Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) hunting regulations and dates are released in early February of each year. Please check the MFWP website for confirmation of dates.

Saddle up for a wilderness pack trip adventure

You need not be a hunter or angler to thoroughly enjoy an adventure in Montana. We offer hiking, sightseeing and photography trips into our remote backcountry area for a wide variety of clients. If you like you can just bring a few good books to read, relax and do nothing more than enjoy this beautiful country. Over the years we’ve even had artists join us to record their impressions of this very special place.

Your adventure begins the morning of your departure for our backcountry camp, Independence. You will meet at the Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters Headquarters in Big Timber and caravan with the our staff to the trailhead. You will follow the meandering Boulder River on your road trip to the trailhead. If some of this country looks familiar, perhaps it is that you have seen it on the big screen in A River Runs Through It, and The Horse Whisperer.

Upon arrival at the trailhead, your guides and wranglers will pack your gear and introduce you to your horse. You’ll saddle up and ride for an hour up an old sheep trail to our backcountry camp, Independence. That afternoon, you’ll explore, fish, hike, and enjoy an evening by the campfire. The following morning, you’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast before mounting your horse to ride four and a half hours through magnificent country to our base camp, Hellroaring.

At camp you may relax and refresh yourself in your wall tent whose comfort and coziness belies the fact that you are many miles from any permanent human habitation. That evening you will enjoy a wonderfully prepared meal with beverages of your choice, a roaring campfire to gather ’round and time to socialize and share the anticipation of the adventures to come.

A good night’s sleep followed by an early rising and a big breakfast prepared by our great cook will set you on the path for your true mission: hunting, fishing, or just enjoying what is justifiably called, “God’s Country”.

Regardless of your chosen activity, our guides will escort you every step of the way. We are confident that you will find them knowledgeable, skilled, and accommodating. Whether you seek the majestic elk or the wily cutthroat trout, the end of the day will afford you the satisfaction of time well spent in pursuit of your sporting dreams.

Wilderness Horse Pack Trip

Our 5-day and 6-day wilderness horse pack trips are run out of our backcountry camp, Hellroaring, located 8 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. The 6-day trip allows one day in Independence, 4 days in Hellroaring, and one day to pack out. Independence is located 55 miles south of Big Timber and accessed primarily by horseback. At Independence you will spend the afternoon hiking, fishing, and enjoying an evening by the campfire. The next day is a four-and-a-half-hour horseback ride to our wilderness camp which takes you over the 10,000 foot Hellroaring Divide. From the Divide, you will descend 2,800 feet into a picturesque valley, the home of our Hellroaring basecamp at 7,200 feet. Our string of horses and mules are dependable. Previous riding experience is helpful but not required. Our 5-day trip is the same as the 6-day trip minus the stay at Independence. Our first night on the 5-day trip is spent in Hellroaring.

These dates do not include arrival and departure days. For example: Trip 1: July 15-19; your arrival date should be July 14th by 4:00 pm at the ABO Lodge in Big Timber, MT. Your departure date would be July 20th from the ABO Lodge by 10:00 am.

Trip 1: July 15-19
Trip 2: July 22-26
Trip 3: July 29-August 2
Trip 4: August 5-9
Trip 5: August 12-16
Trip 6: August 19-23
Trip 7: August 26-30
Location: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Accommodations: Incoming and outgoing nights at ABO lodge in Big Timber with dinner and breakfast. In the backcountry, tent camp and meals provided.
Trip Length: 5 days; 1 day riding into camp, 3 days in Hellroaring wilderness camp, 1 day riding out.
Price: $2,500 per person
License needed: None unless you like to fish! Fishing licenses can be purchased over the counter or online at MFWP
Custom Trips Available Upon Request
Fishing Licenses not included in price of excursions/trips. (For license information check out MFWP) All prices are subject to change.

