Yellowstone Basecamp Tour

     4-DAYS GUIDED HIKING

Yellowstone Basecamp Hiking Tour

Reserve your spot with only a $100 deposit! for a limited time only!

Location: Bozeman, Montana, USA

Length: 5 Days

Availability: June 23rd – 27th, 2021

Type: Guided

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Price: $1520

Yellowstone Basecamp Hiking Tour

What sets our Yellowstone Basecamp Hiking Tour apart is the ability to see a tremendous amount in one visit, have a wonderful outdoor experience, and enjoy comforts like showers and cozy sleeping amenities even while camping. We’ll go on five diverse hikes which together create a comprehensive, truly unforgettable experience. The hikes well represent the amazing attributes of this exceptional national park. You’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, the most well-known and spectacular geysers in the park, and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. While driving, we can often stop at pullouts as animal sightings and additional attractions arise in this unpredictable ecosystem.

You’ll also have a fantastic overall outdoor experience as we camp under star-lit skies. Your guide will cook tasty outdoor meals as you relax around the campfire and absorb the magic of Yellowstone before and after your hikes.

Who Will Enjoy This Tour?

You’ll enjoy this trip if you love the great outdoors, have a sense of adventure, and enjoy hiking while relaxing in a beautiful campsite and want the convenience of staying in the same place each night.

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
Hikers in Mount Washington
when hiking in Yellowstone in spring you'll see lots of wildlife like deer

Highlights of the Yellowstone Basecamp Hiking Tour

  • Classic & magnificent, obscure hikes
  • Diverse Yellowstone hiking experience
  • Potential to see wildlife
  • Amazing natural & cultural history
  • Spectacular Yellowstone views
  • Cozy camping with showers & campfires
  • Excellent outdoor cuisine
  • Quintessential meadows & river valleys

What’s Included

  • Professional guide
  • Group Gear (Daypacks, Trekking Poles, First Aid-Kit)
  • Campsite Reservations
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Transportation
  • All meals
  • Permits

Map of Yellowstone National Park Montana/Wyoming

Day 1: Mammoth Hot Springs

Hiking in Yellowstone National Park

We begin the tour at one of the parks most iconic features – Mammoth Hot Springs. From the boardwalks, we will view steaming travertine terraces streaked with colorful microorganisms. Next, we will leave the crowds behind and head out on the Beaver Ponds Trail. This 5-mile loop leads us along a variety of different animal habitats.

We will hike through a forest that is frequented by bears, eventually reaching a clearing of small ponds where it is common to see waterfowl. Open scenic views will greet us as we emerge onto a grassy hilltop that is a known grazing area for pronghorn, deer and elk.

  • Hiking Today: 6 miles (9.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Marginal
  • Transfer: 2-hour drive to the trailhead

Day 2: Hiking to Mount Washburn

Hikers in Mount Washington

Our second hike is one of the most beautiful in the park, a hike to the summit of Mt. Washburn at over 10,000 feet. The trail to the summit travels through picturesque subalpine parkland where wildflowers abound.

This is one of the only places in the park where hikers can get close up views and photos of Bighorn sheep as they are habituated to the presence of hikers. It is a steady climb over 3 miles to the summit where we’ll have a tremendous view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – a giant rift in a landscape of forested hills.

Other sites include Yellowstone Lake, the Teton Range, Electric Peak, and an overall sense that the entire park stretches out below your feet. Following this beautiful hike, we’ll drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for a short stroll out to Artist Point for one of the more phenomenal waterfall views in North America – the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River.

  • Hiking Today: 6 miles (9.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet (427 m)

Day 3: Hiking from Elephant Back – Storm Point

Hiking in Yellowstone

Today we will start with a loop around Elephant Back Mountain. This moderate 3.6-mile hike has about 1,400 feet elevation gain and loss. The trail begins in an old-growth lodgepole pine forest mixed with spruce and fir, an area also frequented by grizzly bears.

After a mile of relatively mild uphill, we will climb switchbacks. Flecks of black obsidian will glitter beneath your feet. The ascent culminates to an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of the lake. The glittering expanse of Yellowstone Lake will be the focal point of our next hike’s destination: Storm Point.

This relatively flat 2.3-mile loop leads to a stunning vista of the largest lake above 7,000 feet in North America. In spring, the lakeshore is a corridor for grizzly bears. Before completing our loop, we will walk past enormous boulders, which are home to a colony of Yellow-bellied Marmots. If we are lucky, we may see one basking in the sun.

  • Hiking Today: 6 miles (9.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet (427 m)

Day 4: Hiking Old Faithful – Biscuit Geyser Basin

Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

We’ll start the day in the Upper Geyser Basin which hosts some of the park’s most iconic features. Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world’s geysers and most of them can be found here, including Old Faithful itself.

Walking the boardwalks, we’ll experience the basins’ diverse array of geysers from thin fountains to massive eruptions. It is an impressive scene. Next we’ll travel a few miles down the road for a hike out to Lone Star Geyser. This is a beautiful hike along the aptly named Firehole River to the largest backcountry geyser in the park: Lone Star Geyser.

Lone Star is found in a clearing surrounded by dense forest; it erupts from a shed-sized cream-colored mound. At full tilt it sprays scalding water 30-45 feet into the air. The geyser erupts about every 3 hours and a logbook is kept nearby so that we’ll know when the next eruption will occur.

