Yellowstone Backpacking Trip

Yellowstone Backpacking Trip

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This guided trip to America’s first National Park includes 5 days and 4 nights backpacking plus 2 nights in Jackson, Wyoming. Among other things, follow the footsteps of American settlers as you backpack the historic Thorofare Trail and explore crystal clear rivers and capture photographs of awesome scenic vistas. 

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START: Jackson, WY
FINISH: Jackson, WY
Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level Couples Family Friendly

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.

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.


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Swimming


Day 1 - Arrival & Preparation
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 - Lake Yellowstone
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 - Beaverdam Creek Hike
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 - Yellowstone River
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 - Forest Hiking
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 - Trailhead Hike
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 1 - Departure Day
We have our last group meal at breakfast this morning before spending the day preparing to depart and running shuttles to the airport.

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



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.

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