Yellowstone Backpacking


Yellowstone Guided Backpacking Trips

Get off the beaten path and enjoy parts of the park others rarely see on a Yellowstone backpacking trip.

We offer fully custom, private backpacking trips throughout Yellowstone with a duration and difficulty level just for you. Backpacking is a great way to recharge your body and mind, meet your own challenges, or just relax and ponder the wonders in front of you.

Below are some trips we've done in the past, but let us know if you have your own backpacking ideas, and we'll try to get you there.

Classic Yellowstone Backcountry Treks (May-October)

Moderate routes fully immerse you in the wonder of Yellowstone’s splendor. Choose routes with hot springs, water falls, abundant wildlife, peaceful lakes, or mountain scenery. We recommend at least 2 nights/3 days to give us time to get way out in the best of the backcountry. Longer itineraries are available. Most trips are private (just your group).

Our favorites include:

  • Bechler’s waterfalls and hot springs (easy to moderate 4-5 days)
  • Black Canyon of the Yellowstone (moderate 2-3 days)
  • Pebble Creek to Slough Creek (moderate 2-3 days)
  • Heart Lake (and Mt Sheridan) (easy to moderate 2-4 days)

Don't want to sleep on the ground in a tent? Check out our cabin-based trips (below).

Do you want the experience of backcountry camping, but can't or don't want to carry all of your own gear? Get out there with new friends on a llama trek! See below.

Rates

Backpacking trips are $500 per day for the first guest and $100 per additional person.

All food, food storage equipment, First Aid kit, and bear spray is included.

If you don't have your own backpacking gear, it is available for rent. Full gear is $200 per trip and includes a high-quality, light-weight backpack, inflatable mat, sleeping bag, tent, and dishware.

Short and Sweet or Family Friendly Backpacking Trips (May-October)

Short, beautiful, easy overnight hikes are great for those short on time, or who want to introduce their shorter people (aka children) to the joys of camping under the stars. ​We recommend 1 night/2 days or 2 nights/3 days with not more than 5 miles per day on easier terrain.

Don't want to sleep on the ground in a tent? Check out our cabin-based trips (below).

Do you want the experience of backcountry camping, but can't or don't want to carry all of your own gear? Get out there with new friends on a llama trek! See below.

Rates

Backpacking trips are $500 per day for the first guest and $100 per additional person.

All food, food storage equipment, First Aid kit, and bear spray is included.

If you don't have your own backpacking gear, it is available for rent. Full gear is $200 per trip and includes a high-quality, light-weight backpack, inflatable mat, sleeping bag, tent, and dishware.

Yellowstone Backcountry Hikes with Llamas (July-September)

We invite you to join us for a unique experience: a backcountry pack trip through wild landscapes of Yellowstone National Park in the company of charming llamas who carry our gear. You get the best of both worlds! Our  llama treks are guided by In Our Nature Guiding Services' biologists or naturalists together with experienced llama handler, Susi from Yellowstone Llamas. You will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, its wildlife, history, and geology.  In addition, with our Llamas4Llove program, we give back to the human and animal communities by participating in Charity Events and Llama Rescue.

Pack your load on a llama and explore the backcountry in a responsible and sustainable way, with your long-eared hiking buddy at your side. Beautiful trails winding through awesome landscapes beckon to be discovered by you! Everybody leads a llama. Our treks are suitable for families and young children as well as adults of any age.

Rates

Multi-Day Llama Treks: $400 per person per day, based on a minimum of 4 participants. Please ask us for smaller parties.

Rate includes all meals and beverages, tents, and sleeping bags/pads, food storage equipment, first aid kit, and bear spray is included. A detailed list of what we provide and what you will need to bring will be sent out with your reservation documents.

Gratuities are not included.

To Book a Llama Trek, please contact us directly at Call: +1 (406) 580-5954    Email: treks@yellowstonellamas.com

Cabin-Based Hikes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

If you like getting away from the crowds but are not keen to sleep on the ground with bears all around, stay in a cabin surrounded by stunning landscape vistas. The cabin can sleep up to 12 people. Hiking conditions are best after July 1st, once the snow has melted at this higher elevation.

Rates

Cabin-based backcountry trips are $600 per day for the first guest and $100 per additional person.

All food, food storage equipment, First Aid kit, and bear spray is included.

Sleeping bags and backpacks are available for rent. If you do not have your own. Just let us know.

Be Prepared!

As an effort to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required when you are within 6 feet of your guide or other park visitors.

Our guides carry bear spray and are trained in trail safety in bear country. We take grizzly bears seriously!

Please remember to bring clothing layers! It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes in one day. In summer, we could start the morning below freezing, and end the day in short sleeves. Be prepared!

Yellowstone has dry, high-elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. It is important to drink lots of water in this environment.

Park entrance fees are not included. Entrance fees are $20 per person or $35 per family, and are good for one week. Annual passes are also available. Please see Yellowstone's website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fees.htm or a park entrance kiosk for more information.

Gratuity is not included.

Book Your Yellowstone Backpacking Trip Now!

The availability calendar is always current. You can either book your group in using the online booking system or contact us directly for bookings.

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