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New West Experience - Birding in Montana

New West Experience

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Winter is one of the best times of the year to explore Yellowstone National Park- especially as a wildlife photographer/ enthusiast. Crowd numbers are very low and most of the wildlife is seeking shelter in the lower elevation valleys. This is a prime time of year to witness bison breaking through snow drifts, wolves feeding on carcasses, or the iconic coyote or fox pouncing on a mouse under the snow. Only the northeastern corner of the Park is open to road traffic in the winter. This road to Cooke City traverses the Lamar Valley, one of the prime spotting area for wolves and wildlife in the Park. The Southeast Geyser Basin area is only open to over-snow travel- snowmobile (guided only), snowcoach, or by your own two feet. The geothermal colors against a white backdrop are truly a sight to behold. 

Recommended 6-day, 7-night itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Bozeman, a representative from NWE will meet you at the airport and escort you to the office in your rental Subaru Outback. At the office, we will go over map details, off-the-beaten path photo opportunities, and last minute changes to itinerary due to weather conditions. Overnight at Chico Hot Springs, just outside of Yellowstone National Park in the Paradise Valley. 

Day 2 - 3. Explore the Lamar Valley and surrounding areas, overnighting at Chico or in Gardiner.

Day 4. After a morning of shooting, head back towards Bozeman and then down to West Yellowstone. This is a very beautiful drive along the Gallatin River Canyon and offers photo opportunities for scenic, elk, big horn sheep, and moose. Overnight in West Yellowstone.

Day 5. Snowcoach into the Yellowstone Geyser Basin. Overnight West Yellowstone.

Day 6. Return to Bozeman via Quake Lake, Henrys Lake, Ennis, and the Madison Valley. Stop for a soak in Norris Hot Springs, overnight in Bozeman.

Day 7. Depart.

Package price $550 includes rental vehicle and concierge services. Accommodations range from $500 - $900 based on double occupancy. West Yellowstone guided snowcoach tours, from $100 per person. Total price vehicle, tour, and accommodation from $625 per person.

 

Without  doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth (and we have looked everywhere!)

Unspoiled natural scenery, unique small towns and individuals, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and abundant wildlife is what Montana is about. At New West Experience, our goal is to share our spectacular surroundings and our love for this state and area.

Bozeman, Montana is your starting point with New West Experience. Offering the best airport in the state (BZN), and only a short jaunt from Yellowstone National Park, your options for outdoor exploration and adventures are seemingly limitless from here. New West  Experience excels in do-it-yourself exploration; whether your goals are fly-fishing, scenic driving, or simply relaxing in beautiful surroundings we are able to assist you in the perfect Montana vacation.

We are passionate about everything outdoors ourselves, and with our own personal experiences we are able to assist the visitor in having a trip of a lifetime.

At New West Experience we understand the difficulty of arranging small group trips. From getting the group to decide where to stay, when to travel, and the worst- collecting money from people, we are here to make it as painless as possible. New West is able to do everything from arranging your accommodations, planning your itineraries, arranging guided trips, providing rentals cars and gear, to collecting payments from everyone,  to even making sure the fridge is stocked upon your arrival. 

Let us deal with the hassle so that you can enjoy your time together as friends in the mountains, on the snow, or on the water; whatever your desires may be. Boy's trips, girl's trips, family trips- we have got you covered.

Because your vacation time is valuable.

New West Experience exists to ensure that your Montana, Yellowstone, and Northern Rockies vacation is efficient, effective, and maintains value. We understand that time is often more important than money, and therefore are able to assist in every aspect of your experience from the moment you step off of the airplane until you depart. From our independently owned rental car agency, to our recommended overnight accommodations, to our trusted partners New West will eliminate the risk allowing you the ultimate Montana and Yellowstone Experience.

New West Experience

Rental cars with superior service for Big Sky, Yellowstone, and Bozeman BZN

New West Experience is partnered with Phasmid Rentals, a superior off-airport rental car agency providing four wheel drive rental vehicles ideally suited for Montana adventures. New West is able to book Phasmid cars directly, and is able to incorporate discounted rates into all of our packages. Phasmid provides rental cars for Bozeman Gallatin Field airport, BZN.

Through New West and Phasmid we are able to offer two types of vehicles in two different classes. Chevrolet Suburbans (Big) and Subaru Outbacks (not-so-big). New ones, or slightly used ones. All of Phasmid's rental vehicles are impeccably maintained, immaculate, and contain Montana emergency kits (first aid kits, breakdown kits, tools, etc.)- all of the things that you likely carry in your own vehicle that no other rental company provides.

Prices vary depending on availability and time of year, but generally speaking Phasmid is less expensive than the Big Box companies at the airport- and always provides superior service.

