Bunsen Peak Day Hike

Starting from


WyomingYellowstone National Park
Tour Length
4-6 hours (summer only)
Guide Type
Skill Level

Experience Yellowstone’s Bunsen Peak and discover why this was a favorite place for many early Yellowstone explorers. The hike begins through a forest of regrowth that is still in recovery from the North Fork Fire, the largest of 8 major wildfires that tore through the area during the summer of 1988. Though dramatic, the initial devastation to the landscape had a positive impact and has created a healthier forest by clearing the cluttered forest floor and making room for new growth. Your guide will lead you along a trail lined with fireweed, lupine, and Indian Paintbrush before the hike begins to climb up a steep set of switchbacks leading to the summit. At the summit, you will be rewarded for your efforts with an impressive, panoramic view of the Gallatin Mountain Range, the Yellowstone River Valley, and Swan Lake Flat. From the summit this tour has two options, factors including weather and time will determine whether the hiking tour returns to the trailhead the same way or continues over Bunsen’s 3 small summits to create a loop with additional mileage.


What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Water and snacks
  • Trail lunch spread: includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus, and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.
  • Daypack rental
  • Trekking poles rental
  • 1:7 guide to hiker ratio

What to Bring

Required Gear

Rain coat, backpack, capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.


Layered clothing appropriate for hiking and changing weather conditions. A fleece or ‘puffy’ jacket or vest is highly recommended, as is a fleece hat.


Sturdy hiking boots, trail running shoes, or other sneakers with good tread are required. Flip flops, Crocs, sandals, etc. are inadequate and will not be allowed.


Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, hiking poles, rain pants, supplemental snacks, gratuity for your guide.

Upgrades + Additions

Private Tour

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour.

Transportation from Bozeman Montana

  • $200 per group + $25 per person (pending availability)
  • Includes Yellowstone National Park Entry fee

3L Hydration Reservoir (purchase)

$40 each – 3 Liter Platypus Big Zip EVO Reservoir or similar

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax at the local rate.


  • 1 Person $ 495 pp 495
  • 2 People $ 240 pp 240
  • 3 People $ 210 pp 210
  • 4-5 People $170 pp
  • 6 or more $140 pp
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

Your final rate is determined by the total number of people who join your group, even if you do not register together.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run daily Monday-Sunday

Departure Times

Tours depart at 8am & 10am
Activity duration: 4-6 hours

grand prismatic spring yellowstone national park landscape

The creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 was really the beginnings of something much larger: the idea that some natural areas are so unique and diverse that they must be preserved in perpetuity for the enjoyment of all.

“The geysers, the extraordinary hot springs, the lakes, the mountains, the canyon and cataracts unite to make this region something not paralleled elsewhere on the globe”Theodore Roosevelt

Yellowstone’s natural history was recognized early on as something truly special. It is written in hot springs and geysers, rivers and pristine mountain lakes, bison herds and schools of cutthroat trout, all of which is accessible on even the shortest of hikes. The parks high concentration of thermal features make the region more habitable in the winter months, creating an island of biodiversity known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The region is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, including seven species of large predators (black bears, grizzly bears, Canada lynx, coyotes, mountain lions, wolverines, and wolves). The thermal features provide a glimpse into one part of the complex geology of the region that includes tall mountain peaks, broad U-shaped valleys carved by glaciers, and beautiful waterfalls.

grand prismatic spring yellowstone national park landscape