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Yellowstone Drop Camps (Coming Soon!)

Our Yellowstone National Park llama drop camps allow experienced outdoors people (these are not guided tours) to hike farther, stay longer, and camp more comfortably. Llamas are amazing pack animals that have far lower trail impact than horses, can carry 70 lbs of gear per animal, and are wonderful trail companions.

We offer two main options for drop camps - the Essential Packing package and the Premier Packing package, which are detailed below. (Please note that with both of these options guests are responsible for securing their camping permits, providing their own transportation, planning their own itineraries, and generally managing their wilderness trip.)

With Essential Packing you provide the gear, food...etc. We transport your supplies into your campsite and help you set up, then on the final day help break camp and transport everything out.

With Premier Packing we provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, bear hang equipment, kitchen, camp meals, and a camp manager to help set up and break down camp, cook the meals, wash dishes, and help with bear security.

We also offer gear rentals so you can go with Essential Packing and then add some extra gear items ala carte if needed. We invite you to read more about all the options below!

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Packages & Pricing

ESSENTIAL PACKING PREMIER PACKING
Guests Secure Campsite Permits X X
Guests Transport Themselves to Trailhead X X
Llamas Transport Supplies to/from Campsite X X
Help Setting Up / Breaking Camp X X
Camp Manager X
Tents, Sleeping Bags, Pads, Camp Chairs X
Bear Hang Equipment X
Camp Kitchen and Camp Meals X
Assistance with Bear Safety X
Ability to Rent Gear X X


3-4 DAY ESSENTIAL PACKING:
2 Llamas: $2,990 (140 lbs)
3-4 Llamas: $3,750 (210-280 lbs)
5-6 Llamas: $4,650 (350-420 lbs)
7-8 Llamas: $5,450 (490-560 lbs)

What's Included?
3-4 DAY PREMIER PACKING:
2 Guests: $2000 /person
3-4 Guests: $1600 /person
5-6 Guests: $1400 /person
7-10 Guests: $1200 /person

What's Included?





Drop Camp Details

Drop Camps Are Not Guided Tours
It's important to understand that drop camps are very different from guided tours. On a guided tour we plan the itinerary, secure the permits, ensure everyone is prepared with the correct clothing and equipment, provide transportation for the duration of the trip, have at most a 6:1 guest to guide ratio, and lead all aspects of the expedition. With drop camps we are not allowed to help with detailed itinerary planning, securing permits, or providing transportation, which are all national park regulations. The Premier Packing packages include gear, meals and a camp manager, but the camp manager is not a guide, and there will only be 1 for up to 10 guests. The camp managers are not permitted to lead hikes or act as wilderness guides other than ensuring a clean campsite, cooking meals, assisting with bear safety, and of course packing gear in and out.

In short, drop camps are for visitors who are wilderness savvy, who have - or plan to get - their own permits, and who would like to take advantage of the convenience, comfort and other advantages of a pack animal supported adventure.


Reserving Your Campsite in Yellowstone
Per Yellowstone's drop camp regulations, you are required to secure your own backcountry campsite reservation, pay your national park entrance fee and provide your own transportation to the trailhead.

You can apply for campsites beginning on January 1 for that calendar year, but the Park doesn't begin issuing permits until April 1.

Most campsites allow for 3 night stays, but some campsites are only 2-night stays.

Here are the steps to help you reserve your campsite in Yellowstone National Park:
Step 1: Decide when you want to go (have back up dates in mind).
Step 2: Build your trip itinerary & choose your campsite (having back up campsites is a good practice). See our drop camp trip suggestions.
Step 3: Fill out your backcountry permit request. Follow instructions in this link: Click Here
Step 4: Wait to hear back from Yellowstone National Park confirming your backcountry campsite permit.

For more information about Yellowstone’s reservation process for backcountry campsites: Click Here


Drop Camp Trip Suggestions
Most of these campsite and itinerary suggestions are all trips that we have offered or currently offer on our Yellowstone llama treks.

