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Cheyenne: Gap Lakes to Lost Lake Loop

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.

Cheyenne: Sheep Mountain

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.

Cheyenne, WY: Savage Run Trail

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Fairy Falls

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Phelps Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Tower Falls

This 11.8-mile ski or snowshoe loop explores a frozen waterfall and bison wintering grounds.

Cheyenne: Vedauwoo Loop

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.

Pinedale, WY: Pyramid Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Blacktail Deer Plateau Snowshoe

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Lower Saddle via Garnet Canyon Trail

The standard approach for GT climbers, this 6-mile, 5,000-foot trek to the Lower Saddle yields divine views.

Grand Teton National Park: Middle Teton via South Couloir

Navigate boulder fields, rocky ridgelines, and seasonal snowfields during this long, challenging ascent of the third-highest peak in the Tetons.

Crest of the Wind River Range

A stunning new 80-mile hike in the Rockies’ top spot for big backpacking adventures.

Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone River Trail

Explore canyons and sageland in Yellowstone’s backcountry on this 18.5-mile hike near the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park: Mary Mountain

Go where the buffalo roam on this 21-mile Yellowstone traverse.

Yellowstone National Park: Union Falls

Follow your ears to thundering, stunning Union Falls on this 15.8-mile hike in Yellowstone National Park.

Jackson, WY: Ross Lake

Trek vast alpine wildflower gardens in western Wyoming on this 12-mile out-and-back in the Wind River Range.

Jackson, WY: Island Lake Loop

Connect a string of alpine lakes on this classic 35-mile loop in the Wind River Range.

Grand Teton National Park: Mount Hunt-Static Peak Loop

Ramble an unknown portion of Teton backcountry on a partly off-trail tour.

Grand Teton National Park: Teewinot Mountain

This serious scramble ends on a pinpoint summit overlooking the Grand Teton.

Grand Teton National Park: Avalanche Canyon to Cascade Canyon

Link two of the park’s deepest and most spectacular valleys via a high pass.

Grand Teton National Park: South Teton via Garnet Canyon

Explore a majestic climbers’ haven in the heart of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Southern Tetons

The range’s best-kept secret harbors big, open mountain terrain.

Laramie, WY: Medicine Bow Peak

This 7.4-mile loop takes hikers atop the Snowy Range’s gateway summit and its rugged ridgeline.

Grand Teton National Park: Rockefeller Preserve Loop

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.

Jackson, WY: Cache Creek to Game Creek Loop

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Shadow Mountain Loop

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Lone Star Trail

Camp in an active geyser basin teeming with wildlife.

Rawlins, WY: Wyoming’s Red Desert

With no trails and few visitors, Wyoming’s Red Desert is an explorer’s paradise.

Yellowstone National Park: Mount Washburn

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.

Buffalo, WY: Seven Brothers Lakes

Take your pick of campsites near several spectacular tarns.

Yellowstone National Park: Garnet Hill Loop

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Avalanche Peak

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.

Laramie, WY: Vedauwoo Turtle Rock

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon Loop

This challenging, 18.1-mile backcountry trek wanders the rugged canyons, alpine lakes, and scree fields of Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Paintbrush Canyon

Towering peaks, alpine lakes, and rugged canyons highlight this challenging, 21.7-mile backcountry trek in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Cascade Canyon

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Black Sand Geyser Basin

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Agate Creek via Specimen Ridge Trail

This 13.3-mile backcountry trek in Yellowstone National Park travels to a rocky beach (and campsites) in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park: Bunsen Peak

Climb to panoramic views of Yellowstone National Park on this 7-mile loop that crests Bunsen Peak and skirts the edge of Sheepeater Canyon.

Yellowstone National Park: Specimen Creek Loop

Trace Specimen Creek to two backcountry lakes and tour remote mountain landscapes on this solitary, 22.5-mile trek in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park: Electric Peak

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Elephant Back Trail

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Fountain Paint Pot

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – North Rim

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone – South Rim

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Grizzly Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Heart Lake and Mount Sheridan

Spend a few nights in Yellowstone National Park on this 23.1-mile out-and-back complete with lakeside campsites and spectacular summit views.

