Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

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Dates: Jul-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 3-4

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Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River

Price:

2014

REI Member: $725

Non-member: $825

2015

REI Member: $725

Non-member: $800

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jul 31 – Aug 3 Sold out
  • Aug 7–10 Sold out
  • Aug 15–18
  • Aug 21–24
  • Aug 28–31 Sold out

Dates are subject to permit availability.

2015

  • Aug 6–9
  • Aug 13–16
  • Aug 20–23
  • Aug 27–30
  • Sep 3–6

Dates are subject to permit availability.


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Group Size: 4-10

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Backpacking

Accommodations:

Backcountry camping, 3 nights; Optional hotels (hotels not included in trip price), 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Explore remote corners of the world's first national park
  • See beautiful rivers, streams, hot springs, geysers, and wildflowers
  • Enjoy four days of backpacking surrounded by natural wonder

Let REI Adventures take you to the remote corners of the world's first national park! Our Bechler River backpacking trip explores unique and remote sections of the park and provide intimate glimpses into the diversity of Yellowstone. This itinerary delivers an unmatched experience where backpackers witness nature at work through the power of teeming rivers and streams, the wonder of remote geysers and hot springs, and the breathtaking beauty of flower filled meadows.

Get off the beaten path and away from the crowds as you travel in to the stunning backcountry with all you need on your back. Strap on your pack, lace up your boots, and come with us as we follow the remote and majestic trails of Yellowstone National Park.

Looking for other options in Yellowstone? Check out our Black Canyon and Gallatin Mountains backpacking itineraries, or our Yellowstone Kayaking trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Night before - Optional stay in Bozeman.
  • Day 1 - See an abundance of geothermal pools and potholes in Geyser Basin.
  • Day 2 - Hike to the headwaters of Bechler River and explore "Mr. Bubbles."
  • Day 3 - Ford two rivers and pass stunning waterfalls on our way to camp.
  • Day 4 - Depart Bechler Canyon and return to Bozeman

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Night before - Optional stay in Bozeman.

    Since we will meet at 6:00 a.m. on Day 1 of your trip, you may choose to arrive in Bozeman, Montana the night before (not included in the cost of the trip). We recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express Bozeman West, where we meet on Day 1 of the trip. Your car can be left at this location. Be sure to make reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure the availability of rooms. To make reservations call the hotel directly at 877-410-6667.

  • Day 1 - See an abundance of geothermal pools and potholes in Geyser Basin.

    We meet at 6:00 a.m. in the lobby of the hotel. After a gear check and brief orientation, we load our gear into the support vehicle for our drive to the trailhead. Plan on adding 5-10 pounds of shared group gear to your pack. Our hike starts out with one of the most impressive geysers in the region, the Lonestar Geyser. We hope to see Lonestar's 70 foot eruption before continuing down the trail. We follow the Firehole River and cross the Continental Divide before arriving at Shoshone Lake. Shoshone Lake is one of the largest wilderness lakes in North America and home to the enormous Shoshone Geyser Basin where we explore the abundance of geysers, bubbling pools, and potholes. Lunch and dinner included.

    Hiking: 6.5 miles; Elevation gain: 500 ft.

  • Day 2 - Hike to the headwaters of Bechler River and explore "Mr. Bubbles."

    After a sound night's sleep enjoy a hearty breakfast together before heading back out on the trail. Today's hike leads us to the headwaters of the Bechler River and into the heart of Bechler Canyon. After setting up camp near the riverside, we explore the valley's first remarkable geothermal feature, "Mr. Bubbles," a gorgeous series of hot springs. Bring your bathing suit as we have the opportunity to lounge in the natural hot baths. All meals included. 

    Hiking: 7.5 miles; Elevation gain: 700 ft.; loss: 1100 ft.

  • Day 3 - Ford two rivers and pass stunning waterfalls on our way to camp.

    Wake up to another hearty breakfast at the base of Bechler Canyon. We have a big day along the river, with two exciting river crossings. Be sure to bring along water shoes for this section if you would prefer to change out of your boots. We work together to carefully ford these two river beds and then enjoy the remarkable reward of two waterfalls, Colonnade and Iris Falls. We set up camp only 5 minutes away from these spectacular sights. All meals included. 

