We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Rim Trail

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
Description: Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand...
Considered by many to be the best area to view and explore the Grand Canyon.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 72 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Loved this!

There is a loop hike that starts near the Wapiti parking area (just to your right after you cross the river heading towards Artists' Point). You can follow a trail past the upper... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2014
LostInColorado
,
Denver, Colorado
Add Photo Write a Review

72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
North Platte, Nebraska
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
51 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Truly an enjoyable hike with an amazing view of the falls and valley. Take care of the edge, rocks occasionally give way and lives have been lost to that fact. Respect the land and enjoy its beauty. Truly worth the venture!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sussex, England
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
68 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We enjoyed this drive with the spectacular scenery. It was most memorable and our photos will ensure we do not forget.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
65 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

There is a loop hike that starts near the Wapiti parking area (just to your right after you cross the river heading towards Artists' Point). You can follow a trail past the upper falls to the lower falls (with a side trip down Uncle Tom's trail) to Artists' Point . . . and we continued out to Sublime Point. You... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Rather than drive all the way to Artist Point, park the car at the upper falls viewing area, and walk the south rim trail there and back. Such beautiful views of the falls along the way, and a really nice hike. A few steep areas, but I wouldn't call it "strenuous"

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not quite a review of the main South Rim trail between the south falls view and artists Point as this can get busy. The best route to take is to continue from Artists Point to point sublime then branch inland towards clear lake. You'll loop back to the main car park eventually but along the way pass beautiful meadows volcanic... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What a great long walk! It gets you away from the coach loads of the crowds of tourists waddling from their bus to the view point then back again. The views are well worth the walk. Just take plenty if bug spray, water and some food.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dunedin, Florida
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
99 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

At the end of the Artist Point area is a trail that leads to Point Sublime and/or also a nice loop trail past a lake. It offers some gorgeous views and wildlife sighting opportunities as well as a chance to separate from the crowds. Take a water and your camera and enjoy!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Madison, WI
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Yellowstone absorbs the summer crowds pretty well, and yet the turnouts and sights most proximate to the highway can get pretty overwhelmed. I heartily urge you to take the 3-hour hike along the south rim and than back through the meadow to your starting point, which will also pass small lakes and smoldering mud pots. The canyon views are astounding... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You will escape the tour bus crowd and see some great views along this trail. Don't miss Uncle Tom's trail.

Was this review helpful? Yes
PA
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a nice trail in the Yellowstone Canyon area. It gives spectacular views of the canyon that you cannot get from normal tourists stops and it is a nice way to get away from the crowds. You can make a nice loop by taking the Clear Lake trail through a small thermal area back to the parking area. One... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed South Rim Trail also viewed

Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
 
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
 

Been to South Rim Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from South Rim Trail staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?