• "The whole Backwoods Adventure, from the slideshow, to the advice/shopping at the Norman store to the conference calls to the actual trip itself was fantastic. I hope to continue these trips as they provide a lot of value for the cost!"

    - Terry B `2011

  • "Not only was the food good, but the variety & impulsiveness was fun... keep it up. The lunch at Silencio was pleasantly unique, as were the roadside stops and new foods. I traveled with Backwoods as the positive result of a previous Backwoods trip and would be pleased to do so again."

    - J. Rogers `2008

  • "Thank you to Joe for being our trip leader. His sense of humor and patience played a huge part in the success of the trip. It was a great experience that was planned well!"

    - R. & M. Hall `2009

  • "I’m speechless. Having just returned from this very trip all I can say is – can I do it all over again? This trip is absolutely unbelievable at every level. The accommodations, the food, the people, the ruins, the hiking-I find I have to pinch myself while reviewing my pictures in order to believe that I was actually there!"

    - Jim R. – Utah Canyons 2011

  • "The Salkantay/Machu Picchu trip was amazing. The icing on the cake was Joe's fantastic sense of humor, patience and unassuming nature. Backwoods Adventures was exceptionally well represented by Joe on this trip. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life list goal."

    - Pam C. – Machu Picchu 2008

  • "Great success overall. Definitely and experience I will remember for a long long time. The flexibility offered on the trip was greatly appreciated. Great call on gear list and was able to get all the appropriate gear at Backwoods."

    - Dan M. – Costa Rica 2011

  • "This trip far exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was more beautiful than I expected. I knew the good would be good, but it was better. I knew Joe would be good, but then there was Beatrice and Caroline. I knew the group would be good and fun loving…but it was even more fun than I thought!"

    - Rich C. – Mont Blanc 2011

  • "My general comments are…this was THE BEST trip of my life, by far(and I have been places). The group, Joe, the supporting company, the hike, the safari, the whole overall experience was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who loves Nature, adventure and physical challenges."

    - Carlos Q. – Kilimanjaro 2011

Something Life Changing Is Just One Adventure Away!

Yellowstone Backpacking

This 7 day trip to America’s most storied National Park includes 5 days and 4 nights of backpacking along the famous Thorofare trail. We’ll spend plenty of time enjoying our surroundings as we hike at a leisurely pace, explore the shores of Yellowstone lake, and sleep in the beautiful Wyoming backcountry! Join us for an unforgettable Yellowstone backpacking experience.

What’s Included

• 5 days/4 nights backpacking on Thorofare trail on Yellowstone Lake
• 2 nights at Jackson Hole Lodge prior to/after the hike
• Backwoods Adventures guide Joe Koehly
• All transfers to and from Jackson Hole airport, if necessary
• All transfers to and from Yellowstone National Park
• Marmot 3 season tents provided
• All group cookware, bear canisters, and water filtration systems provided
• Minimum 3 pre-departure information conference calls with head guide
• All meals, park fees, and all guide fees

What’s Not Included

• Transportation to and from Jackson, Wyoming
• Personal gear and clothing
• Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and snacks
• Gratuities
• Extras; laundry, massage, Internet

Join Backwoods Adventures for this amazing domestic get-away to Yellowstone National Park. This 7 day trip to America’s most storied National Park includes 5 days and 4 nights of backpacking along the famous Thorofare trail. We’ll spend plenty of time enjoying our surrounding as we hike at a leisurely pace, explore the shores of Yellowstone lake, and sleep in the beautiful Wyoming backcountry!

Our days will begin with breakfast and coffee before loading up and hitting the trail mid-morning. We will take time to view the flora and fauna as we hike at a leisurely pace, stopping for a lunch break and time to relax. Most days we will enter camp by mid-afternoon to set up, with plenty of time to explore, fish, take photos, and enjoy the wonders of the backcountry!

