The Riverside Trail is accessible right from West Yellowstone from a spur road located along the fence break on Boundary Street (the east end of Madison Avenue at the park boundary). From there the trail follows a power line to the old service road and merges with it shortly before Riverside .

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. Watch for bald eagles, trumpeter swans, and an occasional river otter in the river.

After one mile, you will experience the remnants of the 1988 Yellowstone fires and a realization of just how close the fires came to West Yellowstone . There are also stopping places along the way, great for a picnic break on a beautifully blue winter’s day. Riverside Trail is perfect for new skiers or families with young children as it crosses easy terrain and has no substantial change in elevation. 

Old Faithful Area Ski Trails

There are 40 miles of cross-country trails in the Old Faithful area many of which are interconnected. You can access up-to-date information on ski trails throughout Yellowstone at Snowcoach drop-offs are available from the Snow Lodge to either the Divide or Fairy Falls trailheads, one way with daily departures at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 AM. ( No pickups, you must return by ski or snowshoe.)

Lone Star Geyser Trail (7360' to 7600') - 9 miles, easiest, 240 FT elevation gain/loss.  Beginning across from the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, the trail follows Mallard Lake Trail through the Old Faithful Lodge cabin area crossing the Firehole River . The trail goes to the right following an old road cut to the snow vehicle road. Approximately 100 feet up the road, signs will direct you back into the woods. After skiing about a mile over moderate hills, the trail returns to the snow vehicle road at Kepler Cascades. Across the road the trail continues along the east bank of the Firehole River . The trail connects with and follows an old service road to Lone Star Geyser. (The geyser erupts about every three hours with activity lasting approximately 30 minutes.) Novice skiers should return to Old Faithful by the same route. A more difficult return route can be made on the Howard Eaton Trail.