The Grand Union Hotel provides 26 exquisitely restored rooms, many of which enjoy a view of the Missouri River and park. Guestrooms are accessed by either the original black walnut grand staircase or by elevator. The hotel has a riverside restaurant with seasonal outdoor dining, a lively brewpub and a unique gift shop. Due to its award winning restoration, the Grand Union Hotel has preserved the historical character of Montana's oldest operating hotel and one of its most famous landmarks.
Our outfitters have been lauded by famed Lewis and Clark scholar, Stephen Ambrose, who even mentioned them in his work "Undaunted Courage," saying "The White Cliffs can be seen only from small boat or canoe. Put in at Fort Benton and take out three or four days later at Judith Landing. Missouri River Outfitters... rents canoes or provides a guided tour... of all the historic and/or scenic sights we have visited in the world, this is number one. We have made the trip ten times."
Dinner: A delightful welcome dinner at the Grand Union HotelEvening: Our guide and history professor from the University of Billings, Dr. Keith Edgerton, will orient us to our upcoming adventure with a regional and historical overview this evening.
Then relax, and get to know your fellow adventurers on the patio at the Grand Union.Lodging: Grand Union HotelMeals Included: Dinner
Even if you've never been in a canoe before, our expert guides will show you the ropes and you'll be comfortable by noon!
Our expert team of guides includes Professor Keith Edgerton, with a PhD in History from the University of Montana-Billings; Renee Macdonald, with an MA in teaching; Nicole Warren, educator; and Keith Edgerton, instructor.Lunch: Lunch at Coal Banks LandingAfternoon: After our delightful lunch, load canoes and depart on the river. We will be flowing with the current the entire journey. Along the way we will stop and view Native American habitation sites and we will have geology overview discussions at several key spots.Dinner: Gourmet dinner provided by Meredith, one of our outfitters and former gourmet chef.Evening: Camp at Eagle Creek in the precise spot that the expedition camped, May 31, 1805, facing the famed White Cliffs of the Missouri, and experience what Lewis called “scenes of visionary enchantment.” We’ll spend plenty of time talking, reading, journaling and reflecting around the campfire at night.
It is one of the most beautiful and enchanting spots in America enhanced considerably by the care and attention provided by the Missouri River Outfitters. One has not truly lived until they’ve been served fresh brie and chilled chardonnay while lounging in a camp chair, ankle deep in the refreshing waters of the Upper Missouri River.Lodging: CampingMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll do an incredible hike through a slot canyon behind our campsite of about 2.5 miles round trip....up and over several small rocks, that require us to "scramble" and help each other.
Although it's always optional, everyone wants to take this hike which runs through river bottom and into the river sandstone that abuts the river. (Even those with knee and hip replacements find no problem on this hike!)Lunch: Lunch at Eagle CreekAfternoon: After breaking camp, we’ll canoe downriver to Hole in the Wall geological formation where there will be abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, including numerous bald eagle nesting sights. Every day there will be water birds galore, including the majestic and ubiquitous Missouri River pelicans.
We'll hike up to the famed Hole in the Wall, a natural feature in which a window has, over eons, been carved through the sandstone. Don't forget to bring your camera!
After the hike we'll canoe through the seemingly endless white cliffs of the Upper Missouri to Slaughter River campground, a place where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped twice on its journey - once on its way to the Pacific in May of 1805 and then again on its return in July of 1806.
Dinner: Another sumptuous dinner by our chef extraordinaireEvening: Camp at Slaughter River. There will be plenty of opportunity for swimming, reading, writing, reflecting (complete with happy hour and appetizers served by the river guides), socializing, and even singing (!). In the evening, as is the case every evening, around the campfire we’ll talk more of the regional history, the geology, and the Native American perspective of the land that surrounds us.Lodging: CampingMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Plenty of time tonight for discussion and journaling, and perhaps even to watch bighorn sheep grazing along the riverbanks.Lodging: CampingMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check in at the Grand Union and grab a nice shower before dinner. The outfitters will deliver non-river luggage to you. Refreshments will precede our dinner on the patio next to the Missouri River.
Dinner: Delightful dinner at the Grand Union Hotel, a perfect end to our great Upper Missouri River adventure!Evening: Celebrate your historical adventure with your new friends. Relax and recall the highlights most memorable to you.
Lodging: Grand Union HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Plan your airline departure time after 1:00 PM, as shuttles will depart Fort Benton about 9:00 AM. You'll arrive at the airport with ample time to go through the security check.Meals Included: Breakfast