Introduction to Backpacking:
Shoshone Geyser Basin
An introduction to backpacking in an off-the-beaten-path thermal basin with more geysers than Iceland!
July 31 – August 3, 2022
Round trip transportation
Private, medically-trained, naturalist guide
All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
Park entry fees & permits
Tent & sleeping pad
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (Available to rent for $50)
Get acquainted with backpacking as you hike to Shoshone Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Situated along Shoshone Lake, it is the largest backcountry geyser basin in Yellowstone – and we’ll have it all to ourselves!
Travel with our Trip Advisor rated 5-star guides!
Yellowstone and the Tetons have very extreme weather – in fact, the highest recorded difference in temperature in a 24-hour period was recorded nearby in Montana at over 100 degrees! July can be warm and dry in the day, but cool in the evenings with average highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. Recently, daily highs have been reaching well beyond historical averages.
Intensity – Moderate
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 1000ft elevation change) while carrying daypacks or backpacks with water, snacks, and camping gear! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
- One night frontcountry camping in Yellowstone National Park
- Two nights backcountry camping in Yellowstone National Park
- Pricing is based on double occupancy accommodations
- Single supplement is available for an additional $200 per person
You will be flying into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. You’ll want to pick a flight that arrives before 10am MST on the first day. Alternatively, we can collect you from your accommodation in Bozeman at around 9:15am if you’ve arrived early.
At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you back at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at 4pm for your travel home (or back at your accommodation in Bozeman if you’re staying on).
Your journey begins today! You’ll meet your group and guides in Bozeman and get to know each other over lunch at a local brewery. Then, you’ll head down to the world’s first national park! We’ll enjoy some sightseeing and short hikes before arriving to our camp in Canyon Village.
Meals: L, D
Early this morning, we’ll visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for stunning views, then head into the Hayden Valley for some wildlife spotting, and stop at West Thumb Geyser Basin, situated along the enormous Lake Yellowstone! Eventually, we’ll find ourselves at the Lone Star Geyser trailhead, where our adventure into Yellowstone’s backcountry will begin! We’ll hike 9 miles, along backcountry thermal features that may erupt as we pass, giving us a private show! We’ll arrive to our campsite along Shoshone Lake, where we will set up tents and enjoy a delicious camp dinner.
Meals: B, L, D
After a filling camp breakfast, we’ll explore the incredible Shoshone Geyser Basin – which alone has more geysers than Iceland! Then, we’ll hit the trails towards our final campsite, also along Shoshone Lake. We’ll keep our eyes out for elk, who enjoy spending time along the lakeshore.
Meals: B, L, D
We’ll wake up at dawn to start our hike out of the backcountry, where we’ll meet the shuttle that will take us back to our starting point. Then, we’ll hit Yellowstone’s most famous features: Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful. After enjoying the show, we’ll make our way back to the Bozeman airport where we will say “see you soon!”
Meals: B, L
- Required Gear
- Backpack (60+ liters recommended)
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 15 degrees
- Pack cover
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Recommended Gear and Personal Items
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
- Travel pillow
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
- Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
- Small, quick dry towel
- Required Clothing
- Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
- Rain jacket or shell
- Breathable wicking base layers
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Warm hat
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Recommended Clothing
- Rain Pants
- Buff or Scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes