Natural Bridge Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
#30 of 169 trails in

Natural Bridge Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

2.9 miles 196 feet Out & Back

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running




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:

5 months ago

Easy hour long hike! Great views from the bridge and only a little bit steep near the top.

6 months ago

The trail to Natural Bridge is relatively short and easy, although the trail up to this unique feature itself is pretty steep. The hike from the trailhead to the base of Natural Bridge is a pleasant stroll through the forest.

Lots of manhours have obviously been spent building the rock stairs and retaining walls behind Natural Bridge. After crossing the slender creek and climbing up the other side, continue on the trail as it switchbacks its way down the hillside and rejoins the main trail.

Although the views from behind Natural Bridge are interesting, the best views are from below.

This is prime bear country, so don’t hit the trail without your bear spray – and know how to use it.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great biking trail. Marmots and a fisher seen just below the natural bridge

8 months ago

Easy walk at the bottom which paved/gravel road which later becomes a trail. Went in the morning and only saw three other small groups on the trail. Bison near the trail head and saw bear sign but no bear. Tiny chipmunks and red squirrels everywhere.

8 months ago

Basically walking on a road the whole way. The arch is interesting, but not amazing.

8 months ago

Easy hike to a real natural bridge. Did not climb up the bridge as we had little ones with us and it is discouraged. We did see a family of yellow-bellied marmots at the bridge site. These are supposedly kind of rare to see but we must have came across particularly brave group as they came right up to us for a closer look.

1 year ago

I enjoyed this little hike. It was the only actual hike I went on in Yellowstone. The rest of the time I walked the boardwalks.

2 years ago

This is another good little hike if you want to get away from the boardwalks in the park. It follows some of the old original roads through the park that most visitors today never see (or even know about.) The trail is mostly shaded and easy enough for the whole family. Other than some chipmunks, we didn't see a lot of wildlife.

5 years ago

Cool site - easy hike. Steep climb at the end but it's short so you get there pretty quick.