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, or learn to fly fish in the wild reaches of Yellowstone?
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
- New (never used) personal sleeping bags, you can keep or donate to those in need after the trip.
- 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.
- New Sleeping Bag and Sleep System Arrangements:
- We are living in a new world now, we are now offering two options for personal sleeping bags, pads and pillows.
- Option One - We now have complete low cost, high quality complete sleep systems available for sale. You are able to keep and reuse those items after the trip, or we can make arrangements to donate them to those in need.
- Option Two - You can choose to travel with your own sleeping bag, pillow and sleeping pad.
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).
- Sleep System Option (as outlined above)
- 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.