Bechler Waterfalls & Hotsprings Loop

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing Waterfalls
  • Vast Meadow Systems
  • Moderate Hiking
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • Rich Wildlife Habitat
  • Scenic Camps
  • Llama Trip Companions

Description

This trip explores the stunning Bechler River meadows, waterfalls and hot springs of Southwest Yellowstone. We spend multiple nights at two of the camps, which allows us to settle in and explore the waterfalls and hot springs without the logistical complexities of moving camp each day. This trip is a diverse, wonderful hike accentuated and enriched by our wonderful llama trail companions. The llamas will carry the bulk of the supplies as we hike in comfort, without the heavier backpacks of a more traditional backpacking trip. We will eat like kings and queens, enjoy unforgettable Yellowstone meadows, keep a sharp eye out for wildlife, soak in hot springs, sit beneath waterfalls, swim in mountain rivers, and soak up the serenity of Yellowstone National Park‘s vast backcountry.

Please note: this trip is operated by Wildland Llamas, a separate company from Wildland Trekking. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.

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5 Days
$2205 Per Person
7 Days
$2505 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 5-7 Days
Distance: 30+MI / 48+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
4-7 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
700 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
700 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well-maintained
Additional:
This trip follows well established trails, and has only moderate elevation gains and losses. There are also some moderate river crossings.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 8-10 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain

SOLITUDE LEVEL 4

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Yellowstone llama trip a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.

All Wyoming llama trips begin and end in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. One can also fly into Salt Lake City and drive to Jackson Hole. It is a 4.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole on good roads.

Shuttle from Jackson Airport to Town

A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport transportation. Advance reservations are recommended.

Shuttle from Salt Lake to Jackson

Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily vans from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole. Advance reservations required.

Montana and Wyoming do not charge sales tax on services, so there is no sales tax for this trip.

All trips in Yellowstone National Park have a 5% fee required by the National Park Service. This fee is applied when your reservation is made and is passed through directly to the national park.

There are no other taxes or fees associated with this trip. Feel free to give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Change: minimal

This Yellowstone llama trek starts off with pick up from your hotel in Jackson Hole. We head west over Teton Pass from Jackson, WY, where we meet up with our llamas and continue on to our remote trailhead. We will take time at the trailhead to get packed up and to get you introduced to your llama. Today’s hike takes us through pine forests, vast open meadows, Teton views, and at least one water crossing. We will set up a homey camp next to a cool refreshing creek, and relax over a hearty backcountry dinner.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet

Today is a layover day for hiking up the Boundary Creek watershed for waterfall views and soaking in hot springs. Leaving the llamas at camp, we can travel as far up canyon as the group desires, and regardless will spend substantial time at Dunanda Falls. These falls are special due to a variety of thermal springs and hot pools right in the creek downstream of the waterfall. The view of the falls while sitting in a hot spring next to a rushing mountain river is an amazing experience, and one not soon forgotten. After a wonderful picnic lunch, plenty of time at the falls, and as much hiking as the group desired, we will return to our camp from night one, so we can relax and enjoy another great dinner and relaxing evening.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal

Today after a delicious breakfast, we will pack up our gear and llamas and head east, exploring more of the Bechler River Valley. Our mileage for the day is short, which allows us to take time departing in the morning and to enjoy all the Bechler River Valley has to offer. Our campsite for this night is adjacent to the Bechler River. We spend most of the day in the expansive Bechler Meadows, with a chance to enjoy a refreshing swim at one of the river crossings.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 700 feet
  • Elevation Loss: minimal

Today is a layover day to soak up the beauty of this amazing canyon. We have a variety of options in regards to hikes, heading north along the Bechler River to Colonnade Falls or Ranger Lake. Leaving the llamas at camp again allows us to explore more of what the Bechler Valley has to offer. You’ll have time to enjoy a good book, relax, do some exploring on your own, or possibly some fishing if that’s your thing. Once we have lunch, we will make our way back to our campsite, to check in on the llamas, relax and enjoy another delicious backcountry dinner and (weather permitting) campfire under the stars.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 2.5 hours

Our last morning of the tour, we will rise early, have our last breakfast of the trip and pack up our gear and llamas. After a final, nearly seven-mile hike through meadows and beautiful stands of lodgepole pine we’ll arrive at the Bechler Ranger Station, which marks the end of our llama trek. We’ll shuttle back to Jackson Hole and say our good-byes.

Union Falls 7-Day Variation:

We can add an extra 2 days to this trip which allows us to visit Union Falls, the 2nd largest waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. On the 5th day, instead of hiking 6.5 miles to the Trailhead, we will continue southeast, towards the southern border of the Park. After a short break for lunch, we will reach our campsite for the next 2 nights. This sets us up for a nice layover day to explore Union Falls. This is an excellent option for folks interested in a longer trip and Yellowstone’s amazing waterfalls.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • One or more professional, knowledgeable, certified Yellowstone National Park hiking guides
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from Jackson to the trailhead and back
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and your kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Driggs, Idaho; or Victor, Idaho.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

You can expect the first day’s pick-up time to be between 5 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size

The standard ratio of guests to guides on llama trips is 1 guide for 1-4 guests; 2 guides for 5-8 guests; and 3 guides for 9-10 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Weather Around Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming’s mountains. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures around Yellowstone:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

MonthHighLow
June70°42°
July80°47°
August78°45°
September68°37°

 

Accommodations

Accommodations

BACKCOUNTRY SLEEPING

Tent Camping

Sleeping on llama treks is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

BACKCOUNTRY CUISINE

Fresh & Delicious

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your trekking guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

AMAZING CAMPSITES

In the Action

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your llama trekking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (3 reviews)
David R.
5.0

Awesome Trip and Guides

1 year ago

Awesome trip, awesome guides.... and the llamas! Guides Laura and Ethan made this a special trip. Their attention to every detail including meals, our safety and the llama safety, their respect for the environment and their knowledge of this area of Yellowstone made this trip spectacular! The llamas were awesome and made this trip possible for us since backpacking isn't an option. The Bechler area of Yellowstone is incredible with fabulous waterfalls, meadows and hotsprings. This trip surpassed all expectations!

Simon L.
5.0

Flexible and Accommodating Guides

2 years ago

All went very well. Guides very knowledgeable and collaborative. Food excellent. Particularly enjoyed the way they handled the Llamas and explained how to work with them. They were very flexible and accommodating to the needs of the group.

Jo G.
5.0

We Loved This Trip!

2 years ago

My son and I have been on two Wildland Trekking tours and we both will have the fondest memories of our trips for the rest of our lives. We absolutely love Wildland Trekking!

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