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Guided Walking : North America

Montana & Wyoming: Yellowstone

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 4-7 Miles Daily

Yellowstone 2018 Walking Tour Map

From bubbling mudpots and rocketing geysers to grizzlies foraging in highland meadows, Yellowstone offers a glimpse of the American West as it looked a millennium ago. It’s a primeval land, where colossal hot springs boil, a kaleidoscope of deep-cobalt water edged with brilliant orange blooms of microbes; where quiet single-track trails lead through lodgepole-pine forests to massive waterfalls or steaming fumaroles; where wolf packs still hunt in the eastern valleys, filling the night sky with their howling. Here, in the company of expert naturalists, you’ll walk along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, looking off a 2,000-foot precipice into rhyolite escarpments streaked red and green with oxidation. Stare straight into the towering 300-foot Lower Canyon Falls, standing in a spot immortalized by the painter Thomas Moran. Delight in bison, bighorn sheep, elk, grizzlies, and mule deer along secluded trails through the Hayden Valley. In the heart of the world’s first national park, make memories to last a lifetime.


Tour Highlights:
  • In the Upper Geyser Basin, marvel at a landscape unlike any on Earth: the iconic blast of Old Faithful, the eerie, geyserite cone of Castle Geyser, the colors of Morning Glory Hot Spring, and more.
  • Climb Mount Washburn, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the fire tower at its summit, gazing out at 75-mile views of the entire park.
  • Savor the natural bounty of local game and produce—fresh huckleberries, bison, elk, and trout.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,398 USD

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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Bozeman

Start your adventure by exploring the remote northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, along an easy, gently rolling trail along Daly Creek.

Accommodation: Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Big Sky

Overlooking the Gallatin River, all rooms feature handcrafted lodgepole pine queen or king beds with plush down comforters, satellite television, and individual decks overlooking the Gallatin River or a picturesque pond. Rooms with one bed feature wood-burning river rock fireplaces and a small sitting area, while rooms with two beds offer the privacy of adjoining bedrooms.

Day 2

Fairy Falls Trail, Imperial Geyser

Starting beside Grand Prismatic Spring, stroll through forests of lodgepole pine and spruce trees to Fairy Falls, a 200-foot plummet. Then, press on to Imperial Geyser, a perpetually spraying geyser that shoots out of a hot spring. Here you’ll stop for lunch before either pressing on for optional further hikes or heading back to your accommodations to relax.

Accommodation: Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Big Sky

Overlooking the Gallatin River, all rooms feature handcrafted lodgepole pine queen or king beds with plush down comforters, satellite television, and individual decks overlooking the Gallatin River or a picturesque pond. Rooms with one bed feature wood-burning river rock fireplaces and a small sitting area, while rooms with two beds offer the privacy of adjoining bedrooms.

Day 3

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Today’s walk takes you through swaying meadows dotted with bison and unearthly flats full of mudpots and hot springs before arriving at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here, you’ll enjoy lunch and ramble along the rim of a 1,200-foot-deep chasm streaked with red, yellow, and orange rhyolite, passing the majestic Lower Falls on the way.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge, Yellowstone National Park

Canyon Lodge is located within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park on the park’s east side. It is the largest of the properties in Yellowstone, with more than 500 rooms and cabins. Country Walkers has reserved the newly-constructed superior lodge rooms.

Day 4

Mt. Washburn

After an ample breakfast, begin the hike to the spectacular summit of Mt. Washburn. Walking along an old stagecoach road, you have the opportunity to view big horn sheep, mule deer, and grizzly bear on your way to the lookout tower at the peak of this 10,264 foot mountain. Enjoy sweeping views of the entire Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Accommodation: Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, and the world’s largest log hotel, the inn offers clear views of the iconic Old Faithful geyser. The grand multistory lobby of twisted and curved branches with its massive stone fireplace evokes memories of the Golden Age of rustic grand resorts.

Day 5

Old Faithful

Begin exploring the one-of-a-kind landscape of Upper Geyser Basin on a network of boardwalks that winds through the largest concentration of geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles in the world. Press on along the Firehole River to Mystic Falls, where the river tumbles 70 feet down the Madison Plateau. Cap your day by sitting on your lodge’s porch to watch Old Faithful erupt.

Accommodation: Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, and the world’s largest log hotel, the inn offers clear views of the iconic Old Faithful geyser. The grand multistory lobby of twisted and curved branches with its massive stone fireplace evokes memories of the Golden Age of rustic grand resorts.