    Hiking: 5 miles; Elevation loss: 500 ft.

  • Day 4 - Depart Bechler Canyon and return to Bozeman

    Our final day is a long, flat section of trail leading through the lower sections of the canyon. This section is characterized by massive boulder fields and acres of berry bushes where we can stop to forage. We expect to see an abundance of wildlife along our journey. Hiking through the beautiful meadows and forests of southwestern Yellowstone is a truly unforgettable backcountry experience. After returning to civilization at the Bechler Ranger station, we arrive at the hotel around 6pm where we will say our goodbyes. We plan to be back in Bozeman by 6:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Hiking: 9 miles; Elevation loss: 250 ft.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm that the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 2-person tents; group cooking gear; group first aid kit, water filter; campsite and permit fees; park entrance fees; round-trip shuttle between meeting point and trailheads.

All Yellowstone backpacking trips are conducted under the authorized concessionaire permit of Wildland Trekking Company.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; any hotel reservations; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus (3-4). Participants will be carrying their own backpacks with weights of 35-40 lbs. over varied terrain and at altitude. Please make sure your backpack is fitted to your body before the trip. Trip members need to be in good physical condition. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we strongly encourage you to take up a training regimen beforehand.  Day hiking with a pack and making sure your hiking boots are broken in before your trip is key. Cycling, running, walking and weight training are also good conditioners for this type of outing. The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy all that Yellowstone National Park has to offer.

Weather

Depending on the date of departure, daytime temperatures usually range between 50o - 80o F with evening temperatures dropping into the 30s-40s. On early and late season departures are prepared to encounter lows of 30 degrees or colder. You may encounter freezing temperatures at some of the higher elevations. Afternoon thunderstorms are a distinct possibility, so adequate raingear is important.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Yellowstone Backpacking – Bechler River Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents (3 season, 2 person)
  • Cooking gear
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter
  • Group first aid kit
  • Bear canister
  • Bear spray
Backpacking Gear
  • Backpack: large internal frame or external frame (65 – 80 liter)
  • Pack cover – waterproof
  • Sleeping bag (rated at 20° - 25° F)
  • Sleeping pad
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket and pants, lightweight waterproof and breathable
  • Light weight warm synthetic or down jacket (mandatory for early and late season trips)
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Mid- or lightweight thermal top and bottom made of synthetic or wool (mid weight for early or late season departures)
  • Extra warm clothing for early or late season departures
  • Hiking pants, quick-drying, lightweight (zip-off legs are great) no jeans!
  • Hiking shorts, quick-drying, lightweight
  • 1-2 T-shirts, synthetic
  • 2 changes of underwear
  • Hiking socks, 3 pairs of wool or synthetic
  • Sock liners, 3 pairs of synthetic liners (optional)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
Footwear
  • Hiking boots: heavy duty, waterproof, and well broken-in, should rise above ankle
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system equivalent (recommended to bring one 1-quart bottle even with hydration system)
  • Plastic bowl, spoon, travel mug with lid
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock, (small amount—not the whole bottle), min SPF 25
  • Lip balm (unscented)
  • Insect repellent (small)
  • Head net for mosquitoes, especially in July
  • Toothbrush & trial-sized paste
  • Pack towel and/or washcloth
  • Personal first aid kit, small and light with personal medications
  • Favorite energy snacks and drinks
  • Bic lighter
  • Travel size wet-wipes
  • TP system: toilet paper (not a full roll) & 1 Ziploc quart baggie & 1 Ziploc gallon baggie and orange plastic trowel
  • 1 large plastic garbage can bag
Optional Field Gear… think weight!
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Gaiters
  • Pocket knife or small multi-tool
  • Compass
  • Ear plugs
  • Lightweight camp shoes/sandals
  • Journal & pen
  • Camera and film- think weight
  • Small paperback book
  • Swim suit
  • Down vest or jacket
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Guides (13)
  • Activity level (11)
  • Group camaraderie (11)
  • Food (10)
  • Well organized itinerary (10)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (8), Avid adventurer (5)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (10), Destination (10), Active adventures (9), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (9), Good value (7)

