Lamar Pelican Llama Trek

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • River Valleys & Vast Meadows
  • Abundant Wildlife Habitat
  • Backcountry Thermal Features
  • Moderate Hiking In Pristine Country
  • Hike in Comfort With Just a Light Pack
  • Top-notch Service & Wonderful Llamas!


This trip is a fantastic choice for guests looking to explore Yellowstone’s signature river valleys, vast meadows, wildlife habitat, and backcountry thermals. We hike up three connecting river valleys – Lamar River, Miller Creek and Mist Creek to a mountain pass that drops us into the Pelican River Valley.

The views from Mist Creek Pass are breathtaking and stretch all the way to the Tetons, Yellowstone Lake, and Mount Sheridan. We’ll spend days soaking up the magic of Yellowstone’s pristine and fascinating backcountry where the Snake Indians once lived and hunted, and where early trappers thrived in the 19th century.

If you’re a fisherman this is a great trip for trout fishing, and we should have time in the afternoons to wet a line. If your main focus is seeing wildlife, this is a great choice for that too (wildlife is of course never guaranteed).

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

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From USD
$2665 Per Person
Trip Type: Llama Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-8 Guests
Trip Length: 5 Days
Distance: 34MI / 55KM


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

Most of this trip is Level 3 difficulty. It follows good, well-maintained trails, and daily hiking distances and elevation gains for the first 4 days are moderate. However the final day covers a distance of 10.5+ miles, which pushes this tour into Level 4 difficulty.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 10.5 mi

Backpack Weight:

10-20 lbs


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

800 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 4-6 hours most days, and up to 8 hours on the final day
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


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.


If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.


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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.

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  • 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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Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3-4 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 3-4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 400 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 300 feet

This Yellowstone llama trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. We’ll shuttle past Teton National Park, where the Tetons’ towering, jagged peaks and the perfect oxbows of the Snake River frame our views to the west. We’ll enter Yellowstone and continue to our trailhead. After prepping the llamas and doing an orientation we’ll hit the trail.

Today’s hike takes us across the wide open expanse of the Lamar Valley and up the Lamar River past some classic Yellowstone thermal activity. The Lamar Valley is famous for its wildlife, particularly bison and wolves. We’ll keep an eye out for animals while we hike and discuss some of the flora we’re seeing as well – wildflowers, grasses, bushes, some edible and some with medicinal uses. The views from Lamar Valley are beautiful as we can see far up the valley to side canyons, rocky cliffs, and distant alpine ridges.

We’ll camp not far from the Lamar River and continue to keep an eye out for wildlife. Once camp is set up we will head up Cache Creek or down to the Lamar River for some sightseeing and/or fishing. We’ll cap our first day of with some great backcountry cooking and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1100 feet

We start today with a hearty breakfast, break camp and load up the llamas. Our hike takes us farther up the Lamar River to Miller Creek. We’ll soak up peaceful views of broad river valleys and open meadows, and keep a sharp eye out for wildlife. Most of today will be spent on the trail. Tonight’s camp is at the confluence of the Lamar River and Miller Creek – a majestic spot near vast, open meadows in the bottom of broad valleys.

Both of these rivers are very scenic as they wind down their respective, classic Yellowstone watersheds and make for great feet-soaking and/or fishing.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 700 feet

Today takes us higher into the mountains toward the headwaters of Mist Creek. We’ll leave the Lamar Valley behind and head up Miller Creek. More broad valleys, great wildlife habitat, the shimmering waters of the creek, interesting flora and pine forests are likely our only companions besides each other.

We’ll stop along the way to soak up the magic of this wonderful valley and to enjoy trail snacks. Tonight’s camp is at a pristine spot along Mist Creek. We’ll feast on a great dinner and sit around a roaring campfire before turning in for a good night’s sleep.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 300 feet

Today is a very special day as we’ll be leaving the Lamar/Miller/Mist network of valleys behind and entering into the
famous Pelican River Valley over Mist Creek Pass. Although this entire trip is good for seeing wildlife, today is probably our best chance.

After breaking camp we’ll hike up to the pass and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains that include Pelican Valley, Yellowstone Lake, the West Thumb, Mount Sheridan and the Tetons. We’ll descend into the valley for tonight’s camp not far from the shores of the Pelican River, and enjoy a feast to commemorate our last night in the wilderness.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1400 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 3.5 hours

Today we wake up to tea or coffee and a tasty breakfast. We will break camp, load up the llamas one more time and continue down the valley to our trailhead. We’ll pass some wonderful geothermal features, including mud pots on today’s hike and keep an eye out for wildlife. Eventually we arrive at our ending trailhead, de-rig the llamas and shuttle back to Jackson.

Perhaps we’ll start contemplating our next adventure as the Tetons float past our windows. We’ll say our good-byes in Jackson and head off for some much-deserved showers and rest.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas to transport the majority of gear and food
  • 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.
  • 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 communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • 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)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

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!

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.

Travel to Jackson, WY

This trip begins and ends in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport shuttles (advance reservations are recommended.)

You can also fly into:

  • Idaho Falls – small, more affordable airport; can meet your guide in Driggs, ID instead of Jackson; requires a car rental
  • Salt Lake City – Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily shuttles (4.5 hours). Advance reservations required.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in Jackson, Wyoming as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly to our team to check availability.

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 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.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

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:


Month High Low
June 70° 42°
July 80° 47°
August 78° 45°
September 68° 37°



Backcountry Sleeping


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


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


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)
Bethany K

Simply Stunning

1 year ago

If you’re on the fence about booking a trip with Wildland, all I can say is stop thinking about it and do it! Their pre-trip staff and guides are well organized, friendly, highly capable professionals. We just came back from a Yellowstone llama trek and loved every second of it! In addition to thousands of fun & beautiful experiences, we also encountered wildlife, high water & bad weather - the guides knew exactly how to help us through each situation. We were in the best of hands and have amazing stories to tell. A trip with Wildland will give you new adventures, access to areas you won’t see on your own, and memories to last a lifetime!

Steven M


1 year ago

My third trip with Wildland! Great guides and loved working with the llamas. The solitude and scenery are amazing. Saw elk, deer, and moose. Wonderful!

Robert B.

Beyond Expectations

5 years ago

A truly delightful experience for me, my children and their spouses. Our guides were great, they really worked hard to insure our comfort and safety. They took the time to interact with each of us to understood what we wanted from this trip - and then planned the activities to deliver a first rate experience. We had a great time learning the personalities of each llama and really appreciated the 'load' they carried for us! Lastly, the food was way beyond expectations. BB - Jackson Hole

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