We will cover roughly 5-7 miles a day, hiking 4 to 6 hours and remaining at an elevation of approximately 7500 ft. There is some elevation gain and loss each day, but no mountain passes or high peaks making this a Level 2 trip. Each participant will carry a pack weighing approximately 30-40 lbs. Your pack will contain your personal hiking items for the trip as well as food and cookware divided amongst all members of the team.

After our 5th day in the wild we will head back to Jackson for a farewell dinner where we share stories from our amazing week. Spend one more evening in town enjoying the mountain lifestyle before departing with unique bragging rights the following day!


At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate by providing great meals both in town and on the trail!


Our accommodations will vary based on our location. However, all hotels are among the highest rated in the area both for location and amenities. We strive to deliver high quality and unique experiences in the area we are visiting!


Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while on our Yellowstone Backpacking trip take place at 7500 ft. and are strenuous. They should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult a physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the hike.. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a ‘stress EKG’. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.



Trip Dates: 
August 16-22, 2014
August 23-29, 2014

Or, book a custom adventure trip.

Total Days: 7

8 or more – $1,999
5 to 7 – $2,249
1 to 4 – Custom pricing

Activities: Backpacking

Jackson Hole Lodge, 2 nights; Thorofare trail camps, 4 nights

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Area Facts and Details

    • Historically, the origin of Yellowstone’s name has been attributed to the Native Americans who had lived in the area. Basically, the name comes from the Yellowstone River, which in turn gets its name from the yellow colored rocky cliffs located on its banks in the northern region of the park. The Minnetaree tribe used to call the river ‘Mi tsi a da zi’, meaning ‘Rock Yellow River’. This was translated to ‘Yellow Rock’ or ‘Yellow Stone’ by French fur trappers.
    • Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the world’s first national park.
    • With more than 10,000 geysers, hot springs and fumaroles, Yellowstone is the largest concentration of hydrothermal features in the world.  Old Faithful is a cone geyser, and the most well-known geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The geyser was named in 1870 because of its consistent eruptions (that reach a height of 106-18 feet) that occur approximately 90 minutes apart. However, Old Faithful is not the tallest or largest geyser in the park. Over the years, the length of the intervals of the geyser have increased, but mathematicians and archaeologists now confirm that Old Faithful erupts exactly 65 minutes after an eruption that lasts less than 2.5 minutes, or 92 minutes after an eruption that lasts more than 2.5 minutes. Old Faithful is the most photographed geyser, but there are several other geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone Park that also offer fascinating eruptions.
    • Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park, and stands approximately 2375 miles above sea level. It is also the largest freshwater high altitude lake in North America. The geothermal area in the West Thumb of the lake is easily accessible from several trails, and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the park.
    • Yellowstone rests on one of the largest active volcanoes in the world.
    • Yellowstone is the only place in the lower 48 states that wild bison have survived continuously.
    • Yellowstone has the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states and the global temperate zone. Wildlife viewing is best in the early morning or early to late evening. Yellowstone is home to the following species: 2 species of bears, Roughly 67 species of other mammals, 322 species of birds, 18 species of fish, 5 threatened or endangered species, including bald eagle, grizzly bear, and lynx, whooping crane, gray wolf.
    • More than 2,400 miles of streams flow through Yellowstone, providing some of the best fly fishing in the world.
    • Mammoth Hot Springs, located in the northern part of the park is one of the most interesting areas of the park. Here, water mixed with bicarbonate and calcium comes to the surface, where the carbon dioxide is released while the carbonate that remains combines with calcium, forming travertine, which forms into unusual formations and shapes.
    • One of the most spectacular features of the park is the deep canyon carved by the Yellowstone River as it flows through the area, which also creates a lovely waterfall with upper and lower sections, when it goes over high cliffs. It is known as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
    • The Absaroka Range has the highest mountains in the Yellowstone National Park, which is located in the southwestern part of the park. The Eagle Peak, standing at 11,358 feet, is the highest in this range.