“Not quite as big as the other Grand Canyon”
Although trappers and prospectors who visited the Yellowstone region had knowledge of the canyon, the first significant descriptions were publicized after theCook–Folsom–Peterson Expedition of 1869 and the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition of 1870. When Charles W. Cook first viewed the canyon after traveling west from the Lamar Valley on September 20, 1869 he subsequently wrote these words in his journal:I was riding ahead, the two pack animals following, and then Mr. Folsom and Mr. Peterson on their saddle horses. I remembered seeing what appeared to be an opening in the forest ahead, which I presumed to be a park, or open country. While my attention was attracted by the pack animals, which had stopped to eat grass, my saddle horse suddenly stopped. I turned and looked forward from the brink of the great canyon, at a point just across from what is now called Inspiration Point. I sat there in amazement, while my companions came up, and after that, it seemed to me that it was five minutes before anyone spoke.
Stunning. Simply stunning. I recommend not going at midday, as some shadows will help you photograph how massive this Canyon is. The view of the falls from the Canyon overlook is spectacular. A must-see stop when in Yellowstone!
Absolutely beautiful! A lot of steps... up and down is a lot of work!
For spectacular views, be sure to visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Park. You can just pull over and take some pictures, or there are multiple trails that you can hike to see all kinds of wildlife and natural features, including the Lower Yellowstone River Falls.
I have been many times; it is an amazing site with every time being different.
Lots of tourists at the Upper and Lower Falls, but worth it. The views took our breath away. We were a bit surprised to see how careless some people were in letting their children climb outside of the boundaries.
Exceeded expectations! One of the best waterfall vistas I've seen in North America so far. Great setting, with the super deep canyon and yellow-hued canyon walls. Check it out by first walking down to the lower falls, then walking along the canyon rim to the lookout so you can see the falls from afar.
The canyon is amazing! A number of photo opportunities. I enjoyed it even though I'm afraid of heights. It is a tremendous drop.
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