“Now and then we hear the wilder voices of the wilderness”—Theodore Roosevelt
Since Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, it has been a sanctuary for the wilder voices of the wilderness. Wolves and coyotes yowl and howl across the still night. The low rumble of buffalo herds, snorting deer, and whistles of bald eagles break the silence. And below the surface, geysers gurgle and spit.
We’ve crafted a small-group, multisport tour through Yellowstone that takes you into Yellowstone’s wilderness and lets you hear its wildest voices. We spend our days exploring Yellowstone’s best wildlife viewing spots and surreal terrain in small groups that enrich your experience. Our nights are spent immersed in nature—unplugged and unbounded—so that your adventure doesn’t end as the sun goes down. The best of Yellowstone awaits you. See the steam rise off of some of Yellowstone’s most stunning sights like Grand Prismatic, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Old Faithful. Hike through geyser basins, subalpine meadows, and Mount Washburn where you can take in the best of Yellowstone without the crowds. Hear the call of the wild in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone’s Serengeti, and bear witness to the yawning chasm of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Our multisport adventure also ensures that you experience Yellowstone from different angles. We include a horseback ride through scenery unequalled in the Lower 48 and a zipline tour so you can soar from ridge to ridge with wildlife and wilderness sprawled below. Join us on our 6-day Yellowstone Unbound tour and discover why Yellowstone remains the flagship of the National Park Service. Picture This: Watching for elusive gray wolves, bison, and elk in Lamar Valley. Discovering wilderness and wildlife casual tourists often overlook. Horseback riding and ziplining across lesser-seen Yellowstone landscapes. Camping in comfort surrounded by nature.
Note: We are an authorized permittee of the National Park Service
Note: The itinerary below is subject to change due to weather conditions and other similar variables. In such a case, activities will be adjusted to provide a similar experience.
Arrive in Cody, Wyoming
Arrive in Cody, Wyoming a day before our Yellowstone tour takes off. Direct flights from Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago to Cody, WY are available for easy connections. At 6 p.m., meet your Team Leader and fellow travelers for a brief orientation.
Located only 52 miles from Yellowstone’s east entrance, Cody embodies the raw spirit of the west. The home of famous Buffalo Bill, the rodeo capital of the world, and the wildest way into Yellowstone, your night in Cody is the perfect way to dive into your Western adventure.
There’s plenty to explore in Cody. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has 5 museums that explore the spirit of the West and the Cody Nite Rodeo (which runs from June 1st-August 31st) offers some classic western entertainment. There’s also the opportunity to see some Old West street theater gunfights where Wyatt Earp always gets the bad guy.
Arrive Yellowstone National Park and Explore Canyon Area
Depart from Cody and travel through the Wapati Valley and over Sylvan Pass into Yellowstone National Park. You’re greeted by views of Yellowstone Lake, the nations largest mountain lake where moose enjoy lounging in the marshy areas. Our drive then takes us north through Hayden Valley, known for its large bison populations. Coyotes, grizzlies, wolves, and various waterfowl can also be found making their way to the wide stretches of the Yellowstone River.
We then begin our introduction to Yellowstone's wonders by exploring the park’s Canyon Area, where nothing can prepare you for views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its plunging Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. Our adaptable hike takes us outside of the crowded overviews and into secluded trails, with views of our first thermal feature and some opportunities to sight some of Yellowstone’s wildlife. This evening, return to our national park campsite set up and waiting for you. Relax with a drink and freshly prepared food.
Drive Time: 113 Miles—3 hrs total
Hiking Distance: Long Hike Option - 8.4 miles, 900 ft elevation gain. Short Hike Option - 6.34 miles, 622 ft elevation gain, 568 ft elevation loss
Explore Old Faithful Basin and Grand Prismatic Overlook
Wake up to coffee delivered to your tents and Yellowstone’s crisp morning air. After breakfast, we begin exploring two of Yellowstone's most iconic sites: Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. Our short hike takes us to a viewpoint overlooking Grand Prismatic Springs, one of the three largest hot springs on the planet. Our hike gives us an excellent, unique vantage point of the vividly colored springs. Don't worry about crowds creeping in on your photos as we stop to take in this natural wonder.
Up next, we visit Old Faithful and hopefully sit down to a picnic lunch with a faithfully eruptive geyser show. We then explore the basin and its landscape of hissing fumeroles, gurgling mud pots, and prismatic hot springs. Follow our guide or venture off on your own this afternoon.
This evening, settle into our national park camp prepared for you and enjoy being surrounded by nature.
Drive Time: 88 Miles—2.5 hrs total
Hiking Distance: Grand Prismatic Overlook - 2 miles, 300 ft elevation gain / Old Faithful Explore Hike - 5 miles, minimal elevation gain change
Hike Mount Washburn or Elephant Back Mountain
After breakfast, we begin our drive to Mount Washburn for today's hike. Mount Washburn Trail has some of the park's best panoramic views, wildlife, and wildflowers. From the switchbacks, you see views of Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon, the Tetons, and maybe (if the timing is right) and Old Faithful Eruption. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the summit and our return hike.
Depending on the group, we may also follow the Elephant Back Mountain Trail, where you trek through a forested region before reaching an incredible vista with views of Yellowstone Lake and the rugged peaks of the Absaroka Range.
We end our day at our exclusive Yellowstone Unbound Camp just outside the park. It's camping in comfort, with nature.
Drive Time: 75 Miles—2.5 hrs total
Hiking Distance: 3.5 miles, 800 ft elevation gain or 7 miles and 1400 ft elevation gain
Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour
Today, enjoy some multisport activities around our Yellowstone Unbound Camp. Trade in your hiking shoes for some horseshoes this morning as you set off on a horse ride. The ride lets you travel through more of Yellowstone’s unique ecosystem as it was originally explored, on horseback.
Our afternoon takes you off the trails and into the trees as you set off on a zipline tour. The aerial adventure will give you new views of Yellowstone, mountain streams, and wildlife ambling below. This evening, relax in nature at our camp.
Drive Time: Minimal
Hiking Distance: Minimal
Wildlife Viewing Lamar Valley
We wake early for morning wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley—Yellowstone’s most consistent wolf-sighting destination due to its lupine revival since the ‘90s. The thriving megafauna populations of bison (most commonly viewed), pronghorn sheep, grizzlies, badgers, deer, coyotes, bald eagles, and osprey have well-earned Lamar Valley the epithet of Yellowstone’s Serengeti.
We drive to wherever the animals are this morning, with a stop on the way to enjoy a picnic breakfast. It’s a morning out in nature with our scopes and cameras as we hope to view the loping wolves and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Our afternoon then takes us into Slough Creek, where we stretch our legs with a short hike through its river-laced meadow. If the weather’s right, take a quick dip when we stop for a picnic lunch. Look out for more wildlife on our return hike and trip back to our waiting Yellowstone Unbound Camp.
Drive Time: 88 Miles — 3 hrs total
Hiking Distance: 4 miles, 500 ft elevation gain
Roosevelt Arch, Storm Point Trail and Arrive Cody
Pack up camp and enjoy a final coffee wakeup call as our Yellowstone adventure concludes. As we begin our drive back to Cody, we stop at the iconic Roosevelt Arch and catch a glimpse into the park's formative years as you stand underneath the 50 ft high towers.
Then, stretch your legs with a hike along the Storm Point Trail. Running along the northern shore of Yellowstone Lake, the trail shows you a different side of Yellowstone, one where sand dunes, grasslands and beaches dominate.
Upon arrival in Cody, get checked into your hotel room and join us and your new friends to say goodbye at a farewell dinner and enjoy some of Cody's many activities.
Drive Time: 133 Miles—3 hrs total
Hiking Distance: 2.3 miles, minimal elevation gain
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Jul 16, 2018 to Jul 21, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
|Jul 23, 2018 to Jul 28, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
|Jul 30, 2018 to Aug 04, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
|Aug 13, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
|Aug 20, 2018 to Aug 25, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
|Aug 27, 2018 to Sep 01, 2018||$2,149£1,628€1,821$2,677$2,738||$1,949£1,477€1,652$2,428$2,483||BOOK NOW|
Dates in bold are confirmed departures.
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FAQ & More
The quality of our food reflects the quality of the wilderness environment in the southwest. We hand-select the freshest fruits and vegetables we can find and pack them carefully in huge ice-coolers. Likewise, these coolers carry fresh dairy products and meats. From these ingredients we prepare bountiful, healthy meals. Our meals might look like this: sustainably harvested wild Alaskan Salmon served with a fresh garden salad; Prime Rib combined with a fresh Chilean salad and Idaho mashed potatoes or lasagna. Big salads of vegetables and fruit add color and variety to every meal.
Desserts are made each evening in our Dutch ovens and range from authentic cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. We serve juice and coffee each morning and moderate amounts of bottled wine with dinner. We also provide two beers and two sodas or juices per person per day. There's always plenty of cold water, lemonade mix, tea, coffee and cocoa. You're welcome to bring your own beverages or alcohol as well. We always have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold.
Meals from Day 1 Lunch to last day Lunch are provided.
Each guest is provided a list before the trip. We supply sleeping bags, liners, sleeping pads and waterproof bags.
We do. The heart of who we are is our ground operations. On any trip, the guides are the most important factor for your enjoyment and the success of the trip. Our guides are exceptional people with years of experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to Adventure Unbound time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we have an additional vehicle to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. The vehicle arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 4-person tent, cot and pad that we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by us and stored in a waterproof bag).
Every adventure travel company takes a little different approach to running trips. Our philosophy is to provide you with the kind of trip you want, so let us know if you have any special interests or requests. If you like to hike a lot, we'll make extra stops and provide that opportunity. If you have something special you want to bring - a cello? A case of your favorite wine? Whatever it is - we will make room. Our aim is to please, and we do our best, while maintaining a lively, fun atmosphere in camp and on the trail.
Yellowstone has an average elevation of 8000ft. This high elevation makes it a perfect place to visit in the July and August as the higher elevations counter the summer heat and the high alpine cools off nicely in the evening. Trips late in August and into September can experience some chilly mornings in camp.
