Lower Falls,, Yellowstone National Park

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Lower Falls

One of the most famous vistas in Yellowstone, the Lower Falls plummet 308 feet, almost twice as high as Niagara Falls.

What can I see and do at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone?

  • Brink of the Lower Falls: This super steep trail descends 600 feet in less than 1/2 mile. It might be easy going down, but don't forget you'll have to come back up. The views from the bottom are well worth the effort. From Canyon Village, head south and turn left onto the North Rim Drive. The parking area is the first right.
  • Inspiration Point: At the far end of the canyon, Inspiration Point offers one of the most photographed viewpoints. Head out the North Rim Drive and take your last right to Inspiration Point. A short trail from the parking area leads to the lookout point.
  • North Rim Trail: The North Rim Trail follows the North Rim Drive for part of the way before splitting off towards Inspiration Point, where it meets back up with the road. It's 3.8 miles one-way.
  • Uncle Tom's Trail: From the South Rim Road, this is another steep trail (300 or so steps in less than a 1/2 mile) that accesses the edge of the river. You'll feel like you are coming face to face with the falls. Park at Uncle Tom's Point.
  • Artist Point: Head all the way out the South Rim Trail to Artist Point for another popular spot for photographers.

Where are the Lower Falls?

Just south of Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park, the Lower Falls can be seen from the North Rim and South Rim Drives.

When are the Lower Falls accessible?

The best time to visit the Lower Falls is in the spring, summer, or fall. However, snowcoach tours offer access to this impressive view in the winter as well.

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