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Black Butte Ski Trail

The Black Butte Ski Trail is a 14 mile (22.6 km) roundtrip ski that follows Black Butte Creek and offers mountain views. The trailhead is located 28.8 miles (46.3 km) north of West Yellowstone along US Highway-191. The trail follows Black Butte Creek with many short, steep sections, gaining 769 ft (234 m) in elevation between the trailhead and Daly Creek Cutoff (2 miles/3.2 km) west to Daly Creek Trail). Trail climbs for 4 miles (6.4 km) to Bighorn Peak.

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. CAUTION: Due to steep terrain, recommended for advanced skiers only. The last 2 miles (3.2 km) are not recommended. The trail becomes extremely steep and hard to follow, and is dangerously exposed.

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

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

West Yellowstone Skiing & Snowshoeing

Discover skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the West Yellowstone/Gallatin area.

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

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Details
The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailhead is located 28.8 miles (46.3 km) north of West Yellowstone along US Highway-191.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked easiest to most difficult trail includes steep terrain. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit within park.

Last updated: February 1, 2018