- The millions of acres of public lands surrounding West Yellowstone make for an over-abundance of hiking and backpacking options.
- Whether you want to go for a short day hike or spend a week exploring the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, you’ll find hiking trails (or cross-country travel) through some of the West’s most beautiful land.
Whether you plan to journey into Yellowstone National Park, Targhee National Forest or any of the local state parks (Harriman State Park, Henry's Lake State Park), you will find a large variety of trail options to suit your sense of adventure.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone has over 1,100 miles of hiking trails exploring 2.1 million acres of public land. And with its varied visitor population (everything from senior groups to families to avid backpackers), the Park has seen fit to provide every type, difficulty and length of trail imaginable. Pick up a park map as you enter the park to see all the trails.
The Riverside Trail leaves right from West Yellowstone and follows a mellow trail along the river right into Yellowstone.
Harriman State Park
20-plus miles of trails welcome visitors to explore picturesque lakes, plains and overlooks. The wildlife viewing, especially bird viewing, is also very good at Harriman State Park. Trails are well marked.
Historic Walking Tour
This is a sort of do it yourself urban hiking trail. Grab a Historic Walking Tour map at the visitor center and visit historic sites and buildings all over town.
Rendezvous Trail System
A highly popular cross country ski trail system in the winter, the Rendezvous Trail System is open to hikers and bikers in the summer. They provide a fantastic trail map that also includes hiking trails all around West Yellowstone.