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Horseback Riding, Family Photoshoot, and Bozeman Hot Springs

With the end in sight, we packed a lot into our final days exploring Yellowstone Country Montana.

Philadelphia Family Guide to Exploring Yellowstone Country Montana with Kids

This 7-day itinerary we mapped out with Yellowstone Country Montana helped us unplug and explore the region within AND beyond the park, through the diverse landscape for daily adventures and plenty of small town charm. If you’re considering a trip to the region they would be happy to send you a free travel packet by mail.

Download our 7-day itinerary, don’t miss our VIDEO, and explore Yellowstone Country Montana: DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7

Day 6: Philly Family Explores Yellowstone Country Montana

I enjoyed my leftovers from Horn & Cantle for breakfast and we packed up and said farewell to Big Sky. Next time we visit, I think we’ll probably spend at least two nights in Big Sky, we felt like it would have been great to explore this area some more. Maybe we’ll come back for ski season! The man next to me on our flight home was sharing how great the mountains are (and how short the lines are) for the region’s winter sports. Between that and the opportunity to try dog sledding in Yellowstone Country Montana with the kids, I’m in!

Horseback riding with Jakes Horses was a great addition to our adventure. I was not sure how it was going to go for the kids, in particular my son who had convinced himself that horses were dangerous. The staff picked an easy horse for him, and when my daughter had trouble keeping her horse from grazing every few steps, the guide helped her one-on-one. Our ride was about an hour across the meadow, over the hills, through the woods, across a few streams.


This was a great transition to getting some family portraits taken with Erin Kaye Photography, a Bozeman-based photographer and mom of two I found via Instagram! She captured some great moments, and I can’t wait to get some of these printed on canvas to display in our home.

We stopped at Mama Mac’s sandwich shop for lunch and settled in at Bozeman Hot Springs. Bozeman Hot Springs has 12 different thermally heated indoor and outdoor pools with temperatures ranging from 59 to 106 degrees, and they have a full fitness center with both dry and wet saunas as well. The indoor pools are maintained with a flow through system, so no chemicals are needed, and they are drained and cleaned every night. Afterwards, the kids tried black licorice ice cream at the snack bar and LOVED IT!


We checked into the RSVP Motel for our last two nights of the trip. This boutique hotel would be perfect for a girl’s weekend. Check out their Instagram for a showcase of their chic vibe and if you’re into locally sourced food with gluten-free options you’ll be eager to visit the Farmer’s Daughters Cafe & Eatery next door. (I was a big fan of their silky robes!)

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