Yellowstone National Park encompasses nearly 1,000 miles of trails, 466 miles of road, and 15+ miles of boardwalks all sitting atop a super volcano with 290 waterfalls, 67 species of mammal, and over 500 active geysers dotted throughout. That’s a ton of numbers! Overwhelmed thinking about how to see as much as possible on your hard earned vacation?
We’ve got you covered.
You’re always welcome to hit the trail with one of our certified, professional guides and leave all of the details to us. However, if you’re a plan-it-yourself kind of adventurer, here are a few of our favorite trails to get you started.
Bechler River Trail
Variety is what keeps the Bechler River Trail a timeless favorite of ours. The route winds through classic open meadows, old growth forests, and backcountry thermal features including soak-worthy hot springs. To add to the diversity, as you follow the trail along the Bechler River through the aspen covered Bechler Canyon, your eyes feast on waterfall after waterfall. These features are so prominent that the region is known as “cascade corner”.
The hike up Bunsen Peak is an unforgettable one! From the open flats of the trailhead, we will start hiking up through intermittent forest and meadow. The path gives us excellent opportunities to view wildlife, birds, and seasonal wildflowers. As the trail continues uphill, views of the Gallatin Range and the surrounding valleys grow more and more spectacular. The final section of the 1,300 foot vertical gain brings us through scree and talus slopes, reminding us of Bunsen’s origin as a volcanic remnant.
Heart Lake Trail
The trail to Heart Lake starts in a regenerated forest from the famous 1988 fires. From there, the path continues past a backcountry geyser basin and Heart Lake shimmers into view at the base of the towering Mt. Sheridan. Abundant wildlife is one of the biggest lures of this area. It is common to hear wolves and see Sandhill cranes fly overhead as the sun sets over the quiet lake.