Hiking and Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse

5 Days | Explore the Southwestern Yellowstone backcountry minus the crowds

Walking & trekking
GBP £1,670
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Hike the famous Bechler River Valley Traverse in Southwestern Yellowstone National Park and experience the hallmark features of Yellowstone in the backcountry, away from the crowds. See stunning geysers, serene rivers and streams, crystal-clear lakes, hot springs (yes, you can soak in them), tumbling waterfalls, wild berries, world-class trout waters, and the vast river meadows of Yellowstone with an expert leader who knows all the best spots. Multiple geysers with bubbling pools and frothing potholes add yet more reasons to visit. Sleep under the stars on a backpacking small group Intrepid adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Hiking And Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse including United States Of America
Jackson, United States
Jackson, United States
Walking & trekking
United States
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Min 12
Group size
Min 2 - Max 10
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience the hallmark features of Yellowstone in the backcountry, away from the crowds, with an expert leader to show you all the best spots.
  • Hike the lower part of Bechler Canyon which is flanked on the south by berry-laden boulder fields, a popular foraging ground for black bears and hikers alike.
  • Marvel at multiple geysers with bubbling pools, frothing potholes, and mounds spewing fountain-like streams into the air at the spectacular Shoshone Geyser Basin.
  • Bring your bathing suit and sit back and relax for free with Mr Bubbles, a series of natural hot springs with a quirky name and blissfully soothing waters.
  • See beautiful Iris Falls and Colonnade Falls, a two-part waterfall that is the highest on the hike and an easy 5 minute walk from our camp.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a walking trip; a good fitness level will help you enjoying all included walks and activities.
  • This trip involves hiking from 5 to 8.5 miles (8 to 14 km) per day plus optional day hikes, with a total trip distance of up to 35 miles (56 km). The maximum daily elevation gain/loss is 1100 feet (335 m). Please check the trip itinerary for more details.
  • On this tour you will be required to carry a backpack weighting approximately 35-45 lb (15-20KG).
  • Yellowstone boasts warm summers but be prepared for colder evenings and possibly rainy days. Good clothing and appropriate footwear are a must.
  • On our final day there is no accommodation included so please plan your departure accordingly, or pre-book a post-tour night.


Map of Hiking And Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse including United States Of America



5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners


Private vehicle


Backcountry camping (4 nights)

  • Shuttle from Jackson Hole
  • Lone Star Geyser visit
  • Firehole River hike
  • Shoshone Lake hike
  • Guided Backpacking experience - Yellowstone National Park
  • Bechler Canyon hike
  • Mr. Bubbles hot springs visit
  • Bechler River Traverse hike
  • Colonnade & Iris Falls visit
  • Bechler Meadows hike
  • Dunanda Falls visit
  • Bechler Ranger Station hike
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole

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Important notes

1. Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 30 days out from departure. We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.

2. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.

4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.

5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.

6. Please note, pre-trip orientation meeting will take place at 5:00 PM day before trip starts via conference call. Early on the morning of day 1, you will be picked up from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. We can also arrange pick up in Driggs or Victor, Idaho. This trip will conclude at approximately 7:00 PM on the last day In Jackson.

7. A single tent is provided to all solo travellers at no extra cost.

Essential Trip Information

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Hiking and Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse
GBP £1,670