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Canyon Rim Ski Trail

Snow covers a deep canyon, with ice and mist covering the waterfall plunging down into the canyon.

The Canyon Rim Ski Trail is a 4.5 mile (7.24 km), easiest to more difficult forested trail that takes skiers along the Canyon Rim providing views into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Begin at the Canyon Visitor Education Center and follow the North Rim Drive east for one mile (1.6 km). The trail turns sharply left and continues down a moderately steep hill to Inspiration Point. From there, follow the loop and return back up the hill. Further up the road, towards the North Rim Drive, the trail turns sharply left and onto a road. Continue along the edge of the canyon rim for one mile (1.6 km) providing excellent views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. At Grand View Point, the trail crosses the road and follows a marked trail through the pine forest and up into the summer cabin area. Ski past the lodging area and into the summer developed visitor use area, past the Canyon Lodge and back to the Canyon Visitor Education Center.

Notes: Caution should be taken while skiing along the Canyon Rim. Skiers are advised to remove their skis and walk out to the viewpoints.

Trailhead: Begin at the Canyon Visitor Education Center and follow the North Rim Drive east for one mile (1.6 km).

The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Easiest to more 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. This trail enters Yellowstone's backcountry and a permit is required for a service animal to enter the backcountry due to potential wildlife contflict and safety issues.
--No fees are required, however, one-way or round-trip skier shuttles may be offered to specific trails in the park for a fee.
Canyon Village
--Skier shuttle reservations may be required to access this trail. Reservations and information are available at park hotels and at: 307-344-7311, Toll-free: 866-439-7375, TDD: 304-344-5395.
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Accessibility Information

This narrow skier-tracked trail winds through the forest. Total elevation gain/loss is 200 feet. Service dogs allowed.


Yellowstone National Park

Snow covers the canyon walls and ice and mist cover the waterfall plunging into the canyon
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in winter.

NPS / Jake Frank

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Last updated: January 13, 2020