hikes in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is perhaps the most famous National Park in the world. Blessed with incredible natural wonders, the park is best explored by hiking on one of the exquisite trails here. Hiking in Yellowstone is ideal for all ages and levels of hikers – families, intermediates and those with extensive years of experience. Paired with a trip to Grand Teton National Park, you can have a wonderful hiking holiday in Wyoming.
In general, the best hikes in Yellowstone are easy to moderate-difficulty hikes. You'll want a car to explore the varied geology in Yellowstone, and many of the top hikes take in popular tourist attractions. Check out out list of the top hikes in Yellowstone National Park.
- Avalanche Peak (8.1km, 700m, 3-5h): The trail up to Avalanche Peak is one of the highlights of hiking in Yellowstone. The hike up is steep, but it all becomes worth it at the top, where plentiful mountain views and gorgeous alpine valleys fill the horizon.
- Sky Rim (31.2km, 1585m, 10-13h): Sky Rim Trail is the classic full-day hike just outside Yellowstone, and a must for fit hikers. This long trail will tire you out, however the views along the route are second to none.
- South Rim & Uncle Tom’s Trail (4.5km, 200m, 1.5-2.5h): The hike along the South Rim trail is our favorite way to view the incredible Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, providing a variety of stunning views back to the falls. Descending on Uncle Tom’s Trail is a spectacular trip down near the Lower Falls. You simply must do this hike if in Yellowstone.
- Upper Geyser & Old Faithful (8.2km, 190m, 2-3h): One of the classic hikes in Yellowstone, you cannot miss this hike. Starting at Old Faithful, you will pass another geyser every two minutes!
- Lower Brink of the Falls (1.9km, 100m, 0.5-1h): The Lower Brink of Yellowstone Falls trail is a steep hike down to the viewpoint of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The hike is a lot easier than the way back up, however the massive, cascading waterfalls are simply amazing. Do not forget your camera for this one!
- Artist Point to Point Sublime (4.8km, 150m, 1-2h): This is a spectacular hike in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Start at Artists Point – the best viewpoint in the entire park. Continue along a dirt trail to Point Sublime, a wonderful day out.
- Bunsen Peak (7.1km, 475m, 2-3h): Rising above the grassy planes and the herds of buffalo, the hike up Bunsen Peak will give you a new perspective on where you have been travelling. The short climb is well worth the plentiful views!
- Norris Geyser (4.0km, 100m, 0.75-1.5h): This flat trail will guide you through several roaring geysers and colorful inkpots. Though busy, this route is far superior to the Artist Point inkpots trail, as escaping the crowds takes a matter of minutes.
- Mount Washburn (11.4km, 475m, 2.5-4h): A well-used trail climbs gently up to the summit of Mt. Washburn, where you will find a small radio station. The views are gorgeous, as you can look down into the brink of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the numerous rolling, grassy hills, which surround it.
- Mystic Falls (5.7km, 215m, 1.5-2h): These quaint falls have a relatively easy approach, yet yield a beautiful, natural, secluded atmosphere. The cascading falls provide the perfect gurgling background for self-reflection and conversation.
The best hikes in Yellowstone National Park
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