The trail loops through an open area on the side of a mountain, were a great view of Gardner Canyon can be seen. The hike's climax is at the Beaver Ponds which are actually on the Montana side of the Park.
Lamar Valley Trail Yellowstone National Park Length: 7.1 mi • Est. Union Falls Trail Yellowstone National Park Length: 15.4 mi • Est.
Union Falls is the second highest waterfall in Yellowstone, towering above at 260 feet. Slough Creek Trail Yellowstone National Park Length: 20.2 mi • Est.
Electric Peak Yellowstone National Park Length: 20.3 mi • Est. While very strong hikers can climb Electric Peak as a long day hike, the majority of hikers will want to make the climb as part of a 2 or 3 day backpacking trips, with a camp in the vicinity of the peak.
This trail has everything from fields of wildflowers to views of the surrounding peaks and lots of wildlife. The 20.6-mile trek takes you up the valley and through the forest (along with some creek crossings) up to the base of Electric Peak and eventually to the summit.
At the summit of Electric Peak you'll be able to enjoy unobstructed views across Yellowstone National Park on a clear day. The route begins on the south side of Kinsman Pass at Glen Creek Trailhead and starts through the sagebrush grasslands.
Keep your eyes open for wildlife in the plains, mostly mule deer, but some bears and bison have been seen here. Pass a few trail junctions and follow the signs toward the valley pointed directly for Electric Peak.
Past the fields, the trail continues up a river valley for a couple miles and then enters a thick forest. At mile 6, continue straight at a 3-way junction (both across the river/creek at this point) to spend the night at campsite 1G3 or 1G4.
On the next day, backtrack to the 3-way junction and turn left to take the trail that leads up to Electric Peak summit. Once at the summit you'll enjoy some of the best views of Yellowstone Park and can see the Grand Tetons in the distance.
Lamar River Trail Yellowstone National Park Length: 32.9 mi • Est. Throw in the fact that Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active places in the world, and you've got the recipe for a truly one of a kind natural experience.
Trying to plan a weekend getaway or even a weeklong vacation can seem like a pretty tall task with so many options and attractions. There are over 1,000 archaeological sites scattered throughout the park giving testament to the rich, anthropological history of the area.
He suffered through an entire winter in the park occasionally fighting with indigenous tribes that inhabited the area and miraculously survived. When he eventually made it back to the expedition, he told tales of a place that reeked of fire and brimstone (in apparent allusion to the geysers and seismic activity).
The rest of the group thought his tales to be the result of too many months out in nature by himself and playfully referred to the place as “Colter’s Hell.” Since being founded as a national park, Yellowstone has continued to attract the wonder and fascination of millions of people from around the world.
While some of them, like Old Faithful, “erupt” every certain amount of time, others are simply unpredictable, making this land of “fire and brimstone” as it was called by one early explorer, a landscape unlike any other. Yellowstone National Park sits on top of the northeastern part of the North American Tectonic Plate.
Directly underneath this tectonic plate is a stationary mantle hotspot of lava, magma, and other signs of seismic activity. Since Yellowstone is on the boundary of this plate, there are hundreds of places throughout the park where the hotspot just below the earth’s crust emerges to the surface in the form of geysers, hot springs, and sulfur spouts.
Furthermore, the Yellowstone Caldera is the largest volcanic system in North America, commonly called a “super volcano” because of the strength and frequency of the eruptions. This eruption was so powerful that many scientists consider that it shaped the weather patterns that characterize our current civilization.
This extremely powerful history has left the landscape of Yellowstone with over 10,000 geothermal features including hotspots, geysers, hot springs and much more. Though you shouldn't be too concerned, hundreds of scientists in collaboration with the U.S. government have set up a permanent station at Yellowstone to study the possibility of future mega-volcanic explosions.
Taking a trip to Yellowstone, then, should be considered an adrenaline pumping experience, knowing that you're visiting a place that could potentially explode at any minute! Lava Creek Trail This 8 mile round trip hike leaves near the Mammoth Campground.
If you're lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of a herd of buffalo passing through the river which is a sight definitely worth seeking out. Fairy Falls Trail If you make a reservation to see one of Old Faithful’s early eruptions, don't head back to camp right away.
This easy 5 mile round trip hike will take you very near the Midway Geyser Basin and the Grand Prismatic Spring. The Grand Prismatic Spring is easily the most colorful geyser in the whole park and will remind you of a deserted Caribbean beach, minus the not so lovely smell of sulfur.
While the day hikes definitely show you some of the unique features of Yellowstone, they are also usually pretty crowded with tourists, especially during the summer months. The 21-mile round trip is strenuous at times, especially during the summit of the 9,899-foot Big Horn Peak.
Just before you make it to the Lamar River, you'll be able to see Death Gulch, which is a geothermal basin for AHB Springs. Near the Cache Creek and Lamar River you have a pretty good chance of running into herds of bison as well, so make sure to be on the lookout for all sorts of wildlife.
Mary Mountain Trail This 20 mile backpacking trip will take you into a different part of Yellowstone which may make you feel like you're in a completely different ecosystem. The thick grasslands of the Central Plateau of Yellowstone are the favorite abode of the herds of bison, and you might find that you run into a traffic jam of buffalo during your trip.
Below we'll explore four different activities that can be enjoyed in family and leave your kids with lifelong memories of the beauty of this one of a kind national park. A child’s imagination can run wild when contemplating these truly unique spectacles along with boiling mud pots, steam vents, and hot springs that look like a tropical beach.
The Upper Geyser Basin has the highest amount and concentration of geothermal features anywhere in the park (and in the world, for that matter). A nice boardwalk makes for an easy path allowing kids to see the unique geothermal features while also keeping them at a safe distance.
Midway Geyser Basin is home to the world’s largest hot spring and is also a family friendly place to stop. A Family Bike Ride Thought you might not want to take young kids for a cycling tour on the paved roads that you'll have to share with cars, Yellowstone National Park also has hundreds of miles of dirt roads that are open to mountain biking.
Blackmail Plateau Drive is a sweet seven-mile trip through meadows, mountains and forests and will definitely get you some great opportunities for wildlife sighting. This old road is the best place in the park to spot elk and pronghorn which might be a bit safer for young kids that going into the heart of grizzly country.
The wide open meadows and plains of Yellowstone make it a perfect place for a horseback ride and can get younger children a higher vantage point to spot distant wildlife and appreciate the views. There are a number of horseback riding outfits in and around the park, and you could even sign up for a covered wagon ride so that you and your family can get the true Wild West historical experience.
White Water Rafting Trying to hold on to your tube while going through a class five rapid might not sound like a great family activity, but the rivers that run through Yellowstone National Park have a number of easies to moderate rapids that are family friendly. One of the unique aspects of this park is that its natural biodiversity allows it to offer all different types of activities for different people.
The park has even built bleachers to help accommodate the crowds but if you don't get there on time, chances are that you'll be trying to see the eruption over the head of someone in front of you. For a more “private” showing of and Old Faithful eruption, simply walk around to the back of the geyser along the boardwalk.
From there, you can leisurely hang your feet over the boardwalk and watch Old Faithful erupt without all the fanfare of hundreds of other tourists crowded around you. Instead of trying to meditate on the beauty of nature while surrounded by hundreds of talkative tourists, try this alternative, little-known path to get a view with solitude of the Canyon and the falls.
A short trail over two wooden bridges will get you a beautiful view of the upper fall complete with rainbows and mist. Not many tourists know of this tiny, thermal pool, but it's only a ten-minute drive from Mammoth.
Where these two rivers meet you'll find a perfect mix of hot and cold waters and steam rising up around you. Getting a shot of these majestic animals while geothermal steam rises up around them with the Yellowstone River in the background is definitely Instagram worthy.
The summer weather at Yellowstone averages a comfortable 75 degrees and offers long days of sunlight. It's also a great time to see certain types of wild flowers while the bison and other wildlife will just out foraging before the winter months hit.
Yellowstone National Park offers visitors a unique perspective of the geothermal activity going on just below the earth’s crust.