Lamar River Snowshoe Tour

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Trip Highlights

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Solitude
  • Idyllic River Valleys
  • Big Mountain Views
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Hot Drinks, Snacks & Lunch


If wildlife is your passion, let us lead you through the “American Serengeti” on the Lamar River Trail in Yellowstone’s most peaceful and serene season. We begin in Bozeman, Montana with pick-up at your hotel, then a beautiful 2-hour drive through snow-covered mountains into Yellowstone National Park.

The Lamar Valley is renowned for its abundant wildlife. This out and back hike will lead us over a footbridge across Soda Butte Creek where ducks, loons, and swans often abound. From there, we continue across the iconic snow-covered meadows of Yellowstone through thriving bison habitat. We’ll scan the tree lines for big horn sheep, pronghorn, elk, and the famous grey wolf as we continue through the valley. We will find a scenic spot for a delicious picnic lunch, complete with hot drinks. After lunch we will retrace our steps back to the trailhead, once again scanning the horizon for wildlife. Regardless of how many animals we see, this trail is always rewarding with breathtaking mountain views and rejuvenating solitude.

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8-10 Hours
From $195 Per Person
Season: December 15 - February

Season: December 15 - February

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Ski/Snowshoe Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 8-10 Hours
Distance: 6MI / 9KM


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


The snow level on this tour will vary throughout the year. The trail is not groomed, so be prepared for uneven snow conditions and possibly having to break trail through deep powder or crusty conditions. Early and late winter season can be combination of hiking on dirt, hard packed snow, and freshly fallen snow. Proper winter boots, jacket, pants, hat, and gloves are essential for a safe and enjoyable hike.

Hiking Distances:

6 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

500 feet

Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking/snowshoeing uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-6 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on a variety of surfaces including packed snow, fresh snow, ice, dirt and more.
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


  • 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

This trip is only offered as a private tour.

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  • 1 person: $625
  • 2 people: $325 per person
  • 3 people: $275 per person
  • 4 people: $235 per person
  • 5+ people: $195 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Transportation in company vehicle to the trailhead from your hotel in Bozeman, Montana
  • 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.
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Trekking poles
  • snowshoes or micro spike crampons
  • backpacks
  • trail snacks
  • lunch on the full-day tour
  • warm drinks and snacks
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and emergency communication device

What's Not Included

  • Winter hiking boots
  • 2 liters of water per person
  • Warm clothing
  • Guide gratuity

Physical Requirements

Private tours are open to all fitness levels. We’re more than happy to adjust the length of the trip and the pace of the trip to fit what you are most interested in! For extremely fit parties our guides are ready and willing to move quickly and get you as far into the mountains as possible. And for folks interested in a slower pace and soaking up the magic and serenity of the mountains, we’re more than happy to do that too.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

When and Where Do We Meet?

We will pick you up at your hotel in Bozeman, Montana around 7am. We can also pick guests up in Livingston, Gardiner and Mammoth. Your guide will be in touch approximately 7 days before your tour date to coordinate the pickup time based on current and forecasted conditions.

What Should I Bring?

  • Multiple bottom and top layers so you can bundle up when you’re cold and shed them off if you’re warm.
  • 2 liters of water
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (we recommend polarized)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Two pairs of wool socks
  • Rain/snow jacket and pants for blocking precipitation and wind
  • Waterproof winter boots

What Should I Wear?

The weather and amount of snow in Yellowstone National Park is unpredictable and will vary throughout the year, so be prepared for snow, sun, cold temperatures, wind and possibly (but unlikely) rain. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting non-cotton layers. You’ll also need waterproof boots and wool socks. Winter snow pants, jacket, boots and gloves are strongly advised December – March. Your guide will give the best advice for current conditions when contacting you one week out.

What if There Isn't Enough Snow to Snowshoe?

Some winters can be dry, without enough snow to merit snowshoes. In this case we will equip guests with microspike crampons and head out on an awesome winter hike!

What if it Rains or there is Bad Weather?

It’s unlikely we’ll have rain in the winter but it is possible. Regardless, if the weather is very stormy we may cancel the trip with a full refund. If you’re interested we will do everything in our power to reschedule. Also, please know our guides have years of experience and can discern between a casual snowfall and unsafe hiking conditions, and will err on the side of safety.


If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $25 per person administrative fee. If you cancel within 24 hours, there is no refund.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join this trip

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