Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

The trail follows the creek up Clematis Gulch, climbing 350 feet through Douglas-fir trees. The beaver ponds are reached after hiking 2.5 miles through open meadows of sagebrush and stands of aspen. Elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose, beaver dams and lodges, and the occasional beaver and black bear may be sighted in the area. There are spectacular views as you wind your way back to Mammoth.

Trailhead: Clematis Gulch between Liberty Cap and the stone house (Judge's house)

Distance: 5 mile (8 km) loop

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Visitor Information
307-344-7381 (recorded information)


Directions from The North Entrance: Travel south to Mammoth Hot Springs. The trailhead is on the right just below the main hot springs by Liberty Cap. Due to flooding in 1996 the original footbridge was destroyed and now you must start from the bus parking area on the east side of Clematis Creek.