These dates do not include arrival and departure days. For example: Trip 1: July 15-20; your arrival date should be July 14th by 4:00 pm at the ABO Lodge in Big Timber, MT. Your departure date would be July 21st from the ABO Lodge by 10:00 am.

Trip 1: July 15-20
Trip 2: 
July 22-27
Trip 3: 
July 29-August 3
Trip 4: 
August 5-10
Trip 5: 
August 12-17
Trip 6: 
August 19-24
Trip 7: 
August 26-31
Location: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Accommodations: Incoming and outgoing nights at ABO lodge in Big Timber with dinner and breakfast. In the backcountry, tent camp and meals provided.
Trip Length: 6 days; 1 day at Independence backcountry camp, 4 days in Hellroaring wilderness camp, 1 day riding out.
Price: $3,000
License needed: None unless you’d like to fish. Fishing licenses can be purchased over the counter or online at MFWP

Custom Trips Available Upon Request

Fishing Licenses not included in price of excursions/trips. (For license information check out MFWP) All prices are subject to change.

To Learn about our Wilderness Horse Pack Trip, download the information packet below.
Wilderness Horse Pack Trip Information

Grizzly/Wolf Photo Safari

If you prefer to do your hunting with a camera instead of a gun or bow, we have the adventure for you. Imagine yourself tracking a grizzly bear or a pack of wolves armed only with your sense of adventure, your photography skill and your trusty camera. We have just added grizzly bear/wolf photo safaris to its list of unforgettable Montana wilderness adventures. If you choose you can leave your camera and just enjoy the thrill of this unique experience. Your guide and tracker will be Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitter, Cameron Mayo. Cameron has spent countless hours riding the Absaroka-Beartooth country. He is an experienced outdoorsman and knowledgeable about the area and its habitat.

These dates do not include arrival and departure days. For example: Trip 1: July 15-20; your arrival date should be July 14th by 4:00 pm at the ABO Lodge in Big Timber, MT. Your departure date would be July 21st from the ABO Lodge by 10:00 am.

These can be either 5-day or 6-day adventures.
Trip 1: July 15-20 (6 day) // July 15-19 (5 day)
Trip 2: July 22-27 (6 day ) // July 22-26 (5 day)
Trip 3: July 29-August 3 (6 day) // July 29-August 2 (5 day)
Trip 4: August 5-10 (6 day) // August 5-9 (5 day)
Trip 5: August 12-17 (6 day) // August 12-16 (5 day)
Trip 6: August 19-24 (6 day) // August 19-23 (5 day)
Trip 7: August 26-31 (6 day) // August 26-30 (5 day)
Location: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness
Accommodations: Incoming and outgoing nights at ABO lodge in Big Timber with dinner and breakfast. In the backcountry, tent camp and meals provided.
Trip Length: 6 days; 1 day at Independence backcountry camp, 4 days in Hellroaring wilderness camp, 1 day riding out.
5 days; 1 day ride to Hellroaring, 3 days in camp, 1 day riding out.
Price: 6 day: $3,500 – 2 clients to 1 guide, $4,500 – 1 client to 1 guide
5 day: $3,000 – 2 clients to 1 guide, $4,000 – 1 client to 1 guide
License needed: None unless you’d like to fish. Fishing licenses can be purchased over the counter or online at MFWP.

Custom Trips Available Upon Request

Fishing Licenses not included in price of excursions/trips. (For license information check out MFWP) All prices are subject to change.

To learn more about what's included, seasons, dates, and travel arrangements, download the information packet below.
Grizzly / Wolf photo safari info packet

Fulfill Your Sense of Adventure.

Deposit, Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit of 50% of the trip is required to book your reservation. This deposit is non-refundable. The balance of the trip is due 30 days prior to trip date and is nonrefundable. Trips not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled. We recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance. Montana Outfitters & Guides Association suggests Global Rescue travel insurance. http://www.montanaoutfitters.org/travelersinsurance/

We accept Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and Checks. Make Checks Payable to: Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.