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

This was our approach when we visited yellowstone years past. Very scenic.

hiking
4 months ago

Me and my Dad did this trail when we visited the area a few years ago. Very beautiful and worth the time.

June 23rd, A friend of mine and I decided to try this trail out. After parking (which was easy), we started our backpacking trip. It was a steep climb for the first half mile or better then it tapers off to a up and down, but nothing to extreme for elevations. We had hardly no mosquitos or any insects really until the evening. Even then, they were not bad. Luckily the forest cleaning crew left there the previous week. I would recommend maybe waiting another week, because we were lucky as far as trails, snow, were concerned. To gather water for drinking is about 2 miles in. Until then, it is in a deep crevasse. We used our Hammocks this trip, and it was perfect. We did not see any bears, but there was bear signs, that they were around. It is Grizzly area, so be smart. We only made it about 5 miles in, and we decided to turn back because the water was too fast for our comfort to cross, knowing that we had 50 pound packs on, and deep enough in to be "in trouble". After we left we made way north, and did a few miles of "The Beaten Path". I would like to come back to this trail and make it to the end and back. Highly recommend for a beginner trail. trail is pretty easy to navigate also.

Awesome drive with great views definitely give it a trip!

Easy hike. Family friendly. Beautiful vistas and lakes. We started here and hiked to Beauty lake, the number of hikers thins out after night lake. At 9500 feet but flat hike so altitude not an issue. Good lake for kayaking/paddle boarding. Crystal clear water.
Campground nearby makes this a busy and popular place.

Just went down to Gardner lake. Great fishing! Just little guys but very catchable!

backpacking
11 months ago

Stopped by this lake on a fantastic trip in the high lakes area. Another phenomenal place on the plateau--definitely worth a visit!

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely incredible views! Highly recommend!

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is a beautiful and picturesque drive through some stunning landscapes. Is it possibly better than the Beartooth Highway? Do both and make up your own mind!!!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hard to truly rate this trail fairly as the trail was completely obscured by snow. Beautiful scenery. We had hoped for more and were prepared to hike in the snow, but simply couldn't cross the creek, which had turned into a raging river due to snow melt. Attempted hike in the last week of June.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Almost a five star hike, but trail was hard to follow because of recent snowfall. Beautiful iced over lake. We made it as close as we could! The tundra was flowering and beautiful as usual.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

We tried to hike this trail but 2miles before reaching the trail the road was closed due to snow drift. The locals (Top of The World employees) told us that happens most of the time (summer included). Therefore this trail is rarely accessible.

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Did this drive with my then girlfriend, now my wife, back in 88'. It is a great drive and made all the better as you are approaching one of the best national parks we have. We spent the night in Cody and left the next morning along this route for Yellowstone. Gotta get back here some day again. Pretty country

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Easy hike, plenty to look at. Friendly people all along the trail. Only open when the Beartooth Pass is open. We camped at Island Lake Campground multiple times over the summer and loved it.

scenic driving
Friday, February 19, 2016

If you're into scenic vistas this will rank among one your favorite scenic drives. If you're in or near Cody and are wanting to access Yellowstone in the summer months via a more circuitous/less-travelled route, the Chief Joseph Highway will dump you out on an equally scenic US 212. Turning left (West) at the junction will lead you to Cooke City, MT and Yellowstone's Silver Gate, which will lead you to scenic Lamar Valley and eventually to Roosevelt/Tower Junction. Turning right (East) will lead up over the Beartooth Mountains (Montana's tallest range) and into Red Lodge, MT.

scenic driving
Friday, February 19, 2016

The drive from Cody to the East Entrance of Yellowstone offers a large variety of progressively changing scenery. Starting at Cody with the tunnel that leads West toward the Buffalo Bill Dam/Reservoir, the road follows the Shoshone River and offers views of a valley that slowly narrows to a canyon as you near the steady ascent into Yellowstone. The red-rimmed cliffs with their oddly shaped rock formations are a beautiful spectacle. The mountains that border the eastern boundary of Yellowstone offer a looming welcome as you move toward Yellowstone Lake and Fishing Bridge. Don't get caught in a rush here. Be sure to enjoy the scenery as you move toward your Yellowstone visit.

