Black Canyon Trek ~ inquire about custom dates

Sept. 26-28, 2020
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Deposit required:
$100.00 per person

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Explore Yellowstone's incredible wilderness with our naturalists and learn about the rich flora, fauna, and geology while avoiding crowds. One of the safest ways to experience the wonders of the park is to hit the trail and stay outdoors! Yellowstone Wolf Tracker guides are backpacking experts who have guest safety foremost in mind. Travel with them to Yellowstone's most remote settings for an unforgettable wildlife and wilderness experience.

The Black Canyon is a classic route along the rugged wilderness stretches of the Yellowstone River. The well-engineered trail traverses a variety of landscapes and wildlife habitats. At some of the lowest elevations of the park, this area is perfect for a late season trek when both crowds and bugs are scarce!

Our treks are true wilderness treks, or SLEEP ON THE GROUND, WALK IN THE RAIN. The Black Canyon is a roughly 20-mile route over rugged terrain, is for experienced backpackers, equipped with their own reliable gear. A list of suggested items will be furnished and please inquire about options for borrowing gear.

The program fee includes backcountry reservation permits, trailhead shuttles, and all meals on the trail (simple but wholesome). Our cancellation policy for our treks is amended to be NO RISK. If you need to cancel prior to the start of the trek, for any reason, a full refund will be given. Best of all, the trek is led by our Certified Interpretive Guide staff, bringing years of outdoor skill to enrich your wilderness experience.


September 26, 2020

Meet at the trailhead mid-day for a short shuttle to the start of the trek. After a brief orientation, the backpacking adventure begins with a 4-mile descent into the Hellroaring Valley, including a spectacular suspension bridge crossing of the Yellowstone River.

After several miles of grassland and open forest, the trail reaches Hellroaring Creek for a shallow ford. The trail continues for a total of 5.5 miles to Little Cottonwood Creek where wildlife watching opportunities can often reveal deer, elk, bears, and many migrating birds. Campfires are not permitted in the Black Canyon due to dry conditions and lack of firewood.

September 27, 2020

From the the heights of Little Cottonwood Creek, the trail descends about 7 miles through the rocky outcrops and river benches of the canyon. Views of the mighty river pop up around every bend along the mostly flat and easy trail. Before the last campsite another crossing of the river occurs on the Blacktail suspension bridge.

September 28, 2020

The final leg from the campsite along the river slowly climbs 5 miles up Blacktail Creek, past a small waterfall over basalt pillars. The landscape opens up in higher grasslands where migrating elk and bison might be spotted. Distant peaks line the horizons of the Blacktail Plateau as the trail nears the trailhead and the point of beginning, likely arriving mid-day.

Terms and conditions

Cancellations: To book a package, multi-day group program, a per person deposit is required up front to reserve a space. The balance will be due prior to the beginning of the program, usually 30-60 days out, depending on the specific program. A full refund minus $45 processing fee will be given for all cancellations more than 45 days before the trip. For cancellations less than 45 days prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. We accept personal and/or cashier's checks made to THE WILD SIDE, LLC, and mailed to PO BOX 769, Gardiner MT 59030, or you may also sign up here at the Yellowstone Wolf Guides web pages.

Health and Safety: The trip requires good physical fitness and mobility, or the ability to walk up to 1 mile over uneven terrain. The trip is suitable for people of all ages, though children below the age of 14 must receive prior approval. If you have health questions, consult your doctor for more information. The tour leaders must be advised in advance of any special health needs. Weather conditions can change without notice and it is the responsibility of the traveler to have proper clothing and equipment. We will provide a list for the clothing and gear recommended for the trip.

Responsibilities and Conditions: We act only in the capacity of agent in all matters of transportation and tour operation. We are not responsible for delays, inconveniences, accidents, expense or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond our control. We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the participant, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute accommodations or modes of transportation and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in transportation schedules. We take no responsibility for special arrangements or problems incurred by persons physically unable to participate in the planned activities. No refund can be made for absence from the tour unless arrangements are made at the time of the booking. The right is reserved to decline, to accept or to retain any person as a tour member for any reason which affects the operation of the tour or the rights and welfare or enjoyment of the other tour members. We will not discriminate against any individual because of race, sex, creed or nationality.

Cancelled Trips: We reserve the right to cancel any trip if conditions arise that are beyond our control and adversely affects the well-being of the trip members. In such a case, a full refund of the trip cost is given, but we are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip including flights and other travel expenses.

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