Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a deep, impressive canyon cut by the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park. Thundering waterfalls and colorful canyon walls make the area very photogenic.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is located near Canyon Village, just north of Yellowstone Lake, near one of the park's main road junctions. Many scenic viewpoints can be reach by short hikes from paved roads in this area. Trails run along the rims of the canyon and also down into the gorge, to a variety of scenic viewpoints.

One of the iconic images of the park is the view from Artists Point up the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to Lower Falls.

At Lower Falls, the entire Yellowstone River drops some 308 vertical feet. It is the largest and perhaps the most spectacular waterfall in the park. By volume, it is the largest waterfall in the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the must-see attractions in the park.

The Yellowstone River flows north out of Yellowstone Lake, through the Hayden Valley. It drops over Upper Yellowstone Falls (109 feet) and then flows about a quarter-mile before plunging over the Lower Falls.

Crystal Falls drops into the gorge between the upper and lower waterfalls. It is also photogenic and worth seeing.

Yellowstone's lush conifer forest comes out along the canyon rims. The canyon itself is up to 900 feet deep and up to a half mile wide. It is an impressive sight.

An interpretive brochure about the canyon can be picked up at one of the park visitors centers.

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