National Geographic Just Named This Wyoming And Montana Trail One Of The Best In The World

A trail running between Bozeman, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming has been named among the top trails on Earth by National Geographic.

Nicknamed the “Winter Tour,” this 216-mile route isn’t one for inexperienced hikers, but it does run through some of the most scenic swathes of public land in the continental United States.

Conrad Anker, an accomplished mountaineer and explorer, lists the winter journey between Bozeman and Jackson as his “dream hike.” The route winds through the Gallatin National Forest, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. At the core of the journey is the Yellowstone hot spot, a geothermal area famed for its natural beauty. You’ll also have the chance to spot some of the wilderness’ larger creatures such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wolverines – hopefully from a distance.

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While this route is sure to be beautiful, it’s not without peril. Slab avalanches and unpredictable weather make this wintertime trek only fit for seasoned explorers. Anker recommends traversing the snowy terrain on skis, though of course if you can also make the journey in the spring or summer. In fact, it’s recommend that you do wait until early spring to attempt the trail in order to avoid the worst of the avalanche conditions and enjoy slightly warmer temperatures.

Of course, you don’t have to be a veteran hiker to enjoy tackling part of this route. Hiking even a portion of this spectacular trail would be an amazing experience.