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    Waters churning over the Upper Falls
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    GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE – UPPER FALLS

    by mtncorg Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Lower Falls is the more magnificent of the two great waterfalls here in the Grand Canyon. It is 308 feet high while here, the Upper Falls is 109 feet. Upper Falls is the easier of the two you can walk to. It is just a short walk from the parking lot to the Brink of the Upper Falls. The view from the brink is massive. Waters roar while you simply take it all in. The falls can be seen further back from the North Rim out of the Uncle Tom’s Point car park.

    Waters churning over the Upper Falls Power of the Yellowstone on display And yet again!
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    GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE – INSPIRATION POIN

    by mtncorg Written Dec 3, 2014

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    Inspiration Point has its own little path off the North Rim Drive. For best light for your pictures, this one is better in the afternoon. The glorious colors of the canyon shine. You can become inspired enough yourself to take on the six mile Rim Trail that takes you from Inspiration Point all the way over to Artist Point on the other rim for view after view.

    Downstream Grand Canyon from Inspiration Point Glorious colors of the Grand Canyon
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    GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE – ARTIST POINT

    by mtncorg Written Dec 3, 2014

    Two short drives take you out to various viewpoints. The South Rim Drive ends in a vast parking lot from which a short path takes you out to the Artist Point. From here the Grand Canyon is on magnificent display, all framing the glorious Lower Falls. Figures first: Canyon width is 1,500 to 4,000 feet and depth is 800 to 1,200 feet; Canyon age is between 10,000 and 14,000 years although there was probably something like this previously, as well. Get to this side in the morning – the light is great.

    Lower Falls from Artist Point Grand Canyon and Lower Falls from Artist Point Closer view of Lower Falls from Artist Point Grand Canyon downstream from Artist Point
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    Two trips

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 23, 2011

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    The Yellowstone Grand Canyon isn't the same as the other bigger one in Arizona, and the part that most people photograph are the falls, but they will have another review of their own. This Grand Canyon is a bit more comprehensible for a mere human. The river has eaten away at the rock and eroded its way down to a canyon that can be 900 feet down and measures a half mile across. It is roughly 20 miles long - carved out by the Yellowstone River - it isn't the result of glaciation.

    The red and yellow colors are caused when the schist in the rock is oxidized by the water and air - the canyon is rusting.

    My pictures were taken on the south rim near Artists Point. The bus let us off and walked part way up.

    My dad My photo from 2010 Looking down into the canyon Sign showing canyon map Looking across - probably at Inspiration Point
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    Yellowstone's Grand Canyon

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Jul 22, 2011

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    It's not THE Grand Canyon, but the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the first large canyon on the Yellowstone River downstream from Yellowstone Falls. The canyon is up to 900 feet deep (275 m) and a half mile (0.8 km) in width. It is the result of erosion and was not caused by glaciers. The Yellowstone River begins south of the park, and travels more than 600 miles to North Dakota. It is the longest undammed river in the continental United States

    The Upper Falls is 109 ft. high and can be seen from the Brink of the Upper Falls Trail and from Uncle Tom's Trail.

    The Lower Falls is below upper falls, but it is taller than Upper Falls at 308 ft. high. It is taller than Niagra Falls. It can be seen from Lookout Point, Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and from various points on the South Rim Trail. The volume of water flowing over the falls is the greatest in the spring when it can be as much as 63,500 gal/sec.

    A third lesser known falls is Crystal Falls. It can be seen from the South Rim Trail just east of the Uncle Tom's area.

    Unfortunately, you can't see both upper and lower falls at the same time.

    Lower Falls from Lookout Point Long view of the Canyon from Artist My kids in front of Yellowstone Canyon Falls in the spring Another picture of the falls
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    South Rim

    by toonsarah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My other tip on the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone covers the sights of the north rim, while this one focuses on the south, where some of the best views are to be had. The best of all is from Artists’ Point at the far end of the road, which is one of the best places from which to appreciate the colours and the sheer scale of the canyon and spot ospreys; there’s also another excellent view from here of the Lower falls, and the overlooks are partially wheelchair accessible

    We also planned to stop at and walk Uncle Tom’s Trail, which sounded great on the trail leaflet (“an unparalleled canyon and waterfall experience”) but were put off by torrential rain and a storm. Oh well, another time!

