No matter the season that brings you to West Yellowstone, there is something to offer for everyone! The long summer days provide outdoor enthusiasts unlimited access to explore and play in the splendor of the high country. And, no other season rivals the wonder of Yellowstone in the winter.
The Gallatin National Forest and Madison Range around West Yellowstone is a hiker’s dream. Miles of trails wind past aspen and pine, tranquil meadows and impressive peaks. A local hiking favorite is the Coffin Lakes trail ending at a pair of high mountain lakes. Nearby Lee Metcalf Wilderness includes the Monument Mountain Unit which borders Yellowstone and is home to spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Hiking in Yellowstone isn't just for the avid hikers. The Park offers many "Family Friendly Hikes" the entire family can enjoy. So, why not grab your family, a friend, or your exercise partner and join create a Yellowstone hiking adventure.
Bechler is the most popular and unusual place to hike in Yellowstone (late summer and fall). This area is definitely one ‘less-traveled by’ but has been a favorite for backcountry hikers and campers for many years.
This is bear and wolf country and hikers should be informed and prepared.
A free all-seasons area trail map is available from the Visitor Center. More information and detailed maps area available from the Hebgen Lake District office.