Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Great views of the Yellowstone Canyon on this. While there is the trail that can be walked in its entirety, there are also parking spots at various places so you can make this work however you please in terms of whether you want to hike it or just stop at the designated viewpoints. I went as the sun was setting and it was incredibly beautiful.

Not for people unless you want to ford Soda Butte Creek in your boots (or snowshoes as my case was) to get to the pedestrian trail. Go down the road to the Soda Butte Creek footbridge if you want an actual hike. However, a lot of people were stopped in this area for wildlife watching. I only saw bison and moose, but supposedly wolf are often spotted there.

Very nice hike with a great view over the lake from the top. We went in mid-June and the snow was waist-deep near the top. Lots of melt made it very, very muddy so plan accordingly depending time of year. Carry bear pepper spray!

Just do it. It's beautiful, easy and underwater geysers are just plain cool. Plus---the Colors!

I have done this Mystic Falls loop three different times of the summer. Mid-to-late June is the best b/c the snow melt is awesome; the water is roaring; and there are small waterfalls that are very nice that are gone by mid-July and thereafter. Every time I go back to YNP, this hike is a Must. A repeat.

Like much of Yellowstone it feels like another planet, simply amazing.

Great hike and took 9&11 year old. They did fine but it did get steep at times. Great view at top. Bear Spray is recommended. We did not have any encounters but they are common in this trail from what we heard.

This trail is very nice because it takes you to the top of Yellowstone’s most famous waterfall. Looking down you can truly take in the power of the falls. This path is good for all ages and is very easy. Also if you are in this part of Yellowstone I recommend you go to Artists Point for more great views of the falls.

This is definitely a 5 star drive. Another one of the many incredibly scenic drives this country has to offer. It has been a long time since I have been on this road, but remember it well even though I was barely a teenager. Starting in Cooke City, we drove from there to Red Lodge in late June. There was still a ton of snow at Beartooth pass, which sits at 10,947'. Lots of switchbacks going up, and then down the other side. We stayed in Red Lodge that night and were told the next morning that it had snowed at the pass the previous night!! The views are what you would expect when climbing that high. So the drive starts in Montana from either direction, crosses into Wyoming and then back into Montana. Coming from Red Lodge, this would be the NE entrance to Yellowstone. This drive is just outside the park. It's known as the Beartooth Scenic Byway. Put it on the list if you haven't been to this part of the country!!

1 month ago

What a view! Wow... a bunch of stairs! Totally worth the slow stair adventure on the way back up to the trail. Don't worry about having to rest between flights. There are random levels to rest and catch your breath, if need be.

Really long and tough. We were in good shape with two collegiate track athletes and it took us 10 hours. The rim is actually a bunch of up and downs with the final push going up 700’ at 30• and there is still 8 or 9 miles to go after that. Bring lots of water. There is none at the top. Views are beautiful. No wildlife.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Definitely one of the best trails to take if you want a quick hike that puts you out in what feels like the middle of no where. Also the fishing was great!

2 months ago

Did a few trips on this trail, super easy and brings you back to beautiful Grebe lake. Definitely worth a look.

Beautiful trail, rugged but pretty straight forward and connects to multiple others for an easy choice of length.

Such an interesting hike with lots of geological features!!

I cried it is so pretty. I am a sucker for waterfalls, this is mother nature at her best.

2 months ago


One of the coolest hikes I've ever been on. My cousin and I had the whole trail and Geyser to ourselves after the falls as it started raining and scared everyone away. It was creepy not seeing humans for so long alone with the geyser and the beautiful geothermal creek leading up to it. Will never forget this one

2 months ago

Interesting but a bit too smelly. Nice information if
You have a guide who is passionate about the area.
I enjoyed it with Wildland Trekking.

I didn’t hike the trail —we only went to the touristy section where you can see Inspiration point and the canyon. It was amazing. So beautiful. Probably one of the prettiest places in Yellowstone.

Grateful our Hiking group took the time to see this even though was w little crowded. Go early for fewer crowds.

Excellent hike. Challenge slow but steady climb. Pace yourself and you will be fine. Amazing views and the top has a great overlook. Was there in August. Slightly warm but was cold on top.

Went in late September and got there late so didn’t do the entire trail but will go back. Even at that time of year it was pretty crowded to start but thinned our as you got onto the trails.

Went in early June. Easy and beautiful. I live nearby and this is on the list for in town guests.

Not very busy on Black Friday. Was very icy in some areas, but enjoyable on a beautiful sunny day!

I spent three days in this area with my two sons, 9 and 15. The scenery is incredible! They loved every minute of it, and so did I. There were many signs of bears this area but we never saw one.

This trail offers great views of wildlife and the Northern part of the Yellowstone River's 20 mile long Grand Canyon. Along the way we saw plenty of bison, marmots and a small herd of bighorn sheep. The parking area (Yellowstone River Picnic Area) is the perfect place to have a picnic after a good hike.

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