scenic driving
Friday, April 03, 2015

Beautiful drive. Teddy was right. Usage is not "light" as it says in the trail info, except perhaps October to May. June to Spetember is quite heavy. Be sure and stop at the dam - it has a great (free) film on the building of the dam/resevoir and a good bookshop with resources for exploring the area.

camping
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is a beautiful trail that passes through a range of scenery. It first goes north and is several miles from the North Fork of Crandall Creek. The trail was easy to follow until we came to a big open field that stretched way south in the direction of the creek. Without a good map to consult (don't make the same mistake!) we followed a trail into that field towards the creek. A long way on, we decided that it was not the main trail and had to retrace out steps. The actual trail went straight across the field and soon met the junction with the Squaw Creek trail. There was a nice campsite near Teepee Creek. We continued on and found a large horse camp a few miles further west. It had about six bear boxes and was beautifully located right on North Crandall Creek. From there we could see the ridge we needed to climb to reach the pass into Yellowstone. There are three big stream crossings and a very steep climb before you reach a beautiful ridge leading to the pass overlooking Cache Mountain and Yellowstone National Park. The trail ends there. We continued on into YNP, but it was a difficult bushwhack because the valley was filled with downed trees.

This is a beautiful, somewhat difficult trail. One end is at the Crandall Ranger Station and the other is at the Canoe Lake trailhead of Yellowstone National Park. The trail switches sides of the valley and exposes the hiker to beautiful views of bluffs and Crandall Creek. There are very few signs or trail markers, so the further one gets from the ranger station, the harder it is to follow the trail. It is curious that the Crandall Trail connects with the Canoe Lake trail in Yellowstone and yet is less maintained (meaning in worse shape) than the North Crandall Trail which dead ends at a pass overlooking YNP. (We bushwhacked the valley to link with the Cache Creek Trail but it was not easy.) There is about a three mile segment on a south facing slope that is steep and scree filled. One old sign warned riders to dismount along this section. I could not imagine trusting the footing of a horse. The last few miles along Timber Creek are largely in a burned or downed-tree area. There is a large former hunting campsite about four or five miles from Canoe Lake on Timber Creek. The trail crosses the creek there. Another great campsite is at the confluence of Closed Creek and Timber (where it becomes Crandall).

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

This is a pretty good hike. The first several miles are flat, but they are also in a part of the forest recovering from a forest fire from several years ago. We took the trail until it crossed the river. The river was running too high that year to cross.

There is a parking lot at the trailhead right off of the highway. Probably not much more than a 1/4 mile down the highway from the Pahaska Teepee store.

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

I've done this hike a few times with Boy Scouts. From highway 16 take county road 446 toward Camp Buffalo Bill. After crossing the big bridge take a right at the fork (#448). The trailhead is about 1/4 mile up this road, but there isn't very good parking. I recommend parking at the Boy Scout camp. There is good parking just outside the camp gate. This will add about 3/4 of a mile to your hike.

Whenever I've hiked this trail, we started at camp Buffalo Bill and went up about 3-6 miles. Just below the meadows there is s nice Kirk spot to camp. Once you get to the meadows the mosquitoes will get pretty bad. You can follow the trail all the way to Flora Lake, but we never made it that far. Instead we climbed to the top of Howell Mountain, 10,000ft. The view at the top is spectacular. You can see points like Eagle's Nest, Fortress Mountain, and there glacier basin at the headwaters of Fishhawk creek. This app says that the two is easy, but the first 3-6 miles climb a a thousand feet or more. Be sure to bring bear spray.

