Paradise Valley Day Hike

Guided Hikes in Gallatin National Forest

Hiking in Paradise Valley, Montana

Get away from the crowds and experience the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem like a local! Paradise Valley hikes in Montana are among the most scenic, without the traffic of Yellowstone. Relax, unwind, and discover this magnificent place with us.

Join us for a half-day or full-day privately guided hike in Custer-Gallatin National Forest, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We’ll find the right trail for your interests, abilities, the time of year, weather, and trail conditions.

In addition to guiding expertise, your guide will bring delicious snacks (on half-day hikes) or lunch (on full-day hikes), bear spray, binoculars, and a few field guides.

Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.

Sample Paradise Valley Hiking Tour Itinerary

Your private Paradise Valley, Montana, hiking adventure accommodates groups of up to 10 for full or half-day treks. Start times are flexible before 9 am for full day hikes and before noon on half day hikes.

Our trip planners will work with you to plan a hike based on your desired level of difficulty, types of terrain you’d like to see, and natural features you’re interested in.

Here’s what you can expect from a day of hiking in Paradise Valley:

Morning

Meet at the Trailhead: Meet your guide at the designated trailhead at the pre-planned time (they’ll provide directions in advance). After gear checks and safety briefings, embark on your trail adventure. Your guide will discuss what to do if we encounter a bear or other large wildlife along the trail.

Hike With Perspective: As you hike at a comfortable pace, your guide will highlight the mountains, wildlife, and plant life that make Paradise Valley, Montana, one-of-a-kind.

Midday

Picnic Lunch (Full day trip): Refuel with a fresh, satisfying lunch (made by us) while taking in the view – a well-earned respite after morning hiking.

Snack Time (Half day trip): Your guide will find a scenic vantage point where you can rest your legs and refuel before the next half of your hike. Snacks are on us!

Afternoon

Make Your Way Back to the Trailhead: Whether exploring a loop or out-and-back trail, your guide will ensure a timely return to the trailhead. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and get the most out of your guide’s biology expertise!

Please note: We adapt our itineraries based on your abilities, interests, and seasonal conditions. When you book, we'll ask questions to help us tailor the perfect hiking experience for you.

$500/half day hike + $30/person

$700/full day hike + $50/person

What's Not Included

Gratuity

Transportation to Trailhead (except by special arrangement)

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment by credit card or by check if mailed in advance.

Have a Question?

Feel free to reach out and we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Choose Your Level of Difficulty

Before hiking in Paradise Valley, Montana, please specify the level of difficulty you prefer using the descriptions below as a guide.

Keep in mind: Paradise Valley is in the Rocky Mountains. Most trails start above 5,000 feet and increase in elevation.

Easy

Gentle and mostly flat terrain, with minimal elevation gain. May include boardwalks or stairs.

Moderate

Trails with sections of rocky terrain and other obstacles with up to 700 feet elevation gain.

Difficult

Uneven rocky terrain and other obstacles with up to 1,000 feet elevation gain.

Strenuous

Steeper, rocky terrain, possibly off trail, with steep inclines and over 1,000 feet in elevation gain.

What’s Included in Your Paradise Valley Day Hike

Our tours cater to hikers of all abilities, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone in the majestic Paradise Valley.

While hiking in Paradise Valley, Montana, with In Our Nature, you'll enjoy:

Personalized Trail Options

With their deep knowledge of the valley, your expert guide will ensure your private hike suits your group's preferences and capabilities. Small groups of up to 10 ensure a tailored, intimate adventure.

Wildlife Safety

Paradise Valley is home to grizzly bears, wolves, moose, bison, elk, and other wildlife. Your guide is trained in wildlife safety protocols and always carries bear spray.

They will teach you bear safety practice and guide you about maintaining a safe distance from wildlife encounters.

