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Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190 USA

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“twice as tall as Niagara!”

Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River, within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls and then a quarter mile downstream over Lower Yellowstone Falls, at which point it then enters the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is up to 1,000 feet deep. The brink of the upper falls marks the junction between a hard rhyolite lava flow and weaker glassy lava that has been more heavily eroded. The lower falls (44°43′05″N 110°29′46″W) are approximately 308 feet (94 m) high, or almost two times as high as Niagara. The volume of water is in no way comparable to Niagara as the width of the Yellowstone River before it goes over the lower falls is 70 feet (22 m), compared to Niagara which is a half mile (800 m). The lower falls descend from the 590,000 year old Canyon Rhyolite lava flow. The lower falls of the Yellowstone is still the largest volume major waterfall in the Rocky Mountain of the United States. The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary from 63,500 USgal/s ) at peak runoff to 5,000 USgal/s in the fall.

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Reviewed by
Nate

  • 72 Reviews
  • 25 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

If it's possible, do the hike to bottom of lower falls. It's a lot of stairs and it's usually wet, but you'll forget all of that once you get to the bottom.

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Reviewed by
chase.wilson

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  • 0 Helpful
July 24, 2014

Old Faithful gets all the press, but this is truly majestic. Turn off at the south rim and follow the road to the parking lot. There are tons of incredible vantage points from there for all walking abilities.

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 423 Helpful
July 01, 2014

Early morning light and you can see a rainbow in the falls! It looks really cool but expect there to be a few other photographers there!

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Reviewed by
Joanna LeMasters

  • 37 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

Lots of overlooks from above and below if you're able to walk down a stairway to the base. Misty and lovely!

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Reviewed by
Will Nicolson

  • Road Warrior
  • 15 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
December 10, 2015
Rated 5.0

We did the walk down to the top of the Lower Falls, and it was well worth the effort - it's a big elevation change, but the views when you get to the falls are amazing. Check out the falls from this vantage, then walk around the canyon rim to the north and view the falls from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone viewpoints. Very impressive and a must-visit while in Yellowstone!

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gates1588

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  • 8 Helpful
July 01, 2015
Rated 5.0

We concur that this site is more impressive than Old Faithful, especially during the spring runoff!

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Yellowstone Falls

Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming
82190 USA

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