Yellowstone Llamas offers multi-day pack trips with overnight camping throughout Yellowstone National Park. Below are some of our favorite treks in the northern parts of the park.
There are over 1000 miles of trails winding through Yellowstone National Park, with many opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, photography, and taking in the spectacular landscape and natural wonders of the park. We will be happy to discuss your specific interests, preferences and fitness levels to find the trek that's right for you.
Trip offers great day hiking
Trip offers good fishing in nearby streams or lakes
Trip is well suited to families with children
Trip offers great wildlife viewing
Northwest Corner: Dailey to Black Butte Creek Trail
We begin this three-day trip at the Dailey Creek Trailhead. Access to this trailhead is via MT highway 191. Day one consists of a moderate hike of about 4.5 miles through large meadows, rolling hills in the beginning and later through forested areas. We set up camp beside Black Butte Creek. We spend day two at the same camp as it gives us the opportunity to day hike to the summit of Bighorn Peak. The trail to the top of Big Horn Peak climbs to 9900 feet and offers outstanding views as well as the chance to see the herd of Mountain Goats that call this area home. On the final day, we will break camp after breakfast and hike back up and over a ridge to the Dailey Creek Drainage. We will have a lunch break at a Park Service cabin in the forest, then follow Dailey Creek, through a large meadow, back to the trailhead. Hiking distance of this in-and-out trip is approximately 9 miles total, with virtually unlimited day hiking. There is also the option to hike out the shorter Blacktail Creek trail on the last day and shuttle the vehicles. There is a good chance you may hear wolves howling. Moose, deer, elk and bears also frequent this area and it is a very good trip for animal viewing.
Northwest Corner: Fan Creek / Specimen Creek
This excellent four-day trip begins at the Fawn Pass Trailhead. We follow the trail through a beautiful meadow along Fan Creek for 7 miles to our first camp. The next day we continue following the Meadow and Fan Creek until we cross over a thickly forested ridge into the Specimen Creek drainage. Another 5-mile day brings us to our second camp, where we will layover for a day. This layover gives us access to fabulous day hikes, such as the 3.5 mile hike to High Lake where anglers can try their luck fishing for some of Yellowstone’s famous native cutthroat trout. Our final day of the trip follows the beautiful east fork of Specimen Creek down 8 miles of gentle terrain. On the way, you get a first-hand opportunity to see how the forest is rejuvenating itself from the 1988 forest fires that passed through much of Yellowstone National Park. Specimen creek broadens delightfully at the confluence of the north and east forks of the creek and we continue to follow it as it meanders the remaining two miles to the Sportsman Lake Trailhead. On our three-day version of this trip, we hike about 7 miles to our first campsite in a large meadow (with good wildlife watching opportunities), and about 8 miles on day two. This trip does not include a layover day. We spend more time at our second campsite along the banks of Specimen Creek and hike out 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the last day. Another popular option for the 3-day trek is 2 nights in the same camp with a day hike on the middle day.
Note: This trip requires several creek crossings so you should come prepared with an additional pair of shoes or sandals designated for this purpose.
North Region: Black Canyon of the Yellowstone
In the early summer and fall, we suggest the Black Canyon trek. This is a three-day trip. We will cross large open meadows and then descend into the canyon, cross a bridge and hike along the rushing Yellowstone River. Our comfortable and large campsite is right along the river in a beautiful location. This area is considered to have some of the best trout fishing in the U.S. We will spend two nights here to allow for the opportunity of several nice day hikes along the river, including a trip to Knowles Falls. This is a great trip for families and those wanting to get a taste of fly fishing in Yellowstone. Total mileage: approximately 10.
North Region: Slough Creek
Slough Creek is located on Yellowstone's Northern Range in a very good wildlife area. In addition, our trail is actually an old historic "road" that is still used with horse and waggon to supply a backcountry ranch. Slough Creek Trail winds through gorgeous landscapes with majestic mountain scenery. We encounter a rise in the beginning giving us just the right amount of exercise. We then travel through "First and Second Meadow", have a picnic near the trail and then turn to our campsite right on the river! We like to use this area for a 3-day trek. The camp is located next to the river and is suitable for families. There are opportunities to enjoy the river, the rocks around camp and the trails for a day hike on the middle day. However, if you like to fish, this is the perfect place! We sometimes see bears in this area and there is a good chance to hear wolves howl! The campsite is spacious with good tent sites, meadow for llamas, a nice cooking area with fire ring. Total mileage: approx. 9 miles.
Northeast Region: CacheCreek/Lamar River Trail
Lamar River Trail to Cache Creek is a very pleasant hike through open country with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. Part of the area we will be hiking through is populated by big bison herds. Beautiful mountain scenery surrounds the area. We have great views of Lamar Valley, Specimen Ridge and Mirror Plateau. We follow basically the Lamar River drainage. Cache Creek campsite is a very pleasant place right on Cache Creek with trees for shade and a meadow for the llamas. We often get to see a moose right near camp, making the llamas a little jumpy! Great day hiking opportunities for all levels right from camp. This is a 3-day trek. Total mileage: approx. 6 miles.
To plan your trip please call us at 406-586-1155