Yellowstone National Park
Llama trips in Yellowstone advertised on this site are conducted by Llama Adventures Unlimited LLC, DBA Access Wild, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
We’ve all been told more than once to get more exercise and eat right. Exercising can seem like a lot of work. Especially if your restricted to a gym. They smell weird and everyone is looking at you. If you’re like most people, you eat on the go knowing its really not good for you. For some of us, eating healthy means eating nothing but salad. Nothing but salads sound miserable.
All you really want is to take a break and feel good. You want to feel fresh. You want to have more energy. You want to hear peace and quiet. You want to experience nature. You need a vacation. And you want it to include fly fishing. Check this out.
Yellowstone River Trail | Wellness & Fly Fishing
July 1-5, 2020 | 5-day/4-night
13.2 Miles | Intermediate
The Yellowstone River is an iconic, undammed free flowing river descending from Yellowstone National Park 692 miles through Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. It begins where the north and the south forks of the Yellowstone River converge flowing northward into and out of Yellowstone Lake, plunging over Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, winding through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, passing through the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone just before exiting the Park at the town of Gardiner, MT.
Once leaving the Park, the River spills west through Yankee Jim Canyon then flows northward into the broad Paradise Valley making its way through the town of Livingston then heading east northeast across the Great Plains eventually merging with the Missouri River at the town of Williston, North Dakota. It is the longest free flowing undammed river in the contiguous United States of America. Hot damn!
Get Outside. Experience Nature. Go Fishing.
Join us as we explore 13-miles of backcountry on the mighty, iconic Yellowstone River between the Grand Canyon and the Black Canyon areas in the northern rugged section of Yellowstone Park. You’ll have five days to unwind, restore and let us show you ways nature can improve your physical and mental health. This guided wellness trek will be filled with wildflowers, wildlife, and amazing views plus will have discussions on how nature heals in various ways. Oh, and we can’t forget the fly fishing.
The Park opens up to stock use July 1 making this a kickoff to the summer season. Weather is perfect with the chance of afternoon thunderstorms, the trails have mostly dried out, the wildflowers are out of control and there will be Salmonflies. Calling all fly fisherman! If you know about the Salmonfly Hatch, then this is the trip for you. Grab your 6 wt rod, a pile of #2 soft pillows or orange Chuby’s and let’s hit the river.
If you aren’t familiar with the Salmonfly Hatch, it’s an anticipated hatch in the northern rockies that draws anglers from around the world. On the Yellowstone, its unique because it can be long and plentiful with bugs. The large Stonefly craw along the bottom of a river until the end of June when they crawl to the river banks turning into large winged creatures floating into the willows and trees. Trout then hug the banks in anticipation of a big breeze to know these big bugs loose falling to the water below. The river bank can explode with activity as these fish gorge themselves in a feeding frenzy.
The Salmonfly hatch usually last just a couple of weeks making July 1 – 5 a great time to fly fish the Yellowstone River. No gear no problem. We can provide all the fly fishing gear, flies and guide.
What to expect
We’ll begin this 5-day trek at the Hell Roaring Trailhead east of Mammoth Hot Springs just off Grand Loop Road. After sorting gear and loading onto the pack llamas, we’ll hike out to our first camp which is 8 miles from the trailhead. The first day will be our longest day getting into the Yellowstone River drainage. The first 1.1 miles is a steep drop in elevation until we meet the famous Yellowstone River crossing it via a historic steel hanging bridge.
Continuing another mile or so through a forest of Douglas fir and across sagebrush flats, we’ll meet the Hellroaring Stock Cutoff Trail with Hellroaring Mountain (8,363′) in the distance. Hellroaring Creek is named appropriately. The creek is raging and may prove difficult to cross well into August. Keeping it safe, we’ll enjoy hiking up Hellroaring creek 2-miles to a stock bridge then back down the trail 2-miles until reaching the Yellowstone River Trail.
Once on the Yellowstone River Trail, we’ll leave Hellroaring Creek and Yellowstone Rivers hiking up a 500 ft ridge until our first camp comes into view. We’ll then drop just a short distance to our camp just before Little Cottonwood Creek. The is a great camp for the llamas to graze sitting above the river. We’ll spend the next two nights at this camp.
On our third day, we’ll have a leisure breakfast before packing up camp and hiking a short 4-miles down river where we’ll spend two nights. Once leaving camp, we’ll descend about 2 miles before coming river level. It’s a pleasant hike along the banks of the Yellowstone River for the final 2-miles until reaching our last camp for two nights. Our layover day will allow us to fish the Yellowstone and day hike to Crevice Lake for an afternoon picnic with the llamas.
Our final day will be very hard to leave this magical place. After a great last breakfast, we’ll make our way down river for a 1.5 miles until crossing the Yellowstone River over a historic steel suspension bridge completed in 1936. With only 4 miles left of an incredible adventure, we’ll gently climb out of the Yellowstone drainage via the Blacktail Deer Creek Trail. The way out is a gentle rise through beautiful, wildflower filled meadows, passing by columnar basalt rock walls and will even get a glimpse of the 20-foot Hidden Falls.
Price: $2000/person (5-days/4-nights).
Trips Dates: July 1 – 5, 2020. Custom dates available.
Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and backpacking tents. Also included is your own llama trail companion, trail guide, interpretation of the flora, fauna, geography and history. Inquire about our fly fishing packages.
Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (can add at additional cost), transportation to trailhead, Yellwstone NP fishing license, YNP Entrance fees, gratuities (10-20% suggested).