Forces of the Northern Range Self-Guiding Trail

Bison graze in a meadow with a winding creek and mountains in the background
Bison and meadow

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Wheelchair Accessible

This .5 mile (.8 km) boardwalk has 11 stops with exhibits. No restroom.

Yellowstone’s northern range is a grassland north of the Yellowstone and Lamar Rivers. This area sustains one of the largest and most diverse communities of free-roaming large animals in the world.

Yellowstone National Park is a place where scientists can study nature in a nearly unchanged condition.

Animals are Dangerous

  • Do not approach or feed any animal.
  • Bison and elk have injured people.
  • Stay 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves.
  • Stay 25 yards (23 m) from all other animals.

You are responsible for your safety.

Think Safety, Act Safely. Yellowstone is a Dangerous Place.


The entire boardwalk is accessible. There is no designated accessible parking. Some gaps between boards may exceed .5 inches. The boardwalk surface is somewhat uneven and bumpy.

There are some tactile exhibits.

The audio description describes the wayside exhibits.

The closest accessible toilet is at the Blacktail Creek pullout.

Yellowstone National Park

Last updated: March 17, 2021