Blacktail Deer Creek Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
#83 of 206 trails in

Blacktail Deer Creek Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

7.4 miles
1,246 feet
Out & Back



paddle sports




wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

Located in the north-central sector of Yellowstone National Park.

7 months ago

horseback riding
10 months ago

Nice trail for a 2 hours tour go and return with break at the riverside.

10 months ago

Hiked in to a backcountry site passed the Yellowstone River suspension bridge. The hike in as most enjoyable with amazing views of landscape and the surrounding mountains. After crossing the suspension bridge we saw what I believe to be an osprey and a bison carcass. The hike out was a bit tonight due to the overnight rain and snow making the trail slick and wet. Overall an amazing hike with many views!!!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Hike into great camping along the Yellowstone River.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Easy. Saw a coyote stalking geese in the pond near the trailhead, then saw some antelope.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great trail but keep in mind you'll be going mostly uphill on the way back.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

We chose this trial because of the backcountry campgrounds along the way. We were backpacking with kids and the campgrounds are close enough to the trailhead that it worked well for young kids (4+). It's a bit of a haul up the grassy hill in the first mile. After that, it heads down into the canyon of the Yellowstone River. There is solid fly fishing for Brook Trout in Blacktail Deer Creek.

From NPS: "This trail follows Blacktail Deer Creek as it descends 1,100 feet through rolling, grassy hills and Douglas-fir where it reaches the Yellowstone River. The trail continues across the Yellowstone River on a steel suspension bridge and joins the Yellowstone River Trail."

2 months ago

10 months ago

Friday, August 07, 2015