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Day-Hiking in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park | Wyoming
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go hiking in Yellowstone

  • Trip Highlight

    With 1000 miles of hiking trails, there’s something for every skill level

  • Trip Highlight

    Some of the most impressive scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world

  • Trip Highlight

    You’ll leave with a restored sense of wonder and a deeper appreciation of nature

No trip to Wyoming is complete without a visit to America’s first National Park. With nearly 1000 miles of hiking trails to explore, there’s something for beginners and experienced hikers alike. From wildflower meadows in full bloom, to vibrant thermal pools and erupting geysers, to the deep-cut canyons where waterfalls rage, it’s no wonder Yellowstone’s dramatic scenery is world renowned. Let a private guide show your group the highlights of Yellowstone, on tours customized to your specific goals and skill level. Find out more about six best day hikes in Yellowstone from an avid hiker and a Squamish local, Ebony Roberts!

Season

Spring through fall; shoulder seasons less crowded

Nearest city

Jackson, WY is a two-hour drive

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

A Customized Day of Hiking Yellowstone’s Northern Loop

Full-day

View the park’s best attractions on classic beginner Yellowstone trails. Your group will get awe-spiring views of nature and focus on the wildlife hotspots like Lamar Valley, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, the Norris Geyser Basin, and many other points along the northern range ecosystem. Bring your camera for all the great photo ops on this day hike tailored to your needs and wishes!

A Customized Day of Hiking Yellowstone’s Southern Loop

Full-day

Bask in Southern Yellowstone’s stunning vistas, flora and fauna on this day hike. Experience some of Southern Loop’s greatest hits, such as the Grand Prismatic Spring, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley and many more! Your experienced local guide will accompany you, teaching you about the park’s fascinating history and geology.

Reviews

Reviews (5)

Ethan and Good Trip Adventures for the win!
amykf73 about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

Amazing winter day with Ethan in North Yellowstone! We were very pleased with our entire experience with Good Trip Adventures. Starting with my correspondence with Megan – she responded so quickly to every email and recommended that we stay at the Chico Hot Springs, which was a huge hit with 4 boys! Next I was very appreciative of the detailed questionnaire, which allowed us to share food preferences and let the team know that we had two neurodiverse kiddos. Finally they paired us with the absolute perfect guide for our family – Ethan! Ethan is a highly educated former science teacher, outdoor educator, firefighter, EMT, and like ten other things I can’t remember, but most importantly, had experience working with autism and adhd kids. He was kind, patient, super sciency and interesting and engaged even our surly teens. We loved our time with Ethan, saw many animals and learned so much. Later in the evening, we met another family who had Ethan as a guide last year and also raves about him! Highly recommend Good Trip Adventures!

Magic
Wally T about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

Michelle was the perfect tour guide for our family. She was kind and patient with the members of our family ranging from 12 to 70.
Michelle was very willing and attempted to please our many requests which she did with a smile. She even brought a cake for a surprise Birthday party.
Michelle enthusiastically detailed the life of the park and many fascinating facts and fun spots to visit and hike. The hikes were age appropriate in terms of accessible yet fun with views and wildlife.
We were able to do and see all we did because of Michelle and her professionalism as a tour guide. She fit in like one of the family.

BEST DAY EVER
Jason B about Good Trip Adventures on TripAdvisor

Amazing! Jason was the Best guide ever! Our family of 4 (2 adults & 2 teens) only had one day to see Yellowstone & he knew where to go. His Knowledge & zeal for nature, science, & the outdoors made our day the best it could be. He was flexible, accommodating and wanted us to have the best experience for our family. It felt like we were with a family friend and I was sad when our time was over. 4 starts!! 10\10!!

Great Wildlife Tour!
ViajeroHPL about Yellowstone Guidelines

We had a great day with our guide, Elizabeth M. She took us through NE Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. Her knowledge of the wildlife, the Park, and its history, was seemingly endless. In addition to providing lunch, she also supplied scopes for viewing animals at a distance. She also possesses a “spidey” sense of where to pull over to see the animals. It was a very full day – from 6am until about 2pm.

Amazing Experience
gcatans about Yellowstone Guidelines

My mother and I went on a private wildlife viewing tour with Ken. Not only was he so incredibly knowledgeable, Ken was the KINDEST human. He knew exactly where to take us and the best times to be in that area. We were able to see two grizzlies, a wolf and many other ungulates. The booking process was super simple and there was great communication all around. I know for sure I will be booking with Yellowstone Guidelines for another trip when I make my way back. Thank you all!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Yellowstone

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Yellowstone please refer to the National Park Service’s website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained hiking guide
    • A full day of hiking
    • Deli lunch, water, and snacks
    • Quality optics for viewing wildlife
    • Transportation to the trailhead

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
    • Yellowstone Entrance Pass

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in Yellowstone is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The tours listed above are private. Pricing is per person, and costs decrease as your group grows, making it the perfect opportunity to hike with family or friends!
    • The standard group size on these private Yellowstone day-hiking tours is six guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated.

If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 12, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

The park has five entrances, depending on the direction you’re traveling from.

    • If you plan to enter through the south entrance, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the closest airport.
    • If you plan to enter on the north side, Bozeman, Montana is the closest airport.
    • To the west, it’s Idaho Falls, Idaho and to the east, it’s Yellowstone Regional Airport near Cody, Wyoming.

Here’s a map of Yellowstone from the National Park Service to make planning your trip easier.

All the tours start early to take advantage of wildlife activity and small crowds. Specific pick up time and location will depend on the itinerary you choose. Your guide will contact you approximately one week before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location.

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