Our Yellowstone National Park backcountry llama pack trips are all-inclusive, fully guided and can range from 2 days to 10 days. Our experienced guides are fantastic and our llamas have been selected on the basis of superior trail performance. Our guides and llamas will pack you into the remote reaches of the Yellowstone wilderness so that you can focus on exploring, hiking and fishing. Of course, you always have the option of leading a llama or hiking independently.
Group & Family Trips: We specialize in planning custom wilderness trips for companies, groups and families of 4 or more. Can you think of a better family or team building experience?
Maybe your group wants to fly fish in the backcountry?
There is no better place to learn and experience the art of fly fishing. We routinely take and teach fly fishing beginners. We can even provide all the fly fishing gear.
What's Included In Our Trips |
- A qualified and professional backcountry guide who will be energetic, knowledgeable and friendly
- Well-trained and experienced pack llamas
- Healthy and filling meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and trail snacks
- Trekking poles for hiking and crossing streams
- A technical day-backpack, if needed. This allows you to carry some of your personal gear you would like to keep handy.
- Industry-leading tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads
- Bear spray, (with proper training) and bear hanging gear
- Water filter and purification systems
- Emergency equipment and first aid kit, as well as a satellite communication device
- Our effort and commitment to make the trip informational, exciting, and completely unforgettable.
Expect high-quality meals on these trips. Since llamas do the carrying, we bring fresh and quality foods. We provide a diversity of foods with the necessary nutrition for sustained energy output including an assortment of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat.
Meals are made from staples that travel well in the backcountry - rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, oatmeal, granola, etc. Meals are also supplemented with trail foods such as crackers, cheese, granola, energy bars, fresh and/or dried fruit, and electrolyte powder. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for snacks and meals; a snack selection (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) is provided at the beginning of each day. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary needs.
We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. Special dietary requests may require an additional fee or other arrangements. Important Note: It’s critical that you specify dietary needs with registration - it’s too late once we are at the trailhead.
Gear We Provide |
We provide all group gear including: industry-leading day-backpacks; Kelty or Sierra Design sleeping bags (professionally cleaned prior to each trip); sleeping pads; trekking poles; cooking stoves; outdoor cookware, bowls, cups and utensils; bear spray and food-hanging gear; company-issued first-aid kit; satellite calling device. We provide bear spray for each guest (18 years of age or older ). We will discuss and review bear safety with all guests before we get on the trail.
- NOTE: We now have complete sleep systems available for sale. If you prefer to travel with a brand new sleeping bag, pillow and sleeping pad, we can make arrangements for that. You are able to keep and reuse those items after the trip, or we can make arrangements to donate those to charity.
Gear Guests Bring |
The following items are required (unless noted ‘optional’) for any guest on our trip—they are a must for safety and comfort. We hike in rugged terrain and weather conditions can change quickly.
- Sturdy hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, height above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in. Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size large to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks and be sure to break them in for at least 25 miles before you arrive.
- Lightweight, closed-toed sandals or shoes such as Crocs (with straps) to cross streams and use in camp. Your hiking boots need to breathe (as do your feet) at the end of a long day of hiking.
- Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of the trip, plus an extra pair (of socks) to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, Wright Sock® (double or single layer) or Darn Tough®. Some individuals wear a thin silk sock liner to protect feet from hot spots/blisters. No cotton socks, ever!
- Gaiters (optional, depends on time of year).
- Sunhat or baseball cap, cotton bandana, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Warm hat and gloves—best is a lightweight beanie and light-to mid-weight fleece or wool gloves.
- Base Layer/Long Underwear: one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, made of capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. No cotton.
- T-shirt or nylon travel shirt. Important note: Please, no cotton hiking clothing with the possible exception of a t-shirt.
- A warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or a coat insulated with a synthetic material or down.
- Nylon or quick-dry pants and shorts, or zip-offs.
- Bathing suit (optional, if you plan to soak or swim).
- Rainproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or DWR coated nylon. For pants, look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots.
