Sample Itineraries for summer '22

Summer of 2022 has it's own unique challenges. The devastating flood on June 13 destroyed the Gardner Canyon road between Gardiner and Mammoth, which is what connects Jardine Retreat to Yellowstone National Park. Road crews are working very hard to restore the old Stage Coach road between Gardiner and Mammoth. The plan is to have a paved two lane road this fall. But what does that mean for the summer of 2022? Things are different for us than from other summers, but there is still so much to do in this area. So, we've created this '22 Itineraries page to help you navigate the changes and see what is possible. These are just sample itineraries. Please contact Zondra directly if you want help setting up your custom itinerary. Check out the Music page of this site for a list of upcoming shows, so that you can plan your trip around them. 

BUCKET LIST ITEM:

Whitewater Rafting

Three days, two nights - Option 1 

 

Day One:

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Paradise Valley and take a 2.5 mile round trip hike to Pine Creek Falls

  • Enjoy dinner and a drink at the Rusty Rail Lounge in Gardiner

Day Two:

  • Grab breakfast and coffee from the Cinnabear Bakery in Gardiner.

  • Go for a half day raft trip and witness first hand the changes on the Yellowstone River, post flood.

  • Enjoy lunch at Montana Goodz & Grindz, and pick up a take and bake dinner while there.

  • Head back to Jardine for an afternoon horseback ride.

  • Get a massage in the evening.

  • Cook your take and bake dinner at the Cottage and then relax on the comfy couch.

Day Three:

  • Sleep in to the sounds of Bear Creek.

  • Head to Gardiner and get a hearty breakfast at Cowboys.

  • Stop at Chico Hot Springs on your way north and enjoy a nice soak.

BUCKET LIST ITEM:

Get your photo taken by the "Welcome to Yellowstone" Sign

Three days, two nights - Option 2 

 

Day One:

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Paradise Valley and stop by Follow Yer Nose BBQ for lunch.

  • Walk around Gardiner with some of the resident elk and enjoy shopping at some of our small shops.

  • Walk through the historic Roosevelt Arch and get your picture taken at the Yellowstone Park sign.

  • Have a drink at the Blue Goose outdoor patio and enjoy some food from a nearby food truck.

  • Pick up some groceries at the Gardiner Market and then head up the hill to Jardine for the evening.

Day Two:

  • Prepare all your own meals in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage.

  • Spend the day in quiet pristine Jardine, without driving anywhere.

  • In the morning, hike the North Fork of Bear Creek trail.

  • In the afternoon, rent an EBike and explore the local forest service roads above Jardine.

  • Get a relaxing massage.

  • Take an evening stroll along Bear Creek.

Day Three:

  • After a relaxing morning in Jardine, head to Gardiner and get coffee and breakfast at Wonderland.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Paradise Valley, stopping at river accesses along the way to take in the sites.

  • Check out galleries and shops in downtown Livingston.

BUCKET LIST ITEM:

Visit Old Faithful

Four days, three nights 

 

Day One:

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Paradise Valley and take a 5 mile round trip hike to Passage Creek Falls.

  • Pick up groceries and the makings for dinner at the Gardiner Market and cook your dinner in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage.

Day Two:

  • Book a full day park tour with a local tour company, who can get you through the north entrance and guide you through the park. You'll learn more than you thought possible.

  • Enjoy an Bison or Elk Burger at the Corral in Gardiner.

Day Three:

  • Prepare your own breakfast at the Jardine Retreat Cottage. 

  • Pack your lunch and take the 8 mile round trip hike to Knox Lake.

  • Get a relaxing massage in the evening.

 

Day Four:

  • Get coffee and breakfast at Bears Brew in Gardiner

  • Go for a half day raft trip and witness first hand the changes on the Yellowstone River, post flood.

BUCKET LIST ITEM:

See wolves in the wild

Five days, four nights 

 

Day One:

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Paradise Valley.

  • Relax in the soothing waters of Yellowstone Hot Springs.

  • Get dinner at 406-Tex-Mex in Gardiner.

  • Don't forget to grab some groceries from the Gardiner Market before heading to Jardine for the night.

Day Two:

  • Book a half day wildlife watching trip in Yellowstone National Park with one of the local guiding companies and get to go to places in the Park that you can only get to with a guide.

  • Enjoy lunch at one of Gardiner's food trucks.

  • Head up to Jardine for the afternoon, rent an EBike and explore the forest service roads near Jardine.

  • Get a relaxing massage in the evening.

  • Prepare your own dinner in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage.

Day Three:

  • Prepare all your own meals in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage.

  • Spend the day in quiet pristine Jardine, without driving anywhere.

  • Go for a morning horseback ride on the trails around Jardine.

  • After lunch, hike the Pine Creek connector trail for some great views.

  • Prepare your own dinner in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage.

 

Day Four:

  • Go fly fishing on the Yellowstone River in the morning. Guided fly fishing trips are available in Gardiner.

  • Get lunch at the Tumbleweed Bookstore and Cafe. Purchase some locally made crafts at the Tumbleweed, and pick up a new book to read. 

  • Head up to Jardine and go for an afternoon hike along Bear Creek.

  • Prepare your own dinner in the fully stocked kitchen at the Jardine Retreat Cottage and then relax by the fireplace.

  • Get another massage. Maybe just a short chair massage this time? 

Day Five:

  • Sleep in to the sounds of Bear Creek.

  • Have brunch at Wonderland in Gardiner.

  • Enjoy a nice soak at Chico Hot Springs.