Upper Falls, Yellowstone National Park

Upper Mesa Falls is a waterfall on the Henrys Fork in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Upstream from Lower Mesa Falls, it is roughly 16mi away from Ashton, Idaho.Upper Mesa Falls is roughly 114ft high and 200ft wide.FormationMesa Falls Tuff, which is the rock over which Upper Mesa Falls cascades, was formed 1.3 million years ago. A cycle of rhyolitic volcanism from the Henrys Fork caldera deposited a thick layer of rock and ash across the area. This layer compressed and hardened over time.Between 200,000 and 600,000 years ago, the river eroded a wide canyon which was subsequently partly filled with basalt lava flows. The Henrys Fork of the Snake River then carved the channel through the basalt; which is the inner canyon seen today.
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  • The 109 ft/32 m Upper Yellowstone Falls is best seen from the Brink of the Upper Falls Trail, which is 0.4 mi/0.6 km long. My husband and I did the short trail around noon on a Sunday in August, and i...  more »
  • Go to the upper falls look out point. You can climb the stairs down so far (though I'm not sure how far) This was nothing shy of amazing.  more »
  • Quite a long steep hike to get to the bottom of the brink if you're not physically active, you may want to pass, but if you're physically able to walk down the path it's definitely worth it. The magni...  more »
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  • The upper falls are very pristine! So pretty to look at, I would highly recommend to see them if you're in the park.
  • Absolutely amazing piece of nature's artwork. A very beautiful piece of Yellowstone.
  • Parking nearby with walkway down to great viewpoint
  • An amazing experience what natural hydropower can do.
  • It is really beautiful.
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