Absaroka Backpacking

Credit: Nan Pugh

Absaroka Backpacking

Head to Yellowstone National Park's wild eastern neighbor, the 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 wildlife you are likely to see include eagles, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, black bears, coyote, and recently reintroduced gray wolves.

If you're craving remote, rugged land filled with wildlife, this is your course.



2018 Dates

May 31 – June 29, 2018

Tuition: $4,300

June 18 – July 17, 2018

Tuition: $4,550
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July 12 – Aug. 10, 2018

Tuition: $4,550


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$4,300 to $4,550
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Equipment Deposit
30 days
Minimum Age
16 yrs.
Academic Credit
6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Ethics

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics

Lander, Wyoming
Fly in/out
Casper, Wyoming
Skills learned


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What Our Grads Say

“I made fourteen lifelong friends, learned everything I need to know to be able to take my own backpacking trips, and improved both my work ethic and mental grit, as well as my physical fitness.” 

— Keeliana M., NOLS Absaroka Backpacking grad

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