Beaver Creek

West Yellowstone, Montana (Gallatin County)

Last Updated: 06/19/2022
4 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Beaver Creek
This country dirt road is an hour south of Big Sky, one-half hour north of West Yellowstone and the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and just east of Earthquake Lake and the Earthquake Lake Visitors Center. This road is hard-packed dirt that runs north somewhat alongside Beaver Creek with tall trees and steep mountains on both sides for most of the trail, occasionally giving way to beautiful views of Beaver Creek. In early spring when the creek is running high on the banks it is amazing how loud the creek can be in this canyon, and in fall as the colors begin to turn its quite the sight. If you're an avid hiker or backpacker, Beaver Creek Road provides access to 5 trailheads. Camping is only allowed in designated sites. 7 of the 8 sites listed in this trail guide are nice and secluded. Hunters use this area quite a bit as well, and the hanging rack at Waypoint 17 is proof of that. Stories are said that the bears that show aggression in Yellowstone National Park get tranquilized, transported, and released in the mountains to the north of this trail. There is no documentation or apparent evidence to support that, but it's interesting none the less.


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1. Trailhead 985 Beaver Creek Road (0 mi)
Approximately 14.5 miles west of Highway 191 on Highway 287 between Refuge Point and Beaver Creek Campground is Beaver Creek Road. Head north from here.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: West Yellowstone, Montana

Travel north on Highway 191 approximately 8 miles to Highway 287, turn left/east. Continue east for 14.5 miles. Beaver Creek Trail is to the right/north just after the passing lane ends over the hill. The trail starts here.



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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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