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 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. 

Custom Wilderness Single & Multi-Day Mountain Horseback Adventures
Available for groups of 4 or more who want a mountain riding experience but need a shorter trip. Please email or call 406-579-3866 to plan your custom adventure.

License needed if you want to Fish: Fishing licenses can be purchased over the counter or online at MFWP.

Wilderness Horse Pack Trip

Location: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

Accommodations: Comfortable backcountry tent camp and hearty meals provided.

Trip length: 6-days; 1 day at Independence backcountry camp, 4 days in Hellroaring Wilderness camp, 1 day riding out.

**You will need to make reservations in Big Timber, Livingston or Bozeman for your incoming and your outgoing nights as we leave early for the mountains on the first day of your trip and return from the mountains in the late afternoon/early evening on the last day of your trip.

Grizzly/Wolf Photo Safari

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. ABO has 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 ABO’s 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.

Grizzly / Wolf Photo Safari

Location: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

Accommodations: Comfortable backcountry tent camp and hearty meals provided.

Trip length: 6-days; 1 day at Independence backcountry camp, 4 days in Hellroaring Wilderness camp, 1 day riding out.

Custom trips available upon request.

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.

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

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