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Artist Point, Yellowstone National Park

Categories: Hiking Trails, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
One of the most photographed sights in Yellowstone National Park, Artist Point offers panoramic views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and lower Yellowstone Falls. The spot purportedly got its name because visitors thought it was the point from which Thomas Moran made sketches for his famed painting of the falls in 1872 (it was later determined that the sketches were made from a different spot). From this point you're surrounded by an array of soft pinks, yellows, and oranges that color the rugged fa├žade of the canyon walls. Visit the overlook to see rainbows in the spray of the falls, which are 94 m (308 ft) high. Bring your binoculars for the chance to spot nesting bald eagles, osprey, and swallows along the cliff tops and canyon walls. This attraction is just a short walk from the parking lot and is accessed via a paved path that is wheelchair accessible. Plan to visit Artist Point and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yellowstone National Park attractions using our Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.
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  • WE had stopped at one spot to see the falls, then found out you had to walk down 400 plus steps to see it..Which meant 400 plus steps to come back up. Someone told us of this spot which turned out to ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful viewpoint to see the Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River. It's very crowded, so go see it either early or later in the day. Located at the end of South Rim Drive. There's a huge p...  read more »
  • you'll need good walking shoes, a hat & sunscreen and watr as it is quite a walk to get to this attraction Only a wide angle lense can do it justice 
  • This is a must see if you are in Yellowstone. If you come in the early morning the sunlight makes the walls glow with warmth and as an added bonus you will have much fewer people to fight for good pictures. That being said, there are lots of great places to take pictures of this amazing place. I visited in August 2016.
  • Just gorgeous! This was the last stop we made before leaving the park. I'm so glad I got to see it! It's easily accessible and they do ranger talks throughout the day.
  • One of the best views in this part of the park. Easy spot of you don't want to walk too far, and has the best view of the waterfall. Inspiration point on the other side only gives you a tiny glimpse of the falls.
  • Beautiful, iconic spot in Yellowstone. Don't forget to walk the trail to the right of the point! Can go 1,3,5 miles on it. A MUST STOP in Yellowstone.
  • An amazing view awaits from Artist Point, but be prepared for throngs of tourists and a full parking lot. Do as we did and take the North Rim trail from the parking lot near the falls. I've you get even a quarter-mile in on the trail, you'll forget that crowds even exist, and you'll get incredible views of the canyon that only the lucky few who walk the trail are able to encounter.
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