A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes
All New 20th Anniversary Edition

by Carol Shively and Roger Anderson

  • The premiere guide to day hikes in Yellowstone

    A Ranger’s Guide is a notable departure from your typical hiking book. It has the best of everything—the most accurate information, the highest quality maps, and outstanding photography. But what takes it over the top are the Naturalist Notes for each hike. With this book as your companion, it's like having a ranger as your guide on every trail. With over 40 years of combined experience as park rangers in Yellowstone, Roger Anderson and Carol Shively invite you out of your car, onto the trails, and into the heart of the park.

    This expanded 20th Anniversary Edition features:
    ● Tools to help you choose the right trail
    ● 34 carefully selected hikes for all abilities
    ● Easy-to-read custom topo maps with shaded relief, GPS compatible
    ● Full-color photographs throughout
    ● Intriguing trail commentary, “Naturalist Notes”
    ● Hiking/biking trail opportunities

286 pages, 6 x 9 , 56 color photos, 35 map(s), index, 28 softcovers per case

ISBN 10: 1-56037-778-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-778-8

  • 34 Day Hikes
  • Field Tested
  • Comprehensive
  • Bicycling options
  • State-of-the-art maps
  • GPS compatible
  • Naturalist notes
  • Like having a ranger along with you
  • Message from the authors:
    Yellowstone is such a vast place, it’s a challenge to figure out how best to experience it, especially if it’s your first time here. Where do you start?

    We’d like to provide you with the knowledge of a life lived here. We’ve distilled the nearly 1,000 miles of park trails down to a curated collection of 34 hikes we think captures the rich diversity of Yellowstone.

    These trails are our favorites—the ones we hike with family and friends when they visit. Whether you’re looking for an easy ”walk in the park” with the kids, a challenging climb to a summit, or anything in between, we have specific recommendations for you.

    We take pride in saying every hike has been carefully researched—step by step. But in these pages, you’ll find far more than a detailed accounting of directions and mileages. For each trail, you’ll find our “Naturalist Notes” where we share personal insights into Yellowstone—its history, geology, wildlife, and the natural processes that tie them all together. We also offer some moments for reflection and a dose of inspiration.

    This book has been a labor of love for us. Our hope is that it helps you find something of the peace, the beauty, and the serenity we have known in the world’s first national park.





A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes
All New 20th Anniversary Edition

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Carol Shively and Roger Anderson align= Roger and Carol were career rangers with the National Park Service, serving in five national parks across the country, with more than 40 years of combined service in Yellowstone. Their work was primarily in visitor education and park management, sharing these treasured places with people from all over the world.

Roger began his career as a field ranger at Old Faithful and went on to serve as Yellowstone’s Chief of Cultural Resources and editor of the park’s journal, Yellowstone Science. His final assignment was as the Superintendent of an NPS Training Center, developing the next generation of employees to preserve the parks.

Carol directed the ranger-led program in the park’s Lake District before working for the NPS’s Washington DC Headquarters developing a nationwide coaching and mentoring program for rangers specializing in Resource Education. In her final assignment, she was the National Coordinator for the NPS Civil War to Civil Rights Commemoration.

They have now retired and live near Yellowstone. Perhaps you’ll see them on the trail!

Praise for A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes: All New 20th Anniversary Edition

“A new edition of this classic hiking guide is a cause for celebration among Yellowstone’s visitors. Whatever your interests—wildlife, ecology, geology, history, or just the joy of walking through beautiful country—you couldn’t ask for a better companion than this splendid book by veteran park rangers and naturalists Carol Shively and Roger Anderson.” –Paul Schullery, Wallace Stegner Award-winning author of Mountain Time and Searching for Yellowstone

“This is my favorite book of day hikes. The authors, husband and wife park rangers, don’t just tell you where to go, they help you understand what you are seeing.” –Tim Cahill, Founding Editor of Outside Magazine, from Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park

“In many years experience dealing with hundreds of journalists and authors from around the world, I have met none with a finer gift for sharing the joys of Yellowstone’s trails than Carol Shively and Roger Anderson. This book is my go-to reference for the park’s many wonderful day hikes, and it should be yours too.” –Marsha Karle, artist and former Chief of Public Affairs, Yellowstone National Park

“Adventurers who are keen to fully experience Yellowstone National Park will treasure this book. Not only do Carol and Roger inform hikers with science, they also inspire with story, guiding visitors deeper into the purpose of the park—to slow down and truly revere and marvel at the sublime wonders of the world’s first national park.” –Karen Wildung Reinhart, Curator, Yellowstone Gateway Museum; former Park Ranger, Yellowstone National Park; and author of Yellowstone's Rebirth by Fire: Rising from the Ashes of the 1988 Wildfires

“After years of directing tourists and explaining the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, Roger Anderson and Carol Shively have learned a few things about the world’s first national park. Now they’re sharing a big portion of that knowledge in [this] guidebook, one that will help even seasoned park visitors enjoy and appreciate the place. The book is compact enough to slip inside a pocket of a daypack. Doing so could add a lot of entertainment and education to a day in the park.” –Scott McMillion, Senior Editor of Montana Quarterly and author of Mark of the Grizzly

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