Hiking in Yellowstone

While there’s plenty to see from Yellowstone’s roads, most of the park—98 percent—is rugged, beautiful, dynamic wilderness. To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system.

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A Parent’s Story: Camping and Hiking with My Kids in Yellowstone

Shelli Johnson of Yellowstonepark.com tells you how to go backpacking in Yellowstone with kids and llamas to haul your gear. Read More...

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Backcountry Safety

Summer thunderstorms may be vital to helping the park’s ecosystem thrive, but the lightning and possibility for flash floods and high water can prove perilous. Read More...

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Blacktail Creek Trail Hike in Yellowstone

Start near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone and end in Gardiner, Mont. Excerpted from Tom Carter’s Day Hiking Yellowstone Park Read More...

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Bunsen Peak Hike

This hike provides an excellent opportunity to view the effects of the 1988 fires. Also, Bunsen Peak affords a commanding view of the Mammoth area, as well as the Gallatin and Washburn Mountains. Read More...

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Geocaching – Waypoints of the Heart

Now I’ve discovered the perfect pastime for people like me. For Christmas, I bought my husband the Garmin eTrex GPS unit he’d been drooling over. He wanted it for marking waypoints while he was hunting or taking photographs. I wanted it because I’d learned about geocaching. Read More...

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Go Geocaching in Yellowstone Park

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”). Read More...

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Go Goat Packing

Hiking enthusiasts—or anyone looking for a different kind of “adventure” that’s easy on your legs—should try goat packing. Read More...

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Hike Fairy Falls Trail in Yellowstone

Fairy Creek shoots out over the edge of the Madison Plateau and plunges 197 feet. Members of the 1871 Hayden Survey named it for the “graceful beauty with which the little stream dropped down a clear descent.” Read More...

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Hike to the Middle of Nowhere in Yellowstone

There are moments where Yellowstone can feel positively crowded. Read More...

Bunsen Peak Trail. Photo: NPS Jim Peaco

Hike Yellowstone National Park’s Bunsen Peak Trail

See evidence of Yellowstone’s 1988 fires on a hike that starts and ends just south of Rustic Falls near Mammoth. Excerpted from Tom Carter’s Day Hiking Yellowstone Park. Read More...

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Hike Yellowstone National Park’s Fossil Forest

See what the climate was like in Yellowstone Country 50 million years ago and view the fascinating petrified trees in Yellowstone’s world-class fossil forests. Read More...

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Hike: Ferris Fork and Dunanda Falls

Yellowstone is home to a few natural spas the mix with creeks, making them worthy of a post-hike dip. Your best option? Ferris Fork and Dunanda Falls. Read More...

Looking toward Specimen Ridge from the Garnet Hill Loop Trail. Photo by permission Flickr Upstate Dave

Hiking Yellowstone’s Garnet Hill Loop Trail

Wander over gently rolling hills covered in sagebrush and cast a line in the Yellowstone River on this animal-dotted 8.3-mile lollipop. Read More...

Popo Agie Wilderness in the Wind River Range

Smith Lake Basin in Wyoming’s Wind River Range is a Hiker’s Haven

Hike to several lakes in Yellowstone Country going through coniferous forests, wild flower meadows and roaring waterfalls. Read More...

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Table Mountain Hike: Exhilarating, Advanced Hike in Grand Teton National Park

This hike in Grand Teton National Park offers unsurpassed views of the Teton Range at elevations over 4,000 ft. Excerpted from Tom Carter’s Day Hiking Yellowstone Park. Read More...

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Take a Hike in Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

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Top 3 Trails for Hiking with Kids in Yellowstone

There’s no better way to experience the region than out on the trail. Just follow these tips for family-friendly fun. Read More...

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Uncle Tom’s Trail Hike to Lower Falls in Yellowstone

This steep but wonderful trail takes you from the top of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon to the base of the 308-foot-high Lower Falls. It’s strenuous going down 500 feet, but less so than in 1905 when Uncle Tom lowered you by rope. Read More...

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Yellowstone Activities and Programs for Kids

Junior Ranger Program, Young Scientist Program, and Ranger-Led Activities. Get your activity booklet at the Yellowstone Visitor Centers. Read More...