Absaroka Backpacking

Absaroka Backpacking


  • Absaroka range is known for its unique geology and diverse wildlife
  • Opportunities to see deer, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, coyote, grizzly bears, and gray wolf
  • Elevations from 9,000-12,000 feet
  • Explore the borders of Yellowstone National Park
  • Possible non-technical peak ascents
Yellowstone National Park's wild eastern neighbor is Wyoming's Absaroka (Ab-sor-ka) Range, a vast wilderness region with some of the most remote territory in the Lower 48.

You will travel through broad river valleys surrounded by sheer glacier-carved cliffs, camp under towering conifers, and hike across alpine plateaus where the tallest plants are only a few inches high.

You will hone your fly-fishing cast, ford high mountain rivers, practice GPS and compass navigation, and learn how to camp and travel in bear country. Along with grizzlies, other fauna you are likely to see include eagles, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, black bears, coyote, and recently reintroduced gray wolves. For students craving remote, rugged land filled with wildlife, this is your course.

In the Absarokas, you will live the leadership lessons you need to travel skillfully and safely in the mountains long after your course ends.


Location NOLS Rocky Mountain
Tuition $4,425 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 16
Duration 30 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out Casper, Wyoming
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Ethics
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The instructors were helpful, and I got to bond and live with an amazing group of students for a month, who I will keep in touch with for a very long time hopefully.”

-Eryn R.

Absaroka Backpacking Grad