hiking

views

wildlife

wild flowers

no dogs

nature trips

walking

birding

forest

trail running

kid friendly

backpacking

river

lake

camping

fishing

hot springs

fly fishing

waterfall

canoeing

horseback riding

snowshoeing

whitewater kayaking

mountain biking

scenic driving

cross country skiing

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.

After Norris Geyser Basin, we went up the road toward Mammoth, getting out to see a big elk in the meadow, a bison dusting itself next to the road, a coyote crossing the road, and then past Obsidian Cliff and Sheepeater Cliff, where we ate peanut butter sandwiches and had a brief lunch in the van. Sheepeater is a rock formation just like the Devil's Postpile monument in California, formed as basalt lava erupts from volcanic vents and cools, then shrinks and cracks. Sometimes vertical columns form. Well developed columns result from homogeneous lava cooling at a uniform rate - hence, Sheepeater Cliffs. Past Sheepeater the park opens up into a wide plain where we viewed a herd of about eight elk, we saw Bunsen Peak on the right (nice 4 mile RT hike next time), Electric Mountain on the left, and entered the Golden Gate pass from one terrain into the next, from wide plains into a canyon, with a road right along the cliff walls suspended over the canyon. Yellowstone is amazing, with geothermal features, wildlife and lots of exploring to do. And don't forget it's been 60,000 years since it last erupted... enjoy!

not really a fantastic place to see paintpots. Fountain paint pots are better. Views from the top were good though

Great trail overall. I have seen better waterfalls, but this is still a cool hike. Combine it with biscuit basin overlook and it makes a very great loop trail. Would recomend

A great trail to show the main features of what makes Yellowstone unique. My favorite geyser is Grand Geyser, so if the prediction is close, get over there. it is SO worth it

Hiked this early in the morning with my 3 kids. Short but beautiful hike. Nice forested walk up to the lake. We heard there may be otters here, but no such luck. Definitely recommend this trail.

This is a great way for kids to get their swimming fix! Loads of fun! Swimming shoes may be helpful because the rocks are jagged. Parking may be tough. Definitely worth the time!

backpacking
22 days ago

Great views of meadows and mountains. Saw a black bear, and a Bison. Fairly easy going in, fairly strenuous coming out. Bring water and a camera.

On an overcast day, we did the amazing boardwalk loop and saw elk at the visitor center. The best view is from the top of the steps on the right, where you are up close and personal as the cascade of oozing seeping rock-forming liquid pours over the cliff face, creating more interesting formations. The thermal and geological features of this park are absolutely surreal. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

good view of snowy falls during the winter, snow pack was good for boots

Cool loop trail with nice boardwalks and plenty of geysers and pools to look at.

Crowded all the way, especially in June and July, but great view of the canyon and the falls

Not my favorite trail to go inside the canyon(that would be Uncle Tom's on the other side), but it is not as steep, smell of pine trees the entire way down, and a great view of the falls