    View from Artists Point
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    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

    by BLewJay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I've been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona and mentioned that words can't begin to explain the beauty, colors or sounds which you experience; you have to see it to believe it. Well I have to say the same thing with regards to this natural wonder...you've got to experience it for yourself.

    Located only a few miles north of the Hayden Valley, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is approximately 20 miles long, with depths measuring 800 ft. to 1,200 ft. and widths measuring 1,500 ft. to 4,000 ft. Although noted for its spectacular coloring and rock formations, the main draw to this area are the waterfalls.

    The falls are formed by the Yellowstone River as it erodes the softer, less resistant rock which it flows over. Both Upper Falls (with a height of 109 ft) and Lower Falls (with a height of 308 ft.) can be seen from various points on the north/south rim (pulled into the Artist's Point lookout and had a fantastic view of Lower Falls).

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    Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Here is another shot form the rim of this impressive canyon. The Canyon starts with 2 falls, known as upper and lower falls and eventually ends as the Yellowstone River winds its way out of the park, north of tower falls.

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    Yellowstone Grand Canyon

    by bct341 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Perhaps the most picturesque area of the Yellowstone region is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The canyon is approximately 10,000 years old, 20 miles long, 1000 ft deep, and 2500 ft wide. Predominately made of Rhyolite, the canyon appears painted with deeps reds oranges and coppers. With the Yellowstone river, upper falls, and lower falls, it is not surprising that canyon is used by many artist as their inspiration

    Although the canyon itself is breathtaking, many if it’s treasures are hidden within the colorful rock. Good eyes along with luck may allow you to enter another side of the canyon. Within the layers of rock look for wings and movement. Soaring over Yellowstone or perched high in their enormous five foot nests, live the osprey. The osprey are excellent fishers due to their excellent eyesight and speed. Since the 1980’s six to ten osprey nests have been seen in the canyon. So keep you eyes peeled and your lucky penny in hand, and maybe you will be able to see the osprey in action. Meadows and forests surround the canyon and offer habitat for other wildlife such as elk, moose, and bison

    Grand Canyon Falls
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    Hike the North Rim Trail

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    The North Rim Trail offers a fairly easy forested walk, opening to various views of the canyon, river, and its falls. The distance is about 3 miles one way, and since this is not a loop trail, unless someone drops you off at one end, and picks you up at the other end, you must turn around and walk back to your starting point, making the hike a little less than 6 miles. You do not, however, have to hike the entire trail, but could choose one of various starting points, and then walk as far as you like, turning around and returning when you wish.

    If you plan to walk the trail from the south end, you will find the trail head at the South Rim Drive bridge (also called the Chittenden Bridge). If you begin at the bridge on the south end, the first half mile, which runs to the Upper Falls parking area, gives you beautiful views of the river as it approaches the canyon. The Upper Falls parking area, is therefore another location that you could start your hike from. From this parking lot the trail continues past Crystal Falls, which is located on Cascade Creek for another ½ mile to the Lower Falls Parking area. The trail goes over the top of this waterfalls. From this parking area you would continue another ½ mile north to Lookout Point, then another ¼ miles to Grandview Point, and from there finish your hike by walking another mile to Inspiration Point.

    If you are walking it from the north end, the trail head is located at Inspiration Point, and you would simply walk the trail in reverse of my above description. When walking in this direction, the trail from Inspiration Point to Grand View Point runs through the forest, away from the rim of the canyon for a mile. For this reason, if you wish to shorten your hike, and not walk the entire trail, I would recommend cutting out this first portion of the north end. With the reduction of this one mile, you are actually cutting two miles off the round trip, shortening the hike to 4 miles.

    This is a nice hike, and if you take a number of photographs, and stop at all the view points, I recommend that you plan a half day.

    My first three photos were taken near the south section of the trail, and the last two are taken in the north area between Inspiration Point and Grand View Point.

    Base of the Upper Falls Near the Upper Falls Area Hiking The North Rim Trail From the South North Rim Trail Near the Upper Falls Area My Husband Hiking N. Rim Trail From Its North End Hiking N. Rim Trail from Inspiration Point
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    Inspiration Point, a Great Canyon View

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is truly grand, plunging 1,000 feet to the Yellowstone River below. Inspiration Point is one of my favorite views of the canyon, even though you will not see a closeup view of the falls from this look out point. The Canyon itself is so incredible that it is well worth the stop, just to view it without the distraction of a full waterfall view. From the Upper Falls to the Tower Falls the canyon is about 20 miles long. Its depth ranges from 800 to 1,200 feet deep, and the width is 1,500 to 4,000 feet across. This canyon has been mentioned in Native American Indian lore and in accounts of early explorers who first saw this wondrous canyon. As you can imagine, many early people coming upon this huge canyon were not only awed by it, but also recognized that it was a significant barrier to their continued westward travel.

