Backpacking in the Yellowstone Park Region

Backcountry backpacking in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas. A Backcountry Use Permit is required for backcountry camping in the park.
Backpacking in Yellowstone

Backpacking in Yellowstone

Enjoy the backcountry of Yellowstone on a scenic backpacking trip. A bit of trip planning is required as backcountry overnight permits and proper caution regarding bears are required in the park.

The summer season runs from Memorial Day Weekend to early September and permits are available at specific locations seven days a week. The fee is per-person, per night permit for all individuals 9 years of age or older. An Annual Backcountry Pass covers this fee for the calendar year in which the pass is purchased.

Applications submitted prior to April 1 are processed in random order by lottery. Reservations received after April 1 are processed in the order in which they are received.

NPS Backpacking Planner

Beyond Roads End (618 KB pdf)


Bunsen Peak Trail in Yellowstone

Hike Yellowstone National Park's Bunsen Peak Trail

See evidence of Yellowstone's 1988 fires on a hike that starts and ends just south of Rustic Falls near Mammoth. Excerpted from Tom Carter's Day Hiking Yellowstone Park.

Geocache prize box

Go Geocaching in Yellowstone Park

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”).

Petrified trees

Hike Yellowstone National Park's Fossil Forest

See what the climate was like in Yellowstone Country 50 million years ago and view the fascinating petrified trees in Yellowstone's world-class fossil forests.


Backcountry Safety When Crossing Rivers in Yellowstone

It’s important to remember that while Yellowstone National Park is beautiful, it’s also dangerous. Summer flash floods and high water can prove perilous.

Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Moose in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

About 800 moose inhabit the southern part of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and surrounding national forests.

Backpacking with a llama carrying gear

Backpack Yellowstone with a Llama

We’ve got some advice for all you backpackers and other backcountry enthusiasts: let a llama carry your load.


Fishing Regulations in Yellowstone National Park

Learn about fishing regulations, fees, season and general information. Watch the video about fishing in the park.

Black Canyon of Yellowstone River off Rescue Creek Trail

Blacktail Creek Trail Hike in Yellowstone

Start near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone and end in Gardiner, Mont. Excerpted from Tom Carter's Day Hiking Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Snowmobile Tour.

Go Snowmobiling in Yellowstone & Beyond

Where to snowmobile in Yellowstone Park and surrounding areas including West Yellowstone and Wind River Country. Find tours, rentals and snowmobiling trails.