fishing
Sunday, March 16, 2014

You can drive right up to the lake. Good view good camping

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We drove the Beartooth Hwy first to Rock Creek Vista Point and then turned around. They were skiing on top of the Beartooth Hwy in late June. We saw Bear’s Tooth Peak and Granite Mountain, which at 12,799 ft., is the highest mountain in Montana. We missed the Clay Butte Lookout road due to closure and repairs, a 2 mi. spur with close-ups of Granite Peak and Pilot Index Overlook. We next retraced our steps to the Chief Joseph Hwy toward Cody, called the Sunlight Basin Road and full of little canyons and creeks. This snow-less highway had beautiful sights, a huge canyon with great views all around, including rock formations like natural fort walls. We crossed the gorge and river and ascended the other side of the canyon via switchbacks. Some bikers rode with us to the top of the hill; we left them and went down the other side with badlands off in the distance, Heart Mt. and red rock layers mixed with white rock layers, mixed with green grassy plains and blue sky made a nice mix. These were the wide-open spaces of Wyoming, as the downhill road to Cody was full of treeless grassy hills with grazing cattle. A beautiful drive not to miss!

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Drove from Fishing Bridge to the East Entrance just to see what was there. Nice drive

scenic driving
Monday, September 16, 2013

Very busy road! I was here in 1968, and again in 2012 driving a 35' motorhome towing a Jeep wrangler. Beautiful scenery, but if you're driving, you don't do much sightseeing.

scenic driving
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Drove this trail in 1968, and the Buffalo Bill Lake didn't exist. Today, the road goes through tunnels at the dam of the lake. Traffic is busy in both directions, but it's still a beautiful drive.

scenic driving
Saturday, February 04, 2012

Cody essentially is a crossroads with shops in the middle of town (not as cozy as Jackson), but its character comes from wild west shows and rodeos and the Buffalo Bill historical center, which includes the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Cody Firearms Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Museum. We traveled toward the east entrance of Yellowstone, up the road that Teddy Roosevelt called the most scenic 50 miles in America through Pahaska (long hair in Sioux), saw white travertine cliffs along the Shoshone River, red rock formations at wayside turnouts, stopped briefly at the Buffalo Bill Dam with a good view of the gorge. Further up and after a brief rain shower, we arrived at Yellowstone Lake and Fishing Bridge.

scenic driving
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Some of the trail descriptions really baffle me. This is a 49 mile road, not 5 miles. Anyway, it is full of the mountains, forests, streams and lakes that make this area so beautiful. We didn't see any notable wildlife, unless you count squirrels, but I don't think that is the usual experience. The last 20 miles, from Wapiti to Cody is a little less breathtaking, but there is always something worth seeing. Most memorable and funny was the oddity of seeing a propane company right next door to a fireworks company. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center was a very worthwhile stop. Cody has a nice small center, steeped in Old West atmosphere. The afternoon cowboy gunfight in Cody was fun. We even enjoyed the nightly rodeo. Before the other animal lovers criticize this, we had never actually seen a rodeo, and didn't want to jump to conclusions without first-hand evidence. I will admit that I found some aspects of the rodeo cruel, but I also found that there were ample opportunities to root for the animals. When the cowboy gets tossed, as they aften do, nobody knows if you're cheering for the animal who just "got even".

scenic driving
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The road is steep, winding and busy, and it was rainy part of the way, so I'm afraid my recollection is only of a pretty forest drive. Maybe I'll get my wife to drive it the next time.

hiking
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dead Indian travels through gorgeous meadows interspersed with wooded areas alongside the Clark Fork Canyon. It is rolling ups and downs for the first 4 miles with beautiful vistas of the Canyon and breathtaking waterfalls. Then it suddenly makes a steep dive to the floor of the canyon. The switchbacks at the end are treacherous! A slippery slope of rolling gravelly scree and then the trail kind of peters out once you've made it (alive) to the bottom. Once you get down to river level, don't bother to follow the trail -- go ahead and bushwhack to whatever appeals to you. If you don't feel like making the big descent, you won't really be missing out on that much except perhaps a bit of a soak, and a different viewpoint of the Canyon. It is an absolutely gorgeous hike, however.

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