Hiking in Yellowstone

Ditch the crowds and head to the quiet northwest corner of Yellowstone to backcountry geyser basins and connect to the genuine, unadulterated wonder of the park. This new adventure includes hiking, white-water rafting and kayaking where you'll likely see more elk than people.

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Departure Dates:

  • July 11 - 16, 2021
  • Aug. 8 - 13, 2021

Schedule Highlights

DAY 1: BOZEMAN, GALLATIN CANYON: Your guide picks you up in Bozeman and before you know it you’re rocking some whitewater on the Gallatin River. When you’re not paddling like mad through the rapids, remember to look at the beautiful canyon scenery. Then it’s off the river and onto the trail, right behind your lodge, the historic 320 Guest Ranch. You’re on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park, in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area.

DAY 2: YELLOWSTONE VIA GALLATIN CANYON: Hike like a local today, on a trail that gets you into Yellowstone through the side door, so to speak. There are a few options for trails, all of which start just a few miles up Gallatin Canyon from the 320, and don’t involve going through a park entrance. Your guide will help you identify flowers and animal tracks while you’re watching for elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and possibly wolves and bears.

DAY 3: YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK: You make it official today by passing through the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This is your day to discover Yellowstone’s unique geothermal features. In any given year, Yellowstone has more than 400 active geysers distributed across nine distinct geyser basins. One hiking option takes you to the Lone Star Geyser, the star of a backcountry thermal basin with steam vents and small hot pools. This evening, enjoy the view of Yellowstone Lake from a rocking chair on the porch of your lodge.

DAY 4: YELLOWSTONE LAKE: The morning brings a very unique adventure—a 3-hour “geysers and wildlife” kayak excursion on Yellowstone Lake. You paddle with your guide along the shoreline to West Thumb Geyser Basin to explore geothermal features on land and in the clear water. Many of the features you’ll see aren’t accessible by any other means. You’re likely to see wildlife, too. The afternoon’s hike might be through wildflower meadows or along the lake.

DAY 5: GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE AND GARDINER: You’ve probably seen it in pictures, which don’t do it justice: the magnificent Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, carved by the Yellowstone River. The three-part waterfall thunders down more than 400 feet. You’ll hike in the Canyon area, possibly on a rim trail that takes in the Artist Point overlook. Later in the day you head out of the park toward Gardiner, Montana, stopping for a short hike en route. Tonight, set your inner kid free with s’mores around a campfire and a night in the tipi of your wildest western dreams.

DAY 6: BOZEMAN FOR DEPARTURES HOME: Share your tipi-inspired dreams over breakfast, then head to Bozeman to catch departures home.


To reserve space on any departure please contact our travel partner Off the Beaten Path at 800-445-2995 or travel@offthebeatenpath.com

Our tours feature tiered pricing, with a range of prices for each trip, with the price increasing as the departure fills to allow us to confirm departures as soon as possible.

Most tours run with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 16 participants maintaining an 8 participant to 1 guide ratio.

NPCA Travel: 800-628-7275 or travel@npca.org

Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at www.npca.org/trips and our other Yellowstone Tours.

  • Cost:
    From $3,695 per person double occupancy; $950 single supplement
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