Yellowstone Sky Rim Backpacking
Immerse yourself in the world’s first national park with this spectacular backcountry hike.
July 30 – August 2
August 13 – August 16
September 3 – September 6
Experience true backcountry as you hike along the Sky Rim Trail in Yellowstone National Park. After an intense hike, you’ll be rewarded with the park’s classics, such as Grand Prismatic Spring, and Old Faithful!
Day 1: Arrive in Bozeman, MT. After meeting your guide, you’ll head down to a remote part of Yellowstone National Park and begin the scenic hike to your first campsite! In the evening, we’ll get to know each other over a camp dinner and s’mores!
Meals: L, D
Day 2: After breakfast, you’ll hike out through lodgepole pine forests and alpine meadows before beginning your initial ascent up the ridge. Expect panoramic views of some of Yellowstone’s highest peaks. After a stunning day on the trail, you’ll arrive at your backcountry campsite where you’ll cook a delicious camp dinner. Listen to local ghost stories around the campfire before settling into your tent for the evening.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Today you’ll continue hiking through the national park, taking in Yellowstone’s vistas and learning about the history of the national park along the way. Once you reach the trailhead, you’ll make your way towards West Yellowstone to explore some of the most famous features of the park – Grand Prismatic Springs and Old Faithful.
Tonight you’ll spend the evening at a luxury safari-style glamping site, amongst a field of horses.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: After breakfast and bidding your luxury camp spot farewell, you’ll jump in the van to cram in as many of Yellowstone’s highlights as you can en route back to Bozeman. You’ll take the scenic route back, stopping at Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lamar Valley, and Mammoth Hot Springs. Your guide will have you back at Bozeman Airport in time for your onward flight later this afternoon or evening.
Meals: B, L
- Backpack (50+ litres)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)
Yellowstone has very extreme weather – in fact, the highest recorded difference in temperature in a 24-hour period was recorded in Montana at over 100 degrees!
September can be very comfortable and dry in the day, but get quite cold in the evenings with highs in the 70s and lows in the 30s. It can snow any month of the year and often does!
Expect to spend up to 8 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 3500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks!
Suitable for fit people with hiking experience.
We’ll spend two nights backcountry camping in Yellowstone National Park.
We’ll finish our time in Yellowstone with a glamping experience at Under Canvas.
Your host will meet you at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Bozeman at 12 pm, so please book a flight that arrives before 11:30 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation in Bozeman at 11:15 am if you are already in town.
At the end of your trip, you’ll be dropped at the airport at 4 pm, so you can book any flight that leaves after 5:30 pm to ensure you have enough time to check-in. Alternatively, you can be dropped at your accommodation in Bozeman if you are staying on.
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
Gratuity for your guide