The Yellowstone River Trail hike makes for a great early or late season venture in

Yellowstone National Park. Having two vehicles is ideal as the start of this hike is at the Blacktail Deer Creek trailhead and the finish is at the trailhead parking area adjacent to the Eagle Creek Campground along the Jardine road, making a shuttle necessary.

From the trailhead, the hike gradually descends alongside Blacktail Deer Creek for 3.5 miles into the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone. Upon reaching the Yellowstone River, a suspension footbridge spans the River, giving you passage to the Yellowstone River Trail. From here, the trail parallels the Yellowstone. Knowles Falls, and the canyon that funnels the River below Knowles, are particularly impressive. Unlike the River, the trail follows a more pleasant and gentle course through the canyon. Toward the end of the canyon, watch for Bighorn sheep as they frequent this area.

After crossing Bear Creek, the trail ascends up to the Jardine road and trailhead. The flora and landscape of this hike vary so dramatically from start to finish, that the excitement of what’s next will keep you going for the entire distance.

Remember to tread lightly and leave no trace.

Download our summary and map here, feel free to print! 

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Here's how to get to the trailhead: