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Utah Backpacking in the Grand Staircase Backcountry

Our April 23-28 canyon country backpack trip is a wonderful walk through the fairly large but relatively little-known Paria-Hackberry Roadless Area. This chunk of wild southern Utah is a land of expansive juniper-dotted sandstone mesas cut by rugged steep walled canyons with clear streams and lush riparian vegetation. There are slots, arches and big red […]

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Utah Backpacking in Canyonlands National Park

This is one of our mellower treks, and if the thought of spectacular multi-colored sandstone canyons, with a cool desert stream, lush riparian vegetation and numerous ancient ruins and pictographs interests you, then don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for our April 16-21 trek in Canyonlands National Park! I said “mellow”. That’s because we […]

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Montana Backpacking in the Beartooths

The awesome Beartooths are Montana’s highest mountain range and encompass the eastern and northern portions of the vast Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area. This rugged granitic landscape is in southern Montana, just to the north and northeast of Yellowstone National Park. It is a major wild-land component of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and like our Yellowstone backpacking […]

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2017 Yellowstone Backpacking Highlights: Northern Yellowstone in June

The June 2017 Northern Yellowstone Wildlife and Wildflower extravaganza lived up to its name, as it almost always does! The six day adventure began by hiking down a beautiful wide-open drainage with an exploratory side trip up an adjacent valley where the group was caught in a sudden storm. Directed by guide Bob Clark, they […]

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2017 Backpacking Highlights: SW Yellowstone Bechler

Our mid-August Southwest Yellowstone Bechler Waterfall Wonderland trek, with five guests plus guide Jesse Ford, was yet another great walk through the pristine wilds of the world’s first national park. Yellowstone backpacking is always great! For the record, the 1.5-hour drive from Bozeman to the trail-head was in a torrential downpour that stopped right as […]

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2017 Yellowstone Backpacking Highlights: The Gallatin Range

This mid-summer trek was guided by Dave Ellis with Mary Byers assisting, and a wonderful mid-summer walk it was! They began the trip in a beautiful mountain valley in the northwest corner of the park, and after setting up camp they enjoyed a mellow nature walk to identify and enjoy spectacular wildflowers blooms in the […]

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2017 Backpacking Highlights: Northern Yellowstone Autumn

Yellowstone backpackers usually experience lots of crisp clear weather in September, with warm days and frosty starry nights. But not in 2017! Our September Southwest Yellowstone trip, guided by David Ellis, was a wet one, with nearly unprecedented amounts of rain. Normally easy stream crossings became a raging challenge, but trusty old David got everyone […]

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2017 Yellowstone Backpacking Highlights: The Lamar, Part 2

The next morning dawned sunny after the obligatory brief evening thunderstorm. The big bear was nowhere to be seen. We parted with the Californians and hiked over Mist Pass and then down through lodgepole pine into the magnificent Pelican Valley, a high elevation wonderland of grassland, sagebrush, wetland and meandering streams framed by the forested […]

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2017 Yellowstone Backpacking Highlights: The Lamar, Part 1

Our 2017 Lamar Backcountry trek will go down in the books as perhaps the greatest trip for wildlife viewing in the 39 year history of Big Wild Adventures! OK, there was that trip in the Gros Ventre Wilderness in 2010 that was also extraordinary, and included a mule deer chasing a wolf. But for sheer […]

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How to Pick the Perfect Yellowstone Backpack Trip, Part 3

In the first two installments of this series, we’ve discussed the timing of our scheduled Yellowstone backpacking trips and the importance of choosing a trip that is within your level of physical capability. Of course, this does not mean that if you are extremely fit you should restrict your choices only to the tougher treks. […]

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Capitan Lake - photo from one of our backpacking treks

List prices include our complete gear package and there is a $300 discount if you bring your own (see our Canoeing List, Backpacking List, and/or Questionnaire for details – found here). Also, we offer a $300 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.

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