  • Hiking Today: 7 miles (11.3 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: Minimal

Day 5: Hiking to Fairy Falls

Our final day’s hike takes us through classic Yellowstone meadows and lodgepole pine forests to Fairy Falls, a 200-foot waterfall plunging off a pine-studded cliff. After we soak up the sights and sounds of Fairy Falls, we will end our tour with a stop at the Grand Prismatic overlook. The Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and one of the most iconic features in the park. It’s a great way to close out our Yellowstone adventure. We will conclude our trip with a shuttle back to Bozeman and fond farewells. What a week it’s been!

  • Hiking Today: 5.4 miles (8.7 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 feet (61 m)
  • Transfer: 2.4-hour drive to Bozeman

YELLOWSTONE BASECAMP HIKING TOUR INFO

Availability

This trip is available during the following dates: June 23th – 27th, 2021

Booking in Advance

Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. This region of United States is very popular and accommodations often fill up months in advance. Space is limited to 10 guests.

Luggage 

Pre and post-trip lodging is your responsibility. We recommend the below-listed accommodations while in town.


Make your reservations early as Bozeman is a tourist community and rooms book early.

Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West discounted rate: ~$95-149 tell the front desk you are a guest of Wildland Trekking.

Hilton Garden Inn (rate: $149-169)

Grade and Terrain

Grade 2 (medium). The elevation difference is between 350 m – 680 m. However, you’ll hike uphill then downhill, only to go uphill again. The trail is often very well maintain. Daily Hiking Distance averages between 4 and 6 miles. Most elevation loss is around 750 feet while the elevation gain is 1000 feet.

Professional Guided Tours

This trek is guided by a professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone hiking guide.

Location

We will meet in Bozeman, Montana for an orientation at 5 p.m. the day before the trip starts. We’ll give you a ride to the meeting point if you are staying at one of the recommended hotels.
The orientation includes introductions, a briefing on the trip itinerary, and a checking of personal gear.
Important note: Please bring all gear you plan on hiking with to this meeting.

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and be a regular walker or hiker. The route is not technical so no prior expertise is required.

General

The enjoyment received from any physical activity is largely dependent on the shape you’re in. You’ll be hiking over varying terrain in uncertain weather with the load of a backpack. We cannot stress enough that the fitter you are the more fun you’ll have. We recommend you prepare for your trip with a training program that addresses your fitness needs and works well with your daily routine.

Wildlife in Yellowstone
Hiking in Yellowstone
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
Hiking in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is home to black bears
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
Geysers in Yellowstone National Park

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

Pricing

$1520 per person

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Group Gear (Daypacks, Trekking Poles, First Aid-Kit)
  • Narrows Hiking Gear
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • All meals
  • Permits

Payment Info

$500 USD is normally due at the time of booking, but due to COVID-19 only $100 is due for a limited time only.

The remaining balance is due 60 days before the onset of the trip. If you’re booking within 60 days full payment is due at the time of booking. You see the booking terms and conditions by clicking here.

Extras

  • Pre and post-trek airport transfers.
  • Hotels pre and post trek
  • Gratuity for guide
  • Mandatory 5% fee 
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance. recommend World Nomads since it includes mountain rescue and repatriation insurance which are required and not covered by all insurance policies.

ACCOMMODATION IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Availability

You’ll be camping for the whole adventure. All nights will be spent in Grant Campground where you can find basic ammenities such as stores, pay showers, and coin laundry.

Storage of Personal Items

Many guests choose to store any extra luggage with the hotel
they’ll be using before and after the trip. You are also
welcome to leave any luggage with us for secure storage while
you’re on your trip – just inform your guide.

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Hiking in Yellowstone National Park
Hikers in Mount Washington
when you hike in spring and fall iin Yellowstone you'll likely see more wildlife than in summer
Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

TRAVEL TO BOZEMAN, MT

By plane:

All Yellowstone trips begin and end from Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman has an airport served by United, Delta, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. One can also fly into Billings and drive to Bozeman. It is a 2.5-hour drive from Billings to Bozeman on good roads.

I find the best deals on Skyscanner and book most of my flights through them.

Note: We highly recommend waiting to book your flights or making other travel arrangements until you receive an email from us notifying you that all your accommodation has been confirmed.

By shuttle:

From Bozeman Airport, there is no regular shuttle service to a downtown location.


Best option may be Uber or Lyft or direct contact with a hotel in Bozeman to see if they provide shuttle services. Its about 15-20 min from the Bozeman airport to the Downtownarea.

From Billings…Greyhound (800-231-2222) offers transportation from downtown Billings (use a cab to get
downtown) to Bozeman. from $23-56 per person one way.
Advance reservations required (www.greyhound.com).

 

Our Yellowstone Basecamp guided hiking tour takes you to some of the most beautiful scenery in all of America while staying safe and comfortable. But without the time-consuming hassle trying to find the most scenic routes.

We do the hard work so that you can focus on hiking and enjoying the magnificent views of this iconic American National Park.

This tour is available from June 23th to 27th, 2021. Complete your booking in less than 5 minutes.

When you book this trip through us, you’ll also receive the following bonuses:
  • Packing list of the essentials
  • My secret list of easy to pack luxurious non-essentials
  • How to make the most of your hiking experience from going within
  • How to get the most of hiking with a group (and still having time for yourself)


Limited time only – book with only a $100 deposit! See the terms and conditions here. Before you book, check that you meet the essential eligibility requirements.

This trip is operated by our trusted partner, the Wildland Trekking Company.

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