Yellowstone wolves, grizzly bears, bison and moose await you on an unforgettable adventure with your own passionate and knowledgeable local naturalist guide.
Duration: 1 – 7 days
Ages: All ages
Further information: Fully customizable
- 1 Night / 2 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $200/person
- 2 Nights / 3 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $300/person
- 3 Nights / 4 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $400/person
- 4 Nights / 5 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $500/person
- 5 Nights / 6 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $600/person
- 6 Nights / 7 Days
- 1 - 2 Guests Additional guests $700/person
Backpack through Yellowstone National Park
If you’re looking for a break from the everyday grind or wanting to connect with Nature, there is nothing better for the soul than a good hike through Yellowstone’s wild country, followed by an evening around the campfire and a good night’s sleep alongside a mountain stream.
Yellowstone National Park contains more than 2.2 million acres of beautiful, pristine wilderness with nearly 1,000 miles of excellent hiking trails to explore. We custom-design small, single-party backpacking trips around your schedule, your physical abilities, and your personal interests.
Hiking with our naturalist guides is an interpretative natural history lesion, literally walking through the core of Yellowstone’s wilderness. You will experience wildlife, geology and breathtaking landscapes and you will learn how interconnected this ecosystem is. Additionally, you will learn about wilderness navigation, setting up a primitive camp, safe cooking and cleaning practices in bear country and “leave no trace” wilderness ethics. Our backpacking trips are often somewhat physically challenging, and overcoming those challenges in a place like Yellowstone is extremely rewarding.
Please call so we can discuss what the ideal backpacking trip for you looks like.
- Experience the magic of Yellowstone in the backcountry
- Your own local naturalist guide
- Fully custom-designed hike
- Difficulty level to match your fitness level
- Small, single-party groups
- Away from the crowds and into the wild
- Vast wide open spaces and clean mountain air
- Wilderness safety and bear safety practices
- Learn important backcountry skills
- “Leave no trace” principles
- Safe, fun and educational
Please note: Our backpacking trips are custom-designed around your specific desires, level of difficulty, and schedule; therefore, rates can vary somewhat.
Your tour includes:
• Full-day (8 hour) private guided tour
• Local naturalist guide
• Transportation in our fully equipped touring vehicle (we drive, you enjoy the scenery)
• Plenty of space for your extra clothing – please bring warm clothing (see “What to Bring” list)
• Optics for everyone- top-of-the-line binoculars and high-powered spotting scopes for all
• Fresh-baked breakfast pastries
• Hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot cocoa)
• Healthy and hearty snacks (various bars and trail mix, etc.)
• Healthy fruit juice soft drinks and water
• Full picnic lunch spread (GF and vegetarian/vegan and kosher options available)
• Dynamic and engaging discussions interpret the wildlife activity and behavior observed
• Informed and accurate information on the biology and conservation issues surrounding the wildlife you will observe
• Optional photo/video package ($50 value – see website for details)
Gratuity is NOT included in the price of the tour. Tipping your guide is a common practice in North America, and tips are an important part of their income.
What to bring:
- Warm clothes for cooler early morning hours
- Dress warmly so that you can comfortably stand out in the elements during the cold hours of the dawn. Expect the best wildlife sightings to be in the early morning hours when the temperatures are the lowest. You will be at high elevations in the Rocky Mountains, and temperatures will be unseasonably cold. Be prepared!
- Close-toed shoes/hiking boots
- Long pants
- Windbreaker/rain jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Duffle/backpack to store warm clothing as the day warms up
- Water bottle (reusable) *please remember to drink plenty of water at this high altitude
- Sun hat
- Sun glasses
- Lots of questions and curiosity!
- Specified gear list listed in the next box
Yellowstone National Park is a very large place divided by mountain ranges, deep valleys and a massive lake. The weather within the 2.2 million acres can vary widely, so checking the weather in the park can be a difficult task. We recommend checking several different NOAA weather stations around the park, and working an average of those if you’re planning to travel around the entirety of the park.
Can you expect to see all the wildlife you hope for?
It is important to remember that the wild animals we seek to observe are exactly that, WILD free-ranging animals that can roam across all of Yellowstone’s vast and rugged 2.2 million acres. The probability of locating and observing them is greatly elevated due to your guide’s intimate personal familiarity with the landscape and the animals themselves. We do not guarantee any wildlife sightings on our tours; however, we will guarantee that your guide will use their knowledge, skills, and network of other guides, wildlife watchers and photographers to do everything we can to find you the animals you’d like to see. We are in the park nearly every day searching for and watching wildlife, and that consistent experience pays off in finding the animals you’ve traveled to see.
Sturdy hiking boots (broken in)
gloves and hats (sun and beenie)
rain gear/Gore-Tex outer layer (top and bottom)
down jacket (optional but recommended)
down pants (optional)
pants and shirts (at least one change of each)
socks and extra socks (several pairs)
thermal tops and bottoms (wool or synthetic)
dry bag for cloths
Note: “cotton kills” please avoid cotton clothing. Wool Socks and wool or synthetic layering are absolutely crucial/ If you don’t have several pairs of good wool socks upon arrival, your trip may be canceled on the spot before we hit the trail.
head net/bug spray
toiletries (any meds you need)
personal hygiene items (TP, wet wipes, etc.)
Backpack (sized for your body)
plastic bags (ziplock and garbage bags)
Park Rules and the Yellowstone Wild Code of Ethics
As a licensed Commercial Use Permit holder with Yellowstone National Park, we must follow all park rules and regulations. Additionally, as life-long proponents of wildlife and wild places, we will also follow our own ethical wildlife viewing practices. We will take this opportunity to teach you about how we can have the very best viewing and photography opportunities possible without having negative impacts on wildlife by respecting the animals’ space and movements as they go about their lives.
While on tour with Yellowstone Wild LLC, we will observe the following park rules (subject to law
- Keep at least 25 yards from all wildlife
- Keep at least 100 yards from wolves and bears
- Avoid remaining near or approaching wildlife, including birds, at any distance that disturbs or displaces
It is our ethical responsibility as visitors to the park to make sure that our actions do not inflict undue stress or hardship upon the animals that we are observing. Wild animals in a natural setting do not have easy lives, and the last thing we want to do is make their lives any more difficult. Your guide is an expert at reading animal behavior, and the moment that our presence is bothering an animal, we MUST back off until we are no longer disturbing its natural behavior. Failure to promptly respond to your guide’s instructions to back away from wildlife may result in the termination of your tour, subject to the discretion of your guide.
This is where our optics prove invaluable. We use only the finest quality Swarovski and Vortex spotting scopes so that we can thoroughly enjoy our wildlife sightings at a distance that allows the animals to carry on about their business, as if we were not there. In fact, much of the time they probably don’t know we are there, yet our high powered and crystal clear optics give us an up-close and personal view. Furthermore, we must be mindful of any animal feeding on or resting near a carcass. Approaching such an area may drive the animal(s) away and deprive them of valuable food. It is important to remember that a carcass is regularly scavenged upon by any number of other animals, including grizzly bears, who will violently defend such a food source. Approaching such an area is strictly prohibited and can seriously put people and wildlife in danger. Finally, it is important to be mindful of the other park visitors and biologists who may also be observing the same animals. We promote quiet, respectful behavior to maximize everyone’s wild Yellowstone experience.
Photo Package Add-On Options
Yellowstone Wild is proud to offer two unique photography packages with our tours. Now you can cherish visual souvenirs of your Yellowstone experiences for years to come.
Wildlife Photo Package
Our Wildlife Photo Package includes photos and videos of the wildlife you observe on your tour. Most of the wildlife will be too far away to photograph, unless you have a large telephoto lens. However, our top-of-the-line spotting scopes offer a magnified view into the lives of the animals in the park, even at a great distance. These high-powered optics allow us to observe the natural behaviors of the wildlife from a safe distance, where our presence does not bother them, therefore offering the best sightings of animals carrying on about their lives as though we are not there. The images we take through our spotting scopes capture the memories of your wildlife sightings and are perfect to share with friends and family or on social media; however, they will probably not be adequate quality to print in a large professional format. (For examples of these images, please see our Instagram site.)
Final products: USB memory stick with wildlife photos from the tour
Custom Portrait Adventure Photography Package
If you are visiting Yellowstone to celebrate an important milestone in your life (anniversary, birthday, honeymoon or graduation) or are simply on a much-needed family trip, our Portrait Adventure Photography Package is designed to capture your special moment. Our partner, Jess, at Chocolate Moose Images specializes in classic portraits as well as highly candid photographs in and around Yellowstone National Park. Jess has a special gift for capturing genuine moments that vividly portray personality and emotion – and in a setting like Yellowstone, personality and emotion shine bright!
Jess will visit with you before your tour to develop a rapport, share ideas with one another and discuss how her photo shoot works. She will then join us on your tour out in the wilds of Yellowstone. She works discretely to capture meaningful moments of you exploring Yellowstone, while also keeping her trained eye open for the perfect Yellowstone-themed backdrop for your portraits. To see a sample images from a winter tour, please visit the gallery here. If you have more specific questions about how to customize this for your adventure, please reach out to Jess.
Cost: $589 including a candid session on tour and a slightly more formal session (time to be arranged).
Final products: All in total, she’ll spend between 3-5 hours with your family providing around 70 images in an online gallery. Printing services are available and highly encouraged.