Upper Falls, Yellowstone National Park

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Upper Falls

Upper Falls is a stupendous 109 foot cascade at the head of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

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

Dispite the fact that it is often overlooked because of its proximity to its taller sibling, Lower Falls, Upper Falls is still worth the visit. You can see it from the Upper Falls Viewpoint or take a quick 1/8 mile hike to Brink of the Falls Point to get a closer view.

  • Upper Falls Viewpoint: Head south from Canyon Village and turn left onto the South Rim Drive. Park in the first major parking area and walk west to the Upper Falls Viewpoint.
  • Brink of the Falls: Literally stand at the water's edge as the water flows over a cliff and plummets 109 feet right in front of your eyes. Drive south from Canyon Village and just before the turnoff to the South Rim Drive, turn left to access the Brink of the Upper Falls. It is a short hike to the viewpoint.

Where are the Upper Falls?

Located in the Canyon Area of Yellowstone National Park, the Upper Falls is the first of two major falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

When are they accessible?

While the road to the Grand Canyon is only open during the late spring, summer, and fall, snowcoach tours offer access to the canyon in the winter.

Other Upper Falls Resources

Bridal Veil Falls

Another famous waterfall - on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

Hidden Falls

Very pretty waterfall at the base of the Teton mountains.