Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry is a diverse area with hundreds of miles of trails, vast forests, wild rivers, remote mountains, abundant wildlife, and a variety of geysers and hot springs. It can provide a unique and enjoyable experience if you are prepared to deal with situations you may encounter while on the trail. The information here was compiled by backcountry rangers and covers situations you are most likely to encounter while traveling in Yellowstone’s backcountry. Please read it carefully.
Be sure and read the section on Park Regulations prior to entering the back country trail system.
If you plan on camping in the backcountry, see the page on Backcountry Campsites. Also read the section on Visitor Safety.
You can use the map and links below to learn more about the variety of trails throughout the park.
Trail Map Quadrants
Trail Information and Maps
Trails are broken out into four quadrants based upon where they begin. If you have an online review or blog entry about your experiences on these trails, and want to send me a link to it and I’ll post the link to your review.
- Trails in the Northwest part of the park
- Trails in the Northeast part of the park
- Trails in the Southwest part of the park
- Trails in the Southeast part of the park