Trailhead Directions

Lamar Valley Safari Hike: In front of the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs at 7:15 a.m.; South of the Tower/Roosevelt Service Station at 8 a.m.; Lamar River Valley Trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

Bunsen Peak Vista Hike: In front of the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs at 7:15 a.m.; Bunsen Peak Trailhead at 7:30 a.m.

Lone Star Geyser Hike: In front of the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs at 6:15 a.m.; In front of the Madison Information Station at 7:30 a.m.; Flag pole in front of the Old Faithful Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

Trailhead Directions

Please print directions to your meeting location before arrival date as there is little to no cell service in Yellowstone.

See map with trailhead locations below the text descriptions. Drive times are listed at bottom of page.


Lamar Valley Safari Hike: Lamar River Valley Trailhead

Meet at 8AM at the Lamar River Trailhead (Hiker Trailhead, not Stock Trailhead!)

From Tower Junction: The trailhead is 14.8 miles from Tower Junction (25 minutes). Turn onto Highway 212 at Tower Junction toward Cooke City. After driving through the Lamar Valley you will pass the Lamar River Stock Trailhead. This trailhead is for horse users. There are two latrines at this location. This is your last civilized bathroom location. On the trail there are many “facili-trees”. The hiker trailhead is another 0.25 mile upstream. This large parking lot for the Lamar River Trail has no latrines. If you get out of your vehicle you will see a small footbridge.

From Cooke City: The trailhead is 18.3 miles from Cooke City (30 minutes). It is located approximately 0.5 mile past the small, white Soda Butte thermal formation. You will smell this if you don’t see it! The parking lot for the Lamar River Trail is on the left. There is a small footbridge here if you get out of your vehicle and look. If you arrive at a parking lot with two latrines you have gone too far. This is the Lamar River Stock Trailhead. The hiker trailhead is 0.25 mile back upstream.

Bunsen Peak Vista Hike: Bunsen Peak Trailhead

Meet at 8AM at the Bunsen Peak Trailhead.

From Mammoth Hot Springs: The trailhead is 4.5 miles from Mammoth Hot Springs (15 minutes). From Mammoth go toward Norris Junction. After climbing up a hill and through a sheer cliff canyon you will arrive at the trailhead as the road levels off and into a large open meadow with a mountain view. The Bunsen Peak Trailhead is on the left. Additional parking is available on the right.

From Norris Junction: The trailhead is 17.2 miles from Norris Junction (30 minutes). From Norris Junction go toward Mammoth Hot Springs. You will pass Sheepeater Cliffs and then break into a large meadow. Bunsen Peak Trailhead is at the far side of the meadow on the right side of the road, just past Swan Lake. If the road begins to go down a steep canyon you have gone too far.

Lone Star Geyser Hike: Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Meet at 8AM on the front steps of the Old Faithful Visitor's Center near the flag pole. 

This meeting location is in the village of Old Faithful in front of the Visitor’s Center on the front steps. From this location we will caravan the two miles to the trailhead.



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