Private Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park
5.0 (16 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular Waterfall
  • Stunning Yellowstone River
  • Breathtaking Views
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

Our Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone hike combines one of the Park’s most spectacular attractions with a serene journey through forests, meadows, lakes, and mud pots. We will start our day by enjoying Artist Point, one of the most phenomenal waterfall views in North America. Then we set off on a trail with more awe-inspiring views of this uniquely colored canyon. Our solitude will sharply increase as our route continues through a fragrant forest that opens up to picturesque meadows and lakes laden with lily pads. We enter yet another life zone when we reach a backcountry geyser basin. Here we enjoy the rare pleasure of viewing mud pots and fumaroles without the boardwalks and crowds. As always, we will find a pleasant spot to sit and fill up on a delicious picnic lunch prepared by your guide. This trail system offers the flexibility to make this hike as short as 3.5 miles or as long as 8 miles with a couple variations falling between those lengths. All options will offer the highlights. Let your guide know what your goals are for the day and your ideal mileage and they will pick the best route for you.

Please note: this hike 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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4-7 Hours
$190-$550 Per Person
Season: May 15-Sept

Season: May 15-Sept

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 4-7 Hours
Distance: 3.5-8 MI / 5.5-13 KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This hike can be done at various lengths, so you can pick your adventure. Expect The trail is well graded and maintained. There is some exposure near the edge of the canyon but we can easily stay 10+ feet away if desired.

Hiking Distances:

4-8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 250 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-7 hours
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $550
  • 2 people: $290 per person
  • 3 people: $260 per person
  • 4-5 people: $215 per person
  • 6-7 people: $190 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is May 15-September.

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

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.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

Canyon Village Visitor Center. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure 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 in Yellowstone:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (16 reviews)
Sewell T
5.0

Amazing Experience

3 months ago

Our guided hike with Paulina was excellent. What an amazing experience.

Amanda P
5.0

Awesome!

1 year ago

Adriana was an awesome guide. She was Fun, knowledgeable and very friendly. Not to mention the awesome lunch she made for us. The hike was great too and would greatly recommend Adriana and that hike to anyone.

Jill M.
5.0

Fabulous Day Hike

2 years ago

We had a fabulous day hike with Bob Clark. He was knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and engaging. So much so that we considered him a friend at the end of the day. Loved him.

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