Hiking and Backpacking in Yellowstone

Hiking and Backpacking in Yellowstone

4 Days



Hiking and Backpacking in Yellowstone

4 Days Starting and ending in Jackson

Visiting: Yellowstone National Park

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 8

Physical rating:

High, High

Age range:

12-99 years

Special diets catered:


Tour operated in:

Fishing, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

See the best of Yellowstone during spring and fall when there are less tourists and local wildlife is more active. Hike to the junction of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River, traverse the Black Canyon, which runs along the drier and warmer northern boundary of the park, and admire cascading waterfalls. World-class trout waters, great hiking, and abundant wildlife are just some of the hallmarks of this tour which includes camping with views of the Yellowstone River. If you’re interested in early season Yellowstone hiking and camping adventure, this tour is for you.


  • During spring and fall at Yellowstone, there are less tourists and local wildlife is more active, making this the perfect holiday for nature lovers.

  • Enjoy a free day to discover Yellowstone your way. Your expert leader is on hand to guide you though nearby trails suitable to group fitness level and interests.

  • Keep your eyes open along the trail for the chance to spot bison, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, and more.

  • Fall asleep listening to sound of tumbling waters and soak up the pristine natural surroundings as you spend the night at comfortable camps along the banks of the Yellowstone River.

  • Enjoy freshly prepared, delicious backcountry dinners prepared by your leader and admire sparkling stars overhead if the weather is clear.

  • During spring and fall at Yellowstone, there are fewer tourists and local wildlife is more active, making this the perfect holiday for nature lovers.

  • Enjoy a free day to discover Yellowstone your way. Your expert leader is on hand to guide you through nearby trails suitable to group fitness level and interests.


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Day 1: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Accommodation: Backcountry camping
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After an early morning pick up at Jackson Hole, your trip begins with a downhill hike to a suspension bridge across the Yellowstone River. From here, follow a three mile trail up the scenic Hellroaring Creek Valley, listening to the roar of the water as you go, and access a bridge that will take you to your camp on the banks of the Yellowstone River and the mouth of the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone. Tonight, enjoy a freshly prepared, delicious backcountry dinner prepared by your leader and enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by nature as you get to know your group.

Included Activities:
-Shuttle from Jackson Hole
-Yellowstone River Suspension Bridge Visit
-Hellroaring Creek Valley hike
-Guided Backpacking experience - Yellowstone National Park

Day 2: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Accommodation: Backcountry camping
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, your hiking trip proceeds downstream over a beautiful knoll above the Yellowstone River where we will enjoy spectacular views. From here, hike on to Crevice Lake and make camp near the lake on the shores of the Yellowstone River. Today’s hike offers fantastic opportunities to see bison, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, black bears, and grizzly bears. If the live animals elude you, the evidence of their ancestors won’t as this area is a prime wintering ground for Yellowstone’s wildlife with animal bones strewn dramatically across the landscape.

Included Activities:
-Crevice Lake hike

Day 3: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Accommodation: Backcountry camping
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

This is a layover day to enjoy our spectacular surroundings with a choice of relaxing in camp, fishing, or hiking and exploring downstream to Knowles Falls (a broad waterfall on the Yellowstone River) and steeper parts of the Black Canyon. At this time of year there are tremendous views of the Yellowstone River as it thunders downstream, full of spring runoff.

Included Activities:
-Knowles Falls hike

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park
Location: Yellowstone National Park
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

After breakfast, walk upstream along Blacktail Deer Creek to the trailhead and begin your final hike of the trip. The creek ascends sharply here, passing a picturesque set of cascades, before leveling off in a beautiful valley filled with huge meadows and isolated stands of trees. The spectacular views of the surrounding countryside provide the perfect grand finale for your hiking adventure.

Included Activities:
-Blacktail Deer Creek hike
-Shuttle to Jackson Hole

What's Included

  • Shuttle from Jackson Hole

  • Yellowstone River Suspension Bridge Visit

  • Hellroaring Creek Valley hike

  • Guided Backpacking experience - Yellowstone National Park

  • Crevice Lake hike

  • Knowles Falls hike

  • Blacktail Deer Creek hike

  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole

  • Accommodation

    Backcountry camping (3 nights)

  • Transport

    Private vehicle

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Airport Transfers at Destination


  • You’ll camp in beautiful, well-located campgrounds and spend the night in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents with self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags which are professionally laundered after every trip.


  • We recommend taxis and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber when traveling to and from hotels in the USA and Canada. These services are widely available across North America, offering convenient and accessible transportation options. Private transfers in North America incur high costs and present an increased risk of missed connections due to their fixed schedules. In contrast, taxis and rideshares offer both cost-effectiveness and flexibility, ensuring a smoother journey. With transparent pricing, GPS tracking, and on-demand availability, we believe that taxis and rideshare apps not only offer a reliable alternative to private transfers but also provide a secure, trustworthy, and budget-friendly transportation option for our customers.

Important Information

  • 1. Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 30 days out from departure. We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
  • 2. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
  • 4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
  • 5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
  • 6. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts via conference call. Early on the morning of day 1, you will be picked up from Mountain Modern Inn, in Jackson. We recommend you book a pre tour night in that hotel.
  • 7. A single tent is provided to all solo travellers at no extra cost.

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  • Are flights included in this tour?


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?


  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?


  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, if age 15+ are accompanied by an adult

  • Is this trip right for you

    This is a hiking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included hiking and activities.

    This trip involves hikes ranging in distance from 4.5-9 miles (7.5-14 km) per day with a total trip distance of up to 20 miles (32 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 1000 feet (305 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.

    On this tour you will be required to carry a backpack weighting approximately 35-45 lb (15-20 kg).

    Yellowstone can get cold at this time of year and snow is not uncommon so be prepared for changeable weather and possibly rainy days. Suitable clothing and appropriate footwear are a must.

    On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

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    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 400 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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