Date: June 22 - June 26
Start: Monday June 22 - West Yellowstone Park
Finish: Friday June 26 - West Yellowstone Park
Difficulty: Rated 3-4
Minimum Vehicle Requirements: 31" Offroad Tires, 4x4
$1499 Per Person
+ Responsible for Fuel and Travel to and from Meeting and Finish Points
Limited to Ladies Offroad Network Members and Guests (Booking to non-LON members starts April 15th if not sold out)
10 Vehicle Maximum, (20 People)
Must fill passenger seat with LON Member or Guest
As written by Tonya...
Ghost towns, mines spectacular scenery. What else could you ask for in a trip? How about if we add in a fish hatchery, train tunnels, caves and the headwaters of the Missouri River? This five-day trip through Southwestern Montana will follow dirt roads where possible while exploring Montana’s mining history. Starting in West Yellowstone Montana We will wind our way to the ghost towns of Virginia City, Nevada City, Bannack, Comet, Wickes, Elkhorn and Pony. Accommodations will range from Camping to spending a night in the Copper King Mansion in Butte Montana. Pack your camping gear and head into Montana for an adventure of a lifetime!
Additional Notes from Charlene
This area is beautiful and I can not wait to go and explore the dirt roads with you!! Going in June will give us an abundance of wildlife to spot, most with their young. It should be in the mid 70's and most all the snow should be melted, so I am sure a couple good hikes will be in order.
Most of our stops will be in State Parks including Banack State Park where Montana's first major god discovery happened on July 28, 1862. This swelled this now ghost town to over 3000 people in a short year! The Elkhorn State Park up in the mountains has a whopping 2 structures from the early day silver mining ghost town. The Missouri Headwaters State park is where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805. This park encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers that then form into the 2,300 mile Missouri River. We will also be able to see Yellowstone National Park including Old Faithful. So beautiful!
It seems that most of the trails we will do are easy, to say the least, but you never know what might be around the next turn in the wild west. The adventure will be in the thick history, scenery, beauty, laughs and I'm certain in the evening entertainment. Plus, in typical Charlene fashion, you never know who will join us along the way to add some entertainment value to our trip!!
I have rented and entire Mansion for us!! But that is only one night, I will be working on a nice balance between gentle camping, cabins and hotels. This information will be updated as we confirm more opportunities. The weather is typically in the 70's highs and mid-40's lows, a perfect temperature for exploring!
Food, the most important topic! 🙂 We will have a series of different options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day will add a little different twist, so flexibility is always a must on an adventure. Feel free to bring your most important snacks for those "just in case" moments. * Food challenges will be addressed and accounted for.
This is as much a learning week as it is an adventure. We will have set times and places to demo different recovery tools, and (hopefully) not planned times! Our adventures won't just involve our love of pressing the gas pedal, but it will also include a series of short hikes, some fun underground mining and photography. (If you are unable to hike, please advise, and that is ok)
If you have a 4x4 vehicle and you want to bring it, great! Sign up as a Driver.
If you are wanting to come and need to fly in and be a passenger, no problem! Sign up as a Passenger and we will match you with a driver.
One of the adventure aspects is getting to meet new people and create life-long friendships!
On Friday at the end of the 5 days you will have the opportunity to stay and explore Yellowstone and Jackson Hole casually over the weekend, or you are welcome to start heading home. Friday night will be our official celebration of completion of this amazing Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventure!
The most important thing that you bring with you is an open mind and the ability to go with the flow. These are the 2 keys to a successful adventure! Can't wait to share this opportunity with you!
Where Did This Adventure Come From?
The participants of the 2019 Ladies Offroad Challenge were asked to build their dream adventure. As part of the instructions, they were required to submit a marketing graphic and paragraph along with a bundle of research and information about how exactly the trip would proceed. When submitting, they were asked if they would like their adventure considered for our 2020 adventure.
Of the 175 Challenge participants, 33 Adventures were asked to be considered for 2020. They were separated into 19 for the West, 11 for the East and 2 that were considered Central. Charlene's goal was to host 1 East and 1 West adventure in 2020.
The 33 Adventure marketing pictures and paragraphs were printed in preparation for the Top 10 Weekend in October. As part of the Top 10 Weekend, the 10 ladies had the job to sort through all of the adventures to shorten the pile to the Top 3 picks in both the East and West. They were asked to read each paragraph and initial the back of the paper to verify that all had been read, they also added a star by their initials if they felt it would be one of their top picks. Later that day, we pulled out a spreadsheet and the ladies were asked to rank their top 1, 2 and 3 choices.
There were many amazing options and adventures, but when Charlene reviewed the top choices, there were two that rose to the top! This is the East Adventure....click here for the East Adventure...
Where would you like to go in 2021? Maybe your Adventure will be considered... Learn More About the Challenge