- Water bottle(s) or bladder system, and/or a hard sided water bottle (such as a Nalgene®) for 2 liter total capacity.
- Lightweight, quality dry bag or stuff sack (20 liter volume) to store clothes and belongings that go into a llama pannier during our hike.
- Lightweight, packable camp pillow (optional).
- Contact lenses and glasses (if you wear contact lenses also bring glasses—contacts may lost and/or may be difficult to clean).
- Lip balm (optional) • Bug repellent—preferably a product containing at least 25% DEET (unless sensitive to this product) and mosquito head net (optional).
- Toiletries including blister care. Store in a ziplock or reusable bag (for hanging at night in bear country).
- Small washcloth (bandana can serve as a washcloth).
- Headlamp and spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries).
- Camera (optional).
- Notebook (optional).
- Paperback book (optional).
- Knee brace, if needed.
- Prescription medicine (inform your trip leader of any medications you take); vitamins (optional).
- Fly fishing gear (optional) plus valid license and fishing regulations (it’s the guest’s responsibility to know the regulations and to purchase a valid license).
- Lightweight binoculars (optional).
- Flora and fauna field guides (optional).
- Money to tip your guide (completely optional and appreciated, generally 10% of your trip cost based on quality of experience).
- We will have a 15lb weight limit on personal gear!
About The Llamas |
If you would like to read more about using and handling llamas, check out our Llama FAQ Page!
Operations And Booking a Trip |
Llama trips in Yellowstone advertised on this site are conducted by Llama Adventures Unlimited LLC, DBA Access Wild, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
A deposit is required upon booking a trip to reserve your spot. Trip balance is due prior to trip start date.
Our Commitment |
We are dedicated to delivering exceptional hiking and llama adventures in one of North America’s most beautiful and wild landscapes. We believe that adventure travel is one of life’s great joys and we take seriously our company’s role in creating trips of lasting memories.
We invite you to contact us directly with any questions you might have.
Bechler Meadows Yellowstone Trip Summary |
This is certainly not your typical Yellowstone trip. Referred to as the Cascade Corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Bechler Meadows adventure takes you through one of the most waterfall-rich areas in the world. Located in the SW quadrant of Yellowstone Park, the Bechler River drainage is home to a dazzling number of waterfalls and cascades including the legendary Twister Falls, Three River Junction, The Cascades, Treasure Island, Iris and Colonnade Falls. There are so many gorgeous waterfalls coming off the plateaus of the Upper Yellowstone country that it would take a lifetime to visit them all. We will cross the Bechler River many times, making this trip the ultimate outdoor adventure.
On this trip, you will definitely get wet as we cross many streams along our journey. The water can be cold and the current swift, even in August, which adds to the thrill of this ultimate backcountry experience. Our trusted string of experienced pack llamas will carry all your gear and the experienced guides will make each crossing safer and more comfortable. We’ll soak in the hot springs known as Mister Bubbles, a legendary soaking pool at a temperature of 110 degrees, minus the people. The Bechler River is not accessible by road, so only hardy hikers are found along its banks. This 37-mile point-to-point hike traces the bends, bows, and cascades of the Bechler River from its headwaters. The trails are good and not too difficult.
Along the lakes, rivers and streams, we may see beaver, muskrat, river otter, osprey, bald eagle, and waterfowl. In the meadows, we may find sandhill cranes, moose, and bears, and will certainly discover an array of wildflowers. Spending time in the beautiful region, one cannot help but respect the power of water in the Bechler River drainage. For anyone seeking some peaceful time in the mountains, in a landscape surprising for Yellowstone, this is a great option for a week-long (5-day) escape from civilization. This trip has everything you would expect from an adventure in one of the wildest and most remote areas in North America.
