; they also combine horse packing trips with fishing.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition