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Backpacking Trip

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Hour Glass Duration: 1 – 7 days

Users Ages: Ages 8+

Info 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.

Backpacking Highlights

  • 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.

A must if you want to really visit Yellowstone

We did a 4 days hike into the Lamar Valley, guided by Emil, the owner of Yellowstone Wild. This hike was definitely the highlight of our trip because of Emil’s experience and professionality. Don’t miss it out! During the hike, we had the opportunity so see bears, wolves, elks, buffalos, coyotes, and lots of other smaller animals. Emil knew all the perfect spots to watch wildlife, both in the backcountry and from the road. But with Emil, who is an expert biologist and tracker that has worked in conservation projects around the world, you don’t just see the animals, he helps you to understand how and why they are behaving. At some point, we were seeing a lot of wolf footprints in all directions and he told us that some of the wolves were following an elk, but some others were there just minutes before and had turned when they heard us. This may sound like a spicy story for tourists, but after less than ten minutes of following them that we saw the elk and the pack of wolves from 100 yards. Besides the experience with wildlife, the guys from Yellowstone Wild also really helped us to prepare for our hike. Conditions in late October were somewhat hard, and they advised us about the best route and the distance per day, with daily updates on the local conditions (i.e., snow deep), they review with us all the gear, to make the hike safe and pleasant. During the hike we encountered some surprises and difficult situations, such as a campsite flooded by a beaver, very windy and cold conditions in an exposed campsite, a close encounter with a bear… Emil managed all this situations very professionally and help us to feel safe at all times. I definitely recommend to reach out to Emil for your next visit to the park. If you are planning a hike or you want to spot lifestyle from the road, Yellowstone Wild is the best way to go. PS. Emil speaks perfect Spanish, so if you are not comfortable with your “biology English” he is the best option

– Bernat S - TripAdvisor
One of my top adventures

As the title of this reviews says, it is one of my top adventures so far. To have a great experience it is not only required to go to a unique place like Yellowstone and have a great group of friends, but also an experienced, friendly, and smart guide. Emil is an expert in biology, animal tracking and has a deep knowledge of Yellowstone. He led successfully a group of 8 people (with different personalities and expectations) in a 4-day hike where we had a favorable and sunny day in the beginning, and a super cold, windy and snowy day at last. He was genuinely interested in knowing more about each of us, which took our relationship with him to a higher level. I would DEFINITELY reach out to Emil for my next adventure in Yellowstone and I fully recommend him to anyone. He also speaks Spanish perfectly, so for Spanish-speaking groups I also vouch for him.

– Christopher W - TripAdvisor
Amazing backpacking trip

I recently was able to go with Emil for a 9-day backpacking trip in the Greater Yellowstone backcountry. It was the trip of a lifetime - with a slew of different wildlife. Emil pointed out many types of animal tracks as we walked along both on and off trail and he has a special eye for spotting wildlife. The heavy-duty scopes he brings are essential for viewing wildlife well, and blew my binoculars out of the water. We got views and video of grizzlies, goats, deer, and bighorns even when they were at far distances from us. More up close, the highlight was seeing an elusive American Pine Marten. We also did well with birds - I especially cherish a memorable encounter with a Goshawk that perched near us and that we got great views with using the scope. Emil has a great demeanor on the trail and a wealth of knowledge. I'm super thankful for all I learned.

– John N
YNP 4-day backcountry trail. Excellent in all possible ways

We are a group of 8 people that did the 4-day/3-night Lamar Valley to Pelican Valley backcountry trail in mid-October with Yellowstone Wild (Emil and Andrea). The whole trip was challenging because of the weather and the road conditions, however, Emil prepared us for the most extreme situations and made sure we were ready and up to the challenge to make it possible. Once in the trail, we realized Emil was not only an expert guide but also a biologist with a post-graduate degree that has collaborated in multiple international projects. He is a REAL passionate person about nature and animals and that made the difference. On top of that, he faced multiple difficult situations during the trip, including spotting a bear near the camp at dusk. With Emil on our side, we were 100% sure that all potential risks were minimized and faced in the most appropriate manner. We spot wolfs, bears, bisons, elks, coyotes,´s difficult to describe the magnificence of the place when you truly understand what´s happening in the park. We wanted a unique perspective, a real passionate person, and a real adventure. Yellowstone Wild made these all real. We were really lucky to have Emil on our side. Btw, he has a perfect Spanish. Emil knows the specialized vocabulary to understand the most complex processes of Yellowstone National Park in Spanish. Best,

– JL - TripAdvisor