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“Snow, bisons, some adventures, but nights at the lodge”

The Wildland Trekking Company
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Owner description: We offer Yellowstone hiking tours, guided Yellowstone backpacking trips, and Yellowstone ski and snowshoe tours. Our tours are expert-led, all-inclusive, and have been mentioned in Backpacker, Sunset, Lonely Planet, and Mens Health Magazines, as well as on the Discovery Channel. Our hiking tours include day hikes as well as multi-day inn-based and basecamp tours. Our Backpacking trips range from moderate on-trail hikes to strenuous, off-trail adventures. And our ski and snowshoe tours are inn-based excursions utilizing Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs Lodges. Check out our reviews, and give us a call to learn more about our Yellowstone hiking, backpacking and winter tours!
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We did the "Yellowstone Snowshoe Traverse" with Wildland Trekking in February, and we were lucky. The week before and the week after the temperature went below zero F, but for us things remained tolerable. To go to Yellowstone in winter puts you a in a different world. One month after I still remember the snowy landscape, the omnipresent bisons, the strange mixture of cold and hot water, mist in the air, and the smell of sulfur. Although we spent the nights at the Mammoth Lodge and then at the Snow Lodge of Old Faithful, the four days were very eventful and turned out to be very different from each other: We had a snow storm, then sun, days full of animal sightings, and days when we were completely alone apart from that lonely coyote.

We had two truly adventures moments. The first one, when Russ, our guide suggested to go for a swim in the Boiling River, a natural whirlpool, late in the afternoon and at about 12 degree F. The second one when we encountered a group of bison led by a big bull who was visibly in bad mood. As the highway was narrow, there was no escape for us, so we had to retreat, regroup behind lined up snowmobiles, and then get carried by the beasts on those noisy snow machines.

We really liked it, everything! Our guide cooking lunch in the snow, waiting for geysers, sinking in deep despite snowshoes.

Thank you Wildland Trekking, thank you Russ!

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Reviewed 13 January 2014

This was our third trip with Wildland Trekking and our first to Yellowstone. As usual, we had a great experience on our trip and with this company! They provide excellent service and work hard to make sure all their clients have great trips. And indeed we did! Our guides, Russ and Bob, were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They took us to several different geyser basins and taught us all about the area, its history, and the thermal features. We were able to ski every day to different places around the Old Faithful area. We saw bison, elk, coyotes, and bald eagles. Our guides always had our well-being in mind, making sure we had the right equipment, good skiing techniques, and plenty of food to keep us going. If you are interested in seeing Yellowstone in winter, I highly recommend this trip. It is a great way to take advantage of the snowy and quiet conditions of the park in winter.

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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This was our second trip to Yellowstone with Wildland Trekking. The first was a guided backcountry hike through Bechler in the summer, which was an amazing introduction to the park and a guarantee that we'd return to Yellowstone and book with Wildland in the future. I am not an experienced backpacker and appreciate having a guide knowledgeable about the area and backcountry skills.

This past fall, I was browsing their online catalog planning for a future trip to the Grand Canyon, and saw that they were offering guided snowshoe and cross-country ski trips to Yellowstone for the first time. We originally signed up for the snowshoe trip only because those dates worked best for us, but luckily our guide, Merik Morgan, asked if we'd rather ski instead. He is a wise and sensible guide because those skis took us further and faster and more easily than snowshoes ever could have. We pretty much opened Mammoth for the season and were the second group on trail on our long ski day. I cannot get over the fact that we skied right past Grand Prismatic, Old Faithful, Fairy Falls, and Riverside basically in complete solitude. We saw hordes of bison, coyotes, and elk including a big bull along the way. The sights are just breathtaking against the stark winter white landscape, and the crowds are auspiciously thin. The journey on skis itself is a blast, even though I landed on my okole plenty!

As this is an inn-based tour, it's pretty decadent compared to the backpacking trips. Riding the snow coaches and Bombardiers through the park is a unique experience. We ate and drank like kings/queens at the lodges and slept like stones after a good long day out in the crisp winter air. Merik is just awesome - patient, funny, generous, and laidback - and I hope we cross paths again on future Wildland trips!

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