Yellowstone Custom Guided Backpacking Trips
Custom Guided Backpacking Adventures in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Custom Guided Backpacking Adventures
Custom guided backpacking adventures are available throughout the year to just about any location in the park. If you've come across a specific trail listed on our website and you would like us plan a guided trip to that location please send us an email to the address listed below and we'll provide you with the details, basic itinerary and pricing. Our custom guided backpacking trips are designed around your schedule.

The following is a list of guidelines for custom trips

• Minimum group size is 2 people
• Maximum group size is 6-10 people depending on the location/campsites
• Individual (1-person) trips are available for an additional fee
• Minimum age limit is 14+
• Discount available for groups of 4 or more
• Initial deposit required

Please provide us with your proposed dates, the number of guests, as well as the physical abilities/general conditioning of all those in your party.

Contact us for details

3-4 Day Backpacking Trips = $775 & $950 pp
5-7 Day Backpacking Trips = $1,375 & $1,575 pp
8-10 Day Backpacking Trips = Call for pricing

If you provide your own backpacking equipment and food you will receive a $200 discount (per person).

View our cancellation policies.

What's Included?
Professional Guide, Round-trip transportation from Bozeman to YNP, Backcountry Permits, Backpack, Tent (3-season, 2-person), Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Pad (20º F), Cook Stove, Cooking Fuel, Water Filter; Trekking Poles, Group First-aid Kit, Bear Spray, Freeze-dried Food and Snacks (meals are supplied while backpacking only). See the gear checklist below for the additional items you are responsible for bringing.

Discounted lodging is available to any of our guests planning to stay in Bozeman, Montana. Round-trip transportation from Bozeman to YNP can be arranged upon request at no extra charge. Please call or email us for details.

If you have any food allergies or special meal preferences please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. Additional fees may apply for special dietary food requests. We pack a variety of lightweight freeze-dried meals for dinners along with high-calorie energy bars, oatmeal, dried fruits, granola, nuts, and beef jerky for lunches.

Not Included?
Airfare, Hotel Reservations, Personal Items, Guide Gratuity (the industry standard is between 10% and 15% of the trip cost).

Shuttle Services
There are a number of reliable shuttle services in the region that offer transportation to and from the park.
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Yellowstone Road Runner

While these hikes are generally moderate in difficulty they do require a certain level of fitness and conditioning. Much of Yellowstone is situated at elevations that are above 6,000 ft. which can limit your normal level of physical activity. We recommend a regular fitness routine that includes most forms of cardio activity as well as regular day hikes in the footwear you plan to hike in. You must be able to carry between 30 and 60 lbs. of equipment in a variety of weather conditions and over a variety of terrain.

Medical Conditions
Please make us aware of any pre-existing medical conditions you or anyone in your party may have. If you are taking medications for these ailments please let us know. We will email you the appropriate forms once a trip is booked.

Yellowstone Weather
The weather in Yellowstone is very unpredictable and even though our trips are run during the summer months it can snow at any time of the year in Yellowstone. Daytime temperatures can range between 40ºF and 85ºF and nighttime temperatures can drop into the 20's and 30's ºF. You must be prepared for any type of weather. Click here for detailed information on the weather in Yellowstone.

Getting to Yellowstone
We recommend flying into the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) at Gallatin Field which is located 90 miles from the West Entrance and West Yellowstone, MT, and 95 miles from the North Entrance, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Albright Visitor Center. Click here for more information on air travel and rental car services.

Gear List

  1. A good pair of waterproof hiking boots (already broken-in)
  2. Rain gear/jacket and rain pants
  3. Warm coat (fleece or down).
    Temps can drop into the 20's and 30's ºF at night.
  4. 3-4 pairs of synthetic hiking socks
  5. Sunscreen (small tube)
  6. Sandals or lightweight water shoes (No flip flops)
  7. Quick-drying hiking pants (zip-off legs are ideal),
    and/or a pair of shorts (no jeans)
  8. Mid to lightweight long underwear (tops and bottoms)
  9. Synthetic t-shirts
  10. Baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat
  11. Knit hat and warm gloves
  12. Personal items (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste,
    lip balm, etc.). Bring products with a minimal scent
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Bug spray (on trips where indicated)
  15. Your sense of adventure

Optional Equipment/Items

  1. Gaiters
  2. Camera
  3. Binoculars
  4. Pocket knife or multi-tool
  5. A good book or magazine

Deposit, Refund & Cancellation Policies
A deposit of $350 per person is required prior to the start of each trip.
For groups of 4 or more the deposit is $1,000 to reserve a trip.
The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the trip date.
If you book a tour less than 60 days prior to the trip date the full amount is due.

Trips cancelled up to 60 days prior to the tour date will have the initial deposit returned. Trips cancelled between 60 and 30 days will receive a 50% refund on the total package price. Trips cancelled less than 30 days from the start date are non refundable.*
Cancellations must be made in writing or by email.
Refunds will be issued within 90 days from the cancellation date.

* You may reschedule your trip if necessary. Email us for details.

Trail Guides, LLC reserves the right to cancel a trip at any time.
Under these circumstances we will refund the entire amount of the trip, including the deposit. However, we cannot be held liable for individual travel expenses such as; airfare, rental cars, equipment, meals, trip insurance, travel visas, medical expenses, etc.

NOTE: All backpacking trips are operated rain or shine. Because of the remote locations in which these trips are conducted our schedule can vary depending on a variety of conditions but we make every effort to adhere to the itineraries outlined above. The park service may close backcountry areas, campsites and trails due to bear, flood or wildfire activity. If a tour is cancelled for reasons beyond our control we will issue a credit for a trip of equal value.

Cell service is very inconsistent throughout the park and we may not be able to contact you if we’re running late or vice versa. Wildlife and other unforeseen circumstances including, but not limited to; traffic jams, wildfires, animals, accidents, etc. can significantly delay our/your travel time to the designated meeting points, but we make every effort to be on time. Please be patient. Delays are inevitable in Yellowstone but we cannot be held liable for these unexpected inconveniences. On the day your trip begins you are required to wait for your guide a minimum of 2-3 hours from the appointed start time unless otherwise instructed. Day hikes and backpacking trips are non-refundable under these circumstances.

Click here to download a copy of our deposit, refund and cancellation policies.

We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance before you travel:

For more information please contact us at:
Tel: 1-406-595-1823

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