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      5.0

      Bechler - Labor Day 2013

      By Steve the Traveler

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      See all my reviews

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

          REI could put a route map on the travel site for a quick ref.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • SW Yellowstone Location backpacking and the timing around Labor Day holiday was good
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Mr Bubbles hot springs & camp, plus Momma bear and 2 cubs in the canyon
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • pack light and bring fav snacks
           
          5.0

          Fabulous journey

          By DanTex

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Casual Adventurer

          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Remote Riverside Campsite
          • Well Organized Itinerary
          • Wildlife

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

              Superb guides with many years of experience in backcountry travel and in Yellowstone in particular. They bring the trip to life with their detailed knowledge of the wildlife and history of Yellowstone. Black Canyon is well suited for early season trips, when higher elevations are still very cold. Its trails traverse beautiful valleys alongside rivers, modest waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, though not the spectacular vistas of more mountainous regions of the park.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Yellowstone is a fabulous setting for outdoor adventure, and the Bozeman pickup makes it more accessible than some other sites.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Seeing wildlife in a spectacular setting.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • An ideal way to get away from it all in the beautiful setting of Yellowstone. The trip is challenging yet accessible thanks to the moderate elevation changes of the Black Canyon and the leaving of packs at the campsite on day 3.
               
              5.0

              Awesome experience!

              By ocaligalo

              from San Luis Obispo, CA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Activity Level
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                  This trip was wonderful. We really got to experience Yellowstone off the beaten path and away from the crowds of people. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun and really made me feel like I was in good hands.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • This was my first backpacking trip and I planned to travel solo. I loved that REI worked out all of the logistics and planning so I could just enjoy myself and feel safe!
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • Mr Bubbles, multiple river crossings, the awesome guides
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Take the activity level and gear list seriously and be prepared!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesomest Adventure ever...

                  By NorCal Siouxie

                  from NorCal

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                      The REI Adventures trip to Bechler River Canyon provided me with the opportunity to enjoy this amazing wilderness, without becoming a slave to the details of back country camping. Our guides were knowledgeable, helpful and [*] fine cooks. REI provided great tents and the transportation to and from Bozeman was excellent. The trip definitely exceeded my expectations. Many Thanks to my amazing guides! And the terrific group I traveled with.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Yellowstone has long been a destination on my bucket list.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The Bechler River Canyon.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Bring rain gear, and extra socks!

                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great trip!

                      By Christopher1948

                      from Westmont, IL

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                        I was sceptical of using trekking poles, but a friend urged me to try them. They were a considerable help on the mountain trails and, especially with the stream crossings. Keep in mind that the average high and low temperatures in the trip description are average. It can easily be significangly colder, warmer or wetter. Bring good rain gear, waterproof your boots, and have a great time.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • I recently retired and wanted to get back into packpacking, after many years of family car camping and day-hiking. Wanted to start with an organized trip, with experienced guides. I had a great time, found I could keep up with the "young ones", and am very pleased that I went.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • The guides, Russ and Jana, were professional, knowledgeable, and really nice people. The other hikers were very congenial. And of course the incredible scenery.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Pay attention to the gear list and training recommendations. One of the reasons that I had such a great time, is that I was well prepared. Unexpected snow and cold were surprises, but with the right gear the trip was still a great success.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Bechler River

                        By Bernieruns

                        from Port Washington, NY

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Guides
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Mosquitos

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                          Our guides were superb! We enjoyed talking about the wild flowers and the "evidence" left by the wildlife as we hiked. The mileage on the second day was long but we kept going with some jokes and a trip to Mr Bubbles - the hot spring. Forging the river was something to write home about - at some points the water was waist deep! I know there are mosquitoes in the woods - but they were organised into air squadrons and we needed the industrial strength bug spray. Food was good - and tasted wonderful after a hard days hiking.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Hiking through along the Bechler River from Old Faithful to the Bechler Ranger station allowed us access to very remote areas of the park. The itinerary meet our schedule and expected exertion levels.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Hard to single out one point - but some of the water falls were fabulous, taking a dip in the river was fun, forging the rivers was quite an experience.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Get the industrial strength bug spray and don't pack anything you don't absolutely need. A heavy pack will make this trip really hard work.

