Trails for Every Trekker: 12 Wyoming Hiking Trails in & Near National Parks
Wyoming’s many hiking trails are pristine pathways to only-in-Wyoming views, such as iconic Old Faithful, mysterious Devils Tower and the photogenic Grand Tetons. Check out these hikes in and around Wyoming’s national parks, forests and monuments, which are listed below by level of difficulty, ranging from laid-back walks to uphill climbs.
Jenny Lake Loop Trail, courtesy T. Boni via Flickr
Beginner Wyoming Hiking Trails
Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Capture the best of Yellowstone’s geysers from the boardwalks at Old Faithful on this popular 4-mile loop trail. Yellowstone possesses nearly 60 percent of the world’s geysers, and the Upper Geyser Basin is home to the largest number of these steamy spectacles, including Castle, Grand, Daisy and Old Faithful. Plan to spend two hours investigating this area at dawn or dusk to escape the crowds. Explore more Yellowstone geyser experiences.
Tower Trail, Devils Tower National Monument
Discover Devils Tower from every angle as you encircle Wyoming’s most famous rock formation on this 1.2-mile loop trail. Along the way, you’ll spot birds, chipmunks, a large prairie dog habitat and even golden eagles. Learn more about Devils Tower.
Nature Trail and Historic Quarry Trail, Fossil Butte National Monument
The 1.5-mile Nature Trail is ideal for viewing wildlife such as mule deer, pronghorn, elk, jackrabbits, grouse, golden eagles and robins, while the 2.5-mile Historic Quarry Trail is a bit more challenging and allows hikers to experience the geology of Fossil Butte. Both loop trails have exhibits along the way that reveal information about the area’s geology, history, wildlife and vegetation. Read more about Wyoming’s national parks and monuments.
Artist Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park
From this 1.2-mile loop trail located on Yellowstone’s west side, the whole family can enjoy spectacular views of Mount Holmes and the sight of gurgling mud resembling hot chocolate pudding. The presence of hydrogen-sulfite gases converted into sulfuric acid by microorganisms turn rock into clay to form the mud pots, which pop and bubble as various gases continue to escape them. Be alert for flying hot mud while you marvel at this scientifically fascinating marvel.