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1,171 mi 1,885 km of trail 33 Runs

Gems 15 Gems Easy Trails 115 Trails Intermediate Trails 122 Trails Hard Trails 28 Trails

Yellowstone National Park is home to the majority of the world's geysers. These geysers helped to motivate the establishment of the park in 1872 as America's very first national park. Yellowstone is a vast and mountainous wilderness that is home to wolves, grizzly bears, and herds of elk and bison. The park is the center of one of the only mostly-intact ecosystems in the Earth's temperate zone, and is home to some of the most impressive and colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers in the world. Visitors can explore the park's many mountains, forests, and lakes to view its wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold.

To learn more about Yellowstone National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Visitor center hours vary by season. Visit the park's website for more information on the amenities offered by each visitor center as well as to see the most current hours of operation.
  • Albright (Mammoth) Visitor Center: Hours vary by season.
  • Canyon Visitor Education Center: Hours vary by season.
  • Fishing Bridge Visitor Center and Trailside Museum: Open May through September from 8 am to 7 pm. October 1 through October 10 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Grant Visitor Center: Open May through September from 8 am to 7 pm. October 1 through October 10 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Madison Information Station and Trailside Museum: Open May through September from 8 am to 7 pm. October 1 through October 10 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Museum of the National Park Ranger: Open May 28 through September 25 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Norris Geyser Basin Museum and Information Station: Hours vary by season.
  • Old Faithful Visitor Education Center: Hours vary by season.
  • West Thumb Information Center: Open May 27 through October 10 from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center: Hours vary by season.

Visiting Tips

Yellowstone National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Summer is the busiest season in the park with visitation tapering off in the fall and spring and quieting down in the winter when the roads to the interior of the park are closed. Deciding when to visit Yellowstone can be difficult and hinges on what you want to experience. Winter, spring, summer, and fall offer a variety of different recreation options and areas to explore.

Park roads between the north and northeast entrances are open 24 hours a day, year-round. They provide access to Mammoth Hot Springs, the park's wildlife-rich northern range, and recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, and fishing in season. The other park entrances and roads are also open 24 hours a day but have seasonal closures and travel restrictions in the shoulder and winter seasons. Visit the park's website for more information and to see current road closures.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    Yellowstone has twelve campgrounds located in the park with over 1,700 sites. Xanterra Parks and Resorts operates five campgrounds including Madison, Fishing Bridge RV Park, Bridge Bay, Canyon, and Grant Village. You can make reservations online. The National Park Service operates seven first come, first served campgrounds including Mammoth, Norris, Tower Fall, Indian Creek, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Lewis Lake. Campgrounds usually fill by early morning. Be sure to plan ahead to obtain a site. For more information on camping in the park, visit the park's website.

    • Bridge Bay Campground: 432 sites. Open late May through early September. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.
    • Canyon Campground: 273 sites. Open late May through mid September. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.
    • Fishing Bridge RV Park: 325 sites. Open early May through mid September. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.
    • Grant Village Campground: 430 sites. Open late June through mid September. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.
    • Indian Creek Campground: 70 sites. Open mid June through mid September. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Lewis Lake Campground: 85 sites. Open mid June through early November. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Madison Campground: 278 sites. Open late April through mid-October. Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.
    • Mammoth Campground: 85 sites. Open year round. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Norris Campground: 11 sites. Open late May through late September. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Pebble Creek Campground: 27 sites. Open mid-June through late September. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Slough Creek Campground: 23 sites. Open mid-June through early October. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.
    • Tower Fall Campground: 31 sites. Open late May through late September. Sites are filled on a first come, first served basis.

    Backcountry Camping:
    Permits for backcountry camping may be obtained in person, no more than 48 hours in advance of your trip. Permits are available from backcountry offices located in most ranger stations or visitor centers. Backcountry campsites may be reserved in advance. Reservation applications for backcountry permits are accepted from January 1 to October 31 of each calendar year. To learn more about making reservations as well as additional information about backcountry camping and hiking, visit the park's website.

    Lodging:
    Xanterra Parks and Resorts operates nine lodging facilities in the park with more than 2,000 rooms. All nine lodges are available during the summer and two are open in the winter (Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel). Reservations can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or online.To learn more about the lodging options located in the park, click here.
    • Canyon Lodge: Rooms available in summer. Located near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (North Rim) and Upper and Lower Falls.
    • Grant Village Lodge: Rooms available in summer. Located on the southwestern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
    • Lake Hotel and Cabins: Rooms available in summer. Located on the northern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
    • Lake Lodge: Rooms available in summer. Located on the northern shore of Yellowstone Lake.
    • Mammoth Hotel and Cabins: Rooms available in summer and winter. Located five miles inside the north entrance of the park.
    • Old Faithful Inn: Rooms available in summer. Located near Old Faithful Geyser in the southwest part of the park.
    • Old Faithful Lodge Cabins: Rooms available in summer. Located near Old Faithful Geyser in the southwest part of the park.
    • Old Faithful Snow Lodge: Rooms available in summer and winter. Located near Old Faithful Geyser in the southwest part of the park.
    • Roosevelt Lodge: Rooms available in summer. Located near Tower Falls on the park’s northern range.

    Food & Drink

    There are a variety of dining options located throughout the park, ranging from fine dining to snack shops and cafeterias. Dinner reservations are required at the fine dining facilities. Inquire at any lodging front desk or restaurant host stand to secure a reservation. For a list of dining options and for more information on dining in the park, click here. Visitors are also welcome to use the picnic areas spread throughout the park. The park has 52 picnic areas, which each have tables, and most have vault toilets.

    Other Activities

    The ways to explore Yellowstone National Park are nearly endless. Visitors to the park can choose from a variety of activities based on the season. Whether backcountry camping, boating, bicycling, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, or kayaking in the summer or snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or skiing in the winter, visitors will find that there are many great ways to explore the park. For those interested in water sports, a visit to Yellowstone Lake or Lewis Lake provides ample opportunities for boating, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing in combination with some great campsite locations along the shore of the lake for those looking to extend their stay. Visit the park's website for more information on the variety of commercially guided activities and services offered within the park.

    Gems in Yellowstone National Park - 15

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    gem Favorite Grand Prismatic.

    Grand Prismatic

    (78) Yellows…, WY
    gem Favorite Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

    Artist's Point

    (65) Canyon…, WY
    gem Favorite Old Faithful.

    Old Faithful

    (70) Old Fai…, WY
    gem Favorite Mammoth Hot Springs

    Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

    (57) Mammoth…, WY
    gem Favorite At the brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls.

    Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

    (43) Canyon…, WY
    gem Favorite Thumb Paintpots.

    West Thumb Geyser Basin

    (36) West Th…, WY
    gem Favorite Bighorn Ram near the Lamar River. with permission from walkaboutwest *No Commercial Use

    Lamar Valley

    (31) Tower J…, WY
    gem Favorite Winter at Norris Geyser Basin

    Norris Geyser Basin

    (31) Norris…, WY

    Runs in Yellowstone National Park - 33

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    Favorite Flower-filled meadow with views of Top Notch Peak.
    Difficult

    Avalanche Peak

    4.6 mi 7.4 km • Loop • 2,009 ft Ascent 612.21 m Ascent

    (35) Yellows…, WY
    Favorite Looking down Mt Washburn trail - Tetons, Hayden Valley, and Yellowstone Gorge in background
    Intermediate

    Mount Washburn

    7.3 mi 11.7 km • Out and Back • 1,384 ft Ascent 421.81 m Ascent

    (37) Canyon…, WY
    Favorite Bison in Biscuit Basin area. with permission from Richard Ryer
    Intermediate

    Mystic Falls Loop

    3.5 mi 5.6 km • Loop • 597 ft Ascent 182.07 m Ascent

    (33) Yellows…, WY
    Favorite Grand Prismatic Hot Spring as seen from Fountain Flats Drive.
    Intermediate

    Fairy Falls-Imperial Geyser

    6.6 mi 10.7 km • Loop • 220 ft Ascent 67.18 m Ascent

    (28) Old Fai…, WY
    Favorite The view from the top on the Bunsen Peak Trail.
    Intermediate

    Bunsen Peak

    4.3 mi 7.0 km • Out and Back • 1,285 ft Ascent 391.59 m Ascent

    (19) Mammoth…, WY
    Favorite Yellowstone NP
    Intermediate

    Bechler Canyon

    31.6 mi 50.9 km • Point to Point • 1,408 ft Ascent 429.16 m Ascent

    (7) Old Fai…, WY
    Favorite Yellowstone River deep in the heart of the Black Canyon!
    Difficult

    Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

    12.9 mi 20.7 km • Point to Point • 1,545 ft Ascent 471 m Ascent

    (5) Mammoth…, WY
    Favorite The Hellroaring Creek Trail drops quickly from the trailhead to the Yellowstone River.
    Intermediate

