Thing to Do

Bighorn Pass Ski Trail

Glimpses of mountain views can be seen through the trees along the Divide Ski Trail.

The Bighorn Pass Ski Trail provides a variety of options for skiers to experience the northwest area of Yellowstone National Park. A 10.5-mile (17-km) one-way trail.

  • To Fawn Pass Cutoff: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
  • Fawn Pass Cutoff to Bighorn Pass: 6 miles (9.7 km)

Trailhead: 20.5 miles (33 km) north of West Yellowstone along US Highway 191. Avalanche Danger: Extreme in the last 2 miles (3.2 km) to Bighorn Pass. Cross the Gallatin River on a narrow bridge about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) east of the highway — use caution. Trail crosses meadows with little elevation change from the trailhead to Fawn Pass Cutoff. (The cutoff trail switchbacks uphill 1 mile (1.6 km) to Fawn Pass Trail.) The trail then climbs for 6 miles (9.7 km) to Bighorn Pass. Return the same way.

Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals.

Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.

The duration will vary depending on segment skied, fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Easiest to most difficult
Qualified service animals are welcome throughout the park and in all park facilities. However, they must be leashed and under your control at all times. 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailhead is located 20.5 miles (33 km) north of West Yellowstone along US Highway-191.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked easiest to more difficult trail includes steep terrain. Service dogs allowed.

Skiers make their way toward a forested section of the Fawn Pass Ski Trail.

West Yellowstone Skiing & Snowshoeing

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Two backcountry skiers look onward with mountain views in the background.

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Last updated: February 18, 2021