Map of the Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail

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The Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail

Yellowstone Grand Teton Rail Trail Idaho map location

Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail

LENGTH:

104 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved

COMMUNITIES:

West Yellowstone, Big Springs, Island Park, Warm River, Ashton, Marysville, Granville, Drummond, Felt, Tetonia, Driggs, Fox Creek, Victor

HIGHLIGHTS:

miles of scenic beauty, rural towns, forests, prairie and wildlife

RELATED LINKS:

Idaho Falls

The Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail is a 104-mile long unpaved route that goes from the town of West Yellowstone, Montana south to Victor, Idaho. For the most part, the route follows the abandoned railroad bed of the Oregon Pacific Rail Lines. This route is also known at the Yellowstone Branch Line Trail.

The trail travels through forested areas, mountain meadows and across the rolling agricultural areas of eastern Idaho. Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton mountains can be seen to the east as you are riding the trail, but you do not actually travel through the national parks. There are many sections of the route where you do not actually travel along the railroad bed, but along gravel country roads or along the paved highway with large trucks. The more northern stretches are prettier and go through the wooded areas, but the southern sections allow for the wide open views of the west side of the Grand Tetons.

Conditions

The Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail is unpaved and much of it is remote. This route is for the well prepared adventurer on a bike that can handle various rough surfaces. There are long, long stretches with no services, only a few small farming towns along the route and you are exposed to the elements without any where to take cover. Thunderstorms can develop quickly in summer months, and the wind can be quite strong in this open country. There are few places to get more water, so be sure to bring plenty.

There are several locations to find accommodations and services along the route in the small towns or campgrounds along the way.

Communities

The Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail travels near the following communities: West Yellowstone, Big Springs, Island Park, Warm River, Ashton, Marysville, Granville, Drummond, Felt, Tetonia, Driggs, Fox Creek and Victor.

End Points

The north end of the Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail is located along Iris Street at Yellowstone Avenue in West Yellowstone, Montana.

The south end of the trail is located at the intersection of Main Street and Birch Street in Victor.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Yellowstone - Grand Teton Rail Trail in Eastern Idaho.