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. Youth will bond with their peers while catching glimpses of bison, elk, and other wildlife abound. Yellowstone National Park offers young adults a beautiful backdrop for transformative adventures, insightful observations about the natural world around us, teamwork, and maybe most importantly, the chance to make unforgettable memories with teachers, mentors, and friends!
ItineraryExpand All Fields
Day 1: Meet at Wilderness Inquiry to load your gear into our van and trailer.
Settle in for a comfortable drive through Minnesota and North Dakota. Spend your first night with us in Medora near Theodore Roosevelt National park.
Day 2: Welcome to Yellowstone, America's first national park!
Continue the journey through North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Entering into Yellowstone National Park, you will begin your visit with time in the Fishing Bridge Museum and Visitors Center. Travel around Yellowstone Lake. You will set up your base camp in the Grant Village Campground.
Day 3: 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 4: Explore geysers and waterfalls!
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. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the lake and prepare for an afternoon hike to Kepler Cascades.
Day 5: 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 6: Trek amongst geothermal features, waterfalls, and dense forests before enjoying a swim in the Firehole River.
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.
Day 7: Pack up camp and head towards home.
Pack up camp and enjoy one last adventure in Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley. The Springs have been described as a cave turned inside out. After one last look at wildlife in Lamar Valley, you will exit the park. Back on the road home, you will camp in Medora, North Dakota.
Day 8: Finish the journey by arriving at Wilderness Inquiry.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to Yellowstone National Park, but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If your group of youth is interested, we would love to set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in 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.
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: Your group size can range from 6 to 10 youth and 1-2 adult chaperones, plus 2 Wilderness Inquiry staff.
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 learning how to cook in the outdoors by working together with WI staff to prepare meals in our base camp kitchens using fresh, healthy ingredients. 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 members of your group have special dietary restrictions, this can be noted on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group gear and equipment. You will be assigned the same gear for the duration of your trip and it will be sanitized between trips. Your group will be provided a packing list for personal gear to bring, and Wilderness Inquiry will do our best to provide any personal items members of your group may need.
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.