Bechler Llama Traverse

Yellowstone National Park, WY
5.0 (17 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Shoshone Geyser Basin & Lake
  • Amazing Waterfalls
  • Riverside Hot Springs
  • Llama Trail Companions
  • Large Backcountry Geyser
  • Stunning Bechler River Canyon
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Guides Choice Trip

Description

You’re not like to experience a trek as special and enchanting as this traverse of the stunning Bechler River Valley in Yellowstone National Park! This is our most popular Yellowstone llama trek because it so amply provides the opportunity to experience the iconic features of Yellowstone in the backcountry, away from the crowded highways and boardwalks. Having it all to ourselves, we’ll check out backcountry geysers, pristine rivers and streams, mountain lakes, hot springs (yes, we can soak in them!), thundering waterfalls, and the picturesque meadow systems of Yellowstone, all in the wilderness.

The Bechler Llama Traverse is arguably the crown jewel of Yellowstone’s backcountry hiking because it truly has it all. Give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information or to reserve your spot.

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
$2305 Per Person
6 Days
$2525 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: 5-6 Days
Distance: 32+MI / 51+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:
4-8 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
650 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1350 feet
Quality of Trails:
Well-maintained
Additional:
This trip follows well established trails, but does require river crossings that can be relatively high early in the season (July).

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!

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 400 feet

This Yellowstone llama trek starts with pick up from your hotel, after which we’ll depart for the trailhead to get an early start. It’s a beautiful 2.5 -hour drive to our trailhead as we make our way by Teton National Park and through the South Entrance. Once we reach out trailhead, we’ll conduct a llama orientation, get them loaded and hit the trail.

Our trip begins with a bang as we arrive at the largest backcountry geyser in the park: Lonestar Geyser. If we’re lucky we’ll see its 40-foot eruption of scalding water. From Lonestar we follow the Firehole River, cross the Continental Divide, and get views of Shoshone Lake, one of the largest wilderness lakes in in the lower 48 states and the backdrop for the Shoshone Geyser Basin. The basin contains an abundance of geysers: there are bubbling pools, frothing potholes, bizarrely shaped mounds spewing fountain-like streams into the air and grumbling crevasses. After our picnic lunch, we will continue on and climb to the high point of the trip, a plateau of lush meadows and thick forests. We will drop into Bechler Canyon, reaching our destination for the night. After a getting situated, our guide will prepare our first backcountry dinner of the trip. After enjoying the peacefulness of the area, we will settle in for a much needed night of rest!

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 200 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 200 feet

We will have a leisurely morning, enjoying the cool, crisp air while our guide prepares coffee / tea and breakfast. We will discuss the plan for the day, which includes moving camp and continuing through the Bechler Canyon. Packing up our llamas, we have a short hike to our destination and one of the highlights of our tour, backcountry hot springs! After making camp near the river we’ll explore the valley’s first remarkable feature: “Mr. Bubbles,” a series of hot springs fit for royalty. Bring your bathing suit because we’ll take some time to lounge in the hot water while enjoying the peaceful scenery of Bechler Canyon. We will settle in to this campsite where we will stay for 2 nights. After another delicious backcountry dinner, enjoying the campfire (weather permitting), we will settle in for a good nights rest!

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 100 feet

Today is a layover day to soak up the beauty of this amazing canyon, and to soak in the Mr Bubbles hot springs some more. We’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast, a wonderful lunch, some great hiking and soaking, and finally a feast of a dinner around a roaring campfire. 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.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 5.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: minimal
  • Elevation Loss: 700 feet

Hiking further down canyon we’ll do two longer river crossings which could be as deep as three feet with relatively swift water – your guide will support the group at these crossings. Our exciting fords across the river will be rewarded with two amazing waterfall: Colonnade Falls, a two-part waterfall (the second of which is the highest on this trip), and Iris Falls. We’ll set up camp and enjoy a tasty dinner before settling in for some much deserved sleep.

Day 5

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

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.

Dunanda Falls 6-Day Variation:

We can add an extra day to this trip which allows us to visit Dunanda Falls, a stunning waterfall with hot springs close by. It makes day 4 a bit longer and adds a 6th day to the itinerary, which also increases the cost. Feel free to ask us about this variation if it interests you.

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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AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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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.

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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. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

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. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

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 (17 reviews)
Lynn M.
5.0

Customer Service Professionals!

11 months ago

Beau and Ethan are true customer service professionals! They went the extra mile to make our trip amazing, getting up at 5 to hike to Mr. Bubbles to watch the sunrise and preparing incredible food are just 2 examples.

Geoff R.
5.0

These Trips Have It All

11 months ago

My son and I have been on a couple of trips now and both were awesome because of the terrain, the llamas and the guides. The territories through which we hike were more than gorgeous. Our guides were super friendly people and the meals they created were better than I make at home. The llamas are a really cute and a fun added feature. Not only are they wonderful gentle creatures, the fundamentally make the trip by toting most of the gear and all the food. Hence our load is lighter and meals predictably much better.

Megan H.
5.0

Fantastic Guide

11 months ago

Chris was a fantastic guide, positive attitude, and a great cook!

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