Yellowstone's Grand Loop - West Thumb to Lake Village

This 21-mile stretch of the Grand Loop Road from the West Thumb to Lake Village travels along the side of Yellowstone Lake with hotels, visitor centers, and a geyser basin boardwalk.
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The Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone is the main way to get to the attractions in the national park. This 21-mile stretch from the West Thumb to Lake Village travels along the side of Yellowstone Lake.

Attractions in order from West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake to Lake Village:

Grant Village

The Grant Village area is actually a short distance south of our starting point. Grant Village has hotels, a campground, two restaurants, boat docks, a visitor center, a grocery store, laundry facilities, and a gas station.

West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake by Flicka [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The West Thumb area has an information center with a bookstore. Walk the West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk among lakeside geysers and hot springs. Starting at the Grant Village docks, paddling tours kayak into this area of the lake.

Gull Point Drive

This 2-mile, 2-way side road leads to a picnic area along Yellowstone Lake.

Natural Bridge Trail Head

Yellowstone's Natural Bridge in the Bridge Bay Area. Photo by Greg Willis [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Yellowstone's Natural Bridge in the Bridge Bay Area. Photo by Greg Willis [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A short 1.5-mile trail ends at a natural bridge. This is an easy, family-friendly hike with no elevation gain.

Lake Village

Yellowstone Lake with Hotel and Dot Island. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Yellowstone Lake with Hotel and Dot Island

The Lake Village area has hotels, an RV park, a campground, the Fishing Bridge Museum, and a Visitor Center.

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