Introduction to Backpacking: Shoshone Geyser Basin


An introduction to backpacking trip, alongside an expert hiking guide, in an off-the-beathen-path thermal basin with more geysers than Iceland!


September 1-4, 2024

Trip Length

4 Days


Level 3

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Group Size

Up to 8 People

$1450 Per Person


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! 




    • Camping
    • Backpacking
    • Hot Springs

    • 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

    Not Included
    • Flights
    • Sleeping bag (Available to Rent for $50)
    • Gratuity for Your Guide



    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 $500 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 expert guide will drop you back at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport by 2pm for your travel home (or back at your accommodation in Bozeman if you’re staying on).


      person hiking in Sedona National Park

      Take a tour that lets you immerse yourself in the park. Our guides are master naturalists, botanists, geologists, historians, and – most importantly – relentlessly curious! This is more than a sightseeing tour; it’s a day of learning and connection with Yellowstone National Park.

      Day One


      Your journey begins today! You’ll meet your group and expert backpacking 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

      Day Two


      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

      Day Three

      After a healthy, filling camp breakfast, we’ll explore the astonishing 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 and other wildlife, who enjoy spending time along the lakeshore.

      Meals: B, L, D

      Day Four

      We’ll wake up at dawn to start our hike out of the Shoshone Geyser Basin 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. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way back to the Bozeman Airport, with a quick stop at a local hot spring for a dip! 

      Meals: B, L, D

      Packing LIst

      Required Gear
      • Backpacking pack (60+ liters recommended)
      • Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
      • Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
      • Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 15 degrees
      • Pack cover
      • Headlamp
      • Reusable water bottles (at least 3 litres) 
      Recommended Gear & Personal Items
      • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
      • Travel pillow
      • Sunscreen
      • Earplugs
      • 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
      • Sunglasses
      Recommended Clothing
      • Rain pants
      • Buff or neck scarf
      • Comfortable clothes for camp
      • Sandals or camp shoes

      Trip FAQ’s

      What will we eat?

      Meals may be prepared by guides, picked up as boxed lunches, or enjoyed in restaurants. We prioritize seasonal, fresh ingredients and local suppliers in all regions. We can cater to most dietary requests and allergies with advanced notice. Be sure to include this information in our client intake form when registering for your trip!

      Who else will be there?

      Good Trippers can be any age and everyone is welcome!

      We get families, couples and friends, but most of our travelers come solo! We have hiking trips for all abilities, just make sure to review the Intensity section for information about what to expect on your trip. All group multi-day trips are 18+. If you’re traveling with kids, we’d be happy to make any itinerary private! Email

      Do you offer payment plans?

      We are here to help! We offer flexible payment plans tailored to your needs. Reach out to us for more information on how we can assist you with payment options. Regardless of the payment plan implemented, full payment must be received by 30 days in advance of the trip start.

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