We are very proud of our guides. Their hard work, dedication, local knowledge and attention to detail truly sets them apart from the others. If you feel your guides have gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing you with a very special trip, a gratuity may be left at the end of the trip. You can leave the tip with the team leader—they can be counted on to share the trip with all the trip guides. A tip ranging between 7-12% of your trip cost per guest is typical.
Due to the zip line’s safety requirements there is a max weight limit of 260lbs. This limit is strictly enforced; according to policy, guides will weigh guests on site if they are concerned. Small guests under 65lbs are permitted, but they have to ride tandem with a guide on the ziplines. Lastly pregnant women are not permitted on the zipline tour. Closed toe shoes are required, and wearing your normal hiking clothes for this event is encouraged. Guides will remind guests of safety requirements the morning of the zipline adventure.
The horseback riding activity has weight, age, and clothing requirements. Due to the nature of horseback riding, there are weight limitations for riders as a safety measure to protect the riders as well as the horses. All riders must be under 240lbs. Further, our wranglers are trained in working with young and inexperienced riders. Guests under 18 are required to wear a helmet while riding, and adults are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet as well. Long pants and closed toe shoes are required for the ride, and guides will remind guests of this the morning of the activity.
If horseback riding or ziplining does not suit your taste, we will make sure you still take full advantage of your Yellowstone adventure. As an alternative to these options a guide will be available to take guests back into the park to further explore Yellowstone and the surrounding trails. We will determine an exact plan based on guest preference.
We primarily use 15-passenger Ford Transit vans. These vehicles provide a bucket seat for each passenger with a shoulder seat belt. We do not provide any child seats or booster seats, but we are happy to accommodate one if you need to bring one for your child. Your equipment will be transported in an open bed truck, with your belongings safely stored in our provided waterproof bags. Sometimes guests will ride in our trucks as they are newer Ford F-250’s. We always ensure that every passenger has a seatbelt.
Yes, we are traveling and camping in bear country, and it is important that we take the proper precautions. Bears are attracted to foods and strong smelling odors. Therefore, it is important that we keep food, snacks and deodorants out of our tents. Each evening a “Bear Box” will be provided to lock these aromatic items safely up. Guests are encouraged to pack their bags in such a way that these items are easy to separate and place in these Bear Boxes.
Camp food is stored in bear-proof boxes and guides take all precautions to avoid bear encounters. When on trail in Yellowstone the lead and tail guides will carry bear spray and we stay as a group on our hikes. With any luck and proper precautions, we will enjoy a bear sighting from a distance safe for both the bear and us. While many people use bear bells, we have found that just the noise of a group our size hiking on the trail provides enough sound to warn a bear of our presence.
Fire danger in the west has greatly increased in the past few years. As such, we take all precautions to avoid fire hazards. In order to enjoy our surrounding, but also protect it from fire, we have opted for a spark-free “Propane Camp Fire.” We feel that this fire provides the same great campfire experience (minus the smoky smell) at no risk to the environment. Due to the fire danger, we also ask that guests refrain from smoking on trip. If this request poses a problem, please talk to the trip specialist and we can discuss options.
As we use two different camps our toilet facilities vary. When we are camping in Yellowstone National Park we utilize established campgrounds. These campgrounds have a flushing toilet and sink, though they don’t have shower facilities. When we are at our Yellowstone Unbound Camp we will utilize a portable toilet with a hand wash system. We also provide a propane powered shower available for use at our Yellowstone Unbound Camp. As the lack of water source requires us to carry water in daily, we ask that this shower be used more for rinsing up and washing off the day’s grime. Keep in mind that during the day we are often in the parks where either pit toilets or flushing toilets (at the major destinations) are available for use.
Each day’s hike is decided by the group and the day’s destination. On some days, we have the opportunity to hike further if the group is interested. We can also divide the group up as needed if there are different interests. Often faster hikers have the opportunity to explore a short spur off a trial or another view point while waiting for the entire group to arrive. Some days allow for self-exploration which can allow more avid hikers to cover further distance. There is always more opportunity to hike and explore around our camp in the evenings.
Direct flights are available to Cody from Denver, Chicago and Salt Lake City on major airlines. With its close proximity to Yellowstone and its rich pioneer history we chose Cody as our jumping off point for this adventure.
The Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA) is located 15 minutes from the joining hotel on the east side of Cody. Upon arrival, a taxi can be arranged at the airport. We suggest Town Taxi; they can be reached at 307-250-3939. Cody is a small town, so you can call the taxi service while getting your luggage. It costs $15 to travel from the airport to the Cody Cowboy Village. If you require a taxi around town the cost can vary from $8-$12.
We have an exclusive arrangement with the Cody Cowboy Village in Cody WY and will book rooms for guests. We have a block of rooms booked for Day 0 arrivals and Day 6 departures.
We encourage people to disconnect on vacation and get away as that is part of the charm. However the cell phone reception in the area is decent. Most days there will be reception but not always at camp. For emergency situations give our office phone number - (800) 451-6034 - to the individual(s) who would be responsible for notifying you in an emergency. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to contact you, we will use all our resources to reach you. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.