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Planning a Backpacking Trip to Yellowstone

Scott Safadi


Scott Safadi serves as the general manager of Cal Bay Property Management, a San Francisco Bay area real estate management company. In his leisure time, Scott Safadi enjoys backpacking and has traversed many areas of the United States, including Yellowstone National Park.

For those looking to backpack on overnight trips through Yellowstone National Park, it’s important to know the details in advance. The park does have a designated system for backcountry travel and camping, but a permit for use must be obtained in advance. Further, most camping areas have a maximum stay of one to three nights per trip. Some campsites don’t allow the use of wood fires, either, and those that do restrict campfires to fire pits only. Food storage poles are provided at some campsites to protect supplies from bears.

Permits have to be obtained in person and can’t be picked up more than 48 hours in advance of one’s backcountry trip. Most of the ranger stations and visitor centers at Yellowstone have backcountry offices in which permits can be obtained. For the best information about trail conditions and other pertinent factors, it’s best to obtain a permit at the ranger station that is closest to the desired trail area. Permits must be in the traveler’s possession at all times.

Scott Safadi serves as the general manager of Cal Bay Property Management, a San Francisco Bay area real estate management company. In his leisure time, Scott Safadi enjoys backpacking and has traversed many areas of the United States, including Yellowstone National Park.

For those looking to backpack on overnight trips through Yellowstone National Park, it’s important to know the details in advance. The park does have a designated system for backcountry travel and camping, but a permit for use must be obtained in advance. Further, most camping areas have a maximum stay of one to three nights per trip. Some campsites don’t allow the use of wood fires, either, and those that do restrict campfires to fire pits only. Food storage poles are provided at some campsites to protect supplies from bears.
Permits have to be obtained in person and can’t be picked up more than 48 hours in advance of one’s backcountry trip. Most of the ranger stations and visitor centers at Yellowstone have backcountry offices in which permits can be obtained. For the best information about trail conditions and other pertinent factors, it’s best to obtain a permit at the ranger station that is closest to the desired trail area. Permits must be in the traveler’s possession at all times.

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