Dailey Creek and Big Horn Peak

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Hike Border-border
  • Riverside Basecamp
  • One of Yellowstone's Tallest Peaks
  • Historic and Rustic Cabins
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Llama Trail Companions
  • Possible Bear Sightings

Description

In the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, the trekking is extraordinarily rewarding. This trip is very well suited for families looking for a great 3-day Yellowstone adventure and yet still caters to the those looking to challenge themselves. Dailey Creek is where our trek begins. We will literally cross the Yellowstone border together as we hike through the meadows and valleys of the West Slope. We will pass Lava Butte and even get to see some historic cabins along the trail. We will stay at a beautiful riverside campsite for two nights.

The highlight of this trip is the trek to the stunning Big Horn Peak that overlooks the Sky Rim, Tom Miner Creek and is on the crest of the park border. We literally hike border to border in the western region of the park in just three days. There are gorgeous meadows and pine forest canopies that are rich with wildflowers and wildlife. We almost always see wildlife on this 3-day journey. It is not something you want to miss!

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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3 Days
$1805 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Trip Length: 3 Days
Distance: 18MI / 29KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

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:
3-10 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
2600 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
2600 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well maintained and rugged in places
Additional:
The hike to and from camp is on well maintained trails. The hike to the top of Big Horn Peak is rugged and on unmaintained trails.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 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 1-2 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: 3.5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 feet

This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, WY. We’ll shuttle to the northwest corner of Yellowstone at the foot of the spectacular Gallatin Mountains. We’ll prep the llamas, do an orientation, and hit the trail up the Dailey Creek Drainage.

Dailey Creek is a beautiful drainage in Yellowstone that starts off very gradually and has expansive views of the trek ahead. We will pass by several historic landmarks today, including cabins still in use by the park. There are many buttes and unique rock formations that serve as scenic landmarks. We will hit our highpoint for lunch and then wind down the trail to our riverside campsite, where we’ll spend both nights.

Tomorrow is a big day for those that want to go climb the Big Horn Peak, and we need to eat big to fuel big! That is why we packed all fresh ingredients and will prepare you a hearty backcountry meal you won’t soon forget.  Warm up by the fire, enjoy the dark sky and bask in the memories of today and the anticipation of tomorrow’s summit of Big Horn Peak!

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 10.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2600 feet

Day 2 of this trip is a truly spectacular day! We wake up and enjoy some coffee or tea as your guides prepare breakfast and get the llamas ready for our peak climbing day. After breakfast we will start our hike off by heading away from camp towards the amazing Sky Rim Trail. We’ll traverse the mountain side on the Black Butte Trail until we reach our stunning destination: Big Horn Peak. We often see Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep on this hike and have also seen a wolf, so we’ll keep our eyes pealed. It is a wonderful accomplishment to stand on top of Big Horn Peak, looking around at the 360 degree views and taking advantage of one of the spots for photography in Yellowstone!

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the summit and then return to camp, where we’ll build another roaring campfire and enjoy a celebratory feast on our last night in the backcountry.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 600 feet
  • Shuttle: 3.5 hours

We had a big day yesterday with over 10 miles of trekking, so we’ll sleep in and enjoy a leisurely morning today. Your guides will prepare a world class backcountry breakfast before we break camp and begin our hike out. This is our last morning together so we will pack up all our gear and load up our trusty llamas for our trek out. We will make quick work of our short hike out, and once we reach the trailhead we will say our goodbyes to our llamas and take our last pictures. It is a beautiful drive on the way back to Jackson and is often filled with buffalo and other wildlife. What an amazing 3 days it’s been!

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 (1 reviews)
Karen H
5.0

Unforgettable experience

1 month ago

Our guides took excellent care of us before and during our trip. They were knowledgeable and put me at ease for my first tent camping trip in bear country. We ate very well and overall had an unforgettable experience. I recommend!

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