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

30 days ago

Beautiful in the summer, tons of wildflowers.

Great drive through the mountains. Was driving to Custer's Cemetery/monument Many hikes in the area.

Beautiful country. Did on way back from Salt Lake to home. Did the little bighorn NP.

scenic driving
5 months ago

We drove to the Great Fountain Geyser on Firehole Lake Drive, which had just finished erupting and was spewing some steam and water about 20 feet as it finished its cycle. We spoke with a geyser expert, as she was knitting while timing the eruption and taking notes, one of several geyser watchers we saw on our journey. She had the Washington license plate “GEYSER." We also saw White Dome and Pink Dome Geysers along Firehole Lake Drive and drove through a seeping hydrothermal area surrounding Firehole Lake that looked pretty treacherous. The one-way drive came out at the Fountain Paint Pots of the Lower Geyser Basin. Don't miss this drive.

Very densely packed geothermal features in a single locality

From the north end of Jackson Lake, we approached Yellowstone on the Roosevelt Hwy through Bridger Teton National Forest, a big lodgepole pine forest, with many trees hit by fires appearing like giant toothpicks. We arrived at the south gate to Yellowstone just as (on the first day of summer, mind you) it began to SNOW! We passed by Lewis Canyon and Lewis Falls in the snowstorm, but couldn’t halfway see it and deemed it as a must-stop on our return visit (we also missed Moose Falls and the Dime Creek pullout). Finally, the snow eased off and we arrived at the Lewis Lake area, which was beautiful as the sun glistened on the snow-covered lodgepoles. Our first crossing of the Continental Divide at 7988 feet was quite interesting and exciting with the changing topology and weather. We reached West Thumb Geyser Basin (turning out to be one of our favorites) ahead of the snowstorm. On our return trip we had great weather and made a stop at Lewis Falls. Great drive, and GTNP and YNP make a great combination sight-seeing adventure.

a walk in a pasture. prarie and cows. nothing special

We drove down Gros Ventre road to the slide today.. never expecting to see the beautiful scenery we did all the way there and past it. we drove as far as we could past Atherton campground and up to a horse ranch. The aspens were spectacular and the river corridor amazing. Also the rich red mountain.. unbelievable. few people and stopped in Kelly afterwards for a sandwich. best day ever. highly recommend it!

Awesome drive with great views definitely give it a trip!

Amazing views!

fun time getting to the top

mountain biking
6 months ago

Mountain biking on bike trail, great fun for beginners.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Easy drive for some scenery, with a few cool stops.

The vedauwoo trail is absolutely gorgeous. It's not very long so if I'm there I usually do the turtle rock trail which is also pretty easy so it's nice for a quick hike or trail running. However, my favorite thing to do is hike around the turtle rock trail and then head to box canyon via the vedauwoo trail where you can then pretty easily scramble your way to the top of turtle rock itself. 10/10

scenic driving
8 months ago

Nice side road to some different geysers.

scenic driving
8 months ago

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!!!

You need to take this trail. And try to hit it where you can see the fountain geyser go off. It's beautiful and we just happened to get there to see it. It's an easy drive with some neat pools/geysers.

Amazing scenic drive through Ten Sleep Canyon and the Bighorn Mountains.

scenic driving
11 months ago

I've done this drive a couple times and it is everything you would expect it to be. Views out over the lakes, the mountains, doesn't get much better than this. I arrived early one morning on one trip, and the water on the lakes was like glass. Great reflection shots. Highly recommended scenic drive!!

scenic driving
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Even more beautiful than portrayed! Explored boulders and trails for hours and still didn't cover all the grounds. Visited pre-season, so motorized vehicles have to park outside the ranger booth, but not at all crowded.

3 days earlier in late June, we had made it to West Thumb just ahead of a snowstorm, bagged our first bison spotting and made it out to the farthest point next to the lake in a scattered snow shower- quite surreal with the hot steamy pools and bubbling geysers. As we started to head back to the visitor bookshop, the snow started blowing horizontally with big flakes. We all rushed inside the little cabin, and the ranger fired up the woodstove. We warmed ourselves and checked out books and souvenirs as our inner temperatures re-adjusted. We then high-tailed it as a big tour bus was pulling up. We had just logged our first Yellowstone “experience.” For the return visit, after starting from Canyon Lodge, heading south, we stopped at LeHardys Rapids, just before Fishing Bridge, which is where the next caldera eruption will start, as it rests on a huge fault line. The river area was covered with newly hatched bugs - fly larva and great food for cutthroat trout. From there we stopped at Bridge Bay on Yellowstone Lake, skipped stones on the lake and saw folks fishing for cutthroats. We stopped again at West Thumb, now one of our favorite spots, for another look in the sunshine. On this second visit, we were really rewarded, as the pools were bright green, clear and sparkling and we again were the only ones on the boardwalk. Yellowstone is a great first NP trip for kids, wildlife is abundant and there is never a dull moment. Fishing Bridge to West Thumb is a must-do section of the Grand Loop.

Driving through snow from Roosevelt in late June, we drove south toward Mt. Washburn, stopping at Tower Falls (a storm had washed away part of the trail to the foot of the falls), and the view from the upper viewing area was nice but partially blocked by trees. We drove on to Chittenden Road just after ascending the switch back of Mae West curve, found out the road was closed (maybe due to bears, or road needing repair), and drove on to stop at the Dunraven Pass elevation 8895 to hike Mt. Washburn (3 mi. RT) in the misty light snow. We journeyed forth along the old stagecoach trail up the mountain, met some hikers on the way down who said visibility was nil on top and cold and windy. We ventured further, saw a pheasant, got growled at by a grizzly and finally decided to turn around as the wind was blowing the snow horizontally. We had probably gone about 1 mile up. From Washburn, we drove back down to Canyon, made a stop at Calcite Springs Overlook and a sensational view of the Narrows. Then we went back along both rims of the Canyon of the Yellowstone, one of the highlights of the trip. On the 2 mile one-way north rim drive we stopped at Inspiration Point, Grandview Point, Lookout Point and took the great trail down to Red Rock Point (highly recommended!) getting us closest to the lower falls on the north rim, the Brink of the Lower Falls trail was closed for repair, then went on the Brink of the Upper Falls trail (the river is extremely powerful and wild diving over the upper cliffs), onto the South Rim road, taking the trails to Artist Point (beautiful palette of reds, whites and yellows in the sunlight, one of most famous views in park) and Uncle Tom’s trail to the lower falls (we took this trail down 328 steps and back up). The view was great at the bottom. The lower falls is 308 feet high; the upper is 109 feet high. We saw a small group of bison munching in the field near the Clear Lake Trail. We stopped at the Wapiti Trailhead for our standard PB&J trail lunch. It was about 4PM and we went back to Chittenden Road to find it had not opened, so went back to go it alone up the trail from Dunraven, knowing Mr. Bear was up the path. I took the walkie-talkie and kept in range for about one-fourth of a mile, but it soon became only a good way to let the bears know I was coming using the call button. I got about a half-mile further than we did the first time, could see the top, but the snow was picking up again, the trail was getting narrower, closed-in and the light was fading, so I decided to turn around once more. I had seen much of the trail, except for the steep switchbacks at the top, so felt somewhat satisfied with the venture. We headed back to Norris and on up to Mammoth, saw a herd of elk, and drove into Mammoth and ate burgers at the Terrace Grille. We next headed back to Canyon and ran into a herd of seven bison coming up the road (they owned the road), and we politely got over in the other lane to oblige. Quite a day's adventure, will get to the top of Mt. Washburn next time! The Canyon area is a great place to stay.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This range is often overlooked by many. Should be a national park its so amazing.

Great drive through the middle of the the valley east of the Tetons on the North-South Hwy, takes you by Ansel Adams famous shot at the Snake River Overlook. See bison, pronghorns, elk, moose, deer, coyotes and if lucky a bear. This is wide open country on the road between GTNP and YNP. Arrive at Jackson Lake, where you can overnight in style. Enjoy the ride.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

We drove west on Hwy 22 from Jackson, took a right turn onto Hwy 390 (Moose-Wilson Road) toward Teton Village and Grand Teton NP. The Teton Range loomed along the whole left side of the road. Big granite peaks topped with snow like ice cream and aproned by blue-green prairie shrubs and trees. We passed by Teton Village and could see the how the tram snaked its way up the mountain. We drove on to the GTNP entrance and went a couple of miles on pavement and onto a gravel road. We stopped at the entrance to Granite Canyon to check out the trail but were attacked by biting flies. So we drove on, saw a big mule deer in the brush and came back to the paved road and back to the main inner loop road. The visitor’s center was to the right, but we went left through the Teton entrance gate. The Chapel of the Transfiguration and Menor’s Ferry were to the right just past the gate entrance. We opted to go on and our first stop was a spectacular view of the Tetons at the Windy Point turnout. We then drove on to the Jenny Lake Visitor’s Center and walked down to the boat dock, purchased our tickets to take the boat across Jenny Lake. We really enjoyed Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon - will plan to go all the way to the end of Cascade next time. The next day we visited The Chapel of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal chapel, which frames the main Tetons through the clear pane glass just behind the cross inside. The main Tetons are Grand Teton, Middle Teton (black granite), and South Teton, Mt. Owen (next to Cascade Canyon) and Mt. Moran (with a vertical black granite “spike”). This particular stretch of road on up to Jenny Lake is right next to the big five and is great for walking, biking and a scenic drive. Highly recommend it.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

We went here while it was still very cold. We did not get to see any large wild life, but we did see some moose tracks and a bald eagle.

Did this several years ago and it is a beautiful drive. For me, I'd include about another 30 miles or so south as well.

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