Looking to venture off the beaten path when visiting the greater Yellowstone area? Then maybe set your sights on Old Shotgun Road. This quirky trail's name remains shrouded in mystery, adding a touch of curiosity to your adventure. As you explore, you'll find yourself amidst fields of lush green grass, with grazing cattle congregated near the many creeks that cross under the road. The trail offers views of the Henrys Fork Caldera rim, a reminder of the region's volcanic past. The surrounding caldera was formed approximately 1.3 million years ago, and over time, it has filled in with basaltic lava flows, resulting in the flat topography experienced on this trail. Depending on your source, you'll also hear this called the Island Park eruption.
There is no camping along this trail but continue onto Lower Sheridan Ranch Road for great campsites with trees for shade and windbreak. There are more camping opportunities along Yale-Kilgore Roads as well.
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