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Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking & Camping

Trip Length6 Days
Group Size4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$3,699 for REI Members
$4,079 for non-members
DeparturesJun 2024-Sep 2024

Experience the brilliance of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks on this 6-day hiking adventure.

Vast, rolling grasslands, thundering waterfalls and soaring peaks; the world’s first national park is a trove of natural wonders. Our adventure showcases it all, taking us to two of nature’s most unique outdoor playgrounds: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Discover tranquil wildflower meadows along our daily hikes, visit amazing geothermal features and spend each evening relaxing in roomy tent accommodations at our comfortable camp.

Enjoy hikes along some of Yellowstone’s most scenic trails. Visit steaming geysers and bubbling mud pots, a reminder of Yellowstone’s remarkable volcanic origins. Witness some of North America’s most iconic wildlife up close on exhilarating drives in search of bison, grizzly bear, elk and more. Our trip culminates with one day spent exploring Yellowstone’s neighbor to the south, magnificent Grand Teton National Park.

This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens. If you're traveling with younger children, check out our Yellowstone Family Adventure.

If you’re looking to explore different ways to enjoy all Yellowstone has to offer, view our full collection of Yellowstone itineraries.

Authorized permittee of Grand Teton National Park.

In Grand Teton National Park, we hop aboard our bikes and cycle to Jenny Lake, carved by glaciers and the second largest lake in the park.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy daily hikes on some of Yellowstone’s most scenic trails
  • Hike the along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Visit the park’s iconic geothermal features including Old Faithful
  • Enjoy wildlife-viewing drives in search of bison, grizzly bear, pronghorn, elk and more
  • Spend a day exploring Grand Teton National Park by bike and raft
  • Relax at camp, your home away from home — knowing that in addition to our exceptional trip guides, a dedicated camp host is there to handle all the details


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Daily hikes typically range between 4.5–7.5 miles in length with elevation gains/losses of up to 2,100'. Two hikes will take us to the summits of peaks over 10,000 feet. Cycling and rafting are suitable for beginners; all gear will be provided. All activities are optional and our guides will brief trip members on the vigorousness of each prior to setting out.

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Cycling

What's Included

Lodging and meals as indicated on the daily itinerary. Professional guide services. Transportation during the course of the trip. See this trip’s Gear List for details regarding any equipment that may be provided for your use during the trip. Each participant will also receive a canister of bear deterrent spray and best practice instruction for hiking in bear country.

On this Classic Camping itinerary, we have included an additional guide who will be the camp host for the duration of the trip. The camp host will help our guide team set up and breakdown camp along with helping in preparing meals. The addition of the 3rd guide is uniquely due to the remote nature of the location and full days of the itinerary.


Camping, 5 nights.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking & Camping
Day 1

Arrive in Yellowstone and visit Mammoth Hot Springs

Our trip begins in Bozeman, Montana. We rendezvous for orientation in the morning, then set off on the two-hour drive to Yellowstone National Park. Our first stop on our adventure is Mammoth Hot Springs. We drop by the visitor center, watch for the resident elk herd, and get our initial glimpse of some of the park’s fascinating thermal features. Once we have enjoyed our guide-prepared picnic lunch, we start our warmup hike directly from the visitor center. After we enjoy our time exploring, we’ll head over to settle into our camp for the evening and enjoy a tasty guide-prepared dinner under the star-filled sky. Lunch and dinner included.

Hiking: 5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,207'; Transfer: 3–4 hours.

Day 2

Visit Grand Prismatic Spring. Hike to Mystic Falls. Explore Upper Geyser Basin and view Old Faithful eruption

No visit to Yellowstone would be complete without exploring the park’s fantastic geothermal features. Still considered an active volcano, reminders of Yellowstone’s violent geological past abound. We start today with a visit to the spectacular Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the nation. The spring's brilliant rings of brown, yellow, blue, green and orange are caused by microbes that live at the edges of the mineral-rich water. Next we hike through Biscuit Basin to 70-ft Mystic Falls for a dramatic view of the geyser basin below. We continue our hike to Upper Geyser Basin to explore the many additional geysers, hot springs and fumaroles there and our afternoon culminates as we witness the iconic eruption of Old Faithful. All meals included.

