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Yellowstone Driving Guide

The Areas

We have spent a lot of time in this amazing park. This is by no means a comprehensive list of things to do in this park. This is simply what we think some of the highlights are with suggestions of short or small hikes to do in each area. We hope this is helpful for anyone from first time visitors to seasoned veterans. If you have favorite areas that are not listed we would love to hear from you! For more up to date conditions and park maps please visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.html for the official website for the park to help plan your trip. Click on each individual link in blue for much more detail and many more photos of each area!

Madison Junction to West Thumb

The road from Madison to West Thumb is an interesting part of the park. It offers the least far off panoramic views but is probably the most visited part of the park where it houses many geyser basins and the most famous spot in the park in Old Faithful.

Madison Junction to West Thumb Trek

West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs

The road from West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs offers a lot of different options and has some of my favorite areas of the park.

West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs Trek

Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City

The road from Mammoth to Cooke City is my absolute favorite part of the park. It doesn’t feature any of the ultra popular features which helps keep the crowds down a bit. Its your best chance at spotting wildlife, and the mountain views are the best in the park.

Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City Trek

Tower To Fishing Bridge

The section of road between Tower and Fishing Bridge contains the highest road in the park, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and offers some of your best chances to see wildlife. (Especially Bears)

Tower to Fishing Bridge Trek

Fishing Bridge to Grand Teton

The section of road between Fishing Bridge and the entrance to Grand Teton National Park is surprisingly one of the lesser traveled areas because there are none of the super famous tourist stops but I think there are some great things to see.

Fishing Bridge to Grand Teton Trek

Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway is simply put, one of my favorite places on earth. It takes you through the middle of some of the most gorgeous, and rugged country in North America. It is one of the highest roads in the US at just a few feet below 11,000 feet.

West Yellowstone through Gallatin Canyon

The Gallatin Canyon drive is a beautiful drive that takes you between West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Montana. The highway passes through Yellowstone National Park for several miles of its length.

Be sure to visit our other Yellowstone lists:

Best Hikes in Yellowstone: Waterfalls

Best Hikes in Yellowstone: Thermal Attractions

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I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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