Guidebook

5 of Yellowstone National Park's Hiking Highlights

Travel through remote wildlands, along rivers, and up peaks, as you explore Yellowstone National Park by foot.

Description

Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in the world, and it's home to an array of majestic wildlife and curious natural phenomena. Bison, grizzly bears, erupting geysers, bubbling mud pots, and technicolor hot springs can all be found in Yellowstone’s massive 3,500-square-mile expanse of recreational wilderness.

Here is a selection of 5 hikes ranging from short circuits to multi-day treks. If you want to get up close and personal with gushing geysers, then visit the iconic Old Faithful and try the Upper Geyser Basin Trail. For those looking to spend at least a couple of days venturing into the wilderness, The Thorofare Trail will take you on an epic journey through Yellowstone’s diverse landscapes.

The Thorofare
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The Thorofare

Yellowstone National Park
1 day +
53.1 km
574 m
554 m
A moderate but very long trek into some of the most remote wildlands in the contiguous United States, along Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River.
Moderate
Private
Sky Rim Trail
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Sky Rim Trail

Yellowstone National Park
1 day +
33.9 km
1,538 m
1,486 m
A high-elevation traverse on Yellowstone’s remote northern boundary, climbing to mountaintop views not typically seen in this national park.
Difficult
Private
Avalanche Peak
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Avalanche Peak

Yellowstone National Park
2 - 3 hrs
7.2 km
641 m
641 m
A strenuous climb with magnificent views across Yellowstone National Park.
Moderate
Private
Observation Point to Geyser Hill
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Observation Point to Geyser Hill

Yellowstone National Park
0 - 1 hrs
4.1 km
99 m
99 m
An easy 2.3 mile loop taking you up close to Yellowstone’s famous hot springs and gushing geysers.
Easy
Private
Mount Washburn Trail
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Mount Washburn Trail

Yellowstone National Park
11.3 km
420 m
420 m
An 11.7km out-and-back trail with spectacular views throughout, fit for intermediate runners.
Moderate
Private