Hiking: 4.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 350'; Transfer: 2.5–3.5 hours.

Day 3

Enjoy an early morning wildlife-viewing drive. Hike the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Yellowstone is home to more than 50 species of mammals including black & grizzly bear, bison, elk, pronghorn, moose and wolf. The park draws wildlife lovers from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. We set out on a wildlife-viewing drive at dawn this morning, aiming to reach beautiful Hayden Valley when the animals are most active. Additional dawn or dusk wildlife drives can be scheduled based on participants’ interest. After our wildlife adventure, we spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We hike the canyon rim and enjoy views of the Yellowstone River far below. We also visit one of Yellowstone’s marquee overlooks, Artist Point, and will admire the falls from a number of sublime vantage points. A quintessential day in Yellowstone! All meals included.

Hiking: 5–7.6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1100'; Transfer: 2–3.5 hours.

Day 4

Visit Grand Teton National Park. Bike to Jenny Lake and enjoy a scenic float trip on the Snake River

We head south today towards Grand Teton National Park, its immense granite peaks visible for miles above the plains. On the first part of our multisport day, we hop aboard our bikes and cycle to lovely Jenny Lake, carved by glaciers and the second largest lake in the park. We have time to explore the lakeshore before jumping back on our bikes and returning to our waiting vehicle. Later, we take in the spectacular views of the South, Middle, and Grand Teton as well as Mount Moran during a scenic rafting trip down the Snake River. In addition to the awe-inspiring Teton panoramas, we watch for bald eagles, beavers, moose and bear along the riverbanks as we float by. Our time in the Tetons ends with a tasty dinner at Signal Mountain Lodge overlooking Jackson Lake. It's a perfect spot to enjoy final views of one of America’s most beautiful mountain ranges. All meals included.

Cycling: 15–18 miles; terrain: established bike trail, Elevation gain/loss: 482'; Rafting: 2.5 hour scenic float trip (Class I and II). Transfer: 4–4.5 hours.

Day 5

Summit Avalanche Peak and hike to Storm Point for views of Yellowstone Lake

Today’s challenging hike to the summit of Avalanche Peak offers outstanding views of southern Yellowstone, stretching to the Tetons 50 miles away. Our trail begins in a lush fir and spruce forest and climbs steadily, passing through wildflower meadows and up talus slopes to the summit at 10,566 ft. We relish the stunning high country panorama that includes Yellowstone Lake, the rugged Absaroka mountain range, and Pelican Valley, some of the premier grizzly habitat in the Lower 48. This afternoon, a short hike to Storm Point provides fantastic views of Yellowstone Lake. Back at camp this evening, we relax as our guides prepare a delicious celebration dinner and the setting sun casts the last pale light in the West. All meals included.

Hiking: 5–7.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 2,100'; Transfer: 2–2.5 hours.

Day 6

Hike to the top of Mount Washburn for Panoramic Views of Yellowstone

This morning, we hike one of Yellowstone’s most iconic and scenic hikes. The summit of Mount Washburn (10,223 ft) offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Yellowstone spread out at our feet. The wide trail’s gradual ascent to the fire lookout atop the mountain makes it a great hike to top off our week. We may even glimpse some four-legged friends along the way, bighorn sheep are known to frequent the area and graze nearby. With our hearts full of appreciation for our National Parks we return to our waiting vehicle and start our journey back home, arriving in Bozeman by approximately 7pm. Breakfast and lunch included.

Hiking: 7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: 1,384'; Transfer: 2.5–3.5 hours.

Itinerary map for Yellowstone & Grand Teton Hiking & Camping

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. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

REI members can shop for gently used gear online or at most REI stores. Members can also trade in pre-loved used gear online or at any REI store in exchange for REI gift card credit. Check out Re/Supply at REI to learn more.

Provided by REI

  • All Group Cooking Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent(s)

What to pack

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