Black Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Trip Info:
Distance: 25 MILES
Difficulty: 3/5
Cost per person: $1000
$300 non-refundable deposit

Duration: 6
 DAYS, 5/22- 5/27
Distance: 40 MILES
Difficulty: 4/5
Cost Per Person: $1450
$300 non-refundable deposit
6/1/22- 6/4/22 (SOLD OUT)


Trip Description:


This is Nomadic By Nature’s earliest backpacking trip in Yellowstone — while most trails lie under a blanket of snow, Black Canyon of the Yellowstone remains mostly snow-free because of its low elevation. As we hike along the  Yellowstone River, you will gain perspective of how wild the canyon really is. 


This region is home to big wildlife — big horn sheep, elk, deer, bison, birds of prey, and the possibility of grizzly bear, to name a few. Highlights include a raging and untouched river, amazing geology, waterfalls, and ever-present wildlife — all combine for a powerful experience in the World’s First National Park.

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We will meet the evening before our trip starts in Bozeman, Montana at 5:00 pm, at a predetermined hotel. If the meeting is held at a different hotel than you are staying, your guide will gladly provide transportation to and from the meeting.  In this meeting, we will do a general orientation that will cover introductions, trip itinerary, safety precautions, pack fitting and group gear distribution. Most importantly, this is a chance to meet with your guide to discuss the personal gear and clothes that you plan on bringing; your guide will offer advice about what to bring and what to leave behind for a successful and comfortable trip. This meeting generally lasts one hour.


  • Travel time from Bozeman: 2.5 Hours

  • Distance: 3 - 6 Miles

  • Difficulty: Moderate

Nomadic By Nature will pick you up from your hotel and start the journey into the park’s northern entrance. Once on the trail, we will start downhill, giving us big views of Yellowstone’s northern range. At the bottom of the hill, we’ll cross the famous suspension bridge over Hellroaring Creek. When the trail splits, we will veer slightly east toward Coyote Creek and Buffalo Plateau. This region is true to its name, as spotting big wildlife is common. We are likely to see bison, pronghorn and other animals along the hillside. In addition, it is common to see the remains of wolf kills, and shed elk antlers. We will nestle in for the night by the creek, watch the stars and enjoy the quiet of the backcountry.



  • Distance: 5 Miles

  • Difficulty: Easy

After a hearty breakfast, we will pack up and hit the trail. We’ll start by retracing our steps until we reach the canyon and the shores of the Yellowstone River. All the while, we’ll be looking for wildlife as we travel along the river. This is a great day for incredible views and plenty of time to take it all in. Our campsite will be on the banks of the river, so make sure you bring your fishing pole!  We’ll eat a gourmet dinner, prepared by your guide, and relax in the beauty of the scenery.



  • Distance: 4 to 5 Miles

  • Difficulty: Easy

Once on the trail, our day will be spent entirely along the Yellowstone River. We’ll continue hiking downstream, enjoying the magnificent canyon views, wildlife sightings and keep the laughter rolling.  Crevice Lake and Knowles Falls are some of the highlights of the day. Our last night will be spent at another beautiful campsite on the shores of the Yellowstone River.



  • Distance: 5 Miles

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Travel Time to Bozeman: 2.5 Hours

All good things must come to an end — today we will hike out over the Blacktail Plateau. As we climb out of the canyon, we’ll receive spectacular views, and the possibility for more wildlife spotting.  At the trailhead, the van will be waiting, filled with a fresh lunch and cold drinks. We will drive back through the park and Paradise Valley on our way to Bozeman.


On the six-day version of Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, we will add two days at the beginning of the trip to explore Buffalo Plateau.  Shortly after crossing the Hellroaring Bridge on the first day, we will veer east and gain 2,000 feet as we make our way up to camp.  With this elevation gain, we will have spectacular views overlooking the valley, with mountains surrounding us.  We will leave our camp set up on Buffalo Plateau the second day and go on a 6-mile day hike, taking in the views around us.  On the morning of the third day, we will pack up, head down from Buffalo Plateau, back to the Yellowstone River, and begin the backpacking trip as described above.

This variation offers solitude, incredible wildlife opportunities, and takes you off the beaten path.

Trip Note: While this trip has the option for world-class fishing, Nomadic By Nature does not supply fishing poles, nor does it supply fishing licenses. You can obtain Yellowstone fishing licenses from various locations in Bozeman and many surrounding locations, click here for more information.

Trip Variations:

Nomadic By Nature always tries our best to follow the itinerary as closely as possible.  However, there may be slight variations based on the National Park Service permit system and the ever-changing dynamics of the outdoors. 

Gear Checklist 
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All backpacking gear is provided by Nomadic by Nature, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, group cooking supplies, and more.  

Click below to review the checklist of what is provided, and what you'll need to bring on your backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park. 

Travel Logistics
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Due to the nature of the Park Service’s permit system, Nomadic By Nature will not know the exact dates of your trip until April.  As soon as we get our permit dates, NBN will notify you immediately.  We strongly recommend making your accommodation and flight reservations at that time.


All NBN backpacking trips will depart from Bozeman, Montana.  Bozeman International Airport is 10 miles from Bozeman’s downtown. We ask all guests to arrive in Bozeman the day before the trip starts, so they can attend the pre-trip meeting, which will be at 5 pm the night before.  If your flight is delayed, please reach out to Nomadic By Nature.

We strongly recommend NOT flying out the same day that the trip ends.  With long drive times and unpredictable wildlife encounters along the roads, it is hard to predict a precise time that we will arrive back in Bozeman.


Nomadic By Nature is not responsible for providing accommodation the night before the trip, or the night we return from the trip.  However, we have corporate rate with the C'mon Inn in Bozeman.  Be sure to ask about the rate when you book with us!

Refund & Cancellation
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Cancellation policy is per person.

  • Cancel 30 or more days prior to trip departure, refund less the $300 deposit.

  • Cancel 29-14 days prior to trip departure, refund 50% of the trip cost.

  • Cancel less than 14 days prior to trip departure, receive a trip credit.

    • Trip credits are for the full trip amount and are good for three years.

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  • Guests are no longer required to wear masks while in vehicles to and from the trailhead

  • Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer are provided

  • All dishes will be cleaned using soap and bleach

  • All gear will be cleaned after each trip

  • Guests are asked to stay home if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms

Why Nomadic By Nature?
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It's a lot of planning and a big commitment -- you don't want to choose just any outfitter or guide to take you into the wilderness for a several day stretch. Our experience is vast, personally and professionally, and we want you to be confident in choosing Nomadic By Nature. To learn more about our background and passion for backpacking and the outdoors, click below to read our story. We have much to share and show you -- so we hope you'll join us for an unforgettable experience! 

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