Yellowstone Backpacking

The Yellowstone backcountry includes some of the most uniquely beautiful wild landscapes on Earth. Here is your chance to experience the real Yellowstone, a magnificent wilderness teeming with life and unbelievable thermal features! From wolf and bear to vast herds of elk to spectacular wildflower-filled meadows and expansive forests beneath snow-covered mountains, the Yellowstone hiking backcountry is second to none. Yellowstone backpacking means diversity. The Park has an amazing variety of landscapes, and because each trip visits a different area of the Park, each guided Yellowstone backpack trip is a unique adventure, like no other. And because large protected national forest wilderness areas border much of the park, Yellowstone’s backcountry includes some of our most remote wildlands in the U.S. south of Alaska.

All of our Yellowstone treks are either in Montana, Wyoming or both. In addition to Yellowstone National Park, we also offer exciting Wyoming Backpacking treks in high mountain wilderness areas adjacent to the park, including top hiking destinations like the Grand Tetons, Absarokas, Wind Rivers and Gros Ventres, plus a variety of Montana backpacking treks, including the rugged Beartooths just Northeast of the Park. In spring and fall we also offer a variety of treks in the amazing Utah Canyon country, which is just as beautiful while being less crowded and a great alternative to Grand Canyon hikes.

Big Wild Adventures has been the leading Yellowstone backpacking guide service for over 3 decades. Nobody knows backpacking in Yellowstone better than we do. Big Wild owners Howie and Marilyn don’t just live next to Yellowstone, but they’ve lived, worked, hiked and played in and around Yellowstone since the early 1970′s. Their home/ office is just six miles from the Park. And, unlike companies operating under another company’s permit, we are the permitted Yellowstone backpacking guide/ outfitter for our treks and have been for over 30 years. Don’t settle for second best! Sign on now…

Please note that sometimes our Yellowstone National Park backpacking trips fill up, and we take trip reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. So don’t miss out!

To reserve your space, call 406-848-7000. We can’t wait to explore the wilds with you!


Northern Yellowstone Wildlife And Wildflower Extravaganza

Montana/Wyoming $1,850 (inclusive*) • June 9-14, 2014

N Yellowstone River


Yellowstone Guided Hikes in The Lamar River Backcountry

Wyoming $1,700 (inclusive*) • June 30-July 4, 2014

Resting Backpacker Pelican Valley


Northeast Yellowstone’s Mellow Mountain Magic

Wyoming/Montana $1,700 (inclusive*) • July 7-11, 2014

Baronette Peak Upper Pebble


Central Yellowstone’s Wild Off-trail Trek

Wyoming $1,850 (inclusive*) • July 13-18, 2014

Wapiti LakeUpper Broad Creek


Northwest Yellowstone’s Gorgeous Gallatin Range

Montana/Wyoming, 2 Departures: July 28-August 4, 2014: $1,850 (moderate)
and GALLATIN RANGE MELLOW August 4-8, 2014 $1,700 (moderately easy)  (prices inclusive*)

Electric Peak Dailey Pass Gal


Southwest Yellowstone’s Bechler Waterfall Wonderland

Wyoming, 2 Departures:  August 11-16 2014: $1,850  and   September 7-13 2014: $1,950    (prices inclusive*)

Shoshone Geyser Basin Iris Falls


Southern Yellowstone’s Late Summer Magic

Wyoming $1,700 (inclusive*) • August 25-29, 2014

Heart Lake, Mt Basin Creek

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*All trip prices include equipment (backpack, day-pack, tent, sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/spoon), food and cooking (3 meals/day plus snacks), cooking gear, trip planning, comprehensive safety instruction, all user/permit fees, transportation from town to and from the trailheads, and our professional guide/naturalist staff. There is a $250 discount if you bring your own equipment. Be sure to review our Yellowstone backpacking gear checklist prior to embarking.

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Annual Trip Calendar

Scheduled Trips 2014

Below, we’ve listed our Yellowstone trips plus other treks in Wyoming & Montana. Our Yellowstone backpacking treks are all in either Wyoming, Montana or both. You’ll find complete information on each trip by clicking on each link.

Yellowstone Backpacking

Wyoming Backpacking

Montana Backpacking

Broad Creek

List prices include our complete gear package and there is a $250 discount if you bring your own (see Canoeing ListBackpacking List, and/or
Questionnaire for details). Also, we offer a $250 discount for the second trip in a calendar year. Scheduled trips are for persons ages 14 and over. Exceptions to the age requirement will be made by us on a case-by-case basis.