Naturalist Expertise

Our local biologist and naturalist guides offer a comprehensive perspective, illuminating the unseen wonders that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Binoculars

Enjoy watching the local wildlife from a safe distance with a personal pair of binoculars. We don’t want you to miss a thing!

Snacks and Picnic Lunches

We’ll provide snacks or a hearty picnic lunch (depending on the length of your hike), thoughtfully prepared to accommodate any dietary needs.

Hiking in Paradise Valley, Montana: What to Bring

Here’s what to bring to make your hiking experience even more comfortable:

Warm Clothing & Layers

Paradise Valley's weather is ever-changing, so pack versatile layers to keep warm. Temperatures fluctuate widely, making wind- and rain-resistant outer layers a wise choice regardless of the forecast.

Water Bottles

Stay hydrated in Paradise Valley's dry climate by bringing a reusable water bottle or hydration pack with 2-3 liters of capacity. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Cameras

From mountain views to wildflower sightings, Paradise Valley offers endless photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera or video recorder to capture these memories.

Sunscreen & Sunglasses

The high elevation in Paradise Valley intensifies UV exposure. Protect yourself with sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), sunglasses, and bring a hat for full sun protection throughout the day.

Comfortable Shoes

Uneven terrain requires sturdy, closed-toe sneakers or hiking boots for stable footing. Early spring or fall conditions may call for waterproof shoes with excellent traction.

Tour Pricing

All hikes are private. Please meet at the trailhead. Please contact us directly for groups larger than 10: info@in-our-nature.com +1-406-579-3838

Half Day Hike
near Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
$500/day
  • + $30 per hiker, after the first
Full Day Hike
near Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
$700/day
  • + $50 per hiker, after the first

Reviews - Paradise Valley Day Hikes

Our guide Hanna was so knowledgeable and passionate. Super friendly and helpful. Got us away from crowds, sought out wild life. We saw so much!!! And communication with the company in advance was so helpful, even with questions unrelated to this tour. Highly recommend!!!
Natalie M.
June 2023
Cara is AMAZING! We had an incredible day! She is incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and responsive. We couldn't have had a better guide! I'd give 10 stars if I could. She really knows her stuff, and it showed. It was an awesome experience!
Carrie T
September 2019
We returned and completed our trip that was canceled last year due to the flood! I cannot say enough about using this guide service! We had Hannah as our guide and did a wildlife tour (incredible!) a geology tour and then did a 1 day full hike in Gallatin National Forest! So knowledgeable, energetic and professional we all had a wonderful time and so did our two teenage daughters! My husband was impressed as we were all with her knowledge of animals, plants, the land and history! This trip would have been 1/10th as good if we hadn’t booked with Cara and Hannah was fantastic! If I could give higher than 5 stars I would!
Alison S
June 2023
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Your Day Hike Questions Answered

What is Paradise Valley, Montana, known for?

Paradise Valley, Montana, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and proximity to Yellowstone National Park. It offers scenic drives, outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing, as well as a tranquil, low-key vibe.

What mountains are in Paradise Valley, Montana?

The stunning Paradise Valley is flanked by the Absaroka Range to the east and the Gallatin Range to the west. Notable peaks include Emigrant Peak, Mount Cowen, and Livingston Peak, providing a scenic backdrop to the valley.

What wildlife are usually seen on this hiking tour?

Depending on where we hike and the time of year, wildlife sightings can include moose, deer, elk, coyotes, foxes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, badgers, bald eagles, golden eagles and a diversity of other birds.

Are bathrooms available during the hike?

Some trailheads in Paradise Valley have pit toilets available. However, there are no bathrooms on the trails. Be prepared to use the restroom outside using Leave No Trace best practices.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancel more than 30 days before your trip date to get a full refund minus a 10% credit card and processing fee. Cancel 5-29 days before your trip date to get a 50% refund.

We typically do not issue refunds if you cancel within 5 days of your booked tour. However, please contact us if exceptional circumstances keep you from attending as we may be able to make alternative arrangements. arrangements.

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