There are many outdoor hiking and recreational activities in West Yellowstone.
Hebgen Lake is located near West Yellowstone in southwest Montana. It was formed by the manmade construction of Hebgen Dam, which was built in 1914. This lake is a premier fly-fishing area for cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout, attracting anglers worldwide.
A striking earthquake created Earthquake Lake in 1959, shaking this area to nature’s core. The result of damage to Hebgen Dam, the overflow of Hebgen Lake waters created this lake only a few miles east. This area offers boating, fishing and hiking. The visitor center features a breathtaking panoramic view of the nearby landscape, highlighting the damage caused by the earthquake.
Yellowstone National Park is full of hikes. Some of the most amazing hiking trails include Mystic Falls, Fairy Falls, Mallard Lake and Lone Star Geyser. These areas are not overrun with vehicles, meaning they are only seen by the few adventurists that are dedicated enough to travel on foot. Additional mini-day hikes include the Fountain Paint Pot, Artists’ Paintpots Trail, Mount Washburn, Purple Mountain Trail, Uncle Tom’s Trail, North Rim Trail, Lone Star Geyser, Beula Lake, Natural Bridge Trail, Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail, Beaver Ponds Loop Trail and many more. Yellowstone National Park could literally be the hiking adventure that takes decades of summers of complete.
The Gallatin River offers outstanding rafting, which ranges from adrenaline-rushing whitewater to scenic floats. This river is famous for the Mad Mile, which rates as a Class IV. The water here is high early in the season and low in the late season. Some rafting companies combine both horseback riding and rafting trips for the ultimate outdoor adventure.
Horseback riding tours allow visitors to see Yellowstone from a Wild West and Native American perspective. The scenic, backcountry views of Yellowstone National Park are sure to bring a new perspective to seasoned park goers. The rolling hills, mountains, peaceful meadows, abundant flowers and miraculous wildlife are sure to provide thrilling nature-filled views of this untamed park.
West Yellowstone offers some of the most famous mountain biking trails. The Upper and Lower River Looks and Rendezvous Trail systems wind through pine forests, wild animals and provide a view of the park where non-motorized travel is restricted.
While Hebgen Lake fishing is popular worldwide, there are also several other rivers and streams that anglers seek to conquer in this mighty wilderness. This includes the Gallatin River, Madison River, Yellowstone River, upper Madison, Henrys Fork of the Snake River, Firehole and the Gibbon Rivers.