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New West Experience - Road Trips and Scenic Drives in Montana

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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.

Fly-fishing in Montana and Yellowstone National Park is certainly on any serious angler's bucket list. Wild trout abound in our seemingly endless waterways, coupled with liberal water access laws, offer the angler unparalleled opportunities. New West Experience is able to assist anglers interested in staying at elite fly fishing specific lodges, booking daily guided trips through our network of experienced professionals, or in the planning of do-it-yourself fly fishing adventures.

New West Experience owner, Will Casella, has spent over 10-years working at elite fly fishing lodges around the world- and has come back to live in Montana for one main reason- the fishing is that good. There are of course the classic rivers; the Madison, Big Hole, Big Horn, Beaverhead, Jefferson, Yellowstone, Missouri, and the Gallatin that produce memorable days. However, more often than not, the best angling days and Montana experience come from the not so famous rivers and lakes- the places nobody is willing to talk about- and that is where New West will get you. 

At New West, we all fish, and we keep a finger on the pulse of what is going on around the state. Although there are likely more wild trout in the state of Montana than pretty much anywhere else in the world, they can still be moody especially on the larger more famous waterways. We have found that the best way to fish Montana is to be flexible and mobile. Rather than staying at a lodge and getting locked into a waterway for your stay, we encourage anglers to move to where the fish are eating.

The main difference when planning a trip with New West versus many of the outfitters or a lodges is that we truly emphasize quality of experience. If a bumper-to-bumper float trip down the Madison drifting indicator rigs is what you want- we are not the company for you. If enjoying spectacular scenery in the company of good friends (or alone), and maybe catching a fish or two is what you seek- then we can help you out.

Millions of acres of public land, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, crystal clear rivers teeming with wild-trout, unspoiled open spaces, towering mountains offering endless exploration opportunity, abundant wildlife, unique small towns, wonderful history, working rural Americana culture, and endless scenically beautiful areas  to explore at your own place- this is Montana and the New West Experience.

Founder Will Casella has worked extensively in the international tourism industry for over 10-years, having gained experience in areas ranging as far as managing destination fly-fishing lodges in Russia, guiding river trips in Mongolia, to owning rental cars and creating self-drive adventures for travelers in New Zealand. In 2009, Will returned to visit the US having been abroad for nearly 10-years, and fell head-over-heels in love with the state of Montana. Having traveled and explored the world extensively, he identified Bozeman as being the best on earth to live and in 2010 he finally unpacked his bags and began call Bozeman home.

Summer of 2010 saw the first step in New West Experience, and that was the launch of Phasmid Rentals, an independent car rental agency specializing in the planning and execution of Montana fly-fishing self-drive tours. Phasmid started as a small pet-project to his other businesses catering to international fly-fishing tourism and soon grew into a rapidly growing business assisting visitors to the Big Sky, Bozeman, and Yellowstone areas. 

Autumn of 2011 saw the first expansion of services with the addition of the Silver Forest Inn, a historically listed bed and breakfast located at the base of Bridger Bowl Ski area. The Inn was identified as being an ideal location to provide a true Montana experience for visitors offering an unparalleled location, unique building, and fantastic setting.

In the spring of 2012, New West Experience was born with the goal of sharing the fantastic natural surroundings and unique locally owned businesses in Montana with visitors of the Bozeman, Big Sky, and Yellowstone area. Through the operation of Phasmid Rentals, Will noticed a common trend of visitors not having knowledge of the best places to stay, dine, and explore and decided as a personal mission to assist future guests in getting the most out of their Montana Experience. Montana and the Yellowstone areas are filled with endless opportunities to explore, and the best can only be experienced with the support of local assistance.

NWE strives to provide and share experiences that are memorable, unique, and truly Montana. From the moment our guests step off of the airplane to the time they depart, they have the support of New West. All of our Montana/ Yellowstone fly-drive adventures are catered specifically to each guest's desires and budget. We do not offer group tours, we offer individual experiences; whether it is staying at multiple fly-fishing lodges during a one week stay, or exploring the small towns and camping in National Parks over a month. We are passionate about exploring Montana and Yellowstone ourselves, and share all of our best experiences with our guests.

If you are exploring the options of coming to Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park we encourage you to give us a call. We promise to reduce your travel planning hassle and provide more Experience than any other travel agency around- whatever your level of adventure is you may desire.

Montana and Yellowstone packages from New West Experience

New West Experience is the resource for planning Montana and Yellowstone National Park fly-drive holidays. Our partners; ranging from rental car agencies to unique locally owned accommodations, enable our guests to make the most of their Montana Experience. Although we recommend customizing packages for seasonal conditions and each guest's desires and budget, here is a sample of some of our recommended Montana and Yellowstone packages- each offering value, local knowledge, and an emphasis on Experience.

