Yellowstone National Park is one of America's premier wilderness areas. The park encompasses more than 2.2 million acres, has more than 900 miles (1,449 km) of hiking trails, and is primarily managed as wilderness. Day hiking does not require a permit.
When planning a hike, remember that many of Yellowstone’s trails are more than 7,000 feet above sea level. Most areas retain snow until late May or early June, and some (especially mountain passes) are snow-covered until late July. Also, many routes require fording rivers that can be 25 feet wide, 3 to 6 feet deep, extremely cold, and swiftly running during our late spring runoff. It’s hard to tell from a map whether a stream will be a raging torrent or merely a swollen creek. Check our backcountry situation report for the most up-to-date information on park trails.
Find a Hike
Review the map to see where different hikes are located, or select an area to see what hike descriptions are available.
Canyon Day Hikes
Mountains and canyons highlight some of the stunning hikes in the center of the park.
Lake & Fishing Bridge Day Hikes
Hikes in this area provide views of Yellowstone Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Madison Day Hikes
Hikes in the Madison area meander through conifer forest.
Mammoth Hot Springs Day Hikes
The trails around Mammoth Hot Springs have a full range of difficultly and environments to explore.
Old Faithful Day Hikes
Hydrothermal features abound in the Upper Geyser Basin, and many trails in the area lead to some quieter views.
Tower & Northeast Day Hikes
Valleys, mountains, and petrified forests can be explored in the northeast part of the park.
West Thumb & Grant Day Hikes
Hikes in the south part of the park reward hikers with spectacular lake views.
Visiting wilderness means experiencing the land on its terms. Here are some tips for exploring the natural wonders of Yellowstone on foot:
Backcountry Situation Report
Current conditions for trails and campsites.
Safety tips to avoid danger and have a great trip.
Learn about this highly effective bear deterrent.
Things To Do
Explore all the different things there are to do in the park.
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Most people visit Yellowstone from their cars. When they stop, it is at one of the park highlights which is crowded with visitors. The wise visitor sets aside some time for a longer dayhike.
Last updated: November 14, 2022