Top three reasons to go hiking in Yellowstone
With 1000 miles of hiking trails, there’s something for every skill level
Some of the most impressive scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world
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 adventurer, Ebony Roberts!
Spring through fall; shoulder seasons less crowded
Jackson, WY is a two-hour drive
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Full-Day Private Hike
View one of the park’s best attractions on this classic beginner Yellowstone hike. Your group will get awe-spiring views of this incredibly colored canyon, trek past wildflower meadows, lakes and forests, complete with a stop at Artist’s Point — one of the best waterfall viewing locations in the US. Bring your camera for all the great photo ops on this day hike. Depending on your group, this full-day hike is between 3.5 to 8 miles in length with minimal elevation change, meaning between 4 and 7 hours of walking!
Family-Friendly Private Hike to Fairy Falls
Get a little bit of everything on this family-friendly full-day hike: geysers, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, and wildlife spotting. This day-hike begins with a short walk up the Grand Prismatic Spring — the most vibrant, rainbow-hued thermal feature in the whole park. Decide with your guide whether you’d like to make this hike an 8-mile loop or a 5.5-mile out-and-back.
Lamar River Full-Day Private Hike
Calling all wildlife lovers! Embark on this full-day hike along the Lamar River Trail — the spot in the park to see roaming bison, bighorn sheep, bears and the occasional grey wolf. Hike between four to eight miles depending on your group, over the Soda Butte Creek footbridge, through the meadows and continuing into the valley, with the option to climb up toward Specimen Ridge.
Mystic Falls Loop Trail Full-Day Private Hike
On this full-day eight-mile hike, your group will experience two of Yellowstone’s most famous geyser basins along with a less-traveled backcountry gem. Take in the Old Faithful basin, with the world’s largest collection of geysers, before heading to Biscuit Basin. Then, you’ll tackle a section of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), before reaching the 70-foot cascade of Mystic Falls and trekking up the Fairy Falls Trail. This is a tour packed with park highlights!
Bunsen Peak Full-Day Private Hike
360-degree views await! Starting just southwest of the historic Fort Yellowstone, hike between four and seven miles up steep switchbacks to reach the 8,527-foot summit of Bunsen Peak. With lots of breaks along the way for photo-ops, this is a challenging full-day hike passing towering pinnacles and blooming wildflowers, with incredible views of Electric Peak and the Yellowstone River Valley.
Seven Mile Hole Full-Day Private Hike
Head to the bottom of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on this 10-mile full-day private hiking tour. This is the only established trail that will get you below the rim of this colorful canyon. After a stroll through wildflower meadows, it’s an intense, steep descent of 1,000 feet, passing a geyser basin before reaching the river’s edge below. The biggest payoff: you’ll likely be alone at the bottom to take in Yellowstone’s magic with just your group and your guide.
Meet your guide
Montana Alpine Guides
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Wildland Trekking. Our guide Jennifer was amazing!! She was very knowledgeable and knew many facts about the area. She was also patient with us when we arrived late due to a bison jam. She made us a great lunch and dessert.
Bob Clark went above and beyond our expectations for our hike at Yellowstone National Park. Little did we know that our children contacted Bob before our hike and they arranged a little surprise for us! Bob renewed our marriage vows there in a beautiful meadow in the middle of Yellowstone National Park. What a wonderful day! Thanks Bob!
Ed was a great guide, knowledgable and friendly and made good judgements of what our family was capable of. It was a fantastic day out and we couldn’t have navigated this route on our own. We saw wildlife, including a grizzly and Ed kept us safe! Really fantastic addition to driving the loops.
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 Montana Office of Tourism.
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 you get in this adventure:
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, wilderness guide
- Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
- Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
- Use of trekking poles
What’s not included:
- Yellowstone Entrance Pass
- National Park Service fee (5%)
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 40L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Group sizes and age 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 seven 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 as young as 5 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.
If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, 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.
For your guided day-hike, you’ll meet outside of the Canyon Village Visitor Center or the Old Faithful Visitor Center, depending on the hike you choose. Your guide will contact you approximately one week before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location.