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Yellowstone Backpacking Day Trips & Tours

97% of Yellowstone is considered backcountry, and only 3 or 4% of the visitors make an effort to see the backcountry, and only a fraction of those folks spend the nightYellowstone Backpacking in the backcountry.  Backpacking is a very rewarding and safe sport, as long as we follow proper bear etiquette.  Traveling in larger groups is safer, and our expert guides, know the trails, and they know the rules for sleeping with grizzly bears and other wildlife.   Very few people get to see Yellowstone’s backcountry, which by the way is filled with as many wonders as the front country, and our guides will get you to the best locations.

Every year we schedule some of Yellowstone’s classic backpacking trips that are available by the person.  These trips include the dates and itineraries.  If you can’t make one of our group trips, you may schedule a private trip, to fit your schedule.  We highly recommend making backpacking reservations before March 1st of each year.

Most backpacking trips will begin in West Yellowstone, MT.  There are shuttles available from Bozeman if you choose not to rent a car.   There will be a 2 hour meet and greet the evening before the beginning of the Trek, and to hand out gear.

Yellowstone BackpackingDay one of the trek will begin at 6:00 am (sometimes earlier), with transportation provided to the trailhead.  We like to leave early so that we can experience Yellowstone’s front country before the crowds get rolling.  Each trek will take in a couple of Yellowstone’s main attractions on the way to and from the trailheads.  It is often a very peaceful trip to the trailhead, even during the busiest of times, without the traffic and a lot of wildlife.

Please note that backpacking trips may be altered due to trail closures, fires, flooding or other natural events.  In the rare occurrence that this happens, there are always some great alternatives in Yellowstone that we will take advantage of, each backpacking trip will come with a page with photos.

Backpacking in Yellowstone

The following adventure treks are available and considered group tours:​

Private Backpacking Treks / Tour Rates:

  • 1 or 2 people: $750 per day
  • For 3 people: $850 per day
  • If you have 4 or more people (not including kids): $250 per person per day
  • Kids 10 & Under: $50

2021 Backpacking schedule

The following is our group backpacking schedule. For private treks please contact us for availability.

05/29 through 05/30: Rescue Creek and the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

This is an easy, family friendly adventure, focusing on wildlife. 3 miles per day, 2 campsites 1A2 and 1A3.   $600 per person, kids $150 each.

2 spots out of 6 available.

06/26 through 07/01: Sky Rim/ Mountain Lakes Adventure.

This is a strenuous trek with plenty of elevation gains and losses each day. We will visit some of Yellowstone’s best high alpine scenery and mountain lakes. Mileage is 4.5 to 10.5 miles per day. $1700 per person or $750 for just the last 3 days (hardcore version).

2 spots out of 6 available.

07/19 through 07/26: Central Yellowstone Off Trail Adventure

This trek will truly get us into the wilds as we have 2 nights at different off trail campsites. We will also have a couple of days for day hikes and exploring. We will average 2 to 11 miles per day. $2400 per person.

4 spots out of 8 available.

07/31 through 08/03: Slough Creek Fly Fishing Adventure

An easy one for the family. On this adventure we are hiking in to our campsite for 3 days of fishing and camping. This is a good one for the kids. $1000 per person

5 out of 5 spots available.

08/05 through 08/13: Thorofare Adventure

This trek will get us away from the crowds, as we head to the farthest point from a road in the Lower 48.   We will enjoy great scenery and solitude along the way. This trek includes a morning boat shuttle across Yellowstone Lake. We will come out at Heart Lake. $2800 per person.

2 out of 8 spots available

08/13 through 08/17: Bechler Meadows Family Adventure

This is an easy one for the kids as we work our way to Dunanda Falls and back, with a full day off at the falls. 4 to 4.5 miles per day.

$1000 per adult; $500 per child. 4 out of 8 spaces available.

08/20 through 08/21: Ice Lake.

This is a private trek with a wheelchair. No availability to the public.

08/29 through 09/03: The Bechler Fall Adventure

This is a classic trek, with 9 large waterfalls, 3 backcountry geyser basins and even a view of the Tetons for a couple of days. This is a 40 mile point A to point B trek, and should be on every backpacker’s bucket list.

$1750 per person

3 out of 5 spots are available.

09/19 through 09/21: Full moon trek to the top of Observation Peak.

This is a family friendly adventure, taking us up for a full moon night atop of a mountain. $750 per adult; $150 for kids.

3 out of 5 spots available.

Rates do not include the guide’s gratuities

Current Operating Status & Special deals for future trips Due to Corvid-19


Don’t forget to ask about our Yellowstone winter tours, trips for photographers, day hiking, summer sightseeing excursions, and vacation packages!