"We took a chance on Elk Fork Outfitters, and we found a gem! This was such an amazing experience. The horses were healthy, vibrant and great for riding. They took excellent care of these horses. Two guides joined our group of four; one at the head, one at the tail and both of them made sure we were always safe. The trail we took had amazing views! They were incredible and we got to see many beautiful things along the way. Can't wait to use this company again on our next visit!" ~ Christina G. from Nevada
"My grandson and I dreamed for years of taking a horse pack trip. Our dream came true, and better then we could have ever imagined. Seth and Alden were the perfect guides, starting from beginning to end. The only bummer was it had to end! Seth and Alden are patient, informative and safe. Our trip was adventuresome, fun and cozy all wrapped up with great food from dawn til dusk. I crave to go on another pack trip with them again." ~Coletta K. from Wyoming
"Thank you for the greatest outdoor experience of my life. I can't explain how wonderful the entire trip was for me. It was great to let the wilderness refresh my soul and you all made the experience very special." ~Steve J. from Washington
"Seth and Alden are funny, nice and great people that always cared what we thought and always made it the best." ~Alyssa T. (age 12), from Ohio
" For what ever type of trip you choose, Elk Fork Outfitters are the best in the business. Seth and Alden are incredible hosts and will guarantee you have a wonderful trip whether it be hunting, fishing or a pack trip. They bring an immense amount of experience and skill to the table that few can surpass. Their camp is top notch and the food is better than you would eat at home. The Elk Fork and surrounding areas are an absolutely stunning section of the Shoshone National Forest and you are missing out if you don’t let them show you what it has to offer. One thing that specifically sets them apart from others is their connection to the customer. You are going on a trip with your outfitter, not just the guides they have chosen. That can make a big difference in the success and enjoyment of your trip." ~Ben B. from Connecticut
"Being a horse person, this was one of the best rides I have been on. Seth truly cares for his horses and he is super knowledgeable. We had an awesome time and will be back!" ~Lauren M. from Vermont
" I was a bit skeptical about 'roughing it' on this pack trip, but it was on my husband’s bucket list, so I said ok. I’m so glad I did! Seth and Alden are the best trail guides and camp hosts and food preparers and horse wranglers around! The camp was clean and comfortable, we slept in roomy wall tents by a stream. Alden prepared great meals every day, that we enjoyed in the dining tent. We loved sitting around the camp fire each night. I didn’t feel like I was roughing it….we were well taken care of. The scenery was breathtaking! Our horses were great, especially the beautiful mustang that I got to ride. We loved our stay at Elk Fork Outfitters and hope to go back again. Thank you Seth & Alden!" ~Stacy M. from Iowa
"If you're planning on visiting the Yellowstone area and want to avoid long lines, paved roads, and crowded traffic then consider seeing the country as it truly was and still is today by going on a backcountry pleasure ride. Or if you've always dreamed of hunting in Northwest Wyoming then there's none I can recommend more highly! Seth and Alden are two of the most down to earth, knowledgeable, and capable hands you could ask for. With opportunities to fish, hunt, or just relax in one of the most pristine areas left in the country you won't be disappointed. You'll find no better company to do it with than the good nature, good humor, and finest cooking that is found at Elk Fork Outfitters! " ~Matt E. from South Dakota
"Elk Fork Outfitters deserves the highest praise possible! Seth and Alden are knowledgeable, prepared, hospitable and just easy to be around. I spent five days with them in camp and as soon as it was over, I wanted to go back. As a fairly inexperienced rider, I was concerned about the terrain and length of the ride. They were patient and helpful, and immediately put me at ease.
