There is so much more to see in Yellowstone than you can by car alone. The park boasts 1,100 miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of boardwalks throughout the most spectacular and diverse scenery one can imagine. Whether you just want to stroll through a geyser basin or trek to the top of a mountain peak, hiking in Yellowstone will undoubtedly foster an even deeper relationship with the park.
DAY HIKES IN YELLOWSTONE
If you are looking to stretch your legs and take an enjoyable walk through a geyser basin or to a lake or river, we’ve got you covered! There are also plenty of longer day hikes to consider from the 2.5-mile Natural Bridge Trail to the 11-mile Sepulcher Mountain Trail. See our Great Short Hikes in Yellowstone for specific recommendations and the National Park Service’s day hiking resources. Day hiking does not require a permit.
BACKPACKING IN YELLOWSTONE
For those with more of an adventure in mind, Yellowstone has wide range of backcountry trails to explore. You can choose from hundreds of miles of trails for your journey and over 300 designated backcountry campsites. Permits are required for all backcountry overnight stays. The national park service provides detailed information on backcountry safety.
SAFETY | WHAT TO BRING
There are a number of things to keep in mind and to pack before heading out on a Yellowstone trail. Though some areas have more bear activity than others, all of Yellowstone is bear country. See the park’s detailed information on staying safe in bear country. Weather conditions can also change rapidly anywhere in the park, so come prepared with multiple layers. Here are items you’ll want to consider bringing on your hike in Yellowstone: plenty of water, food, good hiking boots/shoes, hat, sunscreen, bear spray, sunglasses, gloves, first-aid kit.
HIKE WITH A YELLOWSTONE FOREVER INSTITUTE GUIDE
Hiking in Yellowstone provides endless views, unique geology, and the chance for wildlife spotting. Join our Institute expert guides for an unforgettable hiking experience in the park. Most courses span multiple days. Come dressed for hiking success and we’ll do the rest!