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Wyoming Yellowstone National Park Hiking Tour

Geothermal Wonders, Epic Wildlife & Untamed Beauty


See Montana and Wyoming's most magnificent natural wonders on this spectacular hiking adventure through America's first National Park: Yellowstone. The TV show is great, but this trip is even better! Experience rugged wilderness, incredible geothermal features, and enigmatic wildlife in the company of expert guides. Summit two peaks, see herds of bison, and maybe even spot a bear or a wolf! Witness Yellowstone's geysers, such as Old Faithful blow off some steam, and learn about the subterranean supervolcano that fuels them. This trip to Yellowstone is perfect for hiking enthusiasts, blending daily active challenges with visits to iconic natural wonders and park attractions. Cap off the trip near Big Sky, MT with a beautiful classic Western Ranch stay, here you can kick back or kick it up while celebrating your week of accomplishments!

6 Days

From: $3,995

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Highlights


  • Follow spectacular trails to Mammoth Hot Springs and Grand Prismatic Overlook, and summit two of Yellowstone's best alpine peaks
  • Spot free-roaming bison and marvel at the Lamar Valley, known as "the American Serengeti"
  • Explore the visually stunning geothermal features of the Yellowstone caldera and see the legendary Old Faithful geyser

Wyoming Yellowstone National Park Hiking

Start: Bozeman, MT  End: Bozeman, MT

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Hike Mammoth Terrace Loop & Howard Eaton Trail

    Day 1

    Welcome to Montana! Your guides will pick you and your fellow adventurers up this morning in Bozeman, MT. After an orientation meeting and a short drive to Mammoth Hot Springs, lace up your hiking boots and embark on a one-way hike, mostly downhill, through expansive meadows and wild hoodoo rock formations, with the peaks of the Gallatin Range visible over the hillsides. Soon, the hoodoos will come into view, and it won't be long before you find yourself walking among these large boulders and rocks that provide an excellent habitat for observing pikas. Next, continue your descent and prepare to be amazed as you connect with the Mammoth Terraces Upper Loop - a true geological wonder within Yellowstone National Park. Marvel at the world's most extraordinary travertine deposits, enhanced by the dynamic interplay of geothermal and seismic forces, resulting in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and an ever-changing landscape. Make sure to keep your camera ready, as the Mammoth terraces offer a truly otherworldly spectacle. Finish the hike by walking directly into the lobby of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

    Accommodation: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins

    Activity: 2-4 hours/4.6 miles hiking with 209' evalation gain and 1,238 elevation loss (additional option to extend the hike to over 6-miles)

    Transportation: 2 hour private van transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Grand Prismatic Overlook, Visit Old Faithful & Hike Observation Point

    Day 2

    You will literally warm up today as you walk along the boardwalks above the geothermal wonders of the Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Geyser Crater. After that, you'll cross the Firehole River to reach the Grand Prismatic Overlook before continuing your hike to a scenic picnic spot near the magnificent 200-ft Fairy Falls, one of Yellowstone's most spectacular waterfalls. Explore the more remote Imperial and Spray Geysers before you return for a short transfer to the world's most famous geyser, Old Faithful. In the late afternoon, take the time to explore the area, including a short hike to Observation Point and the Upper Geyser Basin. Within just one square mile, you'll find over 150 geothermal features, making this one of the best places in the park to witness hot springs, geysers, and thermal pools.

    Accommodation: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins

    Activity: 6-8 hours/AM: 6.6 miles with 359' elevation gain and 359' elevation loss; PM: 2.4 miles with 284' elevation gain and 284' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Wildlife Viewing in Lamar Valley & Hike Mount Washburn

    Day 3

    Rise and shine early because today is action-packed! The Lamar Valley is often referred to as America's Serengeti due to its abundant population of large animals. Among its most famous inhabitants are the Junction Butte and Lamar Canyon wolf packs. Additionally, you can expect to encounter large herds of bison, pronghorn, badgers, grizzly bears, bald eagles, osprey, deer, and coyotes, so keep your eyes peeled! The adventure continues as you embark on your first challenge, Mount Washburn. Ascend to the summit at 10,219 feet and be greeted by a vibrant display of wildflowers, especially during July. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep along the trail, and once you reach the top, you'll discover a fire lookout tower featuring interpretive exhibits. If needed, you can find shelter from gusty winds and take in the captivating sights of Yellowstone Lake and the majestic Absaroka mountain range stretching beyond the horizon.

