Little Yellowstone Canyon

Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Little Yellowstone Canyon

Little Yellowstone Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Little Yellowstone Canyon is a worthwhile goal for those who desire to hike beyond the Lulu City site. National Park Service Ranger Winnie Winston came from Kelly, Wyoming, in Grand Teton National Park, in the neighborhood of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park. He saw a similarity between the yellow rock of Yellowstone and the eroded volcanic rock exposed near the headwaters of the Colorado River. It was an apt comparison, but do not expect to see mighty waterfalls or nesting ospreys in Little Yellowstone Canyon.

These volcanics exploded from Lulu Mountain some 28 million years ago. The canyon carving began about 26 million years ago. Beyond the Lulu City site there are two semi-parallel trails toward the canyon. The lower path that follows an old stage road through the Lulu City site and over Thunder Pass seems more interesting, but you can return by the higher path that looks down on the Lulu City site but bypasses it. The distances are about the same."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours
9,010 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,000 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
Local Contacts
USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018