Cowboy Heaven Consulting, LLC
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Bozeman, MT 59715


Wildlife Viewing
Winter Specials
Resorts & Retreats

Spring & Summer Soirees

Current vacation packages

Guided hikes and backpacking Some very interestingShed elk antlers; a great excuse for spring hiking day hikes can be incorporated into the wildlife viewing tours as well as the Lewis & Clark Trail explorations. Those are highly customizeable, and easily tailored from relatively casual strolls to getting out and covering some country, depending on your desires and abilities. Then we step (ahem... no puns) up to guided backpack trips. From overnighters to epic treks, our licensed guides will lead you through some of the most incredible country on the planet. The Glacier Park trips described subsequently are great, and new this year are explorations in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Custom trips can be arranged in places like the Crazies, Tobacco Roots, Spanish Peaks, and a multitude of other mountainous wild lands.
Speaking of which, those Bob Marshall Wilderness trips (hardest first) are;

  • an epic 100 miler, July 2-13/04, from the northeast corner of the wilderness complex to its southwest flank. Cross and recross the Continental Divide and camp along the Chinese Wall, with peaks, meadows,forests, rivers, wildflowers, and wildlife. The itinerary will consist of 10 backpack days (10 to 12 miles per day) and two non-pack days for exploration and relaxation.
    Rating: Strenuous
    Cost: $1295. This includes all food and community gear for the trip, transportation to and from Great Falls and the trailhead, trip and gear information, guiding, and videotape of the trip. Rental gear is available for $50.
  • July 18-24/04, a perhaps more manageable 30-mile trip in the wild upper reaches of the Birch Creek basin, traversing the Continental Divide, with soaring peaks, roaring creeks, and spellbinding chasms.
    Trip rating: moderate
    The itinerary will consist of 5 pack days (averaging up to 7 miles/day) with two non-pack days for day hiking or relaxing.
    Cost: $795, with the same terms as above.

Glacier Park has stunning, world-class scenery, and while you can see An incredible landscape, looking west over Glacier Park from the summit of Chief Mountainsome of it from your vehicle, the best way to experience it is on the Park's 700+ miles of trail. This operation is the exclusive backpacking guide service in the Park, and provide ecologically sensitive backcountry guiding and interpretation. They offer trips for all ability levels; from day hikes, three, four, six, and ten-day backpack trips, and custom itineraries. Groups are limited to seven guest, plus guide. You'll hike approximately six to eight miles per day, gaining from a few hundred to several thousand vertical feet. Packs weigh from 35-40 poiunds, on average, with guests carrying their personal camping gear, clothing, accessories, and some food. If you wish to reduce the amount carried, or have small children along, a "Sherpa" service is available (basically, an extra guide to carry up to 50 pounds of gear). Longer trips will generally cross a major pass, with shorter trips often establishing a base camp with subsequent day hikes Guided backpacking in Glacier Parkinto the high country. Unlike Yellowstone, Glacier's wildlife doesn't tend to be very visible from the roads, but on these backcountry trips you'll likely see mountain goats and bighorn sheep, occasionally elk and moose, and possibly even a distant grizzly bear. And if the grizzly isn't distant, you'll be glad you're with a group! A few trip examples are;

  • A Week in the Wilderness. Six-day trip including Brown-Boulder, Stoney Indian, and Cutbank passes. 30-40 miles.
  • Exploring Glacier's Backcountry. Four days, through the Two Medicine, Cutbank, and Waterton/Bowman valleys. 20-25 miles.
  • A Taste of Glacier. Three days touring the Cutbank, Two Medicine, and Belly River country. 15-20 miles.
  • Continental Divide. For seasoned hikers, a ten-day trip along the high country of the Continental Divide. 50-70 miles.

Costs for these trips run about $105/day. Day hikes are $55/person, with a five person or $275 minimum.

Another unique possibility is a three-day trip to historic Granite Park Granite Park Chalet Chalet. Located deep in Glacier's backcountry, this rustic shelter will be a welcome destination after your days spent hiking in the area. Glacier's famous Highline trail provides incredible views of the area. Three days of hiking, and two nights at the Chalet cost $465. On this one, all ou need to carry is your personal clothing. Space is very limited at this popular destination, so book early on this one...



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