Yellowstone is home to over 1,000 miles of trails and 300 backcountry campsites. Once you leave the maintained frontcountry, you enter true wilderness—a mountainous and diverse oasis that is a thrill to explore. Permits are required for all overnight backcountry trips; boaters, backpackers and stock parties are all required to obtain permits. For boaters and backpackers, there is a fee of $3 per person per night, and for stock parties, there is a fee of $5 per person per night.
A portion of the 300 backcountry campsites are able to be reserved in advance, and others are available on a walk-in basis. For best luck getting the itinerary that you desire, you’ll want to:
- 1. Have an idea of the itinerary that you want
- 2. Know your limits and how far you can reasonably hike per day, just in case the available campsites are spaced further apart than your original itinerary.
- 3. Have a back up plan; there are so many great backcountry routes to choose from, so research a few before you apply for permits.
- 4. Consider going with a guiding company, that way all the permits are taken care of.