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The 5 Best Waterfalls of Yellowstone

Updated on February 2, 2019
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View from Artist Point looking down the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at the Lower Yellowstone Falls - Yellowstone National Park
View from Artist Point looking down the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at the Lower Yellowstone Falls - Yellowstone National Park | Source

The waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park are amazing. They are best viewed in the spring when the snow starts to melt. Many are viewable from the road, while others require a short hike. Here is a list of the five best Yellowstone waterfalls.

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Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National ParkView of Lower Falls from midway down Uncle Tom's Trail
Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park | Source
View of Lower Falls from midway down Uncle Tom's Trail
View of Lower Falls from midway down Uncle Tom's Trail | Source

1. Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls is the most dramatic waterfall in the park. It plunges over 300 feet to the bottom of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The falls is twice the height of Niagara Falls, though not as wide. Here is a look at the three best viewpoints that each offer a different perspective of the falls.

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Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkLower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkGrand Canyon of Yellowstone from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkLower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkLower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from the Brink of the Falls viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

Brink of the Falls Viewpoint

The Brink of the Falls Viewpoint is a great place to start. It is right on top of the falls and allows the visitor to enjoy the full height of the towering falls. The viewpoint also allows for amazing views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The color of the walls is beautiful.

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Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National ParkLower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National ParkSome of the 328 stairs on Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National ParkLower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Some of the 328 stairs on Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park
Some of the 328 stairs on Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Falls - Uncle Tom's Trail @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

Uncle Tom's Trail

Uncle Tom's Trail requires a short hike on the other side of the Yellowstone River, but it leads deep into the canyon near the base of the Lower Falls. It is 328 stairs down to the bottom. The stairs are made out of metal and make climbing down simple. The climb back to the top is strenuous but well worth it.

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Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

Artist Point Viewpoint

Artist Point Viewpoint is by far the most amazing. It is the furthest from the falls, but the falls are framed perfectly by the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone on each side. It looks surreal, like something out of a magazine. It is awesome!

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Upper Falls from Uncle Tom's Point @ Yellowstone National ParkUpper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkRainbow at Upper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National ParkUpper Falls @ Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone River upstream from Upper Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Upper Falls from Uncle Tom's Point @ Yellowstone National Park
Upper Falls from Uncle Tom's Point @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Upper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Upper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Rainbow at Upper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park
Rainbow at Upper Falls from the viewpoint @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Upper Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Upper Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Yellowstone River upstream from Upper Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone River upstream from Upper Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

2. Upper Yellowstone Falls

The Upper Yellowstone Falls is much smaller than the Lower Falls at only 109-feet, but it still impressive. It is a short hike from the parking area to the top of the falls where you can see the falls and up the Yellowstone River. It is beautiful in both directions. Often there is a rainbow in the midst at the base of the falls. What the Upper Falls lacks in height, it makes up in power.

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Tower Falls @ Yellowstone National ParkTower Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Tower Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Tower Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source
Tower Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Tower Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

3. Tower Falls

Tower Falls is another impressive waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. It stands at 132-feet high and is much narrower than the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. It is a short walk to the overlook from the parking area. There is also a half-mile trail behind the General Store that leads to the base of the falls. It is a little steep but not too bad. Tower Falls is a must see when visiting Yellowstone.


Undine Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Undine Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

4. Undine Falls

One of the easiest falls to experience in Yellowstone is Undie Falls. It is located just off the north side of Grand Loop Road several miles from the Yellowstone National Park Headquarters. The falls drop 60-feet in three different sections. Undine is worth a quick stop.

Firehole Falls @ Yellowstone National Park
Firehole Falls @ Yellowstone National Park | Source

5. Firehole Falls

Firehole Falls is a beautiful 40-feet high waterfall. It is about three-quarters of a mile south of Madison Junction. Driving south, the entrance to Firehole Canyon Drive is on the right. There is a great viewpoint just off the road in front of the falls. Though not as tall as the others, it is quite powerful.

Don't Miss the Top Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is home to several amazing waterfalls. They are worth spending time at admiring the beauty of God's creation. My favorite is Lower Yellowstone Falls and the view from Artist Point.

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    • ercramer36 profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Cramer 

      7 years ago from Chicagoland

      Updated with a video clip of the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls.

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