Trip Highlights |
Visit a waterfall lover’s paradise, discover more breathtaking waterfalls than just about anywhere in the world; Visit the stunning Shoshone Geyser Basin – Yellowstone’s largest backcountry geyser; Soak in Mr. Bubbles Hot Spring – the most remote and nicest in the Park; Experience a remote region of Yellowstone unreachable by car; Escape the crowds and experience one of the wildest places in North America; Enjoy easy to moderate trails that follow rivers, lead to lakes, waterfalls, and traverse mile-long meadows; Discover habitats, valleys and views rare in the Yellowstone area. Indulge in succulent wild raspberries and delicious hearty meals.
Slough Creek Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip Summary |
Tucked in the northeast corner of the Park and nestled against the spectacular and scenic Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness lies Slough Creek – home to the quintessential Yellowstone experience. Located in famous Lamar Valley, Slough Creek is a picture-perfect expansive valley with towering mountain vistas with room to roam.
If the open western landscape with its distant vistas – dotted with wild-roaming bison, grizzly bears, and wolves – is your thing, then this trip is for you. Our trip north into the heart of Slough Creek, following the meandering flow of the lazy creek, is eye-candy for those drawn to exceptional wild places and their inhabitants.
As we make our way through lush meadows and gentle rises, we leave the bustle of modern life behind. This is nature as untamed and pristine as it gets. In this vestige of the American West, there are no fences; wild things roam as they have for eons. This trek is not about conquering mountain tops, but rather an excursion into what it means to be home in the wild. We’ll fall asleep gazing at nighttime stars, embrace the sound of rejuvenating water, and ponder deeper meaning as we listen to distant howls of wolves. Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife is as famous as its geysers, and this area in particular offers some of the best wildlife watching opportunities. To top it all off, Slough Creek is Yellowstone’s finest fly-fishing destination and among the very best blue-ribbon wild trout fisheries in the West. We invite those with an adventurous spirit and who love to cast a fly, to join us on this gorgeous and inspiring journey. This is a fly fishing experience that only a few people will ever have, and one you will undoubtedly never forget.
Trip Highlights |
You will be at home in the wild; Experiencing world-famous fishing; Sharing the place with bears, wolves, and bison; Fly-fish a world class blue-ribbon stream for native cutthroat trout; Slowing down, relaxing, and enjoying the best of Yellowstone; Following a slow-moving and meandering lazy creek; Marveling at open and expansive valleys; Encountering North America’s wildest animals; Exploring the wild at your pace and on your time. We will have great opportunities to see bison and grizzly bears in the meadows.
Fly Fishing Slough Creek |
Slough Creek is a world famous tributary to the Lamar River just down from Soda Butte Creek. Slough Creek ranks among the most famous trout fishing locations in the western United States. Slough Creek has probably glossed the cover of most fly fishing magazines ever published. It’s one of those legendary places that is uniquely different from most other trout stream. Slough Creek is revered in the fly fishing world, and every angler owes it to themselves to test their dry fly skills against some incredibly large native cutthroats.
The native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout thrive here and they are both big and abundant. Most of the fishing is done with dry flies. Slough Creek is generally divided into 4 meadows, named, from top to bottom: Third, Second, First, and Lower. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd meadows have good populations of native Cutthroats that average in the 14”-16” class, with fish over 20” caught on a regular basis.
On this trip, we will be fishing early-mid July, so the fish should be less wary, as compared to late summer and fall. Slough Creek spends much of it’s time meandering through meadows, so the insect life is abundant. Both terrestrials and mayflies congregate here and make up most of the food that helps those cutthroats grow so large.
Pale Morning Duns can hatch in great numbers on an average summer day. They hatch best during the mid morning and evening. Packing in, is the key here, you will want to be on the water early and late. Blue Wing Olives, or Baetis, will hatch in substantial numbers on cloudy or rainy days. This hatch is usually on during the afternoon. Yellowstone is known for good populations of caddis and Slough has a exceptional amount as well. Slough Creek also has an extremely large population of terrestrials. Because of the meadow setting, grasshoppers are numerous, as well as ants and beetles.
As far as the fishing goes, our guides will be there to give can give you as much or as little advice and help as desired. We will pack along a wide selection of flies to match the hatch and terrestrials found in this area.