Yellowstone National Park Backpacking Packing List

Yellowstone National Park has more than 900 miles of hiking trails, offering ample opportunity to leave the crowds behind. Backpacking in Yellowstone is a great way to explore the more remote regions of the park and see spectacular wildlife, geysers and gorgeous high-altitude lakes. For more information about planning your trip, see our Yellowstone National Park Visitor Guide.

The following checklist is designed for a non-guided, non-winter trip in Yellowstone. If you’re part of a guided group, check with the guide company to see what items they provide. If you’d prefer to skip the planning, check out the REI guided adventures in Yellowstone.

Guided Trips in Yellowstone National Park
Included in this list are the Ten Essential Systems you should have on every backcountry trip: navigation; sun protection; insulation; illumination; first-aid supplies; fire starter; repair kit and tools; nutrition; hydration; emergency shelter. To learn more, see our Ten Essentials article.


Clothing and Footwear

Personal Items


Many of the following items are optional; tailor the list to suit your personal needs.


Quantity varies depending on activity and length of trip.