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great trip!

                          By jakshadows

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Casual Adventurer

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Activity Level
                          • Food
                          • Guides
                          • Quality Equipment Provided

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                              Overall, this was a great experience! Asano and Scott were our guides and I don't think we could have asked for better!
                              They pointed out features as we hiked, related their other experiences, did all the cooking (seriously, who has such food while camping in the woods?? WE DO.) and in general, made sure we had a good time. There was no lack of food or water, and if we chose, could have eaten most of the time while there! There was also a stress on safety and even when crossing streams, they were there to make sure we crossed safely.
                              The environment: It's Yellowstone. Mountains and rivers, so you can expect incredible scenery to do your hiking in. Especially when crossing suspension bridges, or seeing waterfalls made more awesome with snow melt.
                              An added bonus was the incredible sky at night! Being from the city, I don't get to see such things often, and I felt this was something that should be mentioned.
                              In short, I think REI will be seeing us again!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • All the Details Planned for Me
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • I thought this trip would be a good introduction to backpacking, as well as see how REI will work for me.
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • This was a unique experience so it's a hard call. The views are overwhelmingly beautiful, and just relaxing by the shore of the Yellowstone River, dipping our feet in the cold water after a warm day hike, as the mountains tower over us is perhaps the most memorable.
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • When they say layer up, they mean it! Our first couple of days were cold and our guides were clear about what we would need. So in addition to layering up, listen to the guides!

                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Trip

                              By Flwrchld

                              from Ardmore, PA

                              About Me Casual Adventurer

                              Site Member

                              Pros

                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Group Camaraderie
                              • Guides
                              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                              • Quality Equipment Provided
                              • Well Organized Itinerary

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                                  Where do I begin... Shane and Stefan were outstanding. The scenery met expectations and beyond, the group blended nicely. Stefan is a great cook,I don't eat that good at home. We were in peak wildflower season, the guides were knowledgeable about it all.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • I've been wanting to do a backpack out west for quite some time. The trip was priced right, the location was spectacular and the length was ideal.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • Geysers, wildflowers, lakes, streams, sunsets, food...
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • Deet, Deet and more Deet. And not the wimpy stuff either. A head net is also an essential.

                                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Yellowstone as it was meant to be seen

                                  By L.P.

                                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer, First time backpacker

                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides

                                  Cons

                                  • No campfires some sites

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                                    The best part of spending time in the backcountry is that you get to see Yellowstone, not a boardwalk. You learn things about the country, the park, your abilities, and new people.

                                    While we didn't have the fortune of seeing wildlife, and the sites we stayed at didn't allow campfires, I would take the trip again tomorrow.

                                    Our guides, Stefen and Shane, made sure that this was both a vacation and an adventure. They cooked great food and showed us features of the park that many people may overlook, such as native (and non-native) flowers and plants.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I've always wanted an excuse to drive across the country and see Yellowstone.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Being away from crowds and spending time learning about each group member.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Bring a camera. You'll see things that 95 percent of Yellowstone's visitors will not.

                                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Wonderful Trip

                                    By Andrea P.

                                    from NJ

                                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                                    Site Member

                                    Pros

                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Surroundings

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Backpacking:

                                        Our guides, Stefen and Shane, were excellent: very knowledgeable, approachable, humorous, and accommodating. The meals were delicious—better than what I have at home. We saw lots of flora and fauna (moose, bison, mule deer, elk, pika, ground squirrel, and signs of bear, coyote, and fox) and geological features (the highlights were Lone Star Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring). It would have been nice to have one more day to really take in Shoshone Lake. Make sure you bring a mosquito net and strong DEET spray—the mosquitoes are nasty. The activity rating (3/4) is on target.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts

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