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Yellowstone National Park has some of the most impressive scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world — waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet, the world’s largest collection of geysers, deep-cut canyons, wildflower meadows in full bloom, and no shortage of wildlife. With 1000 miles of hiking trails to explore, there’s something for every skill level. So whether you’ve never done a hike before or you’re looking for a gruelling all-day push, Yellowstone delivers.
A brief overview of Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was a family favorite growing up. We’d pass through while spending weeks road-tripping through the American West. We’d camp on the outskirts of the park, either in Montana or Wyoming, and make day trips in for sightseeing. Witnessing Old Faithful erupt is one of those memories I’ll never forget; getting up close and personal with herds of bison is another (get too close though, and you might win yourself a Darwin Award).
Founded in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. It covers 2.2 million acres and is located primarily in northwestern Wyoming, dipping over state borders into eastern Idaho and southern Montana. Even though the park gets more than four million visitors yearly, most travelers never venture more than 100 yards from their vehicle, opting to take a scenic drive along the 142-mile Grand Loop Road — the main route that takes you past all the park’s main features. It’s an epic drive, but expect to be caught up in at least one “bison jam.”
Hiking in Yellowstone is a must-do on any trip to the park
Tackling a hike in Yellowstone Park rewards you with jaw-dropping views of some of the most majestic scenery the country has to offer. Whatever trails you choose to tackle during your visit — whether it’s one mile long or ten — you’ll leave with a restored sense of wonder and a deeper appreciation of nature. From shorter, family-friendly jaunts to all-day peak bagging, here are some of the best hikes in Yellowstone National Park: