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Trip Dates


Aug 18-24, 2018 (10 spots left)





Additional Information

Activities: Backpacking
Difficulty: 3  

This guided trip to America’s first National Park includes 5 days/4 nights backpacking plus 2 nights in Jackson, Wyoming.  Meet your guides in Jackson for orientation, then transfer to Yellowstone as a group. After a scenic boat shuttle across the largest lake in the park, you’ll follow the footsteps of American settlers as you backpack the historic Thorofare Trail.  Spend plenty of time enjoying your surroundings as you camp along the peaceful shores of Lake Yellowstone.  Explore crystal clear rivers and capture photographs of awesome scenic vistas. Your guides transform into camp chefs at night and create surprisingly delicious meals with the freshest ingredients possible.  After you conquer the trail, relax and enjoy some of the classic sights in the national park before heading back to Jackson for a farewell dinner with your new friends.

    • Historically, the origin of Yellowstone’s name has been attributed to the Native Americans who had lived in the area. Basically, the name comes from the Yellowstone River, which in turn gets its name from the yellow colored rocky cliffs located on its banks in the northern region of the park. The Minnetaree tribe used to call the river ‘Mi tsi a da zi’, meaning ‘Rock Yellow River’. This was translated to ‘Yellow Rock’ or ‘Yellow Stone’ by French fur trappers.
    • Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the world’s first national park.
    • With more than 10,000 geysers, hot springs and fumaroles, Yellowstone is the largest concentration of hydrothermal features in the world.  Old Faithful is a cone geyser, and the most well-known geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The geyser was named in 1870 because of its consistent eruptions (that reach a height of 106-18 feet) that occur approximately 90 minutes apart. However, Old Faithful is not the tallest or largest geyser in the park. Over the years, the length of the intervals of the geyser have increased, but mathematicians and archaeologists now confirm that Old Faithful erupts exactly 65 minutes after an eruption that lasts less than 2.5 minutes, or 92 minutes after an eruption that lasts more than 2.5 minutes. Old Faithful is the most photographed geyser, but there are several other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone Park that also offer fascinating eruptions.
    • Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park, and stands approximately 2375 miles above sea level. It is also the largest freshwater high altitude lake in North America. The geothermal area in the West Thumb of the lake is easily accessible from several trails, and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the park.
    • Yellowstone rests on one of the largest active volcanoes in the world.
    • Yellowstone is the only place in the lower 48 states that wild bison have survived continuously.
    • Yellowstone has the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states and the global temperate zone. Wildlife viewing is best in the early morning or early to late evening. Yellowstone is home to the following species: 2 species of bears, Roughly 67 species of other mammals, 322 species of birds, 18 species of fish, 5 threatened or endangered species, including bald eagle, grizzly bear, and lynx, whooping crane, gray wolf.
    • More than 2,400 miles of streams flow through Yellowstone, providing some of the best fly fishing in the world.
    • Mammoth Hot Springs, located in the northern part of the park is one of the most interesting areas of the park. Here, water mixed with bicarbonate and calcium comes to the surface, where the carbon dioxide is released while the carbonate that remains combines with calcium, forming travertine, which forms into unusual formations and shapes.
    • One of the most spectacular features of the park is the deep canyon carved by the Yellowstone River as it flows through the area, which also creates a lovely waterfall with upper and lower sections, when it goes over high cliffs. It is known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
    • The Absaroka Range has the highest mountains in the Yellowstone National Park, which is located in the southwestern part of the park. The Eagle Peak, standing at 11,358 feet, is the highest in this range.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather, trail conditions, travel, health and well-being of the participants, and interests of the group.

Day 1: Arrive into Jackson, Wyoming and transfer to the Jackson Hole Lodge. Depending on arrival time, you may explore historic downtown Jackson, relax at the hotel, or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We will meet back at our hotel at 5pm for a gear shakedown, distribution of tents and group food and gear. Then, we’ll make our way to a great local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 2: After an early morning breakfast, we’ll make our way north into Yellowstone National Park. We will stop along the way to do a little sightseeing, and to pick up our backcountry permit. We’ll catch a ferry to the southeast shore of Lake Yellowstone. Here we’ll have dinner and set up camp for the night, then watch the sun set over the lake.

Day 3: Waking up on our first morning on the east shore of Lake Yellowstone is sure to be a memorable experience. We will take our time breaking camp and enjoy breakfast before we continue our journey along the trail. We’ll hike about 6 miles and set up camp on a high bluff overlooking Beaverdam Creek. This will be our camp for the next 2 nights.