Yellowstone National Park: Ice Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Lone Star Geyser

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Mud Volcano

Bubbling mud pots, spewing hot springs and turquoise pools are jam-packed into this quick, 0.9-mile roadside jaunt in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs

Explore the otherworldly landscape of Mammoth Hot Springs on this easy, 1.7-mile boardwalk loop in northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park: Narrow Gauge

Link some of Yellowstone National Park’s most striking thermal features on this 5.2-mile loop near Mammoth Hot Springs.

Yellowstone National Park: Norris Geyser Basin (Back Basin)

String together an impressive collection of thermal features on this cruisy, 1.7-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.

Yellowstone National Park: Norris Geyser Basin (Porcelain 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.

Yellowstone National Park: Observation Peak

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Osprey Falls

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Ribbon Lake via Clear Lake

Link two backcountry lakes, a plummeting waterfall, and a billowing fumarole on this 6.7-mile loop near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park: Riddle Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Shoshone Lake via DeLacy Creek Trail

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful via Upper Geyser Basin

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Heart Lake

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Bechler River Loop

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Shoshone Lake to Lewis Lake Loop

Link Shoshone Lake to Lewis Lake on this 11.1-mile loop in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park: Phantom Fumarole

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Nez Perce Creek

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Ribbon Lake and Silver Cord Cascade via Artist Point

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Terrace Mountain Loop via Glen Creek

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Specimen Ridge

Wildlife sightings and striking views highlight this strenuous, 17.7-mile shuttle hike that spans the length of Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park: Trip Finder

Your best bet for planning the perfect Yellowstone trip, short of seeking out Yogi Bear himself.

Cheyenne, WY: Guernsey State Park

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.

Yellowstone National Park: Hellroaring Creek to Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

See bears, elk, and the remote terrain of the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone on this 44-mile trip.

Grand Teton National Park: String, Leigh, Bearpaw, and Trapper Lakes

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Colter Bay at Jackson Lake

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake and Hidden Falls

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Wilcox Point-Moose Creek Loop

Find solitude with this surf-and-turf trip.

Yellowstone National Park: Gallatin Skyline

Go high for the see-it-all hike in this iconic park.

Pinedale, WY: Green River Lakes

Hike to the heart of the Winds and take the back door to an 11,695-foot peak in Bridger National Forest.

Buffalo, WY: Willow Lake

Trek to a pristine lake tucked under the shadow of the legendary Bighorn Mountains on this 8.4-mile out-and-back.

Yellowstone National Park: Lake Butte to Sylvan Pass via Thorofare Trail

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.

Jackson, WY: Horse Heaven Loop

Discover a pocket of wildlife beyond Yellowstone’s borders.

Pinedale, WY: Gannett Peak

Climb Wyoming’s highest peak on this 41-mile out-and-back in the Wind River Range.

Jackson, WY: Shoal Falls Loop, Gros Ventre Wilderness

Escape the Tetons and Yellowstone crowds on this 18.9-mile loop, connecting Swift and Shoal Creek drainages in the Gros Ventre Wilderness.

Grand Teton National Park: Death Canyon Loop

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.

Grand Teton National Park: Grand Traverse

Notch an epic alpine challenge on this 13-mile loop that crests 10 of the Teton’s tallest peaks.

Grand Teton National Park: Granite Canyon to Paintbrush Canyon

Take a grand tour of the Tetons on a six-day trek past pinnacled peaks, wildflower meadows, and secluded lakes.

Grand Teton National Park: Table Mountain

Snap shots that would make Ansel proud on this 11.5-mile out-and-back that climbs up the west side of the Tetons.

Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake and Hanging Canyon Loop

Circle a glacial lake, see a waterfall, and explore a forgotten trail on this 12.4-mile loop in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park: Teton Crest Trail

Trace the crest of the Tetons on this classic 38.1-mile point-to-point in Grand Teton National Park.

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Cheyenne: Sheep Mountain

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.

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Cheyenne: Gap Lakes to Lost Lake Loop

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.

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Cheyenne, WY: Savage Run Trail

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.

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Cheyenne: Vedauwoo Loop

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.

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Pinedale, WY: Pyramid Lake

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.

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