Backpack Yellowstone with a Llama

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

Hiking with a Llama. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

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

Llamas are low-maintenance animals that can carry a lot of weight. Outdoorsy folks who love camping in the backcountry, climbing peaks, fishing, or just exploring the endless trails of this region should consider taking a llama-outfitted trip or renting llamas.

You’ll love llamas for their charm. And they’re easy to please. Unlike horses, llamas will eat just about anything. When you reach camp and want to go bag a peak or hike to a distant lake, simply tie your llamas in a place away from trails and water, where there’s a lot to eat, and take off to explore.

Llamas can generally carry 65-70 pounds each, depending on the particular outfitter’s rules. There are several llama outfitting companies throughout greater Yellowstone.

One of our favorites is Lander Llama Company, in Lander, Wyoming, which offers wonderful guides and awesome llamas.


Goat Packing Yellowstone hiking

Go Goat Packing

Hiking enthusiasts—or anyone looking for a different kind of “adventure” that’s easy on your legs—should try goat packing.

Hikers at Dunanda Falls in Yellowstone

Leave No Trace in Yellowstone

Even if you live by the phrase “take only photos; leave only footprints” when you’re outdoors, it still might seem counterintuitive to pack out food scraps and toilet paper.

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”).