Yellowstone Expeditions

The Guides at Yellowstone Expeditions

Arden Bailey Arden Bailey: Owner of Yellowstone Expeditions: Arden began working in Yellowstone in 1979 and started Yellowstone Expeditions in 1983. He has spent several summers working for the National Park Service as a park naturalist and also as a research geologist. In more recent years he has spent the spring, summer, and fall working as a geologist for engineering and environmental firms, working the last several summers in Alaska. Arden is a PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Nordic ski instructor and PSIA backcountry ski guide. He has completed the Red Cross Advanced First Aid as well as the American Avalanche Institute avalanche safety and forecasting courses. His goal is to share his knowledge and love of Yellowstone with our visitors.
Erica Hutchings: Office Manager: Erica began working in Yellowstone as a tour guide and bus driver in 1987 and has been with Yellowstone Expeditions since 1989. She has summered as a National Park Service ranger in Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. She is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and has completed the American Avalanche Institute backcountry avalanche safety and forecasting course. Erica is a PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) backcountry ski guide and Nordic ski instructor. Erica manages our office and reservation system as well as helps out at the skier's Yurt Camp. Erica Hutchings
Connie Dover Connie Dover: Camp Cook, Snowcoach Driver, and Reluctant Ski Guide: Connie started with Yellowstone Expeditions in 2011. She has spent many summers in the Yellowstone Area cooking at Guest Ranches just east of the Park. In addition to being our camp cook, Connie is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Connie has produced several solo CDs, including: Somebody, The Wishing Well, If Ever I Return, The Border of Heaven, and most recently a CD of traditional Christmas songs and carols with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, entitled The Holly and the Ivy.

She received a 2007 Emmy Award for her production of acoustic music for the KCPT public television production Bad Blood: The Border War that Triggered the Civil War. Her original music earned a Grand Prize in the 2007 Yellowstone & Teton Song Contest, sponsored by the Western Folklife Center (Elko, Nevada), and she is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry for her book of poems, Winter Count, published in 2007 by Unholy Day Press.

Connie can be heard on NPR Radio's "Whats in a Song". Her broadcast performances include guest appearances and features on NPR's Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday), A Prairie Home Companion, The Thistle & Shamrock, Mountain Stage and E-Town. Connie's Web Page can be found at

Monica Kopp: Ski Camp Manager: Monica has been with Yellowstone Expeditions since 2011. She has completed the Red Cross Wilderness First Aid, the American Avalanche Institute avalanche safety and forecasting courses. Monica has a degree in botany and has spends her summers working in Alaska doing vegetation mapping and cataloging. This past summer, Monica spent as a crew leader on vegetation/forest mapping job in southeast Alaska. The crew lived on a converted fishing/crab boat (like seen on "Deadliest Catch") and flew by helicopter each day to remote survey plots in the Tongass National Forest. (The largest national forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres). Monica Kopp
Piper Piper Gillard: Senior Ski Guide and Ski Instructor: Piper has been with Yellowstone Expeditions since 2018. Before that time, she owned the "Chocolate Moose", a candy, ice cream & soda shop in Bozeman, Montana. Piper now spends her summers as a white water rafting guide for "Montana Whitewater" on the Gallatin River near Big Sky. It is a special night at the Yurt Camp when Piper whips up one of her "secret moose recipes" from her days at the Chocolate Moose.
Brian Richards: Ski Guide: Brian has worked with us since 2014. Before that he worked as a guide in Yellowstone for the main concessioner Xanterra driving tours in their 1930 era White Touring Bus. Like many of our guides, Brian enjoys challenging adventures. He has hiked around Iceland and Hawaii, climbed 3 very large mountains in Peru, and climbed Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltepetl, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America. Brian works as a hiking and llama guide with Wildland Trekking Company in the summer. Brian also works as a carpenter during the off season, which gave him skills to build our new restroom building and to assist Piper with assembly our new yurts.

Elijah Spray:
Ski Guide and Snowcoach Mechanic: Elijah has been with Yellowstone Expeditions since 2014 and had previously guided in Yellowstone for a several years before joining us. Elijah has hiked both the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada and has canoed the George River in far northern Canada ending at Ungava Bay on the Hudson Straight. Elijah has a real knack for keeping our snowcoaches running and in tip-top condition. Elijah spends his summers in Alaska working as a fishing guide and doing lodge maintenance at a lodge near Coopers Landing on the Kenai Penninsula.
Elijha and Brian
Brian and Elijha
Aidan Denison: Ski Guide: Aidan started with Yellowstone Expeditions in 2019. Aidan spends her spring and summer working for Wilderness Inquiry hosting their Canoemobile Program. Canoemobile is a floating classroom that brings students out on local waterways in 24-foot Voyageur canoes to learn about science, history, geography, and culture. She also guides overnight backcountry canoe trips in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.
Ben Tippenhauer: Ski Guide: Ben joined us in 2017. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Hayduke Trail. Ben spends his summers (when not through–hiking thousands of miles) guiding in Alaska. Monica and Ben have bought property near Homer, Alaska where Ben is spending the summer building a house (well, after he builds a sawmill to cut the lumber for the...). Ben Tippenhauer