The Tetons are showy enough to make roadside views almost as good as the backcountry ones. Almost. This wilderness lake is a haul to reach, but the journey is just as good as the destination.
Hike past expansive beaver ponds and prime elk habitat on this loop through Yellowstone’s scenic northwest corner.
Hike to more than 9 lakes beneath the stark peaks of the Snowy Range on this 6.5-mile loop. You’ll have countless chances to catch native trout or take breathtaking photos.
Roam 6.8 miles mostly off-trail along elk and mule deer trails to undulating granite ridgelines that offer numerous picture-perfect views of the plains and Rocky Mountains.
This 12.4-mile out-and-back is in country so wild, so remote, and so loaded with wildlife not even locals know much about this wilderness in the corner of Medicine Bow National Forest.
This diverse 5.6-mile out-and-back, a park signature hike, passes colorful geysers and an eerie burn zone en route to a 100-foot cascade. Caution: Grizzly restoration area.
Ditch the roadside crowds on this family-friendly, 4.1-mile out-and-back to an indigo lake framed by the mighty Tetons. Bring binocs: Songbirds abound.
This 11.8-mile ski or snowshoe loop explores a frozen waterfall and bison wintering grounds.
This 5.1-mile route leads to a majestic set of granite domes, crags, pinnacles, and chimneys shaped by constant winds from the Medicine Bow Range.
Connect a string of sparkling alpine lakes on this 25.2-mile long weekend under the ragged 12,000-foot spires and peaks of the Wind River Range.
Take advantage of the park’s quieter winter season on this 9.4-mile snowshoe trek through wooded hills to an expansive plateau with endless snowy views.
The standard approach for GT climbers, this 6-mile, 5,000-foot trek to the Lower Saddle yields divine views.
Navigate boulder fields, rocky ridgelines, and seasonal snowfields during this long, challenging ascent of the third-highest peak in the Tetons.
A stunning new 80-mile hike in the Rockies’ top spot for big backpacking adventures.
Explore canyons and sageland in Yellowstone’s backcountry on this 18.5-mile hike near the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Go where the buffalo roam on this 21-mile Yellowstone traverse.
Follow your ears to thundering, stunning Union Falls on this 15.8-mile hike in Yellowstone National Park.
Trek vast alpine wildflower gardens in western Wyoming on this 12-mile out-and-back in the Wind River Range.
Connect a string of alpine lakes on this classic 35-mile loop in the Wind River Range.
Ramble an unknown portion of Teton backcountry on a partly off-trail tour.
This serious scramble ends on a pinpoint summit overlooking the Grand Teton.
Link two of the park’s deepest and most spectacular valleys via a high pass.
Explore a majestic climbers’ haven in the heart of the Tetons.
The range’s best-kept secret harbors big, open mountain terrain.
This 7.4-mile loop takes hikers atop the Snowy Range’s gateway summit and its rugged ridgeline.
Explore the park’s new Rockefeller Preserve on this 3-mile loop that traces the southern shore of Phelps Lake and reveals striking views of the Tetons.
A favorite route among locals, this 20.7-mile mountain bike loop winds past Cache Creek and Game Creek, revealing views of the Gros Ventre Range and the Snake River Valley.
This 7-mile mountain bike loop climbs past spectacular views of the Tetons and the Snake River Valley, then descends on singletrack through aspens and pines.
Camp in an active geyser basin teeming with wildlife.
With no trails and few visitors, Wyoming’s Red Desert is an explorer’s paradise.
You’ll find wildflowers, bighorn sheep, and a lookout tower on the easy-going climb up to a 10,243-foot peak formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.
Take your pick of campsites near several spectacular tarns.
Explore Yellowstone National Park’s lower elevations on a moderate 8-mile loop that circles Garnet Hill, visits the Yellowstone River, and traverses bison-filled grasslands.
Ascend 2,000 feet in 2.3 miles on the stiff climb to the wind-swept summit of Avalanche Peak, a 10,568-foot mountain with prime views across Yellowstone National Park.
A towering pile of weathered granite is the cornerstone of this easy-access loop that rolls over 3.2 miles of trail in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
This challenging, 18.1-mile backcountry trek wanders the rugged canyons, alpine lakes, and scree fields of Grand Teton National Park.
Towering peaks, alpine lakes, and rugged canyons highlight this challenging, 21.7-mile backcountry trek in Grand Teton National Park.
This 14.6-mile out-and-back meanders past lodgepole pine, towering peaks, and a waterfall on its way to a backcountry campsite at the foot of the Tetons.
Take a tour of multi-colored hot pools and a crater-like geyser on this easy-going, 0.4-mile boardwalk stroll in Yellowstone’s Black Sand Geyser Basin.
This 13.3-mile backcountry trek in Yellowstone National Park travels to a rocky beach (and campsites) in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Climb to panoramic views of Yellowstone National Park on this 7-mile loop that crests Bunsen Peak and skirts the edge of Sheepeater Canyon.
Trace Specimen Creek to two backcountry lakes and tour remote mountain landscapes on this solitary, 22.5-mile trek in Yellowstone National Park.
This 20.6-mile out-and-back in the northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park culminates with panoramic views from the rocky crown of Electric Peak.
This 3.9-mile lollipop loop in Yellowstone National Park climbs to a plateau top with unrivaled views of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Mountains.
With its hissing fumaroles, bubbling mudpots, and propellant geysers, this short boardwalk loop at Fountain Paint Pot serves as a greatest-hits collection of Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders.