Day 4: Today, we’ll leave our heavy packs behind and just carry what we need for the day. We’ll hike 3 miles to the Yellowstone River, just south of Lake Yellowstone. We’ll spend the afternoon relaxing on the banks of the river – fishing, swimming, taking photos, reading a good book or taking a nap are all great options! When we’ve had our fill of the river, we’ll hike back to camp and have dinner.

Day 5: Today, we’ll hike north about 8 miles through forests of lodgepole pine and conifer trees along the shores of Lake Yellowstone. During the day, we’ll stop to enjoy lunch on the trail. Camp will be at a beautiful site right on the bank of the lake.

Day 6: In the morning, we’ll have a hot breakfast and hike 6.5 miles north to the trailhead. We’ll do a little sightseeing and have lunch, the head back to Jackson, WY. Upon arrival in Jackson, we will check into our hotel, enjoy a hot shower, and head into downtown Jackson for a well-deserved farewell dinner at the Snake River Brewery.

Day 7: We have our last group meal at breakfast this morning before spending the day preparing to depart and running shuttles to the airport.

✓ Backpack – 30-50 liters, capable of 30-40 lb load.
✓ Large duffel bag

✓ Sleeping bag – lightweight, easily packable (rated to 20 degrees).
✓ Sleeping pad.
✓ Tents are supplied.

✓ Casual clothing – lightweight, comfortable items for travel.
✓ Airline tickets (if necessary).
✓ Earplugs.
✓ Travel pillow.

Clothing Accessories
✓ Sun hat with brim
✓ Ski hat
✓ Gloves – midweight windstopper.
✓ Gloves – warm and waterproof.

✓ Hiking shorts.
✓ Pants-zip-offs are great
✓ T-shirts.
✓ Long sleeve shirts.
✓ Long underwear.
✓ Fleece jacket or wool sweater.
✓ Fleece pants.
✓ Down jacket (optional).
✓ Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants.
✓ Underwear.

✓ Hiking boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
✓ Tennis shoes or sandals.
✓ Gaiters
✓ Hiking socks.
✓ Sock liners
✓ Camp sock

✓ Water bottles (2-3) and/or Hydration reservoir (2-3 liter capacity)
✓ Plastic bowl, cups, spoon and fork.
✓ Water purification tablets or filter.
✓ Matches or lighter.
✓ Trekking poles
✓ Small multi-tool or pocket knife.
✓ Headlamp or flashlight.
✓ Sunglasses
✓ Camera, film, tripod (optional).
✓ Extra batteries for headlamp, camera, etc.
✓ Book notebook, journal, pencil or pen.
✓ Bandanas or Buff
✓ Pack cover
✓ Binoculars
✓ Personal first-aid kit and medication.
✓ Trail snacks
✓ Several large Ziploc plastic bags

✓ Toilet paper (will use Ziploc bags for used paper while on trail).
✓ Medium to Large pack towel.
✓ Toothbrush and toothpaste.
✓ Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning).
✓ Hand sanitizer
✓ Personal toiletry items.
✓ Sun block and lip balm.
✓ Flies
✓ Landing net
✓ Polarized sunglasses

Trip FAQs

What's included?

  • 5 days/4 nights guided backpacking in Yellowstone National Park
  • 2 nights at the Jackson Hole Lodge (double occupancy)
  • All transfers to/from the Jackson Hole airport if necessary
  • All transportation from Jackson Hole to/from Yellowstone N.P.
  • Tents
  • Group cookware
  • Water filtration systems
  • All meals in town and on the trail
  • All permit and guide fees
  • Pre-departure conference calls with your BWA guide.

What's not included?

Transportation to and from Jackson, Wyoming

Personal gear and clothing

Alcoholic beverages

Extra drinks and snacks, beyond what is provided

Personal extras such as laundry, massage or Internet

Guide tips.


We know that well-fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate by providing great meals both in town and on the trail. Your guides will prepare delicious meals with fresh ingredients on the trail every day. In town, we dine in excellent restaurants. Vegetarian or other dietary preferences can be accommodated.


2 nights at Jackson Hole Lodge in historic Jackson, Wyoming and 4 nights camping under the stars in the backcountry of Yellowstone.


Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while on our Yellowstone Backpacking trip take place at 7500 ft. and are strenuous. They should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult a physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the hike.. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a ‘stress EKG’. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.