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Yellowstone Hiking Tour

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Hike Through Yellowstone’s Mountain Meadows and Forests to Spectacular Views

Are you looking to step off the beaten path and experience Yellowstone’s beauty away from the cars and crowds?  Our trekking tours do exactly that, either on established trails or scouting our own route off trail, as we match the difficulty with your fitness level and abilities. Our hikes venture into the pristine wilderness that makes Yellowstone so special, to our favorite wild places and inspiring vistas.

We often walk through educational examples of how animals live in this beautiful landscape and what their relationships are like with the other animals and plants around them. Exploring a stream bank, we might find bird nests, animal tracks, or even see where a beaver has been working. Our path may lead us to the secret places where different animals choose to live and raise their babies, and we stop to talk about why certain animals might live in one place over another.

Hiking with an experienced naturalist guide is key to safely and comfortably enjoying the best that Yellowstone has to offer. Our hikes, structured specifically for your desired level of difficulty, are the best way to truly experience the wild spirit and beauty of Yellowstone.

Day Hike Highlights

  • Experience the magic of Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife 
  • Your own local naturalist guide
  • Fully custom-designed hike
  • Difficulty level matched your fitness level
  • Small, single-party groups
  • Away from the crowds and into the wild
  • Vast wide open spaces and clean mountain air
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style 
  • Safe, fun and educational

For more information please visit our FAQ page!

Looking for something more?
Make This a Combo Tour with Wildlife Watching!

One popular option is to combine early morning wildlife watching (when animals are most active) with a day hike beginning mid-late morning. Check out the Wildlife Watching & Day Hiking Combo Package  for more information!

Best wildlife experiences of my life

I have gone out with Emil twice now and both times were highlights of my year if not my life. Emil is incredibly well informed, a passionate conservationist, and really committed to the greater Yellowstone community an ecosystem. The first time we went together we were fortunate enough to see a rare Great Gray Owl next and were able to watch is for over an hour. It was the most memorable wildlife experiences of my life. The second time we went together we hiked in to a remote valley and came upon a pack of six wolves. Emil's deep understanding of the wildlife in Yellowstone combined with his relationship with other guides means that you will likely have the best possible chance of seeing great wildlife with Emil. Emil does care deeply about creating a meaningful wildlife experience and I would recommend coming with an open mind instead of just trying to check things off of your list. With an open mind, a day with Emil will be amongst the most memorable in your life.

– Jason K
Crossing the Lamar Valley with a skilled tracker

Emil has been an amazing guide, tracker and companion for our group. He taught us plenty about the wild life of Yellowstone - He masters the details of animals behaviors in an impressive way. His unique ability to read footprints, allowed the team to understand what was happening in the surroundings, spotting most animales (bears, elks, coyotes, bisons, etc.). Undeniably, Emil was key to make our experience memorable and hopefully we'll meet him again for another adventure. PS: Emil is travelled person and speaks perfect spanish.

– Mariano Q - TripAdvisor
Experience of a lifetime

Our day with Emil was the highlight of a Yellowstone visit for 3 generations and two families with second graders. From the organized booking process, scrumptious breakfast, and comfortable van to the top notch gear for observing the animals, this excursion was a great value. While not everyone will get to see a wolf, newly hatched peregrine falcons AND numerous bears in one day, each of Emil's clients will enjoy his expertise and friendly and engaging manner. Simply riding around listening to him was a treat. He arranged a short age appropriate hike that concluded with a science lesson by a beautiful lake! Made our trip!

– Z8912USamym - TripAdvisor
Great day with Yellowstone Wild

We started the day in the early morning when the animals are most active. We went to a place known only to a select few where the grizzly bears dig roots to fatten up for the long winter ahead. We made two different stops in this area and saw 6 grizzlies, a bull moose and a herd of elk while sipping coffee and enjoying snacks. On the way to the next destination we stopped and watched a bull elk bulging while tearing up the brush with his antlers. I had asked for a good hike in addition to wildlife viewing and Emil delivered. We climbed a ridge to the top of a snow covered hill and saw pronghorn, bison, mule and white tail deer and elk along the way. Emil pointed out tracks in the snow from pine martin, red fox, skunk, and elk. We even tracked a cougar for awhile until the tracks went in to the deep woods. We returned to the truck, had a filling snack and headed towards home. On the way home we saw a cinnamon colored black bear and her cub, climbing a tree. Great day!

– William T - TripAdvisor