A Trip of a Lifetime


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Listen to Larry Reidy’s America podcast about Youth To Yellowstone of Ripley County

Who Are We?

Youth to Yellowstone is a non-profit organization committed to providing travel opportunities for travel-challenged youth (high school age) in our region to explore another part of the United States. These students embark on a 12-day journey to Yellowstone National Park.

Traveling by van, they camp for eight days at the Yellowstone’s Canyon Village campground, situated at an elevation of 8,000 feet. En route to Yellowstone, they hike in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park, visit iconic landmarks such as Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, and traverse the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains. While in Yellowstone, they also have the chance to visit Teton National Park, located just south of the park.

The students nor their families incur any cost for the trip — all expenses are covered by Youth to Yellowstone of Ripley County. This includes transportation costs, food, tents, sleeping bags, and cameras. Should the students need any specific items like hiking boots or socks, the organization will provide that as well. Students are only responsible for their basic clothing and everyday personal items.


“I have been involved in this life-changing program for 11 years.  Not only does it change the students’ lives, it changes the lives of the chaperones.  It has been amazing to watch.  It has all been possible because of the people and organizations in our communities who have trusted and believed in us.  Without your support none of this would be possible.” 

Jim Waldo — Guide/Advisor/Consultant