    Accommodation: Canyon Lodge & Cabins

    Activity: 6-8 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,467' elevation gain and 1,485 elevation loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Avalanche Peak & Storm Point

    Day 4

    While not the tallest point in Yellowstone, Avalanche Peak is often described as an epic hike and one of the very best in the park. During this hike, you will ascend a steep climb, gaining 2,100 feet in elevation. However, once you reach above the tree line, you'll be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. You'll also get a sense of the sheer scale of Yellowstone Lake and, on a clear day, be able to see all the way to the Grand Tetons. After descending from Avalanche Peak, you'll have a picnic at Eleanor Lake before heading to the Storm Point Loop on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. This loop takes you through forests and grasslands, eventually leading to a strip of sand dunes, beaches, and a rocky promontory. Along the hike, there's a good chance of spotting wildlife, particularly birds along the shoreline, yellow-bellied marmots on the promontory itself, and bison in the woods and meadows.

    Accommodation: Canyon Lodge & Cabins

    Activity: 5-7 hours/AM: 4.5 miles hiking with 2,038' elevation gain and 2,059' elevation loss; PM 2.8 miles hiking with 124' elevation gain and 127' elevation loss

    Transportation: Two 1-hour private van transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike Wapiti Trail to Lower & Upper Falls

    Day 5

    Set out on a gentler journey compared to the challenging peaks you have just conquered, hiking the Wapiti Trail. Begin amidst picturesque meadows and serene lakes, passing through an active hydrothermal area alive with bubbling mud pots and steaming vents. You reach the south rim of the magnificent Grand Canyon of Yellowstone offering a perfect spot for a scenic picnic lunch with unparalleled views. Continuing along the canyon rim, immerse yourselves in the breathtaking vistas; get a panorama of the canyon from Point Sublime, awe-inspiring views of Lower Falls at Artist's Point, and cascading Upper Falls further along the trail. Finish the hike alongside the raging Yellowstone River, taking in the exhilarating sights and sounds of nature's power. Your transfer van is waiting at the end of the trail to take you to one of Travel and Leisure's top 10 guest ranches, located near Big Sky, Montana. Relax and recount your achievements before celebrating with a dinner together with the group and guides.

    Accommodation: 320 Guest Ranch

    Activity: 6-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,099' elevation gain and 1,094' elevation loss (shorter options available)

    Transportation: 1.5 hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Relax, Hike Ousel Falls & Return to Bozeman

    Day 6

    Start the day off by relaxing on your cabin porch before departing for one last short hike on the transfer back to Bozeman where you'll say your final farewells.

    Activity: 1 hour/1.5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been exploring US National Parks for more than 50 years, placing a strong emphasis on responsible travel practices that support local communities and protect the natural environment.
  • In six spectacular and well-paced days, you'll focus on hiking Yellowstone's best trails. Pair epic hikes with a comfortable stay at a classic Montana guest ranch. Get the best of both adventure and comfort!
  • Hike with our top-notch local guides, who have expert knowledge of Yellowstone and Wyoming. Summit two of the park's most famous mountain peaks and follow rugged trails, taking in epic wildlife and geothermal wonders along the way.

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Abigail D.

Abigail D.

Abigail is a native of upstate New York, nestled at the foothills of the Adirondacks. Since her early days, she and her family have immersed themselves in the wonders of the Adirondacks, embarking on hiking, biking, skiing, and boating adventures. In recent years, her pursuits have shifted, balancing her time between guiding rafting trips through the Hudson River gorge in the summers, and rock climbing in the renowned Gunks during the school year. She has a degree in outdoor education and is currently pursuing her interest in art at SUNY New Paltz. Her heart craves adventure and the outdoors, and she loves to share her passion with others.

James M.

James M.

Born in Glens Falls, James grew up spending time in nearby Adirondack State Park. He came to outdoor adventure as a second career after 10 years in retail, starting off guiding white water rafting trips and branching out to lead hiking, kayaking, SUP and mountain biking adventures. Eventually he moved into management, spending 15 years running a white water rafting company in upstate New York. He is passionate about travel and outdoor adventure and exploring different cultures, having adventured throughout the US and lived, hiked, mountain biked, and rafted abroad.

Luke E.

Luke E.

