Monument Geyser Basin Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Monument Geyser Basin Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gardiner, Montana that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September.

2.3 miles
675 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



hot springs




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:

24 days ago

Fairly strenuous hike with mediocre views and a boring thermal area at the top.

1 month ago

If you consider this a hike with the view as the payoff it is worth the effort, if you are going for the thermal activity there are better attractions that are much easier to get to.

2 months ago

Hiked up this trail with my family. Trail runs beside the river for the first half mile before heading up. The “heading up” got my heart rate going. There isn’t a lot of a thermal activity at the top, but the views were well worth the effort.

2 months ago

Still covered with hard packed snow but can be easily navigated. Geysers are underwhelming but the views of the canyon are worth it when you get to the top.

3 months ago

beautiful views but still completely covered in snow. there's already tracks so it won't be too difficult. it was kinda fun running down in all the snow.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

If you're looking for a challenging trail with some interesting views but no real reward at the end, this is the trail for you. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with the trail as a whole, but it definitely did not live up to my expectations.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ok because there are few people but not so beautiful, if you have few days in Yellowstone don't spend they here.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

This was a great hike after being in the car all week. It's a leg and lung burner for me, but my 12 and 14 yr old boys had not trouble at all. The geysers at the top were cool because there are no boardwalks you need to adhere too. But, you need to be super careful and stay on the trail. The area is fragile and dangerous.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Still covered in knee-deep snow, so with the steep grade, it was an extremely difficult hike for its length. There are a couple of nice views along the way, but the geyser basin once you get up there is lame.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not an easy trail, This trail is super steep, hardly any shade and once you get to the top, you cant really go any where as the thermals holes are all over the place and you really don't want to mess with them. Do not recommend for kids. But the views are nice on the way up. As another reviewer said this is a one-time hike.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Other than a hissing fumarole, there isn't a lot of activity at Monument Geyser Basin. However, for the peculiarly shaped geyser cones, it's a distinctive backcountry thermal area. The trail is only about a mile in, but after a short distance, it becomes a steep mile! Just before reaching the basin, there is a scenic overlook of the Gibbon River Canyon that is a nice place to spend some time. For me, Monument Geyser Basin will probably be a one-time hike while nearby Artist's Paint Pots is a colorful more active site, if you dont mind sharing the experience with dozens of other people.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Very steep! Take plenty of water. Don't touch the thermal features. Some of them are extremely acidic.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After the first 0.5 miles, this is a steady climb up a mountain. Great exercise. We found this trail fairly difficult, but the geyser basin was not very exciting. The views during the climb were amazing, but the geyser basin was not worth the hike.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

recorded Monument Geyser Basin Trail

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sunday, September 19, 2010