Yellowstone National Park is a vast and iconic national park located primarily in the state of Wyoming. Established in 1872, it was the first national park in the country and is widely considered to be the first national park in the world. Spanning over 2.2 million acres, the park extends into Montana and Idaho as well and offers all forms of recreations and hundreds of amazing hiking trails.
The park’s landscapes are characterized by breathtaking mountain ranges, vast forests, pristine lakes, and numerous rivers and waterfalls. Wildlife is abundant in Yellowstone, including the famous population of North American bison, as well as bears, wolves, elk, and various bird species. Outdoor activities abound, including hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife observation.
Yellowstone is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. It’s home to the Yellowstone Caldera, one of the largest active volcanic systems on Earth which feeds the park’s unique geothermal features. The most famous of these features is the Old Faithful geyser, erupting regularly and captivating visitors with its powerful bursts of steam and water.
Looking for the best Yellowstone national park hiking trails? We’ve got you covered.
Terraced Falls Trail
Terraced Falls Trail, located in the southwest corner of the park, is the perfect hike to experience the beauty of Yellowstone away from bustling crowds. It’s fairly accessible to anyone, boasting breathtaking falls throughout. It begins at the Cascade River Trailhead, but the drive to the trailhead is a bit bumpy at times so be careful! The hike begins with the Cascade River roaring under you, followed with the Fall River, and finally ends up on a perch overlooking the Falls and much of Yellowstone.
Fairy Falls Trail
Fairy Falls is one of the more populated hikes in Yellowstone but don’t let this turn you away! Lush, blooming green covers every part of the hike, which creates a deeply relaxing and picturesque experience. But make sure to bring bug spray, the moisture from the falls often attract mosquitoes.
One of the more difficult hikes in Yellowstone, Avalanche Peak ultimately rewards you with gorgeous, once in a National Park views. The trail is quite difficult, as it is mostly uphill (scavenge for walking sticks, you won’t regret it). Try your best to stay on the trail, especially towards the top, as it becomes more difficult as you go.