Very impressive canyon of the Yellowstone River that runs through the eastern part of the park. It's up to 4,000 feet wide, stretches for 24 miles and 1,200 feet deep at its deepest. It sits just south of canyon Village (north of Yellowstone lake) on the grand loop.
There are several different stops to see the different areas of Grand Canyon. It is worth stopping at the different parts. There are paths to the base of the different areas. They are not extremely long, but they are steep. If you have heart trouble, you are not going to want to go down them as at those elevations you are going to have trouble on them.
Be careful from the top. Every few years someone falls (or is pushed) off and they don't survive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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
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.