Being prepared is of the utmost importance when planning a trip into the back country. Please use this as your reference.
What we provide
Guests on a Yellowstone Llamas trip are supplied with backpacking style tents and a Thermarest ¾ length inflatable sleeping pad. We also supply all necessary plates, bowls, cups, glasses and eating utensils, pots, stoves as well as tables and chairs.
Our trips include all meals, snacks, etc., starting with lunch on the first day and ending with snacks or lunch on the last day (depending on mileage last day.)
We sometimes provide transportation to and from the trailhead. However, we prefer you meet us at the trailhead.
We do not supply sleeping bags. However, we do rent them if needed. We charge $10 per person per day for sleeping bag rentals and have bags available in standard and in long lengths. Just give us a call or email us and let us know prior to arriving if you need to rent a sleeping bag.
What you should bring
While our gear is hauled to and from our camps by the llamas, we recommend hikers come equipped with a small day pack for carrying objects they wish to easily access during the day. Most of our guests find hiking more enjoyable when they can quickly access their camera, rain gear, bug repellent, sunscreen, trail snack and drinking water and a small daypack or fanny pack is perfect for this.
Personal gear not carried in daypacks will be loaded into panniers and carried by our llamas. Please limit this equipment to 20lbs per person including sleeping bag.
It is helpful to bring along a small lightweight duffel-type bag or stuff sack for organizing equipment destined for storage in the panniers. Our panniers measure 23” long, 16-19” high, and 8-12” deep so please make sure your choice of storage bag will fit these dimensions. Also, please note that we will hang all food and otherwise "smelly" items on a bear pole overnight. Please consider having small bags handy for your items.
Most trip days are dry and sunny. However, we can get an afternoon shower or even a rare day of constant rain. Hikers should bring along lightweight rainwear capable of handling these conditions. For those sunny days, don’t forget sunscreen and hats.
We also suggest hikers bring along containers with drinking water. Our guides prefer the wide-mouth one-liter style water bottles. However, the Camelback type hydration systems also seem to work well. We will refill water bottles in camp. We do provide and carry water-filtering equipment and all drinking water will be filtered.
Most of our trips require walking on rocky trails. We feel your choice of footwear should be adequate for these conditions. Remember, you will not be carrying anything heavier than a light daypack so leave the heavy hikers at home in favor of lighter, but still supportive footwear. Whatever your choice, be sure to give yourself ample break-in time if you're purchasing new boots prior to your trip. Some of our treks with include creek crossings. Please bring sandals (teva-style) which will double as comfortable camp shoes.
If you bring your own sleeping bags, they should be backpacker-style suitable for temps at or near the freezing point. We don’t often see night temperatures that cool, but remember these are mountain climates and, while it may be quite warm during the day, the nights and early mornings can be chilly. Your bag should compress to a size suitable for backcountry travel. Our guides always bring jackets and warm hats for the cooler times of day and we recommend you do as well. If your trip is in September, you should be prepared for even cooler temperatures. If you are unsure whether you have the right sleeping bag or need clothing advice for our trips, please give us a call.
Traveling in Bear Country
We will be traveling through and sleeping in bear country. Your guides are aware of all precautionary measures that are necessary when moving through bear country. They will carry bear spray. If you feel better carrying your own, they are available in most outdoor stores in the area. You cannot bring them on airplanes. As mentioned, we will hang all food-related and otherwise smelly items overnight. This is a very important practice as a clean camp will not attract bears who have an exceptional sense of smell. As such, keeping food items in your tent would be a bad idea! Please ask your guide if you need help determining what items to hang overnight and bring bags or small containers for your items.
Going “potty” in the back country
Most of the backcountry camps will have pit toilets but some do not. On those trips, we will provide our Portable Backcountry Outhouse. Please bring your own toilet paper and ziplock bags for disposal. We practice “leave no trace” as much as possible and as such will be carrying out everything we carry in, including used sanitary items and toilet paper, especially in areas where we are not allowed to have a camp fire. Thank you for your cooperation.
*Yellowstone Llamas is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service*