There are over 1100 miles of Yellowstone hiking trails in the national park located primarily in Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world, is known primarily for its scenic beauty, wildlife, and Old Faithful Geyser.
Yellowstone National Park is famous for its geothermal features. In fact, Yellowstone contains half of the worlds’ geothermal features. The land area in Yellowstone is covered primarily by lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions.
Yellowstone backpacking and hiking trails, while filled with beautiful scenery, include hidden dangers and hazards the hiker should be aware of: changing weather conditions, unpredictable wildlife, cold water lakes, remote thermal areas, and rugged mountain trails with loose rocks. The hiker should review all back country regulations and guidelines before embarking on a hike in Yellowstone. Proper trail hiking shoes are also a must.
There are many Yellowstone hiking trails that are suitable for day hiking. Before starting your hike, visit the Ranger Station or Visitor Center. Trail conditions may change unexpectedly at any time. Trails can be closed by the rangers for many unpredictable reasons, such as rain or snow storms, bear activity, high water, or fires. Be sure to carry a hat, raincoat, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit and wear waterproof hiking shoes. However, the best hiking equipment to bring along with you is another person. Yellowstone does not require a permit for day hiking.
It is very important for the hiker to carry a sufficient supply of water on all Yellowstone hiking trails. Drinking water from lakes or streams may seem like a good idea, but it can often lead to intestinal infections. If you drink water from lakes or streams, the water should be boiled first or filtered.
Plan your hike on Yellowstone hiking trails based on unpredictable weather. The day may start out warm and sunny and end up rainy and stormy. Awareness of lightning should also be on the forefront of the hiker’s mind. Keep off the water and beaches and away from high ridges and exposed places.