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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.

 

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

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.

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Experience the best of Montana and the birth of a season. 

Spring in Montana symbolized the birth of the next generation. The transition from a dull winter brown to a resplendent green studded with countless wildflowers is a sight to behold. Mid-May through June are the prime months to witness this explosive growth. The mountains are still snow-capped, the rivers often gorged with impressive run-off, and the abundant wildlife have or are bearing young. Yellowstone Park, in particular the Lamar Valley, can be a fantastic place to behold this regeneration of life. Although this is the wettest time of year in Montana, it is also the greenest and the blue sky looming over endless fields of wildflowers will make a shower or two worthwhile.

7-Day Recommended itinerary for two: $1,350 - $1,950 depending on desired accommodations.

Day 1. Arrive Bozeman. A New West representative will meet you at the airport and escort you in your rental Subaru Outback to the office. We will then go over maps, itinerary changes due to weather and add adjustments accordingly. Depending on arrival time, visit historic downtown Bozeman and/ or the Museum of the Rockies. Overnight at the historic Silver Forest Inn, located in the Bridger Mountains just 15-miles outside of town. Overnight, breakfast, and pack lunch included.

Day 2. After breakfast at the Inn, head south towards Livingston, Montana via the scenic Jackson Creek Road. Via backroads, head towards McLeod and the Boulder River Valley. Witness the stunning "Land Bridge" in full spate. Return to Big Timber and continue on interstate 90 for approximately 40-miles. Exit towards Absarokee on one of the prettiest pastoral roads imaginable. Enjoy the sights of the Beartooth mountains and abundant roadside wildlife, dinner and overnight in Red Lodge (not included, price range $70 - $160 for accommodations).

Day 3. The Beartooth Highway. Enjoy the day exploring the numerous vistas and hiking opportunities on what Charles Kuralt has deemed the most beautiful road in America. Overnight in Cook or Silver City (not included, price range $80 - $170/ night).

Day 4. The Lamar Valley. Buffalo, elk, big horn sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves abound in this extensive valley creating one of the premier large mammal wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. Finish the day having a soak in the natural hot springs of the Boiling River and overnight in Gardiner ($90 - $200) or at Chico Hot Springs ($80 - $200) just outside of the Park.

Day 5. Chico/ Gardiner through the Yellowstone Geyser Basin. Heading south through Yellowstone, witness the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the wildlife resplendent Hayden Valley, Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Old Faithful, and the Geyser Basin. Overnight in West Yellowstone ($70 - $200).

Day 6. Head west into the Centennial Valley. Spend the day viewing the countless migratory birds, particularly swans, in the Red Rock Lake Wildlife Refuge or enjoy your own playing on your pristine high mountain lakes. In the late afternoon, head north via Henrys and Quake Lake, overnight in the small town of Ennis, perhaps if you have enough time, sneek over to Norris Hot Springs for an evening soak- or if you have an early departure flight return to Bozeman.

Day 7. Depending on departure time, head to Virginia and Nevada City to witness a perfectly preserved western mining town or head straight to the airport.

 

Pricing: Rental car with touring package, concierge/ planning services, and overnight at Silver Forest Inn; $850. Additional accommodations, depending on your budgetary wishes $500 - $1,100, full camping package $300.

Explore Montana, Yellowstone, and the Northern Rockies with a company that understands.

Few visitors who come to the Northern Rockies and Montana realize how vast the distances are in between destinations, and more importantly that the travel involved- when on the right roads- is some of the most spectacular scenery around. If you really want to experience this area, the only way is to hire a rental car and drive. There are tour-bus options, but unless you like being on 15+ other people's schedule, this really is not a pleasant way to see the area. One needs to slow down, get off the highway, and explore the road less taken. The unique small towns in Montana and the adjacent states will all become memorable experiences. Cresting a mountain pass and overlooking a vista of literally thousands of square miles- without another tourist in sight- is something you will never forget. The silence and serenity of such vastness is why one should come to Montana- and New West Experience is able to provide.

New West Experience is one of the few businesses in Montana that understand the concept of the fly-drive/ self-drive holiday.  Our services are able to provide a complete bespoke Northern Rockies tour for you. We try to emphasize the quality of each experience and minimize the amount of time on the road. Many foreign based companies simply do not have the knowledge of the area to plan a memorable trip. Travel distances too grand for the resulting experience, driving only on major interstates and missing the unique small towns, providing an inadequate/ unsafe vehicle for our driving conditions, etc. We exist to eliminate the risk.

All of our team has either lived or at least traveled extensively outside of the US. As a result, we understand cultural and linguistic differences and what makes this area so very special to non-US natives. To date, we have had guests from UK, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and China- and we welcome more. Let our experience and knowledge guide you.

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