Last Updated: October 3, 2022
Backcountry Permits are required for all overnight stays in the Backcountry. Please visit our Camp in the backcountry page for information on how to obtain a backcountry permit.
Backcountry Office Hours:
Snake River Ranger Station: Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.Closes for the season October 31.
Some higher elevation passes and trails still have snow. Please make sure to check out current snow and river conditions before heading into the backcountry.
River Conditions Post Flooding Event:
Due to the flooding event that occurred on June 13th, many of the river channels within the park have changed course, have new silt deposits and undercut banks. The new silt is like quicksand. Hikers and particularly stock users should scout river crossings for the best possible route and use extra caution.
Bighorn Fire: See Current Fire Activity page. Backcountry closures: campsite WE4 is closed.
The fishing season is currently open. Please visit the Catch a fish page for further information.
Boat permits and inspections for aquatic invasive species are required before launching any watercraft in park waters. Prepare for your boating trip by Cleaning, Draining, and Drying your boats now.
Trails are open to horse use. A free day ride permit is required for all day rides. Overnight backountry permits are required for overnight stock use. Check individual trails in the sections below to view their status. Make sure to review our Ride a Horse page for further information regarding horse riding permit requirements and information.
Other than qualified service animals, pets are not allowed in the backcountry.
Bear Management Areas:
In order to reduce human related impacts on bears in high density grizzly bear habitat the park has established several bear management areas. Listed below are the current Bear Management Areas (BMAs) in effect. Some Bear Management Areas are full closures, others are no off trail travel restrictions. Please reference the Bear Management page for further details and locations of closure area.
Richards Pond (BMA B) Several restrictions in place. See Bear Management Area pages.
Gallatin (BMA D) No off-trail travel May 1 through November 10.
Washburn (BMA F) Open only by special permit (through July 31)
Antelope (BMA G) Closed through November 10.
Mirror Plateau (BMA H) Open to day use only through November 12.
Clear Creek (BMA J1) No off trail travel through August 10. See Bear Management Area pages for further details
Two Ocean (BMA L)No-off trail travel. From July 15 through August 21 permits are required for off-trail travel.
Review the park roads page, to see which of the park's roads are open.
Click on a region of the map for current backcountry conditions in that area.
Old Yellowstone Railroad Bed (Gardiner)
Beaver Ponds/Sepulcher/Snow Pass area
Glen Creek Trailhead – Fawn Pass & Electric Pass
Bunsen Peak/Osprey Falls
Bighorn Pass trail (Indian Creek)
Mount Holmes / Grizzly Lake area
Norris Geyser Basin Area
Trailheads along Hwy 191 (from north to south)
Daly Creek/Black Butte/Sky Rim Trail/Shelf Lake
Specimen Creek/High Lake/Crescent Lake/Sportsman Lake
Fawn Pass/Fan Creek
Bighorn Pass (Hwy 191)
Gneiss Creek/Cougar Creek
Harlequin Lake Trail
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Blacktail Deer Creek Trail/Yellowstone River Trail/Black Canyon
Lava Creek Trail/Rescue Creek Trail
Hellroaring Creek/Coyote Creek/Buffalo Plateau
Tower Fall Trail
Bliss Pass (between Slough Creek and Pebble Creek)
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Much of the Lamar River Trail and connecting trails are closed as a result of trail damage and road closures limiting access. to backcountry use. See Overview Map of Flood Closures.
Specimen Ridge/Agate Creek/Yellowstone Picnic Area trailhead
Lamar River Trail - Soda Butte to Mist Creek Pass
Wapiti Lake trail/ Wrangler Lake/ Broad Creek/ Howard Eaton trail
Pelican Valley/Turbid Lake
South Rim and North Rim
Wrangler Lake/ Ribbon Lake
Cascade, Grebe, Wolf & Ice Lake
Mary Mountain/Hayden Valley & Cygnet Lakes
Fairy Falls/Mystic Falls/Fountain Flats
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Shoshone Lake/Lewis Lake
Lone Star Trail & Howard Eaton Trail
Bechler Meadows and Falls River area
Bechler Canyon/Bechler River trail
Boundary Creek/Dunanda Falls
Union Falls/Mountain Ash Creek
Beula Lake/South Boundary Trail west
Please email the Central Backcountry Office if you have any questions about specific areas.
Last updated: October 3, 2022