Yellowstone National Park is known the world over for its erupting geysers, herds of buffalo, thundering waterfalls, and mountain peaks. Many miles of road connect its most famous features, but this massive national park also has some of the largest tracts of undeveloped landscape anywhere in the Lower 48. The number of natural wonders you can see from the road is indeed impressive, but the amount you can't see is almost mind boggling. You will only get a feel for the park's true hugeness by leaving the road, heading down a trail, and setting up camp.
There are more than 1,000 miles of trail and 300 backcountry campsites connecting truly wild places unseen by anyone other than those who earn it. With endless adventure combinations out there, narrowing it down to a shortlist of the "best" is, of course, impractical, but there are certain routes that stand out for their diversity and density of uniquely Yellowstone experiences. Here are six of our favorites to explore, but what's really best is to get out there and discover for yourself.