Yellowstone Waterfalls

Our visit was in June 2019, before Covid. Below is a description of each of the falls included in the video.

Here’s the full YouTube video ! Or if you prefer, check out a few of the pics below. (But there’s a lot more in the video 🙂)

Firehole Falls

We had just entered the park on our first day when we saw a small sign for Firehole Falls and decided to check it out, and we’re so glad we did! It was about 8:00 am and there was only one other party there; a tour guide with 2 people. This waterfall is on the Firehole River in southwestern Yellowstone. If you enter the park from West Yellowstone, it is just off the 191 right after it splits with the 89. The falls are located approximately ½ mile upstream from the junction of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers at Madison Junction. Firehole Falls has a drop of approximately 40 feet.

Upper Falls

The Upper Falls are 109 feet high. During the dryer fall season, approximately 5,000 gallons of water flow over the water each second, and over 60,000 gallons PER SECOND fly over the Upper Falls during peak spring runoff!

The Brink of the Upper Fall trail was closed at the time we visited, as well as Uncle Tom’s Trail.

The Lower Falls view from Artist’s Point is where you can see the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone”, one of the most photographed places in Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon is 20 miles and is more than 1,000 ft deep. The canyon begins at Lower Falls and ends downstream from Tower Fall. Lower Falls drops 308 ft into the Yellowstone River.

Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon viewed from Artist’s Point

Both Upper & Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon are located in the “Canyon Village” area, which is in the center of the park.

It’s fairly steep, with a LOT of switchbacks, but it is paved. There are plenty of places to stop along the way and catch your breath (I did!) but if the trail looks like too much for you, there’s also a sidewalk near the parking lot that allows for viewing, and wheelchair access.

Brink of the Lower Falls
Brink of the Lower Falls
Brink of the Lower Falls Trail showing some of the many switchbacks

This 132 foot waterfall is in the northern part of the park in the “Tower-Roosevelt” area. Thomas Moran’s painting of Tower Fall played an important role in establishing Yellowstone as a National Park on March 1, 1872, the Nation’s first National Park!

This is another one we didn’t plan to stop at, but we saw the sign and said, “let’s go!” It’s a short walk from the parking lot and definitely worth a stop. There’s no historical record as to how it got its name, but by the mid-1880s, it was routinely referred to as Gibbon Falls in both government and commercial accounts of the park. Gibbons Falls has a drop of approximately 84 feet.

Gibbon Falls
Gibbon Falls

Here’s a link to a full Map of Yellowstone

Even in the summer (we were there in early June), the temps can still be quite cool in Yellowstone, with lows in the 20’s and highs in the 50-60 degree range. Where we stayed in West Yellowstone, we even got snow one day!

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