Daly Creek to Black Butte Trailhead

West Yellowstone, Montana

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Just 1 mile inside the northwestern corner of Yellowstone, the Daly Creek Trail is home to elk, wolves, and other Yellowstone natives. This area is popular with elk because it is in a snow shadow, receiving less snow than other parts of the region. The elk have an easier time in the shallower snow than they do in the deeper drifts typical of other drainages. In the 1960s, the Park Service rounded up elk here to regulate the elk population. Although that is not current park policy, the corral left over from the elk roundup remains. For skiers, Daly Creek Trail may not be the best choice due to thin snow cover intermittently during the winter. Snowshoers, however, will find the travel relatively easy. The rewards for traveling here include possible wolf sightings, and visitors should be on the lookout for recent elk carcasses—the leftovers from wolf kills. Surface quality: Skier-tracked.
Winter Trails: Montana

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Winter Trails: Montana

by Jean Arthur (The Globe Pequot Press)

Just 1 mile inside the northwestern corner of Yellowstone, the Daly Creek Trail is home to elk, wolves, and other Yellowstone natives. This area is popular with elk because it is in a snow shadow, receiving less snow than other parts of the region. The elk have an easier time in the shallower snow than they do in the deeper drifts typical of other drainages. In the 1960s, the Park Service rounded up elk here to regulate the elk population.

Although that is not current park policy, the corral left over from the elk roundup remains. For skiers, Daly Creek Trail may not be the best choice due to thin snow cover intermittently during the winter. Snowshoers, however, will find the travel relatively easy. The rewards for traveling here include possible wolf sightings, and visitors should be on the lookout for recent elk carcasses—the leftovers from wolf kills. Surface quality: Skier-tracked.

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Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park; Avalanche advisory (406)-587-6981
Driving Directions: Directions to Daly Creek to Black Butte Trailhead

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Apr 2018