Luke hails from New York where he guided through the lush forests and rugged peaks of the Adirondak Mountains. He fell in love with outdoor adventure—the thrill of whitewater rafting, climbing, and hiking—while pursuing his degree in outdoor education. Since 2018 he’s been sharing that passion, guiding challenging hiking routes and rapid-filled rivers and looks forward to adventures together with you. Even when he’s not guiding, you’ll find him paddling, exploring the mountains, or building ice castles.

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This trip is rated activity level 3. Daily 3- to 7-hour hikes on steep and uneven terrain with some moderate exposure to heights. Hikes will often be broken up across multiple different trails with rest breaks. Summiting peaks exposes us to the whims of mother nature with extreme weather fluctuations from intense and hot sunshine to wind and even snow or thunderstorms.
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Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

6-8 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,099' elevation gain and 1,094' elevation loss (shorter options available)

Day 6

1 hour/1.5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain

Accommodations


Historic and modern in-park properties at Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon and a classic Western ranch with comfortable cabins.
320 Guest Ranch
320 Guest Ranch
320 Ranch is located on a historic homestead on the banks of the Gallatin River. The ranch offers cozy cabin accommodations with modern touches, classic Montana decor and down-home hospitality. McGill's Restaurant serves Montana cowboy cuisine featuring steaks and wild game along with a thoughtfully-selected wine list.
Canyon Lodge & Cabins
Canyon Lodge & Cabins

Canyon Lodge & Cabins is located on the east side of Yellowstone National Park near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The sprawling property offers a variety of accommodations including five new lodge buildings. All room types are modest and provide a true National Park Lodge experience. While there is no television or air conditioning at the property, internet is available in some public spaces. Canyon Village features a variety of dining options as well as the Canyon Visitor Education Center which focuses on Yellowstone's infamous supervolcano.

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins

The historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is just steps from Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. The spacious lobby features the signature Map Room, where you can relax with a drink, enjoy the musical delights of a live pianist, and view a large wooden map of the United States constructed of 15 different woods from nine countries. The historic accommodations are modest and authentic providing a true National Park Lodge experience. While there is no television or air conditioning at the property, internet is available.

Weather


Most of the park lies at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level or higher. Expect big temperature swings, rain, or snow during every month of the year.

 
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Know Before You Book


Accommodation
The national park accommodations on this trip provide great access to the top activities in the area. However, they are simpler compared to what we usually consider comfortable lodgingâ€"the rooms being more basic. Some buildings date back to the early 1900s and have been minimally renovated to follow park regulations. Overall, the service might feel slower and meal quality and selection much more limited compared to other MT Sobek trips. Keep in mind that internet and cell phone service are very limited throughout the parks.

FAQs


How should I train for my Yellowstone National Park adventure?
The best training is hiking. Work up to hiking similar distances with your daypack loaded with the same weight and items you will be carrying on our day hikes.
Is there wildlife in the high desert and canyons?
Yes! Yellowstone's abundant and diverse wildlife are as famous as its geysers. There are nearly 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, five species of amphibians, six species of reptiles, and 67 species of mammals-including seven native ungulate species and two bear species. Habitat preferences and seasonal cycles of movement determine, in a general sense, where a particular animal may be at a particular time. Early morning and evening hours are when animals tend to be feeding and are more easily seen. But remember that the numbers and variety of animals you see are largely a matter of luck and coincidence. Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable and dangerous. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely.
When is the best time to go on this trip?
Wildlife can be viewed year-round at Yellowstone, though the seasons will impact what species you see. Spring is the best months to view bears, while the winter months are best for wolves and bighorn sheep (see our winter trip). Elk, moose, bison, and mountain goats can be spotted during the summer months, which is also the park's busiest season. Early Fall, on the other hand, is a great time to see bear, elk, and raptors - while enjoying more mild weather.
Who is this trip perfect for?
This adventure is perfect for anyone who enjoys an active vacation focused on hiking in stunning landscapes, geology buffs, photography enthusiasts, and those who love to wildlife! Yellowstone National Park offers a wide range of trails for hikers of all skill levels, making it the perfect destination for adventurers seeking a challenge or those just looking for a peaceful hike.
What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.
Are there any group savings?
Yes, we offer two ways to enjoy group savings on many adventures in North America, including this one. Either bring a group of 10 and receive 10% off per person or opt for an eleventh person to go for free! Call our expert Trip Consultants on 800-974-0300 to discuss group savings options.

Guest Reviews


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