The camp is beautiful, and the food is amazing. Seth and Alden really put their heart and soul into what they do, and it shows. If you are considering an adventure, I can't recommend Elk Fork Outfitters enough. They really are the best." ~Jenny B. from New York
"Seth and Alden are outstanding people of very high character and competence and professionalism. If you have never immersed yourself in our precious wilderness areas, this is a wonderful gateway to the experience of a lifetime. I hope to go every year, for as long as body and mind allows." ~Jeff W. from Wyoming
"Seth and Alden are wonderful and amazing people. From the trail head and back they go the extra mile to make you feel special and meet your every need. The hunting and their camp are top notch. Every detail gets their full attention. The best elk hunting experience my wife and I have ever had. The food Alden prepares is the best we have ever had in a hunting camp plus she always has a smile to greet you. Cannot wait to go back next year and for many years to come." ~Scott B. from Wyoming
"Went on an elk hunt with Seth and Alden- back country experience to the max- my husband's dream. I was totally out of my comfort zone since I do not have any experience on horseback, and I wasn't sure how I would love sleeping in a tent. Seth and Alden did an exemplary job as hosts to make us feel like we were the most important thing to them. They put me on horses that they would trust with their grandmother and constantly checked to make sure I was doing alright. The tent in which we slept was clean, roomy, offered places to hang clothes and a fire was laid every night for us. The food was OUT OF THIS WORLD! I've been in lots of hunting camps and this experience was comparable to the best of them. Seth knew his job and presented each of us opportunities to score on elk. Top Notch-plan on going back!" ~Susan B. from Wyoming
"We did an all-day ride with Seth and Alden for our daughter's 11th birthday. If you are looking for an authentic, true backcountry experience and can handle being on a horse for a few hours this is the way to go. They provided just enough space for us to experience the wilderness while quietly providing for all of our needs along the way. I can't recommend them enough." ~Jodi R. from Florida
"My family and I went on a horseback ride one morning with them. Great people, very friendly and kind. They took us on a beautiful ride to the mountains above Cody. The horses were well cared for and clean. At the end of the ride they gave us homemade biscuits. Congratulations and thanks." ~Kate G. from Italy
"I would give these 2 people 10 stars!! We and 3 friends went with them to their camp for 5 great days or riding and enjoying what God has blessed us with here on earth. I had had a bad wreck with my own horse and this 5-day trip gave me back my confidence and ability to relax and enjoy riding. Great people, great horses and mules and GREAT food. HIGHLY RECOMMEND." ~Debb H. from Wisconsin
"I have been fortunate to be in many hunting, fishing and wilderness camps. All have strengths and at least one very obvious weakness that sometimes overshadows any success. My recent trip with Elk Fork Outfitters is the exception. The accommodations- wall tents with cots and stoves- were comfortable and in great shape. Corrals and equipment tents were ample. Seth and Alden own all of their stock and tack. They know their animals and take great care and pride in them. We found ample opportunities to fish in a spectacular environment. Honestly, magic happens in their cook tent. Meals were creative, bountiful, beautiful and delicious. If you want a true Western experience, chasing bulls, cutthroats, or the perfect family vacation, reach out to Elk Fork Outfitters. These folks are the real deal and will bust their butts to make it good." ~Dane S. from North Carolina
"My son and I had an amazing vacation with Seth and Alden Ballard, of Elk Fork Outfitters near Cody, Wyoming.
We rode horseback into their wilderness camp. They have really nice horses and mules, that are well trained, safe, and a pleasure to be around.
The camp is well set up and comfortable, with wonderful views. It is amazing what Seth can pack on a horse. They have a dining tent with big tables and comfortable chairs, big wall tents for sleeping, with comfy cots and wood stoves.
Alden is a wonderful backcountry cook. It is amazing what she can cook over a fire, or in a Dutch oven. Her meals are top notch.
Alden and Seth are very knowledgeable and fun to spend time with. We relaxed, Seth took us horseback on day rides, fishing in the river, shared with us livestock handling and horse/mule packing, and the beauty of the Wyoming wilderness.
I cannot say enough about Seth and Alden. They are great people and will make sure you have an experience of a lifetime. We can’t wait to go back." ~Bob S. from Montana
Elk Fork Outfitters is a partner of Travel Wyoming and is considered a reputable resource for your vacation to the Cowboy State. See us featured on their website in an article by Elisabeth Brentano.
Copyright © 2023 Elk Fork Outfitters LLC - All Rights Reserved. All photos by Seth and Alden Ballard. We operate under a special use permit in the Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming Outfitter #BG047. We don't rent pigs.
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