Three Reasons To Choose Yellowstone

Of all the national parks in the lower 48 states, Yellowstone is my favorite. There are many reasons, but here are three of my top ones.

First, Yellowstone has the biggest, wildest backcountry. Sure, Death Valley National Park is larger, but numerous paved and dirt roads carve its backcountry into a couple of dozen separate units. Yellowstone also has roads, to which millions of tourists can attest, though fewer than Death Valley. But Yellowstone National Park is bordered on much of its north, east and south sides by some of the biggest national forest Wilderness Areas in the country, with no intervening roads or fences dividing the park backcountry from the Wilderness Areas. Which means that Yellowstone’s backcountry is effectively far bigger and wilder than what you might surmise by just viewing a map of the park. In fact, the farthest distance from a road in the lower 48 states is along the far southeastern border of Yellowstone, a fact first discovered by Dave Foreman and myself when we were researching our book, The Big Outside, A Descriptive Inventory of the Big Wilderness Areas of the United States.

Reason number two is wildlife. There is probably no place in the temperate regions of the Earth that compares with Yellowstone — and indeed the entire the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — for wildlife. It is one of the only places left where all vertebrates known to have historically existed still do. And the number of large mammals is amazing! Yes, in the backcountry the animals are typically more secretive than along the roadsides. Nonetheless, if you want a backpack trip with a good chance to see lots of animals in their native wilderness habitats, don’t look any further than Yellowstone. Think elk, bison, wolf and griz, pronghorn, beaver, sandhill cranes, eagles……and so much more.

My third major reason is solitude. Compared with many other parks such as Yosemite, the Great Smokies or even Glacier, the Yellowstone backcountry is uncrowded! Plus, in many national parks such as Glacier, for example, backcountry campsites are allotted on the basis of carrying capacity. This means that if the official capacity for a particular backcountry camp is 12 people at one time, there might be 4 groups of 3 people, all camping within a stone’s throw of one another. By contrast, in Yellowstone, campsites are exclusive. When we reserve a camp, that campsite is ours alone. Even if the camp capacity is twelve and we have just six Big Wild Adventurers, we will not be camping with any other groups. Solitude is an important wilderness value, and the unsurpassed Yellowstone backcountry provides plenty!

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Comments are closed, but you can leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

“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

The West’s #1 Trekking & Canoeing Wilderness Adventure Company For 38 Years!

As seen in…Our Guided Backpacking Expertise in WestAs featured in Backpacker, Sierra, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, The New York Times, and more.



Trips Annual Trip Calendar

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.

Clothing/Personal Gear Lists:

Trekking List Canoeing List

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.

A family business since 1978

Our Staff Contact Us

Member of the: Gardiner Chamber of Commerce


Rock Spire

 

Green Business IconA Green Business