man overlooking the yellowstone river

A visit to Yellowstone National Park is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors. The vast landscapes, stunning scenery, geysers, rivers, hiking trails, and more promise exciting adventures for every type of traveler. When it comes to hiking and backpacking, you can find many trails with rewarding views and destinations. However, your best bet when planning Yellowstone backpacking trips is to schedule your time with a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide.


Wild West Rafting does more than just river rafting tours. In fact, you can schedule Yellowstone backpacking tours with our guides or plan a trip that includes both rafting and backpacking. We’ll meet you in Gardiner, MT, near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and will then lead you on a customized tour catered to the experience levels of the members of your group. We’ll help you spot local wildlife, choose and safely traverse some of the most beautiful hikes in the area, help with camping arrangements, and more. A few of the most popular hikes in Yellowstone include: (Insert Images for each of these locations)

  • Firehole Meadows

  • Sky Rim Trail

  • Ribbon Lake

  • Shoshone Lake

  • Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

  • Gallatin Mountains

  • Pebble Creek

  • Bechler River Trail


items ready to pack for backpacking

Depending on the duration and type of trip you are planning, Wild West Rafting will supply much of the necessities you would normally need. We have camping equipment, rafts, lifejackets, bear spray, and we provide meals and snacks for many of our Yellowstone backpacking trips and rafting tours. You’ll need to bring appropriate attire, comfortable footwear, and a water bottle. Speak with your tour guides in advance for a more detailed itinerary and list of needed supplies.


There are many amazing places to stay both in and around Yellowstone National Park. We recommend staying somewhere in Gardiner. You’ll have quick access to the north entrance of the park, which brings you in near Mammoth Hot Springs. Plus, you’ll be ready to start your hiking day trip or backpacking overnight trip. During your backpacking trip, you won’t need to worry about where to stay. We’ll guide you to a perfect camping spot and provide tipi lodging for the night.


backpacking in yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is beautiful year-round, but it is best to visit during the warmer months if you’re looking for a trip that includes backpacking or river rafting. The best time for a trip may vary depending on your specific backpacking destination, but typically, you’ll want to come between June and September. Before June, the rivers may still be running high, and there can be lingering snow, making overnight trips cold and uncomfortable. After September, it is also likely that you will encounter colder temperatures and more snowfall.


Contact Wild West Rafting to learn more about our Yellowstone backpacking tours, and start planning your trip today! Find out how you can see a different side of Yellowstone National Park and create long-lasting memories with your friends and family in one of the most beautiful outdoor locations in the country. Let our guides know about your group, including ages, abilities, and dietary needs, and we’ll help you plan the perfect customized backpacking trip in Yellowstone.