    Inspiration Point, a Grand View Inspiration Point Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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    The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 10, 2010

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    Following the second large drop at Lower Yellowstone Falls, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone starts to get serious – reaching a depth of 900-ft (275-m). Being a river erosion canyon, it has a width of only 0.5-mile (0.8-km). It is believed that much of the erosion is due to periodic major flooding in the past, such as when an ice dam that was blocking outflow from Yellowstone Lake let go many centuries ago.

    We had not walked far beyond Lower Falls before noticing the very colourful effect the spray had on the nearby steep canyon wall, with lush green patches below areas of white caused by the abundant geological forces at work in Yellowstone. An hour after setting out on our hike, our trail converged with the car park at the end of the road paralleling the river. We took one last shot of the canyon ahead (2nd photo), looking past Artist Point on the right to the amazing hues of colours at distant Inspiration Point. We decided to call it quits then because we knew we had to drive back down through the Hayden Valley once more. We made a forced march along the side of this road with the sun beaming down until we reached our car park at the start of the hike.

    Spray from Lower Falls promotes vegetation growth Colourful Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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    Uncle Tom's Trail

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    If you like getting down into things, you cannot beat the stair trails to viewpoints deep in the canyon. We did the Uncle Tom Trail which drops three-quarters of the way into the canyon over 328 steps. There seemed to be even more steps than advertised and many people were huffing and puffing on their way back up. That said, it is a well worthwhile side trip. This trail has some history with “Uncle Tom” Richardson leading tours down it since 1900 though back in those days it involved a few rope ladders for good measure!

    This was our favorite part of the canyon, offering a real close up to the Lower Falls and when we were there, a rainbow, perhaps a common thing with the right sun as the spray should be omnipresent.

    a wee rainbow in the corner before the hike back up you get a real feel of the power from here
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    hike the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    Though many of the overlooks are car-accessible, the trails along the canyon's edge are relatively flat and quite pleasant. If you are at all able, you should park your car and walk from one viewpoint to the next. It is a far nicer way to visit this heavily congested area. To get decent photos, this is one area you need to be around noon. While it is named Grand Canyon, it is not so grand in a wide sense, but more so in a colorful one. Perhaps a better name would have been The Yellow Canyon of Yellowstone. At any rate, it is fairly narrow and quite deep so the best light is close to noon when the sun's rays shine down into and illuminates the sublimely colorful rock that makes the canyon so spectacular.

    There are trails on both sides of the canyon and for those looking for some exercise or just some solitude from the masses at the more popular viewpoints, they are a great option. While many of the more far flung viewpoints offer great overviews of the canyon, they lack the stunning colors of the ones that draw everyone in. Some of the most scenic viewpoints are The Artist's Point on the South Rim and Lookout Point on the North Rim.

    We had a great experience here our first stop though it was ill-timed for photos. We decided on a whim to head over late our first afternoon in the park and wound up running into the very nice couple we had met just a week earlier at Glacier National Park in Montana on the Iceberg Lake hike. That was another ill-timed hike in the rain but I guess our poor timings for photos turned out to be good ones for making some very dear friends.

    powerful upper falls the raging Yellowstone River meeting our English friends once again
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    Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Overview

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is generally the biggest surprise to the first time park visitor. I know for me it was a revelation when I first saw it in 1994, not just for its beauty but for my not ever hearing of it. On my return trip in 2008, it was one of the things I looked forward to showing my wife most and it being one of the few promoted hiking areas in the park, it remains one of my favorites.

    The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone may be far less grand than its big Arizona brother but it is still 20 miles long, 1000 feet deep, 2500 feet across and is estimated to be 10,000 years old. Forged by erosion rather than glacial activity, its bright yellow color is the result of hydrothermal alteration of the rhyolite that forms its steep walls. The iron compounds within the rhyolite are actually rusting before your very eyes, to different degrees depending on the presence of water within.

    the deep Grand Canyon of Yellowstone rustring before your eyes how about Yellow Canyon?
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