What’s more magical than watching Old Faithful erupt?

Watching dozens of geysers erupt in the pristine backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Paddle to Yellowstone’s most spectacular and remote geyser basin.

Deep in the park’s backcountry, on the shores of Shoshone Lake, lies one of Yellowstone’s most spectacular geyser basins. There are no roads leading to this otherworldly area. You won’t find boardwalks or interpretive signs. In the hours you spend exploring, you’ll see dozens of geysers erupt, but chances are, you won’t see another soul besides your guide and other tour participants.

“You can envision what it was like for the first humans to stumble upon this,” says Steve Koning of Geyser Kayak Tours.

This geyser basin is only accessible by human power. To get there, you can either hike 17 miles, or you can join Geyser Kayak Tours on the paddle trip of a lifetime.

Paddling to a Yellowstone backcountry geyser with Geyser Kayak Tours

Paddling to a Yellowstone backcountry geyser

On this three-day trip, you’ll paddle across Lewis Lake and up the Lewis River. When the current gets too strong to paddle against, you’ll get out and tow your kayak up the river the remaining distance to Yellowstone’s second largest lake, and the largest backcountry lake in the continental US: Shoshone Lake. You’ll camp on the shores of the lake, enjoying fresh, hot meals prepared by your guide. You’ll spend the next day exploring the remote geyser basin across the lake.

During your trip you’ll likely see eagles, osprey, otters, elk, deer and sometimes even moose.

“It’s the best way to experience Yellowstone,” says Koning, “especially if you only have a few days. Getting out of the car and going on an adventure is such a great experience.”

Kayakers watching elk in Yellowstone's backcountry with Geyser Kayak Tours

Kayakers watching elk in Yellowstone's backcountry

If you don’t have time for a multi-day trip, or if backcountry camping is a little more adventure than you’re looking for, Geyser Kayak Tours also offers day trips. You’ll paddle across Yellowstone Lake to West Geyser Basin. Yellowstone is the only place in the world where you can paddle into an active geyser basin. Seeing eruptions from the water away from the crowds will be an experience you’ll never forget.

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For more information, visit www.geyserkayak.com


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