Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Gardiner with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Short & very easy (flat). Worth the time to see. Good hangout for marmots too.

The trail looks amazing but it is shut down right now due to high water :( disappointment!!

Easy hike, great for young kids. I think there are better waterfall hikes in the park that are just as easy.

Loved It. Amazing area

It's a rugged little trail, not on the park maps, created by fishermen and adventurous hikers. Beautiful roaring falls, one of my favorite. Please stay away...

Super easy hike with a great reward! Would recommend to anyone!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little walk to the Boiling River. Such a fun time. Read my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/15/boiling-river-yellowstone-national-park) and watch my vlog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-06iSXOUc&t=5s)

PS you have to pay to get into Yellowstone Park to get to this area.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and quick trail if you're en route from Tower Falls area to Mammoth. Quick hike to Wraith Falls, Enjoy a small spray of water, and all the chipmunks everywhere! Shaded trail for most of the way.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Groomed and lovely hike. We were alone for most of the hike, a first for any of our Yellowstone visits. The thermal features aren't much to see since everything was covered in feet of snow.

hiking
5 months ago

Worth the hike

hiking
6 months ago

Nice waterfall and worth getting out of the car real quick but I would see other things first like brink of lower falls. Easy and quick hike for sure.

We walked this with about 4 inches of snow in the ground, making the whole area seem very surreal and beautiful to observe, would suggest you do the entire loop to see all the features of this area.

Very cool formations. Make sure that you take this trail all the way to the dead end. This is the best formation and part of the trail. I felt like I was on another planet.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ok, but only if you stay a lot of days in Yellowstone!

walking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very nice location. Cool view of the river.

walking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

After Norris Geyser Basin, we went up the road toward Mammoth, getting out to see a big elk in the meadow, a bison dusting itself next to the road, a coyote crossing the road, and then past Obsidian Cliff and Sheepeater Cliff, where we ate peanut butter sandwiches and had a brief lunch in the van. Sheepeater is a rock formation just like the Devil's Postpile monument in California, formed as basalt lava erupts from volcanic vents and cools, then shrinks and cracks. Sometimes vertical columns form. Well developed columns result from homogeneous lava cooling at a uniform rate - hence, Sheepeater Cliffs. Past Sheepeater the park opens up into a wide plain where we viewed a herd of about eight elk, we saw Bunsen Peak on the right (nice 4 mile RT hike next time), Electric Mountain on the left, and entered the Golden Gate pass from one terrain into the next, from wide plains into a canyon, with a road right along the cliff walls suspended over the canyon. Yellowstone is amazing, with geothermal features, wildlife and lots of exploring to do. And don't forget it's been 60,000 years since it last erupted... enjoy!

hiking
Friday, February 17, 2017

good view of snowy falls during the winter, snow pack was good for boots

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Soothing to the body and soul.
Nothing quite like submitting to the colossal powers of the world's largest super volcano by relaxing in the boiling waters just above it's monumental caldera.
I believe that the parking lot closes at 7pm or sundown and it is strictly enforced so be sure to get there in ample time to enjoy the magic waters of the Boiling River.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Too many other options. The trail nor the falls are interesting.

fishing
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I did this trail a few years back, You can drive and park near a section of the cliff and climb around it if you want. My main purpose was to fish the Gardiner River, which is a decent trout stream. After descending or by passing the cliff formation, follow the dirt trail along the river. You will reach a cut-off near the rapids where you will stop or wade on to the other side. Not much shade here, so if you're out exploring, hat and water are needed..

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy hike and the river is so awesome! Perfect for a soak after a day of hiking!

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The hike itself is easy and short. I've been several times and seen bison, big horn sheep, deer, and elk along the way. It's prettiest in the winter, but braving the cold hike back to the car after swimming in the hot water is tough!

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

A short and easy hike to get the blood flowing in your legs after your drive into Yellowstone.

nature trips
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Super fun experience at Yellowstone! Be careful of the scalding hot water (I wouldn't bring small children here unless you are one of the lucky people to get a "sweet spot"). Saw snakes on the way to the water (not poisonous, and did not see any in the water, but who knows). Don't dip your face in the water because there are supposedly some weird bacteria that live there!

camping
Monday, August 31, 2015

I have camped all just about every campground at least once and prefer the smaller ones like Lewis Lake

hiking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nice little falls, although seemed to be a bit dry here towards the end of August. Easy hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Must see, beautiful!

nature trips
Friday, August 14, 2015

If a person has the opportunity, a soak in the Boiling River is truly a good once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the parking area inside Yellowstone National Park, and just slightly south of the 45th Parallel, you take a short hike of one-half mile to the Boiling River. You do have to be very careful. The natural hot water can scald you easily. But when you are in the sweet spots where the hot water is blended with the Gardner River - it's a good thing.

hiking
Friday, August 07, 2015

Waterfall was gorgeous and it's an easy hike to get there! Not many people get out of their vehicles in Yellowstone, so get out and explore.

hiking
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Very easy hike... But bring water shoes of some sort to get to the nice hot water spot in the river because it's really hard if you go bare feet! Too crowded for me at the time I went. One restroom available at the beginning of the trail. Saw a snake in a hole, pay attention where you walk. Check.

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