+  Subaru Outback "Roadwarriors" (pre-loved ones) around $50/ day

+  2010-12 Subaru Outbacks around $75/ day

+  Older style Chevrolet Suburbans (2003-2007) around $85/ day

+  Newer Chevrolet Suburbans (2009-12) around $120/ day

Some of the benefits that we have found with Phasmid Rentals:

+  No nickle-and-dime treatment. They do not sell you anything you do not need, and treat customers like people and not numbers

+  Guests never have to wait in line. Phasmid picks up all guests at the baggage claim at BZN, and shuttles them back to office (1.5 miles away) in their rental car

+  Unlimited mileage, no-charge for additional drivers, and 24-hour roadside assistance always included

Visit the Phasmid Rentals website, or call New West to arrange a far superior rental car experience.

Go with the right professionals.

Guided activities and guides are abundant in Montana and Yellowstone. Most are good, few are exceptional. Reduce your risk of getting a bum and wasting your money, and let New West Experience utilize our extensive network of trusted professionals. We understand that a guided trip isn't just about catching fish, going on a horseback ride, or rafting down a river. To us, is about the total Experience. Enjoying stunning natural surroundings enhanced by the services of a true professional. A professional who understands the ecology and history of the area. A professional who is intelligent and a pleasure to be around. A professional who will likely become a long-lasting friend and will create an unforgettable day.

Let New West take the burden and risk out of booking your guided adventures.

Beat the tourist rush, and visit Montana in one of the most spectacular times of year.

New West, paired with Phasmid Rentals, is offering an early season special for a car camping/ DIY Montana one week tour capitalizing on off-season rates. Although June often has a bit more rain then July, the wildflowers and rapidity of growth more than make up for it. Combined with approximately 70% less other tourists than in July/ August, this can make for a very special time of year. New West will prepare an itinerary of our 'special spots' (not to be revealed to the public here!) where you will enjoy solitude and scenery second to none.

Package includes:

+  Full itinerary planning, and accommodation booking services.

+  Two-nights hotel/ motel/ or B&B accommodation depending on itinerary (2 rooms based on double occupancy)

+  Full-car camping package for 4 (sleeping bags, pads, tents, stoves, cooking equipment, cooking kit, cooler, bear spray, etc)

+  Suburban rental for 7-days, including airport pick-up/ drop-off from BZN, unlimited mileage, no charge for additional drivers

+  All taxes and fees

+  Does not include: food, fuel, beverages, gratuities, fishing license (if desired), park fees, camping fees (if applicable)

Tours to be designed to guest's desires and seasonal conditions. Tour themes include; wildlife, Yellowstone, geology, fly-fishing, wild flowers, scenic driving, small town exploration, Lewis and Clark trail- or all of the above.

Total for 4 guests, $1,400

For 2-3 guests in a Subaru Outback, deduct $400.

For 5-6 guests, add $400

New West Experience is proud to offer our exclusive Glamorous-Camping "Glamping" packages. Through our experience at providing similar opportunities around the world and our passion for living well out-of-doors, we are able to provide a completely unique experience in Montana.

Imagine a five-course meal under the Montana sky prepared by your own private chef, with 'tent' accommodations as comfortable as any fine hotel. All of our Glamping excursions are bespoke to each guest's wishes. We do not have fixed locations, each night of Glamping is set up and catered specifically for each guest. We host our nights on both private ranches and on public lands- regardless, we guarantee an evening that will not be forgotten in a location second to none. 

Prices are dependent upon location and desires of our guests, but generally range from $450 per person, per night. This is a perfect opportunity for those seeking something completely different, and very special.

Montana and Yellowstone National park are perfect locations for the serious birder. Just outside of Bozeman, experience one of the largest raptor migrations in the world. Witness droves of migratory waterfowl in the fall, or a bald eagle scooping a cutthroat trout out of a recently thawed lake in the spring. New West is here to help point you in the right direction.

There are numerous excellent resources for providing formalized birding tours in the area ranging from Montana Audubon to small, private companies/ individuals. Although we are happy to recommend and organize formalized trips, we also encourage our guests to simply get outside with their binos and enjoy. Montana boasts incredible concentrations of raptors and migratories- all set with a backdrop second to none.

 

Because your time is valuable. 

New West Experience understands your time in Montana should be spent enjoying Montana- and not doing the dirty work. Our Concierge Services are able to assist in a variety of different ways to ensure your vacation time is spent on the mountain or in the rivers versus at the store or doing dishes. We utilize our extensive network trusted service providers, and will always stand behind the quality of services provided by our professionals. If you are unhappy with provided services New West will resolve the problem to your satisfaction.

Examples of concierge services:

+  Advance wine and liquor purchasing. We work with the premier store in Montana and are able to arrange your order to either be waiting in your rental car on arrival, at your accommodations, or for store pick-up.

+  Advance food purchasing. Show up to a full fridge, or have the groceries packed in your rental car.

+  On-site personal chef.

+  On-site massage.

+  House cleaning/ laundry services.

+  Errands and delivery.

+  Just about any task you can think of- we are here to help.

Fees for our services vary per task, please inquire for specific pricing.

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