Yellowstone Backpacking


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.

 

Short and Sweet

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. ​

 

Classic Yellowstone Backcountry Treks

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.

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)

 

Cabin-Based Hikes in the Beartooth Wilderness

If you like getting away from the crowds but don’t fancy sleeping 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.

 

Be Prepared!

As an effort to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we request that you follow your guide in your own vehicle, or meet your guide at the trailhead. We communicate between vehicles en route via walkie-talkies. In the field, masks are required when you are within 6 feet of your guide or other park visitors. In the winter, snow tires are strongly recommended for travel in Yellowstone. We want to ensure you take home nothing more than lasting memories.

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.

 

Prices

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.

 

Book Your Yellowstone Backpacking Trip Now!

The availability calendar is always current.

 

Matt Hergert