Artist Paint Pots

Artist Paint Pots

Distance: 1.1 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Artist Paint Pots is an appropriately named collection of mud pots that have some incredibly unique coloring and actually do resemble pots of paint. It’s one of the fantastic displays of mudpots in the park, where the water is so acidic it gradually eats …

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Black Pool and Moon

Distance: 0.8 miles (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September The West Thumb Geyser Basin is an easy walk around some very colorful hot springs set against the dramatic backdrop of Yellowstone Lake. If you’re coming in from the South Entrance, it’s a great way to acquaint yourself with some of the features that you’ll …

Mud Volcano

Bison Sleeping at Mud Volcano

Distance: .8 miles (loop) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September The Mud Volcano area is a fantastic collection of mudpots, rich with odd pools and Yellowstone’s signature sulphur smells. To get the most elevation change out of the way first, head to the south end of the parking area to start the trail there. Along …

Black Sand Basin

Sunset Lake

Distance: .5 mile (in and out) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September For those already in the neighborhood of Old Faithful, Black Sand Basin is a short and sweet boardwalk trail that features some colorful and quite interesting thermal features. It’s an easily accessible and easily walkable trail whose highlights include Spouter Geyser, Emerald Pool, …

Specimen Ridge Along the Canyon Rim

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Distance: 2 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The Specimen Ridge Trail is a lengthy 18.8 miles long trail that starts by the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and travels nearly the entire length of the Lamar Valley high above. Along the way you pass the canyon, as mentioned, …

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Distance: Varies: < 1 mile or up to 3 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September Norris Geyser Basin Trail Description The Norris Geyser Basin should be high on everyone’s list of sights to see in Yellowstone, or at least part of it. It’s not only the hottest geyser basin in the park, but it’s …

Ribbon Lake and Point Sublime

Eroded Canyon Walls

Distance: 6 miles (round trip) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Artist Point in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River has some of the best views of the canyon, or even anywhere in the park itself. For those wanting a bit more with an extra detour to a remote lake, Ribbon Lake …

Midway Geyser Basin

Turquoise Pool and Stars

Distance: .75 mile (round trip) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Summer Last hiked: 2015 September Midway Geyser Basin Trail Description The Midway Geyser Basin is definitely one of the crown jewels of roadside attractions in Yellowstone National Park (and its parking lot attests to that). It features two of the most spectacular features in the park: the Excelsior Geyser …

Fountain Paint Pots

Fountain and Clepsydra Geysers

Distance: 0.65 mile (round trip) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September Fountain Paint Pots has the unique distinction of being one of the only easily accessible walks in Yellowstone that has great examples of all four types of thermal features. These are hot springs, geysers, mud pots, and fumaroles. With the entire walk adding up …

Beaver Ponds Loop

Beaver Ponds and Mountains

Distance: 5.75 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The Beaver Ponds Loop is an excellent hike to get you away from the crowds at Mammoth Hot Springs, as well as provide you with fantastic views over the surrounding landscape. With plenty of open space, it’s also a great opportunity to potentially …

Harlequin Lake

Harlequin Lake Reflections

Distance: .5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Harlequin Lake is a short and sweet hike for anyone wanting to take a break around the Madison Junction area. The trail is only one mile round trip and with the exception of a couple of moderately steeper sections, is overall an …

Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin

Castle Geyser

Distance: Varies – less than 1 mile or up to 11 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 September When people think of Yellowstone, they think of Old Faithful. The two go hand-in-hand and it’s impossible to think of one without the other. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there’s much more to see …

Lone Star Geyser

Lone Star Geyser Eruption

Distance: 2.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September Lone Star Geyser is a popular hike for many different reasons. It’s a unique geyser located slightly off the beaten path, it has a massive cone at its base, it’s one of the most punctual large geysers in the park, it’s accessible …

Monument Geyser Basin

Monument Geyser Basin

Distance: 1.3 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The Monument Geyser Basin was previously one of the must-see sights of Yellowstone. Due to fading thermal activity, however, it often goes completely overlooked. The fumaroles aren’t quite as loud and the geysers don’t shoot out as high as they used to. What …