    Hellroaring Creek

    6.8 mi 10.9 km • Out and Back • 967 ft Ascent 294.8 m Ascent

    (16) Tower J…, WY

    Trails in Yellowstone National Park - 232

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    0.4 mi 0.6 km #1Brink of Lower Falls Trail
    Intermediate
    Canyon Village, WY
    Intermediate
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Canyon Village, WY 37 
    0.5 mi 0.8 km #2Midway Geyser Basin Trail
    Easy
    Yellowstone, WY
    Easy
    0.5 mi 0.8 km Yellowstone, WY 19 
    0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Red Rock Point Trail
    Intermediate
    Canyon Village, WY
    Intermediate
    0.3 mi 0.5 km Canyon Village, WY 14 
    2.1 mi 3.3 km #4Upper Geyser Basin Trail
    Easy
    Old Faithful Village, WY
    Easy
    2.1 mi 3.3 km Old Faithful Village, WY 21 
    1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Osprey Falls Trail
    Difficult
    Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
    Difficult
    1.2 mi 1.9 km Mammoth Hot Springs, WY 10 
    0.6 mi 1.0 km #6Fountain Paint Pot Trail
    Easy
    Old Faithful Village, WY
    Easy
    0.6 mi 1.0 km Old Faithful Village, WY 16 
    0.1 mi 0.2 km #7Artist Point Overlook Trail
    Easy
    Canyon Village, WY
    Easy
    0.1 mi 0.2 km Canyon Village, WY 10 
    0.3 mi 0.5 km #8Grand Prismatic Overlook
    Intermediate
    Yellowstone, WY
    Intermediate
    0.3 mi 0.5 km Yellowstone, WY
    10.7 mi 17.3 km #9Sky Rim Trail
    Difficult
    Big Sky, MT
    Difficult
    10.7 mi 17.3 km Big Sky, MT
    19.4 mi 31.2 km #10Heart Lake Trail
    Intermediate
    Grant Village, WY
    Intermediate
    19.4 mi 31.2 km Grant Village, WY
    2.1 mi 3.4 km #11Union Falls Trail
    Intermediate
    Yellowstone South Entrance, WY
    Intermediate
    2.1 mi 3.4 km Yellowstone South Entrance, WY
    15.8 mi 25.4 km #12Yellowstone River Trail
    Intermediate
    Tower Junction, WY
    Intermediate
    15.8 mi 25.4 km Tower Junction, WY
    34.3 mi 55.2 km #13Thorofare Trail
    Intermediate
    Lake Village, WY
    Intermediate
    34.3 mi 55.2 km Lake Village, WY
    3.9 mi 6.3 km #14Howard Eaton Trail: Golden Gate-Mammoth
    Intermediate
    Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
    Intermediate
    3.9 mi 6.3 km Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
    3.5 mi 5.6 km #15Mount Sheridan Trail
    Very Difficult
    Grant Village, WY
    Very Difficult
    3.5 mi 5.6 km Grant Village, WY
    10.0 mi 16.2 km #16Hoodoo Basin Trail
    Difficult
    Yellowstone East Entrance, WY
    Difficult
    10.0 mi 16.2 km Yellowstone East Entrance, WY
    9.5 mi 15.3 km #17Astringent Creek Trail
    Easy
    Lake Village, WY
    Easy
    9.5 mi 15.3 km Lake Village, WY
    8.2 mi 13.3 km #18Blacktail Plateau Ski Trail
    Difficult
    Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
    Difficult
    8.2 mi 13.3 km Mammoth Hot Springs, WY
    0.4 mi 0.6 km #19Uncle Tom's Trail
    Difficult
    Canyon Village, WY
    Difficult
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Canyon Village, WY 14 
    0.9 mi 1.5 km #20Trout Lake Trail
    Intermediate
    Tower Junction, WY
    Intermediate
    0.9 mi 1.5 km Tower Junction, WY

    Photos of Yellowstone National Park - 535

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    250-foot Union Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet! It's really two falls in one. Two creeks come together at the brink. Water from the right-side creek fans out, forming a delicate veil over an ominous rock face, while the second creek shoots in from the left side.
    Mar 27, 2016 near Yellows…, WY
    Red Rock Point Trail descends into the canyon for an awesome view of Lower Falls!
    Apr 17, 2016 near Canyon…, WY
    Slough Creek, 2nd Meadow.
    Jan 15, 2016 near Tower J…, WY
    Old Faithful.
    May 18, 2016 near Old Fai…, WY
    Grand Prismatic Hot Spring as seen from Fountain Flats Drive.
    Dec 16, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
    Bison in Biscuit Basin area. with permission from Richard Ryer
    Mar 7, 2016 near Yellows…, WY
    Columbia Spring in Heart Lake Geyser Basin.
    Jan 31, 2016 near Grant V…, WY
    At the brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls.
    Sep 10, 2015 near Canyon…, WY

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