Explore the most popular river trails in Yellowstone National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Sweeping meadow views, mud pots, forest lakes, canyons &waterfalls- great hike to get a taste of Yellowstone and avoid parking headache at Artists Point.

backpacking
over grown
12 days ago

Did this hike with group of 5 July of 2018. Good hike and challenging first couple miles because it’s all uphill. Trail says it’s 7.6 miles to the lake but my phone tracked more around 10 miles. Unsure whether it was accurate but it definitely felt longer than 7 miles. It’s super easy to miss the OE1 campground so right when you hit the lake keep your eyes open. You will need a back country pass to stay overnight so go to the visitor centers ranger station. Will cost you like 3 dollars to camp.

Great great view...a little crowded but still pretty awesome!

Much less crowded than the rest of the park with some unique features in here.

Freaking awesome...crowded but not too bad...being a little bit off the road helps.

Classic...not a necessarily a hike but it’s super amazing still.

Beautiful but very crowded

Stunning, really loved it

backpacking
1 month ago

We used this trail to connect to other backcountry trails. Great campsites and tons of wildlife.
Bison, Elk, Bear.
Easy.

I took an additional trail above the grand prismatic...not a soul on the trail but us. Gorgeous overlook of the pools without all of the traffic on the east path to the pools.

Interesting trail. Got to see old faithful blow twice! So many interesting hot springs and geysers here.

Breathtaking. Never seen anything so naturally beautiful but DOES NOT HAVE A BATHROOM! Haha only complaint I have. Haha

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful lookout point to the Yellowstone canyon!

fishing
2 months ago

We did not catch any fish here but we saw a lot of buffalo, deer and an antelope! The river is so beautiful.

fishing
2 months ago

We didn’t go too far but the river is beautiful! We did not catch any fish here but did see several big ones :)

Fun spot to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature!

Off the beaten path, but way better than any waterfall you’ll see on an easy access trail in the park.

This was an easy hike to begin a three day back country adventure for us. By accident, we timed it perfectly to arrive right before the geyser erupted, and it was beautiful. We didn’t bother with old faithful and from everything we heard, this was better anyway. I was certainly wowed by this experience! Our back country hike ended through this trail as well, so it was a great “almost home” marker for me, too

Hiked to the prismatic overlook, and then finished on this trail. Totaled about 10 miles. The imperial geyser was the highlight of the trip. Hike was pretty boring compared to other hikes, but was very easy. Worth seeing the geyser over the falls or prismatic.

This was a very easy and relatively short hike. My mother and I hiked to the lookout and turned around to avoid having to walk back on the road. We saw some wildlife, but I would recommend hiking in the morning to see more. There were several other groups who were hiking this trail at the same time we were which were loud and definitely were scaring away animals.

hiking
3 months ago

I went down to 2H2. It was just a hike out and back. I saw nobody after crossing the Yellowstone river. Nice for whom loves quiet hike.

on Agate Creek

backpacking
3 months ago

If you want to enjoy the solitude in this busy Park, this is the one you should try.

3 months ago

What a wonderful secluded hike to a hidden gem in Yellowstone. A beautiful delicate looking Falls. Don’t miss the Great Prismatic Spring overlook on your way!

Car pullout with small walking path overlooking the falls. Not really a trail, but a beautiful view!

hiking
3 months ago

Wouldn't really call this a hike. More of a simple walk. Still fun though.

Great hike! Super long and tiring but amazing. Great views and so much fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

3 months ago

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

3 months ago

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

This is an easy boardwalk that offers lovely views. However, to really enjoy the Grand Prismatic Spring I’d suggest taking the overlook trail.

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