HEART LAKE

About: High quality fishing opportunity. Bring your waders, float tube and plenty of tackle.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Heart Lake Trailhead (8N1) to hike 9.2 miles to Beaver Creek Meadow Campsite (8J2) or (8J1).
Day 2: Fish on Heart Lake (great day for a float tube).
Day 3: Angle on the lake or try your hand on Beaver Creek or day hike to the outlet.
Day 4: Depart to exit 9.2 miles to Heart Lake Trailhead (8N1)


SLOUGH CREEK 1ST OR 3RD MEADOWS

About: This is one of the world’s finest trout fisheries for trophy size fish. If you have a bucket list put this trip on the top of your list. Trek profile below is for the 1st meadows. If you would like to go to the 3rd Meadows please let us know we can build you a custom itinerary.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Slough Creek Trailhead (2K5) to hike 5 miles to Lower Slough Creek Campsite (2S1).
Day 2: Angle all day on Slough Creek
Day 3: Angle all day on Slough Creek
Day 4: Depart to exit 5 miles to Slough Creek Trailhead (2K5)
 

DAILY CREEK - BLACK BUTTE

About: This is a must for visitors to Yellowstone National Park. If you are big on peaks and vistas this trip is for you.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Daily Creek Trailhead (WK1) on 4.2 miles hike to Black Butte Campsite (WF1)
Day 2: Hike 8-mile day hike to Big Horn Peak.
Day 3: A variety of short hikes for naturalist activities or a you can hike out (3-day trip)
Day 4: Relaxed breakfast and then return Daily Creek Trailhead (WK1)


DUNANDA FALLS

About: All trails are comfortable and easy. Highlight- waterfall and hot springs. Water shoes are a must each day.

TREK PROFILE:
Day:1 Depart Trailhead (9K1) on 6.5 miles hike to Upper Boundary Creek and Dunanda Falls Campsite (9A0). Option of evening walk to Danunda Falls for hot pools soak.
Day 2: Dunanda Falls naturalist day hike including hot pools soak and numerous waterfalls.
Day 3: Early morning hot pool soak. Naturalist interpretive discussion along the way.
Day 4: 6.5 miles return to Bechler Ranger Station Trailhead (9K1).
 

GREBE LAKE - WOLF LAKE - CASCADE LAKE

About: This is a wonderful trip to see wildlife, hike between the lakes, swim and fish. It is a very mild hike and makes for an enjoyable family vacation.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Grebe Lake Trailhead (4K3) to hike 3.5 miles to Grebe Lake Campsite (4G4).
Day 2: Day Trip to Observation Peak 12.6 miles round-trip.
Day 3: Angle or day trip to Wolf Lake 4 miles round-trip.
Day 4: Depart to exit 3.5 miles to Grebe Lake Trailhead (4K3).


BLACK CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE

About: This area offers a front row seat to the Yellowstone River. You can also fish, swim, and have the chance to see many different species of wildlife.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Blacktail Trailhead (1N5) to hike 4.7 miles to Campsite (1Y7). Afternoon/evening angling.
Day 2 & 3: All day & evening angling on Yellowstone River with option of hike 5 miles @ trip to Knowles Fall.
Day 4: Depart to exit Blacktail Trailhead (1N5)
 

LAMAR RIVER

About: This trip offers great opportunities to see Bison, Pronghorn, Elk and both Black & Grizzly Bears. This trip also has great fishing opportunities.

TREK PROFILE:
Day 1: Depart Soda Butte Trailhead (3K1) to hike 3 miles to Lower Cache Creek Campsite (3L1). Afternoon/evening angling or Interpretive walk.
Day 2: All day angling on Lamar River
Day 3: Day Hike to Wahb Spring (Death Gulch).
Day 4: Depart to exit 3 miles to Soda Butte Trailhead (3K1).



Bear Safety and Food Storage Requirements
In every front country and backcountry campsite location within Yellowstone National Park you are required to follow bear safety and bear food storage protocols. Some campsites have bear boxes but most stock sites do not. As a general rule of thumb, plan on hanging all your food and scented items. We can help with this and usually have enough bear proof containers and/or bear hangs that we can rent these to you.

For more information on:

Hiking in bear country: Click Here
General bear safety in bear country: Click Here
Camping in bear country: Click Here
Reacting to a bear encounter: Click Here
Bear spray: Click Here
Bear management areas in the park: Click Here



Gear Available for Rent
Items Available to Rent Cost
2 person backpack tent $35/day
3 person backpack tent $40/day
4 person backpack tent $45/day
5 person backpack tent $50/day
8 person Kifaru Tent (floorless) $75/day
4 person canvas tent $65/day
wood burning tent stove (Kifaru & Canvas only) $40/day
0 deg sleeping bag & liner $20/day
+20 deg sleeping bag & liner $15/day
ultra light cot $25/day
backcountry pillow & pillow case $5/day
camp kitchen (for 6 people) $55/day
2 person backpack tent $35/day
cooking stove & propane $18/day
camp table $15/day
camp chairs $5/day
first aid kit $15/day
satellite Inreach device $30/day
cooler (28 quart) $5/day
bear hanging rope & pulley $5/day
shovel $/day
kitchen tarp shelter $10/day


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