Summer Activities

If you’re heading to Yellowstone National Park with the plan to play outside as much as possible you won’t be disappointed. The beautiful weather, scenery, and activities cater to the outdoors-man and woman in all of us.

Whether you’re a horseback rider or a backpacker, a hiker or a biker, or you prefer to be on the water, there are activities for all ages and activity levels in this beautiful national park.

For beginners there are fishing, hiking, and horseback riding guides who can show you the ropes – and the hidden sweet spots – throughout the park. Many of these guides and outfitters set up shop outside the park, so be sure to do your research below before heading into the park.

For experienced outdoors people grab a map and your gear (and leave a note where you’re headed), then tramp into the wilderness for a physical adventure that rivals all others. Beginner or advanced, don’t forget the camera so you can document the “big one” for all your jealous friends back home.



The Yellowstone region is full of mountain ranges and public lands, all of which beckon mountain biking enthusiasts to take their fat tires out for a spin.



Grand Teton and Yellowstone Park offers the ultimate mountain climbing experience. Some of the best mountains are in Wyoming.



Fling a cast into Yellowstone Lake or Lewis Lake for fly or lure fishing. Try the trout waters north, south and west of Cody, filled with native Yellowstone cutthroat, brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout larger than most anglers can imagine.


High Rides and Ziplines

Get a bird’s eye view by riding a tram, zip line, or chair lift near Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Big Sky and Jackson Hole.

Bunsen Peak Trail. Photo: NPS Jim Peaco


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.

Horseback Riding in Yellowstone

Horseback Riding

See the Yellowstone area on horseback by spending a day on a dude ranch or sign up for a guided horseback ride.

Family rafting with Flying Pig Adventures Company out of Gardiner, Montana. Courtesy photo

Rafting, Kayaking, Boating & Swimming

Explore the lakes and rivers near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks on a white water river rafting trip, guided kayak tour, boat tour or go swimming.