Hiking in Yellowstone
Short nature trails (0.5 mile or less) accompany most of the major sights in the park, but Yellowstone also has a wonderful diversity of day hikes that are perfect for all levels of ability. Park visitor centers distribute free handouts for trails covering the Mammoth, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Canyon, Lake Yellowstone, Tower, and Bechler areas.
You can also purchase a day-hike sampler pamphlet or various hiking books. Good ones are Yellowstone Trails by Mark C. Marschall and A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes by Roger Anderson and Carol Shively Anderson.
The Park Service offers free naturalist-led programs and interpretive walks, along with excellent and free half-day Ranger Adventure Hikes most days; see your copy of Yellowstone Today for the current schedule. These hikes fill up quickly, so sign up in advance at any park visitor center.
Here are some of my favorite Yellowstone hiking trails:
- Mammoth Hot Springs Hiking Trails
- Northeast Corner Hiking Trails
- Tower Fall and Roosevelt Lodge Hiking Trails
- Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Hiking Trails
- Yellowstone Lake Hiking Trails
- West Thumb and Grant Village Hiking Trails
- Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Hiking Trails
- Yellowstone Backcountry Hiking
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition