Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, United States
 (13 votes, 13 reviews)
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Tower Fall Overlook - Yellowstone National Park
Tower Fall is a 132-foot waterfall in the Tower-Roosevelt region of Yellowstone National Park.
Easy
0.1 mi/
0.2 km
Petrified Tree - Yellowstone National Park
This short walk will take you to an upright petrified tree.
Easy
0.1 mi/
0.2 km
Yellowstone River Overlook - Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone River overlook is a short interpretive trail overlooking the Yellowstone River.
Easy
0.2 mi/
0.3 km
Black Sand Basin - Yellowstone National Park
The boardwalk passes Cliff Geyser, Sunset Lake, Emerald Pool, and Green Spring. Part of Upper Geyser Basin.
Easy
0.4 mi/
0.6 km
Fountain Paint Pot - Yellowstone National Park
The Fountain Paint Pot area in Yellowstone has several springs, pools, geysers, a fumarole, and the Fountain Paint Pot.
Easy
0.6 mi/
1.0 km
Biscuit Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Biscuit Basin is home to Sapphire Pool, Mustard Spring, Avoca Spring, Shell Geyser, Jewel Geyser, and other features.
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
West Thumb Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
On the west thumb of Yellowstone Lake, this trail/boardwalk makes a loop and passes several hot springs and pools.
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Midway Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
This basin is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring & Exelsior Geyser.
Easy
0.8 mi/
1.3 km
Fairy Falls - Yellowstone National Park
This easy hike to the 197-foot-tall Fairy Falls passes Grand Prismatic Spring, wildflowers, lodgepole pine, and more.
Easy
2.5 mi/
4.0 km
Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Norris Geyser Basin is one of the hottest and most dynamic of Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas.
Easy
2.9 mi/
4.7 km
Firehole Lake Drive - Yellowstone National Park
Firehole Lake Drive is a 2-mile (3 km) drive that passes geysers, hot lakes, hot springs—even a hot cascade.
Easy
3.7 mi/
6.0 km
Mt. Washburn
A wonderful climb in Yellowstone with views of neighboring mountains and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Easy
7.0 mi/
11.3 km
Uncle Tom's Trail - Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's trail is a quick but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
Moderate
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Artist's Paint Pots - Yellowstone National Park
From this boardwalk trail, you can see colorful hot springs, two large mudpots, a fumarole, and a couple of geysers.
Moderate
1.1 mi/
1.8 km

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine terraces in Yellowstone National Park.
Easy
3.9 mi/
6.3 km

North Absaroka Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Avalanche Peak - Yellowstone National Park
This is a fun climb up a tall peak as you enter the park from the east.
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Guides
Fairy Falls - Yellowstone National Park
Fairy Falls - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
This easy hike to the 197-foot-tall Fairy Falls passes Grand Prismatic Spring, wildflowers, lodgepole pine, and more.
Artist's Paint Pots - Yellowstone National Park
Artist's Paint Pots - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Moderate: 1.1 miles, 1 hour or less
From this boardwalk trail, you can see colorful hot springs, two large mudpots, a fumarole, and a couple of geysers.
Fountain Paint Pot - Yellowstone National Park
Fountain Paint Pot - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 0.6 miles, 1 hour or less
The Fountain Paint Pot area in Yellowstone has several springs, pools, geysers, a fumarole, and the Fountain Paint Pot.
Tower Fall Overlook - Yellowstone National Park
Tower Fall Overlook - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 0.1 miles, 1 hour or less
Tower Fall is a 132-foot waterfall in the Tower-Roosevelt region of Yellowstone National Park.
West Thumb Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
West Thumb Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
On the west thumb of Yellowstone Lake, this trail/boardwalk makes a loop and passes several hot springs and pools.
Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 3.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine terraces in Yellowstone National Park.
Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 2.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Norris Geyser Basin is one of the hottest and most dynamic of Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas.
Firehole Lake Drive - Yellowstone National Park
Firehole Lake Drive - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 3.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Firehole Lake Drive is a 2-mile (3 km) drive that passes geysers, hot lakes, hot springs—even a hot cascade.
Mt. Washburn
Mt. Washburn
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 7.0 miles, Half day
A wonderful climb in Yellowstone with views of neighboring mountains and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Biscuit Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Biscuit Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Biscuit Basin is home to Sapphire Pool, Mustard Spring, Avoca Spring, Shell Geyser, Jewel Geyser, and other features.
Midway Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Midway Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
This basin is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone: Grand Prismatic Spring & Exelsior Geyser.
Uncle Tom's Trail - Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
 
