A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes


Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular natural destinations in the country. Who better to impart a more expansive appreciation of its wonder than a pair of former rangers with 25 years of experience navigating this rugged terrain? Roger and Carol Shively Anderson bring their unique expertise to “A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes,” a book that has several practical suggestions that will help visitors make their most of their time in the first national park in the world.

In “A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes,” the Andersons provide instructions and maps for 29 different hikes. Among the 29, hikers of all experience levels will be able to find something suitable. In addition to mapping out the terrain, they provide interesting notes on foliage and wildlife, as well as the culture and history of the area. At 152 pages, however, the book is compact enough that you can easily take it along on your trip so that you will have all of their knowledge at your fingertips when you go.

Park rangers are extremely helpful, but in most cases, they can’t simply spend all of their time shadowing tourists and pointing out exactly where the most interesting portions of each trail are. That’s what the Andersons do for readers. Bringing the book along will ensure that you miss as few fascinating sights as possible. In addition to the basic facts like trail length and difficulty, the Andersons provide incredibly useful information like whether bears are likely to turn up on the trail and what to do should an encounter of this kind occur.

Because the book caters to a wide range of experience levels, anyone who wants to appreciate Yellowstone to its fullest should consider laying hands on this guide. Charts indicating which trails are suited for which types of hikers make decision-making at a glance much easier, while the descriptions give more detail. Even if you don’t anticipate making it to Yellowstone any time soon, “A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes” includes a number of gorgeous photographs that will allow you to bask in the beauty of this park from the comfort of your own home.

Priced at a mere $13, “A Ranger’s Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes” would make a terrific stocking stuffer for a nature enthusiast, and anyone planning a trip to Yellowstone should think about consulting this guide in order to optimize the experience.