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North Rim Ski Trail

Skiers stop to admire the views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from the North Rim Trail.

The North Rim Ski Trail is a 3.0 mile (4.8 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 to the right down a small hill onto a forested trail that continues 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 Lodge area. Ski past the lodges and the Canyon Lodge building and back to the Visitor Education Center. 

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

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

The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Easiest to more difficult
Pets Allowed
No fees are required, however, one-way or round-trip skier shuttles may be offered to specific trails in the park for a fee.
Begin at the Canyon Visitor Education Center and follow the North Rim Drive east for one mile (1.6 km) and enter the wooded trail on the right.
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.
Time of Day
Accessibility Information

This trail follows a vehicle road for approximately one mile (1.6 km) before it winds through the forest. Service dogs allowed.


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Last updated: February 5, 2018