Moderate: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Uncle Tom's trail is a quick but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
Community Trips
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Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP
by xc_nomad on Sep 24, 2009
West Thumb, Wyoming, United States
0.8 miles
A must do sightseeing in the lower geysier basin of Yellowstones geysier area. Really impressive to see all the colors the mud pods and the steamfontains and geysiers
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Fairy Falls and Imperial Geyser, Yellowstone NP
by xc_nomad on Sep 25, 2009
West Thumb, Wyoming, United States
6.7 miles
A easy half day hike to the nice Fairy Falls and the Imperial Geyser. Off the beaten tracks of Yellowstone but especially the Imperial Geyser was very impressing. There are 2 geysers at the end of the track so make sure that you have seen both of them. The last one (Imperial) is much more impressive than the fist one.
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Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone NP
by xc_nomad on Sep 22, 2009
Canyon Junction, Wyoming, United States
7.3 miles
Mt. Washburn provides a great overview over Yellowstone NP, so if the weather is fine don't miss to climb up there and enjoy the view from the fire lookout.
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Crystal Falls (Canyon Village, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls (Canyon Village, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Yellowstone NP - North Rim Trail
by ToddDixon on Sep 17, 2007
Canyon Village, Wyoming, United States
2.8 miles
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Driving in Yellowstone National Park, USA
by ysato_JAPAN on Aug 09, 2007
Canyon Junction, Wyoming, United States
109 miles
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Rockytop Photo
Giant petrified log Photo
Yellowstone - Awesome Petrified Trees – Steep Hike
by mobial on Jun 06, 2011
Yellowstone, Wyoming, United States
2.4 miles
This is the place to go if you want to see more than one petrified tree at Yellowstone. It's a steep hike, but well worth it for the view and what you'll find at the top. You might want to use hiking poles and bring plenty of water. Near the top you can go your own way, the trail isn't really necessary, and you might lose it. If you have a few...
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Uncle Tom's Trail
by burnsdye on Jul 13, 2011
Canyon Village, Wyoming, United States
0.3 miles
The following information was taken from the Canyon Area Trail Guide, which is available at several trailheads in the Canyon Area.For an unparalleled canyon and waterfall experience, take a deep breath and descent this trail.A series of paved inclines and more than 300 steps lead you about 500 feet down into the canyon.Your destination is a platform from which you can see, hear, and feel the power of the Lower Falls.This strenuous trail...
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Cascade Lake, Yellowstone NP
by xc_nomad on Sep 23, 2009
Canyon Junction, Wyoming, United States
4.4 miles
Nice afternoon stroll to Cascade Lake. Nothing spectacular, but nice untouched nature just next to one of Yellowstones main roads.
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Yellowstone Canyon
by Dalum on Jul 06, 2010
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
8.9 miles
I yellowstone kører folk hen til seværdighederne og de bevæger sig kun sjældent mere end 100m væk fra parkeringspladserne. Dette gælder også for området omkring Yellowstone Canyon. Tager denne tur, vil du hurtigt mærke hvor let det er at komme væk fra turist-mylderet og ud hvor du kan få lov at opleve naturfænomener, vilde dyr som kyoter, moskus, råvildt og bjørne. Uden at blive forstyrret af andre nysgerrige turister.
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Fairy Falls
by burnsdye on Jul 14, 2011
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
2.5 miles
The hike to Fairy Falls is very easy despite its length. The trail passes Grand Prismatic Spring, and a short detour scramble up a hill offers a spectacular view of the spring. Along the hike are tons of wildflowers, obsidian, lodgepole pines, and other wildlife. Fairy Falls is 197 ft tall.The trailhead for the Fairy Falls hike is 1.3 miles south of the Midway Geyser Basin. Cross the Firehole River bridge.Continue north...

Reviews
esjewell
My favorite place . . .
Visited on Aug 06, 2013

by esjewell on Aug 25, 2013
sups-mus
Take enough time for Yellowstone National Park - we had 3 1/2 days and didn't see anything we had planned.
Visited on Jul 24, 2012

by sups-mus on Jun 17, 2013
danphx
Awesome week! Everything is a drive so allow plenty of time
Visited on Jul 09, 2012

by danphx on Aug 20, 2012
mskibo
One of the best places to visit during the summer. Great for driving, motorcycling, hiking etc. Lots of wildlife. Saw two bears when I visited on May 6th 2012.
Visited on May 06, 2012

by mskibo on May 07, 2012
ilya_ktsn
There is a whole full trip report can be found here.
Visited on Sep 02, 2011

by ilya_ktsn on Oct 01, 2012
ChristinaDale
Old Faithful is a must see BUT, it is a bit of a let down. The power varies a bit so you may not see a super powerful eruption but, you've got to see it once! Grand Prismatic is beautiful. Do walk on the boardwalks right up by it but, also take the hike and climb up behind it for a wonderful view! (See my map)
Visited on Aug 20, 2011

by ChristinaDale on May 23, 2014
rnicolaides
Stay off the roads. Get a back country permit if possible. Tourists are unbearable.
Visited on Aug 10, 2011

by rnicolaides on Oct 05, 2011
tnvenom
Awesome- I would skip Mt Washburn next time and do Avalanche Peak again

Also- do the Fairie Falls Hike and check out the Grand Prismatic Springs from the hill side

Visited on Jul 21, 2011

by tnvenom on Feb 03, 2012
prebenbensen
Plan to spent plenty of time!
Visited on Jul 01, 2011

by prebenbensen on Dec 21, 2011
rm103
Yellowstone is a wonderful place. The views are spectacular and the wild life is every where. I plan to take my family back in the near future.
Visited on Aug 11, 2010

by rm103 on Jan 17, 2011
bertismo
Amazing place: animals, great trails, geysers. Everything so accessible and wild at the same time.
Visited on Aug 04, 2010

by bertismo on Jun 21, 2011
bluestreak1
Spectacular place to visit. Nothing like it, from the geysers, to the mud pots...all the great geothermal features. The animals are great to see as well. Love the hikes to. Can't wait to go back next month.
Visited on May 11, 2003

by bluestreak1 on Apr 20, 2012
lizaraleyhunt
We're in the park all the time as we live so nearby. Absolutely one of my favorite places in the world.

by lizaraleyhunt on Sep 26, 2013

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