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Forces of the Northern Range Trail

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Forces of the Northern Range Trail

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  • The boardwalk is accessible.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • Wonderful views reward this short stroll.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • Exhibits and resting areas are scattered through the site.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • This is a splendid place to take a break from the car.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • A glacial boulder and views of the Gallatin Range.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • Views of the Northern Range.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • An easy and rewarding walk.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
  • Heading back to the parking area.- Forces of the Northern Range Trail
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Pros: 
Nice views. Possible wildlife sightings. Informative displays.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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This self-guided boardwalk along the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Tower-Roosevelt area in Yellowstone National Park is more of a stroll than a hike. It offers some nice scenery and educational exhibits on the forces that shaped and continue to shape the national park. Volcanoes, glaciers, wildfires, and wildlife are all discussed in a series of informational displays that are distributed along this short loop that winds into aspen groves and meadows with great views of the surrounding mountains.

The northern range is the lowest-elevation section of Yellowstone National Park and is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, especially in the Lamar Valley to the east of this self-guided trail. Originally established in a severely burned area after the huge 1988 fires, this educational trail has been updated to focus less on the fire and to be more all-encompassing in its discussion of all the major forces that impact the landscape and environment. The trail is very family friendly and accessible.

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