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Blacktail Deer Creek-Yellowstone River Trail

Difficulty: Moderate due to length
Elevation Gain: -1,100 Feet (-342.9 Meters)
Length: 12.5 Miles (20.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer

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General Description

Blacktail Deer Creek-Yellowstone River Trail, located near Mammoth, offers a moderate 12.5 one-way hike. This trail follows Blacktail Deer Creek as it descends 1,100 feet through rolling, grassy hills and Douglas-fir where it reaches the Yellowstone River. The trail continues across the Yellowstone River on a steel suspension bridge and joins the Yellowstone River Trail. The trail continues downriver, passing Knowles Falls and into arid terrain until it ends in Gardiner, Montana.

Trailhead: Blacktail Trailhead on the Mammoth-Tower Road, seven miles east of Mammoth.

Directions from Mammoth: Travel seven miles east to Blacktail Trailhead on the Mammoth-Tower Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Late September .

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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Hiking & Walking Blacktail Deer Creek-Yellowstone River Trail

Related Activities
Albright Visitor Center - Albright Visitor Center (formerly bachelor officers' quarters) & Museum, located five miles inside the North Entrance, features a museum, Moran Gallery, theater, Yellowstone Association, backcountry office and handicap accessible restrooms between Visitor Center hours.

Indian Creek Campground - Indian Creek Campground, located in the northwest section of the park, features 75 RV and tent sites.

Lava Creek Trail - Lava Creek Trail, located near Mammoth, offers a 4.5 mile hike.

Mammoth Campground -

Rescue Creek Trail - Rescue Creek Trail, located near the North Entrance to the park, offers an eight mile hike or 16 mile roundtrip.

Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail - Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381


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