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$1975/person for 6 days and 5 nights for an all-inclusive wildlife vacation - this is not for just a place to stay the night. Although you can add or subtract the number of days, we do not rent out the cabins for one night stays. The above rate includes all transportation, food and lodging on the Reserve, all Reserve activities, and use of our equipment (including binoculars, telescopes, backpacks, etc). For those interested, it also includes a guided trip to Yellowstone National Park including transportation, entrance fees and equipment. Lodging and meals in the Park are not included, although we will make all necessary reservations for you.
Join us and spend time learning, and doing, the kinds of things that wildlife biologists do! This vacation can be guaranteed entirely private if there are 3 or more in your group and is ideal for families with children or a group of friends. We also have some scheduled "weeks" for singles, couples, or small groups who are willing to share their vacation with like-minded individuals - contact us for prices for singles and couples.
Once we arrive at the ranch, you'll have time to unpack and settle into your homey log cabin after our rather bumpy and dusty ride. The main floor has one king size or 2 twin beds and a private bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The half loft upstairs also has 1 or 2 beds depending on your needs. We provide an "old west" feel combined with the luxuriousness of 400+ count fine bed linens, cozy comforters, propane "fireplace", and buffalo robes.
Arrival Day: Pick folks up from the Bozeman airport or hotel and head up to Wild Echo Bison Reserve. To begin your journey into the world of the bison, we will stop for a picnic lunch at Madison Buffalo Jump State Park before heading on to Wild Echo Bison Reserve.
Monday through Wednesday: We will spend our days participating in wildlife and bison projects. These studies are varied and dependent on the time of year, but we do at least one different project daily, so you will be exposed to a variety of wildlife projects
Thursday and Friday: After our 3 days of living with the bison and wildlife, we will take you on our Yellowstone National Park Overnight Tour.
I'm only one person - can I still do come for a Wildlife Immersion Vacation?
If you are a single person, or your group is smaller than 3 people, please contact us for our scheduled Immersion Weeks. We still keep our groups small, but you will have the opportunity to get to know new like-minded people from anywhere in the world.
Where do we get our food?
Food is provided while on the Reserve (see Natural and Organic Montana meals and snacks). All guests will be expected to assist with cooking and kitchen clean up. Meals in Yellowstone Park are not included.
What do we do?
The answer to that is as varied as the groups that visit us. The first evening, we will go over some of the wildlife studies that we are involved with, and you and your group decide what most appeals to you. We have
What if I don't know anything about wildlife or plants?
That's what we're here for! We'll will teach you how to identify various plants, birds and mammals, as well as how to use the equipment that biologists typically use to census the wildlife that we work with. All we ask is that you come with a love of wild things, and a desire to learn more about them. We'll teach you the techniques.
What can we do in the evenings Each evening we will offer at least one Bison Quest activity mentioned in the Bison and Wildlife Adventure Vacation for those who wish to participate. Activities may include telescope stargazing, 4x4 evening wildlife safaris, bison interaction experience, sweat lodge, etc. (Except for the trip to YNP, all activities offered will be on the Reserve.)
When and where do you pick us up at the beginning of our week From either the Bozeman airport or hotel. All guests should make reservations with a hotel in Bozeman for their return on Friday evening. We will drop you off there around 6pm upon our return from the Park.
Where do we stay in Yellowstone National Park?
During the scheduled weeks, we are able to make reservations far in advance so you will usually be staying at cabins inside the Park. If they are not available for some reason, then we will stay in accommodations near the Park boundary. All accommodations are planned for double occupancy and will be added to the price of your vacation. Single accommodations may be available upon request.
We think that our "Wildlife Immersion weeks" are lots of fun, but it does involve physically working with wildlife. If you want to be waited on, sit around and sunbathe, or have a resort experience, then our Wildlife Immersion Weeks aren't for you and you might find the Bison Quest Private Adventure Package more to your liking. Our Wildlife Immersion weeks are for the adventurous, the curious, the thinkers ... for those who want to make a difference in the wild world around us.
Because your cabin is in a fenced camp surrounded by the bison herd, we will be with you during your stay. As your hosts, we will be your guides and staff to take care of you during your stay.
There is no public transportation. We will pick our guests up in Bozeman (2 hours away) and bring you to the ranch.
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We are wildlife biologists with FaunaWest Wildlife Consultants - our own company that allows us to make our living doing what we love most - watching, surveying, and being surrounded by wildlife in wild country! We live on a remote bison ranch in Montana's Big Belt Mountains and also make our living by providing private vacations for those interested in learning about, and living with, wildlife and (URL HIDDEN) our spare time, we absolutely love traveling. Our goal is to meet as many new friends, and see as much of the world as we can in whatever time allotted to us.