What could be more unique that cross country skiing or snow shoeing in Yellowstone Park? The Riverside Ski Trail is accessible from the eastern edge of West Yellowstone at the corner of Boundary Street and Madison Avenue. This old road is located along the fence break on Boundary Street. (This was actually the road used by early stage coaches and wagons when entering Yellowstone Park before the days of automobiles.)
From there, the trail follows a power line to the old service road and merges with it shortly before Riverside Drive. The ski trail/loop is well groomed and has a good combination of forested areas as well as wide open spaces - great on a sunny day!
Views include the 10,336-foot Mt. Holmes and the Gallatin Mountain Range. Bison, elk, and moose frequent the river area and sometimes use the packed trail. Surface quality: Intermittently machine-groomed.
The "Upriver" and "Downriver" loops combine for nearly ten kilometers of groomed track up and down the banks of the Madison River along with great views of Mt. Holmes and the Gallatin Mountain Range. Wildlife is abundant along the river and you could encounter bison, elk, deer, moose, coyotes and foxes. The Riverside Trail is perfect for new skiers or families with young children as it crosses easy terrain and is fairly flat.