Two Ribbons Trail

Two Ribbons Trail in Yellowstone National Park is a short, boardwalk loop through a mix of open sagebrush meadows along the Madison River and stands of lodgepole forests of varying ages. This level, interpretive trail is accessible and a pleasant walk for the entire family.

Right after coming through the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, two consecutive pullout/parking areas appear on the north side of the road. The pullout further west is in an older stand of lodgepole pines that escaped the 1988 fires. The trail lazily works its way through these trees. At the fork in the trail, you can go right through a younger stand of lodgepoles that goes closer to the road, or take a left to head through the meadows towards the river.

A few interpretive signs tell the story of the place, but the real treat is the walk along the river. Various waterfowl and raptors such as Osprey and Bald Eagles can be seen. The southern end of the Gallatin Range is visible, highlighted by Mt. Holmes. The lookout on top of this mountain can barely be seen with the naked eye, but is easily visible with a pair of binoculars.

The trail meets up again with the section that meandered through the smaller trees. At this junction, you can continue on to the other parking lot. Numerous benches are along the way to take a break and just sit and enjoy the area.


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