Thing to Do

Garnet Hill Trail

Hikers along a tan, bare ground trail through sagebrush.

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 ΒΌ-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.

This is a 7.6-mile (12.2-kilometer) loop trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderate hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the northern part of the park near Tower Junction.
Year Round
Time of Day
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Yellowstone National Park

Hikers along the tan bare ground trail leading through a sagebrush meadow.
Hikers along Garnet Hill Trail

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Last updated: June 29, 2018