Yellowstone River Overlook

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain690ft
Trailhead Elevation6,241ft
Elevation Min/Max6241/6647ft
Elevation Start/End6241/6241ft

Yellowstone River Overlook

Yellowstone River Overlook is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 6,241 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 690 feet. The Yellowstone Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and a parking. This trail connects with the following: Specimen Ridge.

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"Bring your binoculars: this easy, family-friendly hike provides opportunities to spot wildlife and offers quick access to unobstructed views of both the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Absaroka Range. Turn around wherever you like, or complete the loop by following the start of the Specimen Ridge Trail.

Take extra care with the kids near the precipitous canyon rim—there are no safety railings here in the backcountry. The Tower-Canyon road and overhanging cliffs of columnar basalt are visible across the canyon. Keep your eyes out for bighorn Wildlife sheep scampering along the canyon’s sheer walls. About halfway along the trail at 1.2 miles, you don’t need an acute sense of smell to pick up on the sulfur odor wafting out of the active Calcite Springs 3 thermal area on the opposite side of the Geothermal canyon."

"This easy hike parallels the northern end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Yellowstone River along the edge of the canyon rim. From 700 feet above the river, the hike offers continuous views of vertical basalt columns and eroded rock formations, including The Narrows (the narrowest section of the 23-mile-long canyon), Bumpus Butte, The Needle, Overhanging Cliff, Devil’s Den, and the towers at Tower Falls."

"A short and often ignored day hike with a great view of the narrows section of the Yellowstone River.

This is a delightful day hike when you need some exercise after a picnic. You can go as far as 2 miles before the trail joins the Specimen Ridge Trail, or you can walk along the ridge overlooking the Yellowstone River for whatever distance suits you before returning to the picnic area."

"This easy hike parallels the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the Yellowstone River along the eastern edge of the canyon rim. From 700 feet above the river, the hike offers continuous views of eroded rock formations, including Bumpus Butte, The Needle, the Narrows, Overhanging Cliff, Devil's Den and the towers at Tower Falls."

"Riotous whitewater, deep pools, smoking springs. The Snake River and the Yellowstone rise on separate sides of the Two Ocean Plateau in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. The Snake flows south and west and ultimately into the Pacific.

The regeneration of a forest is, indeed, inspiring. From the river’s headwaters on the plateau to Yellowstone Lake is a distance of 30 utterly isolated miles. No roads and few trails probe this area. Native cutthroats of six inches or so ply these thin waters, except in the spring when bigger cutts enter the lower reaches that drain into the Southeast Arm of the lake. Species: Cutthroat, brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Tower Junction
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Sep 2018