Category: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is home to some of the most extraordinary and other-worldly hiking trails in the world. Since it’s situated on top of a supervolcano, many trails feature some kind of thermal features as a result of the thinner crust under the park, with no two features appearing the same. Many of Yellowstone’s more popular trails are easily accessible and easily walkable boardwalks that wind people safely around the thermal features. These include walks around the Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins, Mud Volcano, and Artist Paint Pots. A few trails even show off some of the park’s natural beauty, such as multiple trails around the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and Specimen Ridge. Hundreds of more miles of trails bring visitors deep into the wilderness, some areas being the most remote in the Lower 48. With over 1,000 miles of trails, Yellowstone has something for everyone to experience something truly unique.
Yellowstone National Park Trails

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Point Sublime

Distance: 1 mile Type: Out and back Difficulty: Moderate Point Sublime is lookout along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River at the end of a 1 mile trail along the South Rim of...

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Heart Lake

Distance: 7.8 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Moderate Heart Lake is a massive glacial lake tucked away in Yellowstone National Park’s wilderness, where hikers are rewarded with isolation, solitude, and a completely wild...

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Terraced Falls

Distance: 2 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Easy The hike to Terraced Falls is not only isolated and secluded, but also features some of the most waterfalls you’ll find along such a short...

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Artist Paint Pots

Distance: 1.1 miles Type: Loop Difficulty: Easy 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...

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West Thumb Geyser Basin

Distance: 0.8 miles Type: Loop Difficulty: Easy 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...

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Mud Volcano

Distance: 0.8 miles Type: Loop Difficulty: Moderate 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...

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Black Sand Basin

Distance: 0.5 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Easy 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...

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Norris Geyser Basin

Distance: 2.8 miles or less Type: Out and back / Loop Difficulty: Easy The Norris Geyser Basin should be high on everyone’s list of sights to see in Yellowstone, or at least part of...

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Ribbon Lake and Point Sublime

Distance: 5.2 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Moderate 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...

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Midway Geyser Basin

Distance: 0.75 miles Type: Lollipop Difficulty: Easy 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...

Moose Falls

Moose Falls

Distance: 0.1 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Easy Moose Falls is the kind of hike that is so short and sweet that there’s really no point in not doing it. With the entire...

Fountain and Clepsydra Geysers

Fountain Paint Pots

Distance: 0.75 miles Type: Lollipop Difficulty: Easy 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...

Beaver Ponds and Mountains

Beaver Ponds Loop

Distance: 5.75 miles Type: Loop Difficulty: Moderate 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...

Harlequin Lake Reflections

Harlequin Lake

Distance: 0.5 miles Type: Out and back Difficulty: Easy 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...