S Rim Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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Hike on S Rim Trail for a visually spectacular experience, with many waterfalls large and small cutting through the rocky hills. Climb to Artist Point for an open view of the valley, and look out for wildlife, such as bison. Talk to the park rangers for information about the plant and animal life, as well as the history of the park and the trail itself. Alternatively, choose a ranger-guided hike, where they give out information as you pass the important spots on the trail. The route, mostly paved, is easy enough for walkers of all skill levels. Arrange to visit S Rim Trail and other attractions in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner .
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  • Wow. The gorge and the La dscape is stunning. The entire south rim with the colourful gorge, drop and waterfall is so beautiful. A change from the geysers.  more »
  • This trail is amazing with fantastic views of the falls and the canyon. The trail (at least the section we walked to Artist Point) was level and a very easy walk. No hiking skills are necessary so I r...  more »
  • We hiked on the open part which was the distal part after the lookout at artists point. Hard to give five stars with 1/2 closed.  more »

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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