Custom Trips: Individuals, Families & Groups

Our custom backpacking trips into Yellowstone National Park are specifically designed to fit your group desires, fitness, schedule, and interests. A backpacking trip in Yellowstone is an unforgettable trip and a must do if visiting Montana. We make it easy to make your trip happen; you pick the dates, we discuss your “dream trip”, then we custom design the best option. All you have to do is show up with clothing and basic gear (see gear list) ready to experience one of most remote wilderness areas in the US. We handle all logistics so you don’t have to.

On all of MAG’s backpacking trips into Yellowstone we have backpacking gear available for rent if you don’t want to travel with your own backpacking gear. The sky’s the limit on backpacking choices, from easy to rigorous, river valleys to mountain ridges, minimal elevation gain to early dawn starts on peak ascents. Whether you are looking to relax in shangri-la-esque campsites, summit as many peaks as possible, gather photos, learn new skills, see wildlife, fish, etc., we can arrange the perfect balance for you and your group. On our backpacking trips with families or folks that are new-to-the-outdoors we tend to hike a short ways and set up a “base camp”. This keeps the miles to a minimum with heavier loads while having options for day trips with a light 5-10lb pack. Other trips options include loops, through hikes, team building, outdoor education and skill building, etc.

Multi-day summer backpacking equipment list for overnight trips

FOOTWEAR – Objective dependent

  • Hiking Shoes or Boots: Pick a sturdy pair that is designed for backpacking and carrying larger backpacks.  (Guides Pick: Scarpa’s backpacking line.)
  • River crossing shoes that double as a camp shoe. (Crocs, Keens, etc.) Should be light weight.
  • Socks: 2 to 3 pairs (synthetic or wool-mix). Sized for your boots. At least one thin liner recommended for blister management.


  • T-shirt/sport shirt – synthetic
  • Long sleeve base layer – synthetic or wool
  • Long sleeve cotton shirt for insects
  • Fleece: medium weight polar fleece
  • Puffy jacket (down or synthetic fill) – light to medium weight
  • Rain Jacket (lightweight)


  • Bottom base layer (long johns)- light weight synthetic or wool
  • Pant – synthetic/nylon
  • Hiking Short – synthetic
  • Rain Pant – lightweight


  • Gaiters through mid July (optional)
  • Hat or visor for sun
  • Hat: lightweight
  • Gloves: lightweight
  • Backpack: 65L-85L (Guides Pick: Osprey: Ariel or  Aether Series)
  • Summit/Day Pack: 15-25L super light weight (Guides tip: can use summit pack as sleeping bag stuff sack)
  • Sleeping Bag: 15 degree.  (Guide’s pick: Mountain Hardwear, Phantom 15.)
  • Sleeping Pad: Closed-cell foam or Thermarest (as lightweight as possible)
  • Tent (optional): We will supply tents but they are 4 season and made to last.  If you have a lightweight tent you may want to consider bringing it along. (Guides Pick: Mountain Hardwear Super Mega UL2 or Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum)
  • Water Bottles: two to three 1L bottles or hydration system and at least 1 bottle
  • Sun Glasses with eyeglass retention strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect Repellant
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Personal care items: toothbrush, etc. keep it minimal
  • Restroom: toilet paper (PACK IT OUT!)  Bring 3 zip lock bags; one for clean paper, two for used TP.  This land is pristine; we have to leave it that way. Thanks
  • Personal first aid: blister care (mole skin), personal meds (inform your guide or our office if bringing meds)
  • Misc. items: lighter, knife, camera, bandana, hand sanitizer, washcloth, etc.
  • Bowl, spoon, and insulated mug (GSI makes a super light bowl/mug combo)
  • Water treatment: tablets or filter (MAG will provide)
  • Bear Spray
  • Trekking Poles
  • Pack cover or large garbage bag to line interior of pack to keep gear dry in rain storms.


  • Snacks/Lunches for each day: a mix of sweet and savory items.  In the end you have to like it to eat it, so bring what you like, but think about weight vs. caloric value.
  • Drink mixes: optional but if it helps you hydrate; bring it.
  • Guide choices: A small sandwich and or piece of fruit for day 1 can be nice.  Nuts, dried fruit, snack bars.  A few energy gel/GU packs, Voke Tabs, etc. for that needed boost at the end of our long days (they can really help!)


  • Reading material (Lightweight)
  • Music (ipods)
  • Camera
  • light weight binoculars

COLD WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS: Early and late season trips (June and late August-Sept) require warmer clothing.

  • Down Coat (lightweight, but warm, 800 fill down is great)
  • Thicker gloves and hat


  • Bear hang and other bear safe camping gear and practices
  • Cookware: Stoves, cook sets, fuel
  • Tents:  They are built to last so you may want to consider your own tent if you want to save on weight or look in to a porter.  (see “tent” under “other” for suggestions.)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner each night of trip

Attempt to shed every pound that you can. The lighter your load the more you will be able to enjoy yourself.  On top of all the gear on this list you will be expected to carry, your share of the group food and cookware, tent, and water bottles (full).  Pack weight estimates are between 35-60 lbs, depending on trip length and objectives.

*** PORTERS ARE AVAILABLE *** Please call or email for details.

Trip Duration

2 days / 1 night minimum, up to 7 days / 6 nights.  Any locations further than 1 hour from Bozeman require a minimum trip length of 3 days / 2 nights or that monetary equivalent.


All backpacking trips are within Yellowstone NP.  Trailheads and starting points range from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours of Big Sky & Bozeman, MT.

Required experience



  • 1 person: $600/day
  • 2 people: $350/person ($700/day)
  • 3 people: $325/person ($975/day)
  • 4 people: $300/person ($1200/day)
  • 5 and up : $275/person ($1375 total)

NOTE:  Prices do not include the 3.5% land use charge that we later pay directly to Yellowstone NP.  There is no sales tax in MT or WY.

What’s included:
Experienced guides with medical training and emergency communication devices, tents, meals, cookware, stoves, fuel.

Not included:
Transport to trailheads, personal clothing & camping gear (See Gear List).
Gear can be rented with advance notice.  All inclusive- $35/day/person
Transport can also be arranged with local taxi services.  

Rental Gear options: Full package: $35/person/day
Sleeping Bag (w/ liner), sleeping pad, backpack, personal food bowl, spoon, and mug.