Thing to Do
Garnet Hill Trail
The trail follows a dirt stagecoach road about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to a shelter where Yellowstone National Park Lodges operates the Roosevelt Old West Dinner Cookout. From there, the trail continues north along Elk Creek until nearly reaching the Yellowstone River. Here the trail divides: the west fork joins the Hellroaring Trail, the east fork traverses around Garnet Hill and back to Tower. The east fork offers views of the Yellowstone River and a variety of other terrain. Bears, elk, bison, badgers, mule deer, and wolves frequent this area. The loop rejoins the stagecoach road leaving about ¼-mile (400 m) walk back to the parking area.
Safety notes: This area is home to many bears and bison, use caution when traveling. Trail frequented by horseback-riders. If you encounter horses, move to the downhill side of the trail and remain still until they have passed.
Trailheads: Approximately 50 yards (45.7 m) north from Tower Junction, on the Northeast Entrance Road. Park in the large parking area east of the service station at Tower Junction.
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Last updated: June 29, 2018