Day 6

Lone Star Geyser

On your way back to Bozeman, stop to walk to a lesser known geyser only accessible by foot, the Lone Star Geyser. Pass through quiet forests of pine, fir, and spruce along with several grassy meadows before spotting the impressive geyser.

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Day 1

Arrival in Bozeman

Start your adventure with a stroll through the geysers and hot springs of Upper Geyser Basin. Then leave the crowds behind as you follow the Firehole River to Mystic Falls, where waters tumble 70 feet down the Madison Plateau.

Accommodation: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park

Casual elegance defines the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, rich in Colonial Revival architectural touches and graced with classic white columns and a vibrant yellow exterior. This National Historic Landmark has been awarded with Green Seal Lodging Certification. Located on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake, the entire property has been recently refurbished, making it the ideal place to end a rewarding day of walking. The Lake Hotel dining room offers creative cuisine of fresh fish, wild game, and fresh produce, all locally sourced.

Day 2

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Today’s walk takes you through undulating meadows dotted with bison and past otherworldly flats of mudpots and hot springs. Soon, you arrive at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, where you enjoy lunch and a ramble along the rim of a 1,200-foot-deep chasm, passing the majestic Lower Falls.

Accommodation: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park

Casual elegance defines the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, rich in Colonial Revival architectural touches and graced with classic white columns and a vibrant yellow exterior. This National Historic Landmark has been awarded with Green Seal Lodging Certification. Located on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake, the entire property has been recently refurbished, making it the ideal place to end a rewarding day of walking. The Lake Hotel dining room offers creative cuisine of fresh fish, wild game, and fresh produce, all locally sourced.

Day 3

Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces

Journey to the northern reaches of the park to stroll among the stepped hot springs of Mammoth Terraces. Then transfer to the evening’s accommodations in the heart of the park.

Accommodation: Canyon Lodge, Yellowstone National Park

Canyon Lodge is located within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park on the park’s east side. It is the largest of the properties in Yellowstone, with more than 500 rooms and cabins. Country Walkers has reserved the newly-constructed superior lodge rooms.

Day 4

Mt. Washburn

After an ample breakfast, hike along an old stagecoach road to the spectacular summit of the 10,243-foot Mt. Washburn. You may spot big horn sheep, mule deer, and grizzly bear as you walk. From the lookout tower, enjoy sweeping views of the entire Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Accommodation: Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Big Sky

Overlooking the Gallatin River, all rooms feature handcrafted lodgepole pine queen or king beds with plush down comforters, satellite television, and individual decks overlooking the Gallatin River or a picturesque pond. Rooms with one bed feature wood-burning river rock fireplaces and a small sitting area, while rooms with two beds offer the privacy of adjoining bedrooms.

Day 5

Fairy Falls Trail, Imperial Geyser

Starting beside Grand Prismatic Spring, you stroll through forests of lodgepole pine and spruce to Fairy Falls, a 200-foot plummet. Continue to Imperial Geyser, a perpetually spraying hot-spring geyser. Here you stop for lunch surrounded by dramatic volcanic landscapes before heading back to your accommodations to relax.

Accommodation: Rainbow Ranch Lodge, Big Sky

Overlooking the Gallatin River, all rooms feature handcrafted lodgepole pine queen or king beds with plush down comforters, satellite television, and individual decks overlooking the Gallatin River or a picturesque pond. Rooms with one bed feature wood-burning river rock fireplaces and a small sitting area, while rooms with two beds offer the privacy of adjoining bedrooms.

Day 6

Daly Creek Trail

Walk the gently rolling trail along Daly Creek, passing meadows brimming with wildflowers and traversing stands of aspen trees. Later, drive to Bozeman for a lively lunch at a favorite watering hole and continue to the airport for your departing flight.

Dates & Prices

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Aug 13 - Aug 18 $3,398 $998
Sep 10 - Sep 15 $3,398 $998
Sep 17 - Sep 22 $3,398 $998
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Jun 10 - Jun 15 $3,498 1,098
Jun 17 - Jun 22 $3,498 1,098
Sep 9 - Sep 14 $3,498 1,098
Sep 16 - Sep 21 $3,498 1,098
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Brenda Holland

Brenda Holland has lived and guided in Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years. A dedicated environmentalist and educator, Brenda loves sharing her passion for the area with CW guests. Brenda is also an active volunteer assisting with wetland and habitat restoration projects and a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). In her free time Brenda guides ski trips, teaches yoga and coaches youth in Nordic skiing.

David Akers

David Akers has worked as a year-round guide in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for the past 20 years. Dave grew up near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park before moving to Montana over 30 years ago. In addition to guiding Dave enjoys his family, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and most outdoor activities.

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