The reality is that bear attacks have happened at some of Yellowstone’s most famous attractions and most packed trailheads.
See here: Grizzly bear chases and injures 10-year-old boy near Old Faithful
The good news from this story? “The family was able to drive off the animal using bear spray." Upon being sprayed, the bear shook its head and left.
Those who use a firearm against an attacking bear are injured about half the time. Check out our Bear Spray page to learn more about its effectiveness.
Yes, every rental includes a hip holster so that you can carry the spray on your person and not in your pack! See our safety page for more information.
Though we encourage you to practice removing the canister from the holster and mentally rehearsing how you would react during a dangerous bear encounter, the canisters are non-refillable and therefore we cannot refund your deposit if the canister is used.
Frontiersman bear spray by SABRE undergoes rigorous quality control procedures so that you can carry it with confidence.
Yes, canisters can be returned to any TrailQuipt location. See locations for more details.
For best protection, TrailQuipt recommends one canister of bear spray for each person. However, we recommend no less than one canister per 3 people at a minimum.
We do not recommend hiking with the safety clip removed, as accidental discharge may occur. However, certain situations may call for an extra dose of caution, in which case you could have your bear spray out and ready to use. See our Bear Safety and Bear Spray pages for more information.
Our canisters are inspected for damage, sanitized, and weighed before they ever touch your hands. We are also proud to partner with SABRE, the world’s leader in pepper spray products, whose bear sprays undergo rigorous quality control procedures.
At the time of purchase you will be charged a refundable deposit of US$50.00. Once you return the unused and undamaged bear spray canister you will be refunded the difference between the deposit and the rental price within 14 days. See pricing for more details.
Return your unused and undamaged canister to any TrailQuipt location using the same phone number that was used to rent the canister. Within 14 days, TrailQuipt will inspect the canister and issue a refund according to your rental period.
You should expect your refund to be processed within 14 days of return.
Our hours vary by location. See our locations page for details.