Yellowstone Natural Bridge Trail

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Moderate
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1-1.5h
Distance
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5.0 km
Elevation
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66 m
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The Yellowstone Natural Bridge Trail is a gorgeous hike in Yellowstone National Park. This unique trail brings you to a 16 m tall natural arch of rhyolite rock. This trail is family-friendly and appropriate for lightly experienced hikers.

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Route Description for Yellowstone Natural Bridge Trail

The Yellowstone Natural Bridge is a unique natural wonder in Yellowstone National Park. The trail up to the bridge is very easy and entirely doable for young kids or inexperienced hikers. This trail becomes moderately challenging with the steep and loose switchbacks up to the top of the bridge itself. If you plan on hiking up to the top of the bridge, leave the flip-flops and home and wear a good pair of hiking shoes.

Spanning 9 m and standing at 16 m tall, the Yellowstone Natural Bridge is something to behold. This formation of rhyolite rock was created by natural water erosion. Due to conservation and preservation efforts, you are not permitted to walk or climb on the natural bridge. Please be respectful on your visit and appreciate the bridge from a distance.

To hike to the Yellowstone Natural Bridge, begin at the Natural Bridge Trailhead and follow the path west along Bridge Creek for approximately 1 mile to the natural bridge itself. To get a different view of the bridge, climb up the steep switchbacks to the top. Up here, there are some great picnic spots with lovely views of the surrounding landscape.

When you are ready to head home, simply retrace your footsteps back to the Natural Bridge Trailhead where you began.

Trail Highlights

Yellowstone Natural Bridge

The Yellowstone Natural Bridge is a natural rhyolite arch in Yellowstone National Park that was formed by erosion. This bridge is 16 m tall and spans 9 m across.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you walk on the Yellowstone Natural Bridge?

Walking or climbing on the Yellowstone Natural bridge is prohibited.

Insider Hints for Yellowstone Natural Bridge Trail

  • Bears are sometimes seen on this trail. Before heading out, make sure everyone in your hiking party is familiar with bear safety practices. At least one member of your group should carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • For a place to stay nearby, check out the Bridge Bay Campground.

Getting to the Yellowstone Natural Bridge Trail Trailhead

This hike begins at the Natural Bridge Trailhead on Grand Loop Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Bridge Bay Campground nearby

  • When to do

    April to September

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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