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Choose which difficulty level you and your group prefer and your guide will propose the best location and meeting point according to your preferences. Yellowstone is in the Rocky Mountains so the minimum starting elevation will be about 6000 feet above sea level.

  • Head to Northern Yellowstone and spend up to 5 hours hiking and exploring the Lamar Valley and its open meadows and hills filled with wildflowers. Take in the panoramic views of this expanse and observe a plethora of animals in their natural habitat. Get your camera ready and revel in the stunning views of the Lamar River that feeds this massive valley as your guide shows you the best gems the area has to offer.
    • To get to the Lamar Valley, most people go through the northeast or north entrances to the national park, which are 10 and 25 miles away by road, respectively. You will meet your guide at a predetermined trailhead in the Lamar Valley some time before noon.

      Bison were once thought to have been eliminated from the Yellowstone area, but after a small herd was discovered in the early twentieth century.
    • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local naturalist or biologist hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Half-day of hiking in a chosen area of Yellowstone
      • Snacks 

      What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the trailhead
      • Accommodations
      • Park entrance fees ($20 per person, $35 per family)
    • The best thing about hiking in Yellowstone is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk up to 5 hours (with plenty of breaks) with little elevation gain and sections on boardwalks and stairs, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation (up to 700 ft / 220 m) and include sections of rocky terrain—with a possibility of scrambling. Advanced hikes will include more sections with rocky terrain, bigger elevation gains (+1,000 ft / 305 m) and more obstacles. 

      Keep in mind that the minimum starting elevation is at 6,000 ft above sea level, that weather in summer can be very hot, and that you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day. Your guide will always be by your side, making sure hiking is suitable to your level and adjusting the route if necessary. 

      If half-day hikes seem too short for you, check out our full-day hiking adventures in Yellowstone.

    • 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.)
      • Bear spray — provided by the guide
      • 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.

    • These hikes can be adapted to accommodate most ages and abilities. If you are a wheelchair user or have some other specific needs, this shouldn’t stop you from experiencing Yellowstone! Make sure to contact us if you’re considering a tour and we will make an arrangement with your guide. They have experience guiding people with more specific needs and they’ll be happy to help you navigate the obstacles in this wild and remote area. You can visit the Yellowstone National Park website to find out more about the accessibility in Yellowstone.

    • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these private hiking adventures, the maximum client to guide ratio is 10:1. 
      • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family! 

      Hiking in Yellowstone can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • Cancellations up to 30 days before your trip date will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
      • Cancellations between 29 and 5 days before your trip date will receive a 50% refund.
      • For cancellations within 5 days of booking refunds will not be provided.
    • To get to the Yellowstone National Park, most people fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, which is 3 hours away. From here, you can rent a car to get to the park. 

      Your guide can meet people at the following locations: Gardiner MT or Mammoth Hot Springs WY, Tower Junction, Norris Geyser Basin, Canyon Visitor Center

      While the price remains the same, the duration of the trip changes depending on our meeting location. Durations are not exact because wildlife jams and other unplanned circumstances can delay our end time.

      We suggest you lodge in Gardiner or somewhere else by the north entrance to the national park as it is the closest one to the hiking areas you can choose from. Once you and your guide agree on the details of the itinerary, they will suggest the exact meeting time and place, whether at the trailhead or a predetermined location.

    • Wilderness can get dangerous if you don’t have the proper skills and experience, but don’t worry — your guides carry bear spray and are trained in trail safety in Yellowstone’s bear country. They take grizzly bears seriously!


      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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Yellowstone, WY, please refer to the official guidelines for air travel into the US and Yellowstone National Park’s COVID-19 guidelines.

      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!

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