Yellowstone Back Country

SUMMER HORSEBACK CAMPING AND FISHING TRIPS

Watch the setting sun while sitting around a cozy campfire. Witness the birth of the new forests. See the explosion of new plant life, including millions of wildflowers. Sheep Mesa Outfitters recommends scheduling your summer vacation during the months of July through September. Select a time during the weeks surrounding a full moon and you will be assured of witnessing some spectacular moon-lit evenings.

Relax & enjoy yourself while our experienced mountain packers, wranglers & cooks provide a safe, enjoyable wilderness experience.  We encourage you to get involved!  Our Wranglers will help you saddle your own horse, wrangle the horses & mules and pack the string.  You can even learn about the low impact camping techniques and methods we use to ensure that the greater Yellowstone Eco-system remains unspoiled.

Supplies and gear are packed in by horses & mules just as they were by trappers and mountain men a century ago.  Travel into our summer back-country destinations is only by foot or horseback on remote mountain trails – leaving civilization behind.

Sheep Mesa Outfitters maintains a clean, comfortable wilderness camp, providing you with private tents.   All of the equipment and horses are in excellent condition.  We have mountain-wise horses and match each rider’s ability to the perfect horse – accommodating even the most novice of riders.

Enjoy some of the best food cooked in the high country!  Dutch oven cooking – just as it was done in the 1800’s.  For those with special food requirements, we invite you to help select your meals prior to your trip.

Washakie & Shoshone National Forest Packtrips

Sheep Mesa Outfitters and our professional guides invite you to experience the wonders of the remote wilderness areas located in the Washakie Wilderness Area within the Shoshone National Forest, the oldest national forest in the nation. We offer private, group and family outdoor adventures into the most beautiful areas of Wyoming’s High Country.   We prefer to serve private groups from 4 – 8 people.

COST:  $350 per Day

We require a 3-day minimum trip for trips outside of Yellowstone National Park and strongly recommend a 7- to 10-day trip if you are planning on going into the Back Country of Yellowstone.

To confirm your reservation dates, a 50% deposit is required. Deposits are non-refundable but are transferable. Please send the required deposit when you book your trip.  The balance is due before the Trip begins.

Back-Country Adventures into Yellowstone National Park

Take a non-traditional, adventure vacation and explore the uncrowded back country of Yellowstone National Park; home to Elk, Buffalo, Moose, Mountain Sheep, Mule Deer, the Coyote, Grizzly Bear and Wolf. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of rare and beautiful waterfowl and raptors. These include Trumpeter Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Pelicans, Bald Eagles, and Red-Tailed Hawks.  With the recent reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone Park, the memory of his lonesome call is now a reality.

COST:  $400 per Day

We strongly recommend a 7- to 10-day trip if you are planning on going into the Back Country of Yellowstone.

To confirm your reservation dates, a 50% deposit is required. Deposits are non-refundable but are transferable. Please send the required deposit when you Book your trip.  The balance is due before the Trip begins.

Recommended Camping Gear

Good quality sleeping bag (rated 20 to 30 degree F.)
Light weight sleeping pad
Good quality rain gear (poncho or jacket and pants) 
Small flashlight
1 quart canteen or water bottle
Camera and film
Sunglasses
Binoculars (optional)

Recommended Clothing

2 pair pants
2 long sleeve shirts
1 sweater
1 pair long johns
1 pair shorts, cut-offs or swimming suit
Cap or hat with sun visor
Medium weight cotton or wool socks
Warm, medium weight jacket
T-shirts & underwear ( 1 of each per day)
Light weight leather or wool gloves
1 pair tennis shoes (for fishing & lounging around camp)
Day pack (optional)
Chaps (optional)
1 pair good quality, waterproof Hiking Boots. (The best thing to wear for riding, hiking, and for protection during cold and wet weather.)

Recommended Personal Items

Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Towel and washcloth
Biodegradable soap and shampoo
1 can bug repellant
Sunscreen, chapstick and hand lotion

Duffel Bags

We suggest that you bring 2 water-resistant duffel bags: One for your clothing and one for your sleeping bag.

The size of the duffel bag that will pack best on the pack animals will measure approximately 2 ft. long by 1 ft. tall by 16 in. wide when filled with gear.

One clothing duffel bag, 20 pounds maximum, per person, please. When packing, remember that our Wyoming summer weather can vary from hot and sunny to cold and wet.

Please pack accordingly.

Fishing Gear

We can furnish you with some gear, but   if you are planning on doing some serious fishing, we do recommend that you bring your own equipment.  Whether you are planning on using spin casting equipment or a fly rod, make sure your rod will break down to a maximum length of 4 ft.  Also, pack your rod in a durable rod case or tube.

Some recommended lures:  Small Panther Martins, Dare Devils & Mepps.  Recommended flies:  Small mosquito, adams, grasshopper, royal coachman & nymphs.

There are some excellent fly shops in Cody, where you can purchase flies, lures, equipment and licenses when you arrive.

Some Final Notes

  • When packing, it is important to include the necessary clothing and equipment to ensure a safe, enjoyable pack trip.  It is equally important to avoid taking a lot of extra, unnecessary gear so we can travel as light as possible.
  • We do have sleeping bags & pads available if you do not want to bring your own, although most people do prefer to bring their own.
  • Be prepared to have a great time, see some breathtaking scenery and experience this exciting adventure into the greater Yellowstone region of northwest Wyoming.

RATES

Rates are based on a per day basis – trip into the back-country from the ranch and trip back to the ranch. (not on a per night basis)

Family rates and return customer rates are available.

Please feel free to contact Ron Good at (307) 587-4305 or call Ron’s Cell: 307-899-5111 for additional information or questions about our summer back-country trips.