Best Trails in Yellowstone National Park

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Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

on Avalanche Peak Trail
1 day ago

Steep but very much worth it. Views are spectacular. In the early morning hours, had to hike through 1-inch of fresh snow up near the summit. Trail does have a pretty heavy bear presence...use caution and common sense.

on Avalanche Peak Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Awesome views from the top even on a smoky day. It's a slog up and a bit slippery coming down but well worth it.

on Lone Star Geyser Trail
2 days ago

Three hours between eruptions. There is a log book that one should write it to help latter hikers know about when the show begins. Flat, partially paved trail. Worth the trip!

on Purple Mountain Trail
2 days ago

hiking

on Norris Geyser Basin Compl...
2 days ago

hiking

Norris Geyser had a "major" eruption when we were there. Almost 45 minutes of fountain!

on Natural Bridge Trail
3 days ago

mountain biking

Great biking trail. Marmots and a fisher seen just below the natural bridge

on Elephant Back Mountain Trail
3 days ago

Great views of the lake from up on the ridge. Good exercise trail but bears often present in early summer. CARRY BEAR SPRAY!

on Red Rock Point Via Red Po...
6 days ago

walking

Great view on good trail.

on Artist Point Trail
6 days ago

walking

If you don't have much time this is a must hike trail

on Electric Peak
7 days ago

Beautiful. The rocks fall away when climbing the peak, so with every step, you're letting go and just keeping your eyes to the sky. Be careful of thunderstorms when climbing in summer afternoons. The first time I hiked this in 2013, someone had just died two days before during a lightning storm. Some younger park rangers had been planning their trip for months but were coming back as we were getting close to climbing the actual peak, and they'd decided not to make the ascent. My boyfriend and I summited around mid-afternoon and were fine, but please be careful.

on Uncle Tom's Trail
8 days ago

hiking

Some of the stairs are in need of care, but the view of the falls is beautiful.

on Upper Geyser Basin - The ...
9 days ago

walking

Nice loop to see lots of geysers, a very active area. Tons of tourists in this area, but it is worth getting out on the trail to get some space!

on Elephant Back Mountain Tr...
9 days ago

hiking

Lovely walk through the forest. Very peaceful. Part of the walk is quite steep, but not challenging. Great views of the lake through the trees. There's a lookout point on the loop which is very pleasant. 11 and 9 year old did it no problem.

on Artists Paintpots Trail
10 days ago

hiking

Did this trail as a kid when family was visiting Yellowstone. I remember the vivid colors from the pictures. I recall being enthralled with Yellowstone.

on Harlequin Lake Trail
10 days ago

hiking

It's an easy trail to a small lake! We caught some frogs but the area around the lake is very muddy! Still a great time, though! Big lily pads!

on Elephant Back Mountain Tr...
10 days ago

I was a pleasant walk! Great view

on Mammoth Hot Springs Area ...
11 days ago

hiking

Such a cool geological area! Family friendly, but very crowded with tourists. You can see some of these from the car, but best to see on foot.

on Hellroaring Creek Loop Tr...
11 days ago

hiking

I did a section of this trail, down to the suspension bridge. The trail starts out with a lot of switchbacks, going downhill. Quite a bit to see along the trail, and as with most trails in Yellowstone, you have a great chance to see wildlife. The suspension bridge is really great, and it is cool to walk across the Yellowstone river and see the beauty of the area. What goes down, must come up.....so if you hiked down to the river, you must climb back out using the switchbacks. Its a rough climb, but well worth it. A great trail, even if you only do a few miles on it.

on Lost Lake Loop Trail
12 days ago

hiking

A good trail, good parking near the road, a very pretty area.