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Monument Geyser Basin Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Monument Geyser Basin Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 675 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

hot springs

river

views

wildlife

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: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

hiking
1 month ago

First time to this area and I've been to Yellowstone many times. Fun to see something I haven't seen on previous trips.

hiking
1 month ago

First part of the trail follows the Firehole River (I think) and then turns back on itself for a moderately challenging hike with about 600ft vertical to a pretty lookout down the valley. At the top, there is also a geyser basin, and though they were all pretty steamy, none seemed particularly active. Other geyser attractions much more interesting than this one.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike but mostly vertical the whole way up. As someone from the city, I thought the views were beautiful the whole way, including the top. The highlight was continuing down the trail to check out the geothermal area. I’m not sure if I was supposed to, but I went off trail to look at the hot springs and vents more closely. Overall a fun hike to get the heart rate up without spending all day.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view. Not much activity at the top. You might feel like your dying about three quarters up but you’ll make it. Xoxo

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

The first little bit follows the river and road. Heading up took effort and stops on the shade. The views were just okay. The thermal area at the top didn’t have much activity.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

We thought this was a great hike in May and we saw the Steamboat Geyser eruption on the way up.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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

hiking
Thursday, June 28, 2018

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.

hiking
Friday, June 01, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Not for the average Yellowstone visitor. Hike is fairly strenuous and the thermal features at the top, while unique, aren't as interesting as the majority of the park's. This was more of a "hey, I wonder what that's like" hike for me.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2011

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

hiking
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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