Activities in Yellowstone National Park
Backcountry Camping & HikingWith 2.2 million acres to explore, Yellowstone is a premiere destination for vacationers looking to get in touch with their wild side. The park's extensive backcountry provides ample opportunity for campers and hikers to experience the majesty of Yellowstone with minimal ties to civilization. Explore the abundant waterfalls of Cascade Corner, or trek through the bizarre volcanic "hoodoos" at the head of Lamar Valley. Naturally, such sojourns come with an accompanying level of risk; travelers should prepare for sudden changes in weather, and respect the park's policies, particularly where bears are concerned. backcountry trip planner. Certain tour companies also lead guided backcountry expeditions.
Bikingreserve a campsite ahead of time. That being said, the bright side of biking in Yellowstone is that there are many paths exclusively reserved for cyclists and foot traffic. Ride the five-mile stretch along the abandoned railroad bed adjacent to Yellowstone Creek in the Mammoth Area, or grab your mountain bike and head to Fountain Freight Road, six miles north of Old Faithful. Some gravel roads, like Old Gardiner Road and Blacktail Plateau Drive have two-way bike traffic and one-way automobile traffic.
FishingFishing in Yellowstone is an important part of the park's history. The park's second superintendent, Philetus Norris, once advocated fishing as an alternative to hunting big game in Yellowstone. By 1894, the introduction of non-native trout to the park was so successful that a later superintendent noted that “the general verdict of all who have ﬁshed here that no better ﬁshing can be found anywhere in the world." Today, fishing continues at Yellowstone, but is tightly regulated. Different habitat areas have distinct sets of rules for fishermen, and the park has adopted a barbless hook policy for all fishing in the park.
Winter Activitiessnowmobile and snowcoach have enabled visitors to explore Yellowstone's interior during winter months. Less invasive but also quite popular, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Yellowstone are facilitated by third-party companies, who rent gear and provide guided tours of the park's five major ski areas. Ranger-led programs, such as snowshoeing at Mammoth Hot Springs, are also popular options.