Fishing Bridge to West Thumb Scenic Drive

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Fishing Bridge to West Thumb Scenic Drive is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 20.5 miles Elevation Gain: 961 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

scenic driving


bird watching




hot springs




wild flowers



no dogs

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info:

Yellowstone Lake is huge and this scenic drive allows you to enjoy quite a bit of it.

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Monday, June 04, 2018


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Saturday, April 08, 2017

3 days earlier in late June, we had made it to West Thumb just ahead of a snowstorm, bagged our first bison spotting and made it out to the farthest point next to the lake in a scattered snow shower- quite surreal with the hot steamy pools and bubbling geysers. As we started to head back to the visitor bookshop, the snow started blowing horizontally with big flakes. We all rushed inside the little cabin, and the ranger fired up the woodstove. We warmed ourselves and checked out books and souvenirs as our inner temperatures re-adjusted. We then high-tailed it as a big tour bus was pulling up. We had just logged our first Yellowstone “experience.” For the return visit, after starting from Canyon Lodge, heading south, we stopped at LeHardys Rapids, just before Fishing Bridge, which is where the next caldera eruption will start, as it rests on a huge fault line. The river area was covered with newly hatched bugs - fly larva and great food for cutthroat trout. From there we stopped at Bridge Bay on Yellowstone Lake, skipped stones on the lake and saw folks fishing for cutthroats. We stopped again at West Thumb, now one of our favorite spots, for another look in the sunshine. On this second visit, we were really rewarded, as the pools were bright green, clear and sparkling and we again were the only ones on the boardwalk. Yellowstone is a great first NP trip for kids, wildlife is abundant and there is never a dull moment. Fishing Bridge to West Thumb is a must-do section of the Grand Loop.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Honestly gets boring after 15 minutes.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Nice drive along the lake.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pretty drive along Yellowstone Lake.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

This section follows the west bank of Yellowstone Lake to the the West Thumb. It is fairly level, and goes through Spruce and Pine forests.

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Sunday, September 21, 2003

Nice drive along Yellowstone Lake

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

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