Discover the many natural wonders that make Yellowstone a world-renowned treasure. Endless geysers, thermal pools, mountains, lakes and canyons stretching on to the horizon. You will visit memorable places such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful, Lewis Lake, and many others most visitors never see! Bring your camera as bison, elk, and other wildlife abound. You may even catch a glimpse of a wolf pack on the hunt in Hayden Valley. Experience Yellowstone in all its glory while paddling on the alpine lakes and hiking to remote and pristine vistas. You will enjoy all of this from a comfortable base camp, complete with modern facilities.
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Day 1: Welcome to Yellowstone, America's first national park!
The trip starts at Grant Village in Yellowstone National Park late in the afternoon. Set up camp and get to know your trip mates. Over supper share expectations for the upcoming days. There are several options for activities in Yellowstone National Park, which your Wilderness Inquiry staff will share with you.
Day 2: Visit the Midway Geyser Basin followed by an afternoon hike.
After a hearty camp breakfast take off for a sightseeing tour of Yellowstone. Get acquainted with some of Yellowstone’s geothermal activity at the Midway Geyser Basin. Take in the vibrant colors of Grand Prismatic Spring and other hot springs in the area. Choose a hiking option for the afternoon that could include Fairy Falls, Mystic Falls or Old Faithful!
Day 3: Take in the stunning views from the seat of our 24-foot Voyageur Canoes on Yellowstone Lake.
Paddle with the group in a 24-foot Voyageur Canoes on the west thumb of Yellowstone Lake. Head up the western shore looking for elk and osprey. Don't forget to look for a unique view of the geysers from the water! Enjoy a picnic lunch along the lake and prepare for an afternoon hike. One option could include Lonestar Geyser. Nearly as predictable as Old Faithful, this geyser is off the beaten path in the midst of a beautiful forest.
Day 4: Search for wildlife in Hayden Valley before heading to the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone.
Begin the day at the Mud Volcanoes where acid and hot water are turning the earth into roiling mud pots. Travel through beautiful Hayden Valley to look for bison, wolves, and bears. Finally, drive to the "Grand Canyon" of Yellowstone where there are breathtaking views of the upper and lower falls.
Day 5: Trek amongst geothermal features, waterfalls, and dense forests before enjoying a swim in the Firehole River.
Today tour a mix of unique areas in Yellowstone. There are many hiking options that include exploring geothermal features, waterfalls, and forests! After a tasty lunch, enjoy a swim in the Firehole River. Enjoy one last evening relaxing around the campfire and taking in the beauty of the night sky.
Day 6: Pack up camp before saying farewell to your trip mates.
Pack up camp and enjoy one last adventure before bidding everyone goodbye. The trip officially ends in the early afternoon after lunch. If traveling in the WI van, you can expect to return to Billings by evening.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to Yellowstone National Park but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Yellowstone National Park has a wide variety of terrain and ecosystems, ranging from near-desert at the north entrance to sub-alpine meadows and forests. Lodge pole pines cover 60% of the park while burn areas from the 1988 fire feature new growth and colorful wildflowers. Yellowstone National Park offers a wide range of route options from very easy to difficult.
TYPE OF TRAVEL: On paddling days you will travel in 24-foot Voyageur canoes, which hold 8-10 paddlers. On non-paddling days the group will travel from site to site in the WI van and participant cars.
WEATHER: Due to high elevations, temperatures in the summer months fluctuate from 25 to 90 F. It is usually quite sunny and warm, but be prepared for everything, including a rain shower or two.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 10 to 15 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We will stay at a group site and base camp. Typically, there are 3 people per 4-person tent (other arrangements can be made). Facilities at the campground have flush toilets and running water.
MEALS: Enjoy preparing meals together in our base camp kitchens using fresh, healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast. Each morning we will pack picnic lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, we’ll prepare our dinner and dessert together over stoves and campfires. If you have special dietary restrictions be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items
FISHING: Cutthroat and Lake trout thrive in Yellowstone Lake, however if you want to try your luck, you must obtain a permit from the National Park Service at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishingpermits.htm. You would also need to provide your own fishing equipment.
COVID VACCINATION: All participants (and our staff) are required to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date (including the booster). Please see our website for the most recent information. https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/covid19/
HEALTH PRE-SCREENING: We encourage you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the 2 weeks prior to your trip departure date.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: All participants and staff must wear a well-fitted mask while riding in a Wilderness Inquiry van or participating with Wilderness Inquiry transportation. Masks are not required outdoors although some individuals may choose to wear a mask. Please respect these choices. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals that become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.Read more »