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Backpacking in Yellowstone Guided Hikes in Montana, Wyoming & Utah Backpacking

Teton Victory WomanBig Wild Adventures offers fully outfitted guided backpacking/ trekking/ hiking in the most beautiful wilderness lands of the American West and Alaska. We offer backpacking in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, and many other guided hikes in the Montana, Wyoming and Colorado Rockies plus Washington’s Olympic National Park. And even though we are probably best known for our Yellowstone backpacking trips, we also hike and backpack in the colorful wilds of the American Southwest, including incomparable hiking and backpacking in Utah canyon country. And we canoe the watery wilds of the remote upper Missouri River in north-central Montana.

We are a family business, owned by Howie Wolke and Marilyn Olsen with plenty of help from our son Josh, a Big Wild guide. Howie founded Big Wild Adventures in 1978 and has personally guided over 500 treks, so far. Our guides are our “extended family”, and all share a deep love of the wilds and a commitment to share their knowledge and know-how with our clients. Howie and Marilyn live in their home in Montana’s Gallatin Range foothills, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

Just show up and leave all of the trip details to us. All advertised trip prices include our complete equipment package plus food (3 meals/day plus snacks), cooking gear, meal preparation, trip planning and taxes/user fees, pre-trip safety instruction, transportation from town to and from trail heads, and the services of our expert guide/naturalist staff.

Once you sign up for a trip and receive confirmation, we guarantee that the trip will run, regardless of the number of folks who have signed up. We will not cancel your vacation plans!

Professional Hiking Guides

Big Wild guides are the best in the business with decades of wilderness leadership; they are not inexperienced young adults. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and emergency rescue procedures. They are great naturalists who enjoy sharing their knowledge of each area’s unique flora, fauna and geology; they are also glad to provide any desired instruction in wilderness skills.

Yellowstone Backpacking: Trekking in Paradise

We don’t just live next to Yellowstone National Park, we know the wonders of its expansive backcountry better than anyone! Though most tourists never venture far from their automobiles, our Yellowstone backpacking treks are in true wilderness. In fact, because much of the Park is bordered by large protected national forest Wilderness Areas, Yellowstone’s backcountry includes some of our country’s most remote wildlands south of Alaska. And the hiking landscapes are so varied that each trip is radically different, a truly unique wild adventure. Join us on one of our guide/naturalist-led Yellowstone trips into the wild backcountry of the world’s first national park.

Big Wild Adventures has been authorized by the National Park Service for 35 years of Yellowstone backpacking. Plus we also explore many other magnificent wild areas (including Montana backpacking and backpacking in Wyoming guided tours) throughout the American West and Alaska. If you wish to explore the real Yellowstone (its wild backcountry), don’t settle for less!

All of our treks are multi-day wilderness adventures, and once we begin, you will be backpacking (or canoeing) in a primitive environment, tent-camping in the magnificence of wild nature until the end of the trip! On backpack trips, everyone will carry a backpack with all you need to survive self-contained in the wilderness, including tent, sleeping bag and a portion of the group food.

We specialize in remote and off the beaten track!

Beartooths, Beauty LakeBig Wild Trip Categories: Scheduled, Custom and Family Hiking Trips

Scheduled Hiking Trips are generally for anybody at least 14 years of age – individuals, couples, groups of friends, parents/relatives with young adults – and provide a unique small group experience in some of the world’s most magnificent wilderness areas! There is a list of scheduled trips by region on the right side of every internal page of this website. View scheduled trips.

Custom and Family Backpacking Trips are a private wilderness experience with your group and our guide, and can be scheduled for any of our regular guiding areas. This includes our Yellowstone backpacking trips, backpacking in Utah, Montana and Wyoming backpacking and more. Remember, some areas are best enjoyed at certain times of the year. We can also run Custom and Family Trips in other areas, too. We’d love to suggest some great trip alternatives for your time slot! A Family trip is a great way to bond, and we love to get young people out into the wilds!

Read more about Custom and Family trips, or call (406) 848-7000.

Big Wild Adventures offers top notch Utah backpacking, backpacking in Yellowstone, and guided hikes in several other states including Alaska.

We supply state of the art equipment, nothing but the best. If you bring your own gear (backpack + rain-cover, lightweight day-pack, tent, sleeping bag & pad, cup/bowl/spoon), you get a $250 discount. There’s also a $250 discount for your second trip in a calendar year.

No Prior Experience Is Necessary!

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“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”– John Muir

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No company offers a wider variety of great treks, from north of the Arctic Circle to the Southwest deserts. Our trips include the following places:

Our trips are wild and remote, off the beaten track! We also emphasize safety and low-impact (leave no trace) wilderness travel.

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How to Arrange A Trip

Simply complete the Questionnaire and return it to us along with the attached contract and a $500 per-person deposit. Or, you can call us with either a Visa or MasterCard deposit. We’ll then send you confirmation, a complete list of clothing and other items which you should bring, and additional information about your upcoming backpacking adventure.

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