Grand Teton National Park stretches high above northwest Wyoming, encompassing 310,000 acres of snowcapped peaks and 200 miles of steep, rugged trail. Yellowstone National Park spans three states and a supervolcano, and has geothermic features such as geysers and hot springs that are found in few other spots on Earth.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Wyoming.
Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
We’re all for tagging summits, but the best way to experience a peak? Hike around it. You’ll see a mountain’s many faces on a single, peak-circling loop. These 14 trips circumnavigate the best of the best.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Montana
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