Thing to Do

Ribbon Lake Trail

Logs litter the shore of a conifer forest-surrounded lake.

The trail beings at the southeast side of the Upper Falls Viewpoints parking lot with a path that leads across South Rim Drive to the Clear Lake trailhead. At the Clear Lake junction turn left. Continue on the trail following the junction signs until you reach Ribbon Lake. Return via the same route, or make an alternate loop by taking a right at the Lily Pad Lake Junction. After .03 mile (0.4 km,) you will reach another junction for Point Sublime and Artist Point. Head west towards Artist Point. Continue to the Artist Point parking area. At the southwest end of the Artist Point parking area connect with the paved South Rim trail. Follow the South Rim Trail along the canyon edge back to your car.

Safety notes: Clear Lake is a hydrothermal area. Stay on the designated trail at all times.

Trailheads: 2.3 miles south of the Canyon Junction on the South Rim Drive at Upper Falls Viewpoints parking area.

This is a 5.8-mile (9.3-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderate hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is in the central part of the park, on the south side of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
This is a moderate hike along an unpaved trail.

Yellowstone National Park

Logs litter the shore of a lake surrounded by a conifer forest.
Clear Lake is one of the lakes along Ribbon Lake Trail.

NPS/Neal Herbert

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Last updated: October 12, 2021