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

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 127 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Contact

As of June 2020, the trail is closed due to bear activity. Please check with the park page for updates and information.

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

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Photos (14)
Recordings (86)
Completed (316)
Sesha Hammond
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Went to the Natural Bridge via mountain bikes on the trail just south of Bridge Bay. It is only 1.8 miles there and back.

Nicole Wolfley
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Walking

A favorite in YNP! Kid friendly. Dirt and paved trail which we took our stroller on. Nice easy walk with some shade.

Ariella Wells
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WalkingGreat!

7/20/2020 trail is open. great hike for those who are not used to hiking. very little incline. a lot of shade. lots of wildflowers out right now. view from bridge is quite lovely! definitely recommend seeing this!

Olivia V.
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Hiking

Gravel/dirt trail in the beginning and paved the rest of the way. Wildflowers were in bloom along the road. Little to no incline. Don’t let the paved road and open feel keep you from being wildlife proactive (you’re in pretty dense forest the whole time). Lots of people on the trail. Easy and quick trail to do with younger/ older members or if you don’t have a lot of time. Natural bridge is beautiful! Took me about 45 minutes out and back walking at a good pace.

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Sitol Cree
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Hiking

Easy peasy hike. It was a nice walk, only saw two other hikers on the trail-Early July. I also saw a porcupine and some squirrels. Lots of mosquitoes so don’t forget your repellent it helps when you want to get a closer look at the falls and bridge.

Black female in nature
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Hiking

Very easy hike! Flat no incline. Kid friendly. Loved the waterfall. But didn’t realize you can walk up the waterfall onto the bridge. So did this hike Twice.

Carl Pray
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The natural bridge at the end was cool, with several marmots running around the area. A few interesting wooded areas along the way, but just an OK hike. There were signs that wildlife had been in the area, but it's pretty heavily trafficked so we didn't see anything.

Picha Moolsintong
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Hiking

Great easy trail. Paved almost the entire way. Lots of animals. Came here June 25, 2020 no bear sightings today. Although notes stated bear sightings two days ago.

Alexandra L
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Hiking

Closed due to bear activity 6/15/2020

Tonia Scoggins
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Hiking

Really cool place to hike!

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Brooke B
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Hiking

Good easy in and out.... bridge is pretty cool knowing it is nature made. We added the upper loop to get the view from the top of the bridge as well. Were lucky enough to see a beautiful (what we think to be) grey owl up close and a small herd of elk as well. Only downside most of the trail is a paved road.... whomp whomp :(

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Breck Tuttle
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Mountain biking

Who would of thought that there was a natural bridge in the park and it accessible to mountain bikes and hikers from two different trails until the trails merge near the arch.

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Shai Idelman
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Hiking

the arch is pretty no doubt, and it's a very easy hike, but the fact that a lot of the trail is paved is kind of a bummer. nice hike if you're looking to do something for an hour.

Ricci Johnson
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Hiking

This is a fun hike. Great for kids. Easy path. A beautiful piece of landscape.

Zoe F.
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Hiking

good little hike. the natural bridge is really cool.

Josh Tercero
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Hiking

easy hike, mostly flat. Once you get to the natural bridge there is a trail that will take you up to the top of it, and has a very beautiful view

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Robin White
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Hiking

Easy walk on a paved path to the natural bridge

Kristina W.
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Hiking

Must See, its short but pretty

Eric McQueen
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Hiking

This is a great trail to do if your time is short. It's only a couple of miles and the bridge is really fun to see. I'd you are limited to easy trails you can get to the point where you cab see the bridge no problem. The trail looping up behind the bridge is the moderate part.

Skye Hill
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Hiking

We started at the trailhead next to the road and walked out to the natural bridge. It’s paved which was disappointing but the natural bridge is awe-inspiring. We walked up the stream to the top and found another trail that leads to the actual top of the bridge. You can’t walk across it but there is a trail around it to see the opposite side. This looped around and rejoined the original trail at the bottom. We saw a marmot run across the bridge from the bottom and that was pretty cool. Easy trail and big payoff for little effort.

Julie Hartley
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Hiking

(Hiked 6-21-19) Firstly, I suggest doing this trail in the morning so the sun is not behind the arch as you are trying to take pictures of it! Tons of yellow lilies and phlox on the trail, which is flat and easy until you get to the arch. Some of the trail is actually an old paved access road. A quick steep scramble gets you up and around the backside of the arch, with cute stone steps to cross the stream.

Michelle Miller
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6/13/2019: Nice trail, wide paved through most of it...forest, flowers, streams lead to natural bridge...very easy...nice teail6

Tom R.
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HikingMuddy

Awesome hike on 3ft packed snow. May 28, 2019. Hiked it again without snow. Took the loop on top of the bridge. I really enjoyed the view

Larissa Root
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Hiking

Nice and easy hike. Very flat. Right now there is a foot to three feet of snow on the trail. I got lucky and didn't posthole much. If you plan to hike in the next few weeks, bring snow shoes just in case (again it's melting fast). The bridge was scenic, but not the most spectacular. Fresh bison poo near the creek at the bridge. Some bear scratches on trees. My pace was slow as it was hard to find the buried trail at first and I was taking pictures. I would recommend this hike for the inexperienced hiker, just make sure you're on the trail!

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Gavin Arner
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Backpacking

awsome place to go the view was amazing and it was all around awsome.

Kelly Hoffman
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Easy easy a fun quick hike

Anthony Leone
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Hiking

Most of this trail is paved but its a very nice out & back to a beautiful little area of the park. You can climb up to see the bridge and then link with the upper loop for another nice view.

Shay Mur
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Hiking

Fun little hike to a cool bridge. Easy and flat!

Laura Sheppard
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Hiking

I hiked this trail on 08/30. Weather was warm and dry. This trail is mostly a rough-paved road that leads into the Natural Bridge area. Would be a good bike ride. There is no major elevatin gains, until the bridge itself. You can climb up to the base, and even up in behind. There is a little info post at the bottom of that section of trail with info about natural arches, and a little history on this natural bridge. It was a nice walk, good stretch for my legs before my next hike. I spent some time with an incredibly fat marmot before heading back to my car.

Lauren Grothe
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Hiking

This hike is mainly along a paved road and that was a big disappointment to me as I love traditional trails. I would rate it higher if that wasn’t the case. Once you get to the bridge, it becomes a dirt trail. The climb up to the bridge will get your heart rate pumping for a few minutes, but it’s worth it for the view from the top!

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