Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Cody, Wyoming 82414

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River Professional Review and Guide

"From the Gardiner Trailhead, the trail cuts through a narrow 60-yard strip of land between the church property on your left and a private campground on the right to a prominent trail sign. For the next 0.5 mile you cross private land (please stay on the trail), passing the confluence of the small and clear Gardner River with the larger and murkier Yellowstone River to where signs tell you that you are entering Yellowstone National Park. The surroundings are unlike what most people think of when they envision Yellowstone. Here, at the lowest elevations in the park, the only trees are some scattered Rocky Mountain junipers and a few cottonwoods by the river. In fact, the region is a semidesert, complete with sagebrush and prickly pear cactus. In summer it can get very hot in this canyon, but the relatively mild winters make it critical winter range for many of the park’s large mammals, including bison, elk, and bighorn sheep."

More Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River Professional Reviews and Guides

"An unusual trip along the majestic Yellowstone River nearly the entire route. The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the classic backpacking trips of the northern Rockies. It seems to offer everything a hiker might want. It’s downhill all the way on an excellent trail with a wide choice of 4 and 5 campsites.

Wildlife is abundant; the fishing is fantastic, and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park. The trail closely follows the mighty Yellowstone River most of the way. Special attractions: Snow gives up this area early in the year providing a rare opportunity for early season backpacking."

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5/15/2009
Did the hike in 2 days. The first day was awesome great terrain and wildlife. Spent the night at 1r2. Wouldn't recommend 1r1-1r3 if you want to see wildlife. The second day the terrain was differrent than the first with mostly a dry climate not much wildlife but losts of nice views of the yellowstone river. started at Hellroaring trailhead and finished in Gardiner definitley wouldn't do the trip in the opposite direction
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5/12/2007
The trail wasn't the hardest but the scenerio was amazing. The first day out we walked over a hill and to our surprise there was a bufflo sitting on the other side. We did this trail in mid May and the weather was perfect. It is one of the only trails that you can hike during that time of year if you still want to be in the mountains.
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6/6/2006
Outstanding trail, beautiful views and abundant wildlife
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Trail Information

Cody
Nearby City
32.2
Distance
3,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3–4 days
Duration
May to November
Season
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs-NW Yellowstone National Park and Tower/Canyon & NE Yellowstone National Park
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