10 Incredible Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park


10 Incredible Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park has more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails. Yet the vast majority of visitors to the park never leave pavement. The best way to explore Yellowstone is as it’s always been, by foot. Yellowstone has 300 backcountry camping sites. Trails crisscross the park, passing through rugged deep canyons, by raging waterfalls and weave through half of the entire world’s hydrothermal features. All the while hikers are immersed in a wilderness that has the highest concentration of wildlife in the Lower 48.  A land where grizzlies and wolves still roam wild and free, as they’ve done for thousands of years. Here is a list of a few of our favorite day hikes in Yellowstone National Park.

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Lava Creek Trail to Undine Falls Trail

6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

Undine Falls from the Lava Creek Trail is a great hike to one of Yellowstone National Park's many waterfalls!

Beaver Ponds Trail (YNP)

5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~550 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

The Beaver Ponds Trail in Yellowstone National Park's Mammoth Hot Springs region is a wonderful kid friendly hike bursting with wildlife and wildflowers.

Observation Point Loop- Upper Geyser Basin Trail

2 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

Observation Point is an easy kid friendly hike the heart of Yellowstone National Park's geyser country.

Artists Paintpots Trail

1.2 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

~100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

The Artists Paintpots Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in the Gibbon Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park.

Slough Creek Trail

2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

Slough Creek is a kid friendly and fantastic hike in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley. The watch for bears and make sure to bring your fly rod!

Pebble Creek Trail from Pebble Creek Campground

6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

The Pebble Creek Trail in Yellowstone National Park is a fantastic kid friendly hike in the park's Lamar Valley. Bring a fly rod and watch for wildlife.

Fairy Falls Trail

5.2 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

The trail to Fairy Falls is a great hike in Yellowstone National Park. It is kid friendly and leads to spectacular waterfall.

Tower Falls & the Yellowstone River Trail

3 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

Roosevelt Lodge was built in 1920 to commemorate a visit by President Theodore Roosevelt. The lodge is the smallest in Yellowstone.

Hellroaring Creek and Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Trail

4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~700 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

Hellroaring Creek is a great hike kid friendly hike in Yellowstone National Park that passes by an incredible canyon.

Lost Lake via Petrified Tree Trail

1 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Wyoming

Yellowstone

The trail to Lost Lake from Petrified Tree in Yellowstone National Park is great hike the whole family is sure to enjoy!