Walk the rim of Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on this 6.4-mile hike that showcases five-star views of Upper and Lower Falls.
This 4.4-mile out-and-back traces the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone for postcard-worthy views of Upper and Lower Falls.
On this 6.7-mile shuttle hike in Yellowstone National Park, you’ll cruise through golden grasslands, tour the charred relics of the 1988 forest fires, and visit Grizzly Lake.
Spend a few nights in Yellowstone National Park on this 23.1-mile out-and-back complete with lakeside campsites and spectacular summit views.
Pass a waterfall, open meadows, lodgepole stands and a sparkling backcountry lake on this easy, 3.8-mile stroll through the heart of Yellowstone National Park.
A must-do hike in Yellowstone National Park, this easy 4.8-miler leads to Lone Star Geyser, a backcountry spout that shoots a 45-foot fountain of water into the air.
Bubbling mud pots, spewing hot springs and turquoise pools are jam-packed into this quick, 0.9-mile roadside jaunt in Yellowstone National Park.
Explore the otherworldly landscape of Mammoth Hot Springs on this easy, 1.7-mile boardwalk loop in northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park.
Link some of Yellowstone National Park’s most striking thermal features on this 5.2-mile loop near Mammoth Hot Springs.
String together an impressive collection of thermal features on this cruisy, 1.7-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.
Connect a series of memorable thermal features, such as Whale’s Mouth, Whirligig Geyser, and Black Growler Steam Vent, on this easy, 0.9-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.
Trek through rolling meadows en route to a shimmering backcountry lake and the 360-degree panorama bliss of Observation Peak on this 10.5-mile dayhike in Yellowstone National Park.
This 8-mile out-and-back in Yellowstone National Park descends a cliffside trail to the base of Osprey Falls, a 150-foot waterfall that pours into Sheepeater Canyon.
Link two backcountry lakes, a plummeting waterfall, and a billowing fumarole on this 6.7-mile loop near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
This easy-going hike winds past lodgepole forest and grassy stream beds to the black sand beaches of a backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Visit the black sand beaches of Shoshone Lake, the largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park, on this scenic 6.1-miler just minutes from Old Faithful.
This easy 5.8-miler tours a veritable geyser Hall of Fame in Yellowstone National Park before culminating with views of the legendary Old Faithful.
Experience world class fly-fishing, wildlife sightings, and to-die-for campsites on this 16.2-mile out-and-back to the second largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park.
Tour a lesser-traveled corner of Yellowstone National Park on this 8.6-mile loop that boasts vast lodgepole pine forests and massive meadows that stretch for miles.
Link Shoshone Lake to Lewis Lake on this 11.1-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park.
Visit a remote, backcountry thermal vent that steams up from the Pitchstone Plateau on this 9.4-mile out-and-back in Yellowstone National Park.
Experience the grandeur of Yellowstone National Park on this 14.4-mile out-and-back that crosses picturesque meadows and traces a trout-filled stream.
Trace the rim of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on this 4.8-mile out-and-back that features a plummeting waterfall, a small wooded lake, and five-star, across-the-expanse views.
Beat the crowds and enjoy the company of distant mountains and wildlife on this moderate, 7-mile loop in the northwest region of Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife sightings and striking views highlight this strenuous, 17.7-mile shuttle hike that spans the length of Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park.
Your best bet for planning the perfect Yellowstone trip, short of seeking out Yogi Bear himself.
Lakeside cliffs and a couple of Oregon Trail attractions add to this 27-mile loop in one of eastern Wyoming’s most beautiful state parks.
See bears, elk, and the remote terrain of the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone on this 44-mile trip.
This effortless out-and-back offers unparalleled views of rocky canyons and towering glacier-topped peaks, all from the shores of four gorgeous mountain lakes.
Leave the big pack behind and take this easy 2-mile loop at Colter Bay for spectacular views of Jackson Lake and several surrounding peaks.
This 8-mile loop around Jenny Lake visits two of Grand Teton’s most popular viewpoints: Hidden Falls (an 80-foot cascading waterfall) and nearby Inspiration Point.
Find solitude with this surf-and-turf trip.
Go high for the see-it-all hike in this iconic park.
Hike to the heart of the Winds and take the back door to an 11,695-foot peak in Bridger National Forest.
Trek to a pristine lake tucked under the shadow of the legendary Bighorn Mountains on this 8.4-mile out-and-back.
A forgotten explorer’s route leads to 42-mile off-trail adventure–with several peak bagging options–and bona fide solitude in Yellowstone National Park.
Discover a pocket of wildlife beyond Yellowstone’s borders.
Climb Wyoming’s highest peak on this 41-mile out-and-back in the Wind River Range.
Escape the Tetons and Yellowstone crowds on this 18.9-mile loop, connecting Swift and Shoal Creek drainages in the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
Sleep in a lake-dotted basin and scale an 11,000-foot peak on this 28.2-mile lollipop loop in Grand Teton National Park.
Notch an epic alpine challenge on this 13-mile loop that crests 10 of the Teton’s tallest peaks.
Take a grand tour of the Tetons on a six-day trek past pinnacled peaks, wildflower meadows, and secluded lakes.
Snap shots that would make Ansel proud on this 11.5-mile out-and-back that climbs up the west side of the Tetons.
Circle a glacial lake, see a waterfall, and explore a forgotten trail on this 12.4-mile loop in Grand Teton National Park.
Trace the crest of the Tetons on this classic 